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Kim So-hyang (김소향), credited as Sohyang, is a South Korean Christian singer. She was born on April 5, 1978, in Gwangju, South Korea. Sohyang is known for her controlled, skillful and developed voice and is often referred to as the "Korean Mariah Carey".[1] Her goal is to comfort people, who are going through difficult times, with her music and her voice.[2]

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Sohyang in 2018
Background information
Native name 김소향
Birth name Kim So-hyang
Born (1978-04-05) April 5, 1978 (age 40)
Gwangju, South Jeolla Province, South Korea
Genres CCM, Ballad, Gospel, Soul, Pop, R&B, Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, Author
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1996–present

Sohyang is also an author and has published multiple fantasy novels since 2013.[3][4] Her two most well-known novels are 'Crystal Castle' and 'Anaxion'.


Personal lifeEdit

Sohyang is a devout Christian. She started singing in her local community, not intending to be a professional singer.[5]

When she was in her third year of High school her parents divorced. Due to this Sohyang had financial troubles and often was very sad. According to her, she used to listen to Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion all the time, which helped her to get through these difficult times.[6] Even nowadays Sohyang is still a big fan of Mariah Carey. Her favourite album is Music Box.[7][8]

At the age of 20 she married Kim Hee-jun, the drummer of her band POS. Soon afterwards Sohyang was diagnosed with cervical cancer; due to the early detection, she was able to survive the cancer but was rendered infertile.[9][10]

Her sister-in law is the guitarist JinJoo Lee from DNCE. [11][12]

Sohyang gives special lectures about singing and vocal technique in the Baekseok University in Cheonan City.[13]


Sohyang made her debut in 1996 with the song "MR", which was released on Naver Music. She was practicing in a recording studio and composer Joo Gwan-go heard her singing and asked her to record a song with him. After being tested by him, So Hyang released her first single and then went on a tour with Joo Gwan-go and participated in many concerts and musical performances.[14]

Despite having a long career in South Korea, she was only able to make her international breakthrough in 2014, when she became the first Korean artist to sing the American national anthem at a NBA game.[15] Sohyang also achieved fame when she sang with Kirk Franklin.[16]

Sohyang has participated multiple times on television music competition programs since 2012 Immortal Songs 2, King of Mask Singer and I Am a Singer 2, winning twice on Immortal Songs 2 with songs "Lean on Me" and "Bridge over Troubled Water" and setting up a new record on King of Mask Singer.

After winning the Michael Bolton special episode on Immortal Songs 2, with a score of 442 points (5th highest), she was asked by Michael Bolton to go on tour with him through Korea. Sohyang agreed and they performed many concerts together throughout South Korea.[17] Furthermore, her performance of Lean On Me achieved an award at the 2015 Banff World Media Festival[18] Additionally, he described Sohyang as a "virtuoso".[19]

In 2016 she was awarded the Grand Prize of the Seoul Success Award in the Culture category.[citation needed]

In Disney's movie Moana, Sohyang provided the singing voice of the protagonist in the Korean-dubbed version.[20][21]

In the first half of 2017, Sohyang appeared on MBC's King of Mask Singer as "Spirited Lady" for the show's 2nd anniversary and became the winner six consecutive times (Generation 53-58), making her the female singer with the highest number of consecutive wins ever achieved to that time (second highest overall) before losing her crown in July 2017 and departing from the show after appearing for 14 consecutive weeks.[22]

She sang the main OST, 'Wind Song' (바람의 노래), for the Drama Confession Couple (고백부부). This OST was at #1 of the charts on Melon (online music service) for several weeks. [23] Sohyang was giving a special stage of the main OST 'Wind Song' at the KBS Drama Awards on the last day of 2017.[24]

She performed at the MBC Entertainment Awards 2017 and was awarded the Special Price in the Category 'Music Show' due to her participation in King of Mask Singer.[25][26] She became the King of the show with the highest number of consecutive wins ever achieved as a female contestant.

During the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, ice dancer Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin performed to Sohyang's rendition of Arirang Alone.[27][28]

Furthermore, during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang Sohyang performed, together with Sumi Jo, the song 'Here as One' which they both recorded specifically for this occasion.[29]


Sohyang's vocal type is a Lyric Soprano. Her showcased vocal range spans from D3 to A6 (supported range from G3 to E6), a total of three octaves & three notes. According to herself, the highest note she can sing is E7, which means she has an overall range of four octaves.[30] However, this range hasn't been showcased to it's fullest yet, since the highest note she has showcased is A6. Her belting/mixed register extends up to a high Soprano C (C6) while still maintaining complete breath support and resonance up to her highest note.

She is known for her emotive and powerful vocals with meticulous control. Her vocals have been praised by various vocal coaches and singers like Seth Riggs and Michael Bolton.[31][32]


Variety showsEdit

Year Title Network Notes
2012 I Am a Singer 2 MBC Contestant, 3rd place
2014–2016, 2018 Immortal Songs 2 KBS2 Contestant, 6 Episodes, 2 wins
2017 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant, Episodes 105–118, 6 wins

Sohyang: I Am a Singer 2 - Song and Rank ListEdit

Round Song Original Artist Result
July, Group B I Have Nothing Whitney Houston Rank 1
Singer of July In the Flower Garden (꽃밭에서) Jung Hoon Hee Rank 3
August, Group A Running to the Sky (하늘을 달리다) Lee Juck Rank 1
Singer of August Never Ending Story Boohwal Rank 1 / Singer of August
September Beauty and the Beast, duet with Park Wan-kyu Celine Dion Special Stage
Super December Opening Dream (꿈) Sohyang - POS Rank 2
Super December Week 1 Where Are You (그대는 어디에) Yim Jae-beom Rank 2
Super December Week 2 As I Live (살다가) SG Wannabe Rank 2
Super December Week 3 I Always Miss You (나 항상 그대를) Lee Sun-hee Rank 2 or Rank 3
Super December Week 4 For Thousands Days (천일동안), duet with The One Lee Seung-hwan Rank 2
Fate (인연) Lee Sun-hee Rank 1
Semi-Finals O Holy Night Adolphe Charles Adam Rank 2
It's Only My World (그것만이 내 세상) Deul Guk Hwa 3. Rank / Drop out

Sohyang achieved the highest average score of every contestant on I Am a Singer 2 ever.[33]

Sohyang: Immortal Songs 2 Episodes ListEdit

Date Episode Title Episode No. Song Result
October 18, 2014 Michael Bolton Special Ep.169 Lean on Me 442 Votes, 1 Round won, Final Win
February 21, 2015 Traditional Folk Songs Special Ep.187 Arirang Alone (홀로 아리랑) 411 Votes, 1 Round won
May 9, 2015 English Pop Songs Special Ep.198 Bridge Over Troubled Water 416 Votes, 4 Rounds won, Final Win
December 26, 2015 The Immortal Big Match Special Ep.231 Everyone (여러분) Votes unknown, 0 Rounds won
July 23, 2016 Summer Story With Friends Special Ep.261 Childish Adult (어른 아이) ft. JK Kim Dong-Wook Votes unknown, 0 Rounds won
May 12, 2018 Shane Filan Special Ep.354 You Raise Me Up TBA

King of Mask Singer Song ListEdit

Generation & Episode Round Opponent Song Result
Generation 53, Ep.105 1st Round (Duet) Minzy I Miss You (보고 싶다) 58:41 Win
Generation 53, Ep.106 2nd Round Lee Sang-woo Atlantis Princess (아틀란티스 소녀) 60:39 Win
3rd Round Bae In-hyuk of Romantic Punch Dear Love (사랑아) 74:25 Win
Final Round Lee Haeri Voting based on the first three songs 58:41 Win, Mask Queen 1st time
Generation 54, Ep.108 Defensive Stage Park Seon-joo Do You Know (아시나요) 66:33 Win, Mask Queen 2nd time
Generation 55, Ep.110 Lee Se-joon of Yurisangja Hug Me (안아줘) 77:22 Win, Mask Queen 3rd time
Generation 56, Ep.112 Hwang Chi-yeul Mona Lisa (모나리자) 67:32 Win, Mask Queen 4th time
Generation 57, Ep.114 Park Hye-na Breathe (한숨) 76:23 Win, Mask Queen 5th time
Generation 58, Ep.116 John Park Home 74:25 Win, Mask Queen 6th time
Generation 59, Ep.118 Johan Kim Day Day 43:56 Lose

Records & StatisticsEdit

Most Wins (Females) Most Wins Average Score
1st rank 2nd rank 66 of 99 Votes

Sohyang was the first female singer to ever achieve 6 consecutive victories at that time and therefore set a new record. Sohyang received an average of 65,96 votes out of 99 every round, which is currently ranked in Top 10 of highest average scores of all Mask Kings and Top 3 highest average score of all female Mask Kings.


Year Award Category Result
2016 Seoul Success Award Culture Won[citation needed]
2017 MBC Entertainment Awards Music Show Won [34]


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