||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Korean Wikipedia. (July 2011)|
|Birth name||Kim In-Sun (김인순)|
|Born||April 5, 1957|
|Labels||Sosob Blue Sky
Sony Music Entertainment
|Revised Romanization||In Sun-i|
|Revised Romanization||Gim In-sun|
Kim In-Soon (Korean: 김인순; born April 5, 1957), better known by her stage name, Insooni (Korean: 인순이), is a South Korean singer. She made her debut in 1978 in a group "Hee Sisters (Korean: 희자매)". Since then, she has recorded a total of 19 albums, 14 of them, regular. She is now South Korea's acclaimed R&B diva with a wide range of fans, even though 35 years have passed since her debut. She is one of the few singers who performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and earned several top prizes at broadcasters' annual award ceremonies. She is distinguished by her rich, throaty voice on stage. She was born to a South Korean mother and an African American father, who served in the U.S. military in South Korea, and was brought up by her mother alone, with the assistance of Pearl S. Buck International's child sponsorship program. She is now regarded as one of the most famous female singers in South Korea.
Early life and education
Insooni was born to an African-American father and a South Korean mother in April 1957 in Pocheon, Gyeongi Province, and her upbringing was fraught with difficulties from discrimination against minorities which was severe during this time in South Korea. Insooni has commented that "while attending school I felt like I was dirty compared to my classmates." In-Soon graduated from Cheongsan Middle School of Yeoncheon, Gyeongi Province, and having had enough of the difficulties didn't continue her education through high school. She has said that overcoming the difficulties came by singing.
In 1978, Insooni made her debut with the girl group "Hee sisters" but South Korean public opinion doubted that a girl group could be successful in South Korea. The Hee sister's time allowed In-Soon to show off her skills such as eloquent dance but the interest she attracted was merely that of outward appearance. In 1980, Fate, Insooni's solo release debuted. 1983, with the age of disco setting in, If it's night, every night, saw her release a hit that rose and remained at number 7 on KBS charts through 1984, she rose immensely in popularity.
She has also released a Live album of Contemporary Christian Music, which was launched on August 11, 2006. It included Korean versions of the classic Christian songs Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art (주 하나님 지으신 모든 세계), and other songs like Jesus (찬양해) and Through Christ.
In 2007 she got special attention for her performance of the song A Goose's Dream.
- Hines Ward, an American football player who was born to an American father and South Korean mother, similarly to Insooni