, also known as Park Jung-hyun
, (born March 23, 1976 in Los Angeles), is a Korean-American R&B singer. Early in her life, Park showed talent for singing, mainly in the choir of her father's church in Downey
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with her siblings Brian and Uriah. She also learned to play saxophone and piano. As of June 2007, Park has released 8 Korean
Korean is the official language of the country Korea, in both South and North. It is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in People's Republic of China. There are about 78 million Korean speakers worldwide. In the 15th century, a national writing...
albums, 2 Korean singles, 3 Japanese albums and 7 Japanese singles. Park is often referred to as the R&B Queen, considered one of the best female singers in Korea.
Park won several singing contests in the United States before recording a Gospel
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album in 1993. She continued her studies while doing many performances. She attended UCLA
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for a year before she began a career as a singer beginning with her first Korean album, Piece
, in 1998. Park's first album sold more than 500,000 copies despite her not being comfortable enough to do promotions on talk shows. She did not learn to speak Korean very well until she released her first album.
In 1999, A Second Helping
was released. It also was well received by both fans and the critics. Park's third album, "Naturally", was mixed in both South Korea
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and the USA.
After a year break from singing because of her studies in the USA, she came back in 2002 with her album called Op.4
. More comfortable with the media, she became much more accessible for talk shows and performances.
In 2002, her song "Kkum-e" (In a Dream) was a big success and enabled her to enter foreign markets, such as Singapore. The Korean government
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selected Park to represent Korea in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 FIFA World Cup
The 2002 FIFA World Cup was the 17th staging of the FIFA World Cup, held in South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. It was also the first World Cup held in Asia, and the last in which the golden goal rule was implemented. Brazil won the tournament for a record fifth time, beating Germany 2–0...
. At the end of 2002, a "best of" album was released and she played a series of concerts. Live recordings from these concerts were made into her first special live album in CDs and DVD.
Park, along with Brown Eyes, CHEMISTRY
is a Japanese Pop/R&B duo, composed of and . They were the winners of the Asayan audition in 2000 organized by Sony Music Entertainment Japan....
better known by her stage name, Sowelu, is a Japanese pop/R&B singer signed onto Avex Group's label Rhythm Zone.- History :Her career started in 2002 with the release of her first single Beautiful Dreamer, a soft love ballad which did very well in the charts, and was later featured on the Relaxin’...
formed the special unit conveniently called "Voices of Korea/Japan" and made the title song for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Official Album – Songs of Korea/Japan. She later debuted in the Japanese music industry where she received moderate success.
She is especially proud of her fifth Korean album, On & On, because she felt that she was finally comfortable and confident singing and composing in Korean. It took her about a year to make the album and during that time she became very involved with the production and creative work behind the album; she helped with a lot of the song arrangements, played the piano for some of the tracks and composed four of the songs on the album.
In 2007, she performed the opening theme, , of the Japanese anime
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TV series, Romeo x Juliet
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, which is a Japanese cover of Rolf Lovland and Brendan Graham's song, You Raise Me Up
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. The single also includes a cover of the English version.
Her 6th Korean album, Come To Where I Am
, was released on December 11, 2007. All songs were written and produced by Lena herself.
In 2010, she has graduated magna cum laude from New York’s Columbia University School of General Studies
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with a degree in English and Comparative Literature.
Lena's fan base has recently grown exponentially in Korea through the nationally broadcasted program "I am a singer" and has earned the nickname "Nation's Fairy"
- [1998.08.09] 1st Album: Piece
- [1999.04.19] 2nd Album: A Second Helping
- [2000.11.09] 3rd Album: Naturally
- [2001.05.06] Special Album: Forever
- [2002.06.15] 4th Album: Op.4
- [2002.10.24] Best Album: The Romantic Story of Park Jung Hyun
- [2003.07.05] Live Album: Live Op.4 Concert Project 4th Movement
- [2003.07.05] Live Album: Live Op.4 Concert Project 4th Movement (DVD)
- [2005.02.05] 5th Album: On & On
- [2007.12.11] 6th Album: Come To Where I Am
- [2009.02.27] 7th Album: 10 Ways To Say I Love You
- [2006.03.29] "Against All Odds"
- [2006.04.15] 위태로운 이야기 (Witaeroun Iyagi, Precarious Stories)
- [2008.10.22] No Break (with Crown J
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- [2008.12.12] Winter Kiss (feat. Baek Chan of 8eight)
- [2011.05.08] 이젠 그랬으면 좋겠네 (Ijen Geuraesseumyeon Jotgetne, I Hope It Would Be That Way Now)
- [2004.11.25] "FALL IN LOVE"
- [2005.05.18] "Sanctuary"
- [2006.03.24] "Music"
- [2006.05.21] "Gold"
- [2006.10.04] "Ai no Jealousy"
- [2004.11.25] another piece
- [2005.05.18] Beyond the line
- [2006.06.21] COSMORAMA
- [1998.xx.xx] Player – The New Beginning
- [1999.xx.xx] Yoon Jong Shin – 7th
- [2002.05.xx] Yoon Jong Shin – From The Beginning
- [2002.05.29] 2002 FIFA World Cup Official Album – Songs of Korea/Japan
- [2003.05.xx] Kim Jin Pyo – 4th
- [2003.05.xx] Na Won Ju – 1st
- [2003.12.10] Voice of Love Posse
- [2004.04.xx] Kim Jin Pyo – Remasatering All about JP
- [2005.03.24] JHETT aka YAKKO for AQUARIUS – JHETT (Track 11: Everything Inside Of Me feat. Lena Park)
- In 2010 she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia's School of General Studies (undergraduate college for non-traditional students).
- She likes music from U2
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, Amy Grant
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, Tori Amos
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and Joni Mitchell
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- In Japan, Lena Park is often referred to as the "Utada Hikaru
, known by her stage name Utada in America and Europe, is a Japanese-American singer, song writer, arranger, and producer. Since the release of her Japanese debut album First Love, which went on to become the best-selling album in Oricon history, Utada has had three of her Japanese studio albums...
of Korea". Park and Utada were both born in the United States, and heavily influenced by American R&B music. They have both attended Columbia University although Utada has since dropped out. They both achieve success since their debut, and are both very influential female singer-songwriters.