G.NA

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G.NA
G.NA with LG Xnote Ultrabook Z330 (cropped).jpg
G.NA in April 2012
Background information
Birth name Gina Jane Choi,
Choi Gina/Choi Ji-na (최지나)
Born (1987-09-13) September 13, 1987 (age 26)
Edmonton, Alberta
Origin Surrey, British Columbia
Genres K-pop, dance, R&B, electropop
Occupations Singer, actress, model
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Cube Entertainment (present)
Good Entertainment (past)
Associated acts Five Girls
Website playgna.com

Gina Jane Choi or simply Choi Gina (Hangul: 최지나; born September 13, 1987), better known by her stage name G.NA, is a Canadian singer and songwriter based in South Korea under Cube Entertainment. She released her debut mini-album, Draw G's First Breath, on July 14, 2010.[1]

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

G.NA (Gina Jane Choi) was born on September 13, 1987 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from Fraser Heights Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia, a suburb of Metro Vancouver. G.NA was originally set to debut as the leader of girl group Five Girls (오소녀) under Good Entertainment, along with Wonder GirlsYubin, After School’s UEE, Secret’s Jun Hyoseong and former T-ara member and current Spica member Yang Jiwon.[2] However, the group disbanded shortly before their scheduled debut in 2007 due to Good Entertainment's financial troubles and the members all left for separate Korean entertainment agencies.

During her trainee days under Cube Entertainment, she was featured in 2PM's "10 Out of 10" debut music video[3] and was one of the backup dancers for Kim HyunA's solo song "Change".

2010: Debut and Draw G's First Breath[edit]

G.NA released her digital duet song "Aeini Saenggimyeon Hago Sipeun Il" (애인이 생기면 하고 싶은 일, lit. Things I Want to Do When I Have a Lover) together with Rain on July 5, 2010.[4][5]

G.NA's debut mini-album Draw G's First Breath was released the same year.[5] G.NA's debut music video, "Kkeojyeo Julge Jar Sara" (꺼져 줄게 잘 살아, lit. I'll Back Off So You Can Live), featured BEAST's Doo Joon as the male actor, as well as Jun Hyung's rapping.[5] She won her first award on M! Countdown on 12 August 2010.[citation needed]

2011: Black & White and Top Girl[edit]

G.NA won on M! Countdown on February 17 and 24. On February 25, G.NA also won her first ever Music Bank for her hit song "Black & White". Music portal Dosirak has revealed that singer G.NA was the No.1 best seller in digital sales for the month of February. Also G.NA won her first Inkigayo Mutizen on February 27, marking her grand slam, for winning on all three music programs.

The music video for "I Already Miss You" was released on March 9, 2011. G.NA also appeared in Lim Jeong Hee's music video for "Golden Lady" with gagman Park Hwi Soon which is released on May 9, 2011. She was also featured for Hyuna's album Bubble Pop! in the song "A Bitter Day" with Jun Hyung.

2012: Bloom and Oui[edit]

G.NA released her third EP titled Bloom on May 22, 2012, in which she had participated in composing and penning some of the songs in the album.[6] G.NA started her promotions for the album on Mnet's M! Countdown on May 24, 2012, with her title track, "2HOT". On June 8, 2012, G.NA won on Music Bank with "2HOT". On October 7, G.NA released an international digital album called Oui, composed of English versions of her previous hit songs.

2013: Beautiful Kisses[edit]

On March 6, G.NA announced her fourth mini album "Beautiful Kisses" featuring the promotional title track "Oops!" with a slated release date for March 14. "Oops!” is described to be a fun dance track composed by Lim Sang Hyuk and Son Young Jin and features the rap of labelmate, Ilhoon from BtoB.[7]

2014[edit]

G.NA collaborated with Aaron Yan from Taiwanese boy band, Fahrenheit, for his song Half(1/2) for his soundtrack, DRAMA, and the drama, Fall in Love with Me (TV series).

Discography[edit]

Main article: G.NA discography
G.NA at LG Cinema 3D World Festival, on March 31, 2012
Studio albums
EPs
English albums
  • Oui (2012)[8]

Filmography[edit]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 SBS's Salamander Guru and The Shadows Krystal (cameo)
2012 tvN's Reply 1997 Choi Jin-ah (cameo)
2011 SBS's Welcome to the Show Herself (cameo)

Television shows[edit]

Year Network Title Role
2010 - The M Wave Host
2011 JTBC Doctor’s Penalty Host
2012 KBS Birth of a Family Herself with Hyuna
2012 jTBC Music on Top Guest host
(February 9 - March 7, 2012)
2012 jTBC Shinhwa Broadcast special guest performance in ep 31[9][10]
2012-2013 tvN Romancing the Idol: Season 2 Herself
2014 MBC Every 1 A Celebrity Lives in Our House Herself

Concert[edit]

Concert participation[edit]

Awards[edit]

Years Awards
2010
2011

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 "꺼져 줄게 잘 살아"
"II'll Back Off So You Can Live Better (feat. Jun Hyung)"
Best New Female Artist [17] Nominated
2011 "Black & White" Best Female[18] Nominated
Best Dance Performance[18] Nominated
2012 "2HOT" Best Female Artist - Solo[19] Nominated
Best Dance Performance[19] Nominated

Music programs[edit]

G.NA's wins on Korea's televised music shows:

Year Date Song Music Program
2010 August 12 "꺼져 줄게 잘 살아"
I'll Back Off So You Can Live Better (feat. Jun Hyung)
Mnet M! Countdown
2011 February 17 "Black & White" Mnet M! Countdown
February 24 Mnet M! Countdown
February 25 KBS Music Bank
February 27 SBS Inkigayo
2012 June 8 "2HOT" KBS Music Bank
2013 March 29 "Oops!" KBS Music Bank

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'오소녀' 최지나, 14일 G.NA로 멤버 첫 솔로 출격". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  2. ^ "지나, ‘엠카’서 ‘꺼져줄게 잘 살아’ 데뷔..용준형 지원 사격 : 야후! 미디어 - 세상을 만나는 창". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  3. ^ "bntnews.hankyung.com". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  4. ^ "비스트 윤두준, 오소녀 출신 지나 뮤비 첫 연기도전 ‘연인호흡’ - 손에 잡히는 뉴스 눈에 보이는 뉴스 - 뉴스엔". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  5. ^ a b c "비 비스트 휘성... ‘대형신인’ 지나 데뷔에 톱스타들 뭉쳤다 - 손에 잡히는 뉴스 눈에 보이는 뉴스 - 뉴스엔". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  6. ^ "New Albums and Singles Preview - 2012 May Week 3". soompi. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  7. ^ G.NA reveals more photos for comeback with “Oops” (ft. Ilhoon) from new mini album ‘Beautiful Kisses’
  8. ^ "G.NA releases her first international album, "Oui"". modudabase.com. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (12 October 2012). "Shinhwa’s Andy Reveals his Bargaining Skills". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Ho, Stewart (13 October 2012). "Shinhwa′s Eric Goes Drag As He Struts the Runway for Shinhwa Broadcast". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Billboard Korea's K-Pop Masters Concert Line-Up"
  12. ^ Winners at the 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards
  13. ^ G.NA wins “Best Rookie Award” at “2010 Gaon Chart Awards”
  14. ^ Winners from the 2011 Mnet 20’s Choice Awards
  15. ^ Winners from the 26th Golden Disk Awards
  16. ^ "2011 Soompi Gayo Awards Results". Soompi. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Winners at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards!". Allkpop. 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  18. ^ a b "Winners from the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards". Allkpop. 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  19. ^ a b "Winners from the ’2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards’". Allkpop. November 30, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 

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