Suzuka Nakamoto

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Suzuka Nakamoto
Suzuka Nakamoto (SU-METAL) November 2014.jpg
Nakamoto in 2014
Background information
Native name 中元すず香
Also known as Suzuka (in Karen Girl's)
Su-metal (in Babymetal)
Born (1997-12-20) December 20, 1997 (age 19)
Origin Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan[1]
Genres Kawaii metal, heavy metal, J-pop
Occupation(s) Idol, singer, model
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels Amuse, Inc.
Associated acts Karen Girl's (2008–2009)
Sakura Gakuin (2010–2013)
Babymetal (2010–present)

Suzuka Nakamoto (中元 すず香?, Nakamoto Suzuka, born December 20, 1997), known by her stage names Suzuka and Su-metal, is a Japanese idol. She is best known as the lead vocalist of three-piece kawaii metal band Babymetal. She is represented by the talent agency Amuse, Inc. and has been a member of three musical groups formed by the company: Karen Girl's, Sakura Gakuin, and Babymetal.

Biography[edit]

Suzuka was signed to the talent agency Amuse, Inc. after becoming a runner-up in the 2nd Star Kids Audition held by the company.[2]

In 2008, her agency formed a trio called Karen Girl's,[3] and Suzuka was selected to be in it. The group was introduced as a little sister of the girl trio Perfume and sang several theme songs for the anime Zettai Karen Children. After the animated series ended, on March 31, 2009 the group was dissolved.

In 2010 Suzuka became a founding member of Sakura Gakuin, an idol group created by her agency. The group members also formed so-called clubs, or smaller groups, each of which released their own songs as a unit. Suzuka became a member of the heavy music club,[4] which released songs under the name Babymetal. That group also includes fellow Sakura Gakuin members Yui Mizuno and Moa Kikuchi.

In the spring of 2013, Suzuka Nakamoto graduated from junior high school and therefore had to "graduate" from the group Sakura Gakuin (which consists of girls of up to junior high age). Her graduation concert was held on March 31 at the Tokyo International Forum.[5][6][7] Suzuka now performs with Babymetal under the name Su-metal.[8] Babymetal's self-titled debut album was released in February 2014.

Babymetal have also collaborated with DragonForce's Herman Li and Sam Totman in 2015 for the Road To Resistance Tour and Album.

Personal details[edit]

Suzuka has an older sister, Himeka Nakamoto, who is a member of the idol group Nogizaka46. They both studied together at the Actor's School Hiroshima(ja) (ASH)[9] and sang together in a duo known as Tween.

Associated acts[edit]

Discography[edit]

With Babymetal[edit]

With Sakura Gakuin[edit]

  • Sakura Gakuin 2010 Nendo: Message (2011)
  • Sakura Gakuin 2011 Nendo: Friends (2012)
  • Sakura Gakuin 2012 Nendo: My Generation (2013)

With Karen Girl's[edit]

  • Fly To The Future (2009)

Filmography[edit]

Anime

References[edit]

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