Maya (singer)

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For the American singer, see Mýa.
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Born Kim Young-sook
(1975-11-17) 17 November 1975 (age 39)
Chungju, South Korea
Alma mater Seoul Institute of the Arts
Occupation Singer, actress
Years active 2003-present
Agent Jin-ah Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 마야
Revised Romanization Ma-ya
McCune–Reischauer Ma-ya
Birth name
Hangul 김영숙
Revised Romanization Gim Yeong-suk
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yŏngsuk

Maya (born Kim Young-sook on 17 November 1975) is a South Korean singer and actress. Maya began her singing career as an underground rock music singer in 1996, and made her onscreen performance debut on the Mnet program Show King M on 11 March 2003. Maya's first hit song from her debut album was "Azalea," based on the same-titled poem by Kim Sowol.[1][2][3]



Television drama[edit]


  • What Is Natural? (2003)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 5th Mnet Asian Music Awards[4] Best New Female Artist "Azalea" Won
18th Golden Disk Awards Best Pop Award Won
14th Seoul Music Awards Best New Artist Won
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Bodyguard Won
2009 SBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Special Planning Drama Family's Honor Nominated
2010 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Dandelion Family Nominated


  1. ^ Huh, Yub (25 May 2003). "Female Rocker Maya Steals Spotlight". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Maya to Sing National Anthem for Independence Movement Day". The Chosun Ilbo. 27 February 2005. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Third Time Lucky for Maya Fans". The Chosun Ilbo. 27 November 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "MAMA 2003 Winners' Profile & MV". Mwave. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 

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