Kim So-hyang (born April 5, 1978), credited as So Hyang, is a South Korean Christian singer. She has an extensive career both in Korea and internationally, in spite of not being tied to a larger organisation.
|Birth name||Kim So-hyang|
April 5, 1978 |
Gwangju, South Jeolla Province, South Korea
|Genres||Rock, R&B, Pop, CCM, Gospel|
Sohyang is a devout Christian, and initially only sang in her local community. At the age of 20 she married Hee-jun Kim, 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. She believes that her marriage was a gift from God and that without her husband she wouldn't be alive today.
Sohyang made her debut in 1996 with the song "MR", which was released on Naver Music. 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 many times on television music competition programs Immortal Songs 2 and I Am a Singer 2, winning twice on Immortal Songs 2 with songs "Lean on Me" and "Bridge over Troubled Water".
After winning the Michael Bolton special episode on Immortal Songs 2, with an incredible score of 442 points, 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. Additionally, he described Sohyang as a Virtuoso.
In 2016 she was awarded the Grand Prize of the Seoul Success Award in the category Culture.
In the first half of 2017, Sohyang appeared on MBC's King of Mask Singer as a contestant 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 (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) (a very popular Korean website) for several weeks. Since the drama and her OST were very successful in Korea, 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 additionally was awarded the Special Price in the Category 'Music Show' due to her very successful 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.
Sohyang's vocal type is a Lyric Soprano, specifically a Full-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, and a semitone. Her belting register extends up to a high Soprano C# (C#6) while still mainting complete support and resonance up to her highest note.
She is known for her emotive and powerful vocals, with characteristics being a homogeneous, rounded, and bright instrument of remarkable beauty and meticulous control. This skill has been showcased very well all throughout her career.
|2012||I Am a Singer 2||MBC||Contestant, 3rd place|
|2014–2016||Immortal Songs 2||KBS2||Contestant, 5 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 or Rank 4|
|August, Group A||Running To The Sky (하늘을 달리다)||Lee Juk||Rank 1|
|Singer of August||Never Ending Story||Boohwal||Rank 1 / Singer of August|
|September||Beauty and the Beast||Céline Dion||Special stage|
|Super December Opening||Dream (꿈)||Sohyang - POS||Rank 2|
|Week 1||Where Are You (그대는 어디에)||Im Jae Bum||Rank 2|
|Week 2||As I Live (살다가)||SG Wannabe||Rank 2|
|Week 3||I Always Miss You (나 항상 그대를)||Lee Sun-hee||Rank 2 or 3|
|Week 4||For Thousands Days (천일동안)||Lee Seung Hwan||Rank 2|
|Week 4||Fate (인연)||Lee Sun-hee||Rank 1|
|Semi-Final||O Holy Night||Adolphe Charles Adam||Rank 2|
|Semi-Final||It's Only My World (그것만이 내 세상)||Deul Guk Hwa||3. Rank / Drop out|
Sohyang: Immortal Songs 2 Episodes ListEdit
Main Article: Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend
|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|
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||Defensive Stage||Lee Se-joon of Yurisangja||Hug Me (안아줘)||77:22 Win, Mask Queen 3rd time|
|Generation 56, Ep.112||Defensive Stage||Hwang Chi-yeul||Mona Lisa (모나리자)||67:32 Win, Mask Queen 4th time|
|Generation 57, Ep.114||Defensive Stage||Park Hye-na||Breathe (한숨)||76:23 Win, Mask Queen 5th time|
|Generation 58, Ep.116||Defensive Stage||John Park||Home||74:25 Win, Mask Queen 6th time|
|Generation 59, Ep.118||Defensive Stage||Johan Kim||Day Day||43:56 Lose|
Records & StatisticsEdit
|Most Wins||Most Wins (Females)|
|2. Rank||1. Rank|
Sohyang received an average of 67,8 votes out of 99 every round, which is one of the highest average scores of all Mask Kings.
|2016||Seoul Success Award||Culture||Won |
|2017||MBC Entertainment Awards||Music Show||Won |
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