John Park (musician)

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John Park
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John Park at Samsung's Life is Tab showcase event, in January 2011
Background information
Birth name John Andrew Park
Born (1988-09-13) September 13, 1988 (age 26)
Northbrook, Illinois, United States
Genres R&B, Soul, Blues
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums, piano
Years active 2010–present
Labels Music Farm
This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.

John Andrew Park (Hangul: 박성규, Hanja: 朴成奎, born September 13, 1988) is an American singer of Korean descent. He was a semifinalist on the ninth season of American Idol; placing twentieth. He is the runner-up of Superstar K2, a Korean singing contest held by He is currently signed to Music Farm Entertainment.[1]


Early life[edit]

John Park was born in Chicago; prior to entering Superstar K2, he was a student at Northwestern University majoring in Economics.[2] He was a member of his college Acapella group Purple Haze.[2] He was the semi finalist of American Idol. He later auditioned for the Korean equivalent of "American Idol", Superstar k2, where he became the runner up. His prowess was identified by the Korean population and he went on to become a Korean pop artist, as of 2011.


Park attended Glenbrook North High School. He is an Economics major at Northwestern University.[3] He is currently taking a break from college to pursue a singing career in Korea.[4]

Musical background[edit]

He is a fan of Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Gavin DeGraw, Marc Broussard and Jamie Cullum.[5]

American Idol 9[edit]

Park auditioned in Chicago for the ninth season of American Idol with "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" by Blood, Sweat and Tears. The judges were impressed in his audition especially Shania Twain and he made it to the Hollywood round.

He also performed "Sweet Escape" in the group round along with Haeley Vaughn, Jessica Furney and Kelsey Madsen who was cut that round. He made it to the semi-finals. During the top 24, he sang Billie Holiday's God Bless The Child and John Mayer's Gravity for the top 20, but he was eliminated.

Week Theme Song Choice Original Artist Order Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know Blood, Sweat and Tears N/A Advanced
Hollywood First Solo (Acapella) (unaired) N/A Advanced
Hollywood Group Performance The Sweet Escape Gwen Stefani N/A Advanced
Hollywood Second Solo (unaired) N/A Advanced
Top 24 (12 men) Billboard Hot 100 hits God Bless The Child Billie Holiday 8 Advanced
Top 20 (10 men) Billboard Hot 100 hits Gravity John Mayer 2 Eliminated

Superstar K2[edit]

After American Idol, Park entered the second season of the Korean talent show Superstar K2, where he finished second.[6]

Theme Song Title and Artist Results
Group Mission Even if I die, I can't let you go (2 AM) Failed (Wild Card Pass)
Rival Mission Soul Vocal (with Huh Gak) Advanced (Winner)
Remake Hits (1960–2010) 10 Minutes (Lee Hyo Ri, 2003) Advanced
Lee Moon Sae Special In The Rain (Lee Moon Sae) Advanced
Michael Jackson Special Man In The Mirror (Michael Jackson) Advanced (Super Save, Highest Scorer)
Judges' Hit Remake Nights Where I Can't Sleep (Lee Seung Chul) Advanced (Highest Scorer)
Audiences' Song Choice Your House (JYP) Advanced
Free Performance
Title Song Performance

Drunken Truth (Exhibition)
Always (John Park)
Runner - Up


Main article: John Park discography
Studio albums
  • Inner Child (2013)
  • Knock (2012)


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 2nd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Best New Male Solo Artist "Falling" Won
2013 2013 KBS Entertainment Awards Show/Variety Male Newcomer Award Cool Kiz On The Block Won

Music Program #1[edit]

Year Awards

See also[edit]

Variety Show[edit]

Year Show Episode
2014 Running Man Cooking Battle
2013 Running Man 1% of Friendship, Couple Race
2013 Cool Kiz On The Block Member of Badminton & Basketball Team


  1. ^ "John Park". IB Times. Mar 31, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Kim, Yoonji. "John Park finishes second in 'Superstar K'". Daily 
  3. ^ "John Park". Chicago Tribune. Feb 16, 2010. Retrieved Nov 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ Brown, Claire (October 19, 2010). "Northwestern's John Park reaches finals in Korean version of "American Idol"". Daily Northwestern. 
  5. ^ "John Park Biography". Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]