Lee Tzsche

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Lee Tzsche
Hangul 이상은
Hanja 李尙恩
Revised Romanization I Sang-eun
McCune–Reischauer Yi Sangŭn
Stage name
Hangul 리채
Revised Romanization Richae
McCune–Reischauer Rich'ae

Lee-Tzsche (born March 12, 1970) is a South Korean female singer-songwriter. She is currently under Breeze Music.


She debuted at the MBC College Music Festival in 1988, singing another composer's song. At the time, she maintained a unisex look and she became popular, but she grew disenchanted with the entertainment business and went to Japan and the USA to study art.

Her second career as a musician began with 'Slow day' (1991), a short but impressive album with adolescent girl's feel to it. 'Begin' (1992) was a transitional album - it had an R&B or house sound with the producer Kim Hong-soon, but few fans appreciated the change.

The 5th and self-titled album 'Lee Sang-eun' (1993) showed more musical maturity. Soon she went to Japan and worked with Japanese musicians, most notably Takeda Hajimu (竹田元). She made her 6th album 'GongMuDoHaGa(公無渡河歌)' (1995) with an exotic and mysterious mood, and she received wide name recognition and was regarded as an artist rather than a pop idol. The rich and overlapped sound production showed her ambition as a music director. She returned to simple sounds in the 7th album 'OiRobGo UtGin GaGe' (1997). With her back-band, the Penguins (with Takeda Hajimu) she became a troubadour with a serene mood.

From the 8th and self-titled 'Lee Tszche' (1997), she released albums aimed at the worldwide market with Toshiba EMI. Half of the tracks were English versions of her older songs, and the other half were new tracks in English. It led to a second English album 'Asian Prescription' (1999). In 2001 she featured on a song on CB Mass's album Massmatics, titled 흔적.


The Idol Era

  • (1989) Happy Birthday
  • (1989) SaRangHalGgeoYa

As Lee Sang-eun

  • (1991) Slowdays
  • (1992) Begin
  • (1993) Lee Sang-eun
  • (1995) GongMuDoHaGa
  • (1997) OiRopGo UtGinGaGe

As Lee Tzsche

  • (1997) Lee-Tzsche
    • English version compilation
  • (1998) Give it All OST
  • (1999) Asian Prescription
    • English version compilation
  • (2000) She Wanted OST
  • (2001) Endless Lay
  • (2003) SinBiCheHeom
  • (2005) Roman Topia
  • (2008) The Third Place
  • (2010) LeeSangEun 14th 'We Are Made of Stardust'
  • (2014) 15th 'LuLu'

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