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". Her goal is to comfort people, who are going through difficult times, with her music and her voice.
Sohyang in 2018
|Birth name||Kim So-hyang|
April 5, 1978 |
Gwangju, South Jeolla Province, South Korea
|Genres||CCM, Ballad, Gospel, Soul, Pop, R&B, Rock|
Sohyang is a devout Christian. She started singing in her local community, not intending to be a professional singer.
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. Even nowadays Sohyang is still a big fan of Mariah Carey. Her favourite album is Music Box.
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.
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.
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. Sohyang also achieved fame when she sang with Kirk Franklin.
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. Furthermore, her performance of Lean On Me achieved an award at the 2015 Banff World Media Festival Additionally, he described Sohyang as a "virtuoso".
In 2016 she was awarded the Grand Prize of the Seoul Success Award in the Culture category.
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.
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.  Sohyang was giving a special stage of the main OST 'Wind Song' at the KBS Drama Awards on the last day of 2017.
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. She became the King of the show with the highest number of consecutive wins ever achieved as a female contestant.
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.
Sohyang's vocal type is a Lyric Soprano. Her showcased vocal range spans from D3 to A6 (supported range from G♯3 to E6), a total of three octaves & three notes. According to herself, the highest note she can sing is E♭7, which means she has an overall range of four octaves. 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♯ (C♯6) while still maintaining complete breath support and resonance up to her highest note.
|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
|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: 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.
|2016||Seoul Success Award||Culture||Won|
|2017||MBC Entertainment Awards||Music Show||Won |
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