Cho Hye-ri, (Hangul: 조혜리; born May 31, 1976), who goes by the stage name Wax (Hangul: 왁스), is a South Korean singer and actress. She graduated from the department of postmodernism music at Kyung Hee University. She was the lead vocalist of the band Dog in 1998, and then went solo as Wax in 2000. She has released ten albums and digital single albums. Aside from singing, she made her acting debut in 2007. She was cast as the main actress in the musical Fixing My Makeup (Hangul: 화장을 고치고), whose plot is based on her song of the same name. Her hit songs include Fixing My Makeup and Please. She has won three Golden Disk Awards, one each year from 2001 to 2003.
Wax was born on May 31, 1976, with the birth name Cho Hye Ri. She graduated from the department of postmodernism music at Kyung Hee University. Although she has been active since 1998, her personal life has been mostly veiled from the public.
Her debut as a singer was as lead vocalist of the band Dog in 1998. The band only released one album, DOG-1st. The title track of the album was Kyung Ah’s Day, and the album also included nine other songs. After Dog disbanded, she made her solo debut with the stage name Wax in 2000. Her stage name Wax refers to the light that she hopes to emit in the singing world akin to the light from a wax candle. Her debut album as a soloist was vol.1 The Diary of Mom, but her debut song was Oppa, which was a cover version of Cyndi Lauper’s She Bop. As of 2012, she has released nine full-length albums and nine other albums. In addition, she has released songs for the original sound tracks of several dramas.
In 2007, Wax made her debut as a musical actress. She was cast as the main actress for the musical Fixing My Makeup, which had a plot based on her song of the same name.
From 2000 to 2003, she published a full-length album once a year: vol.1 The Diary of Mom, vol.2 Fixing My Makeup, vol.3 Please, and vol.4 Relation. In 2005, she published a comprehensive album that included hit tracks from the 4 full-length albums as well as new songs. Later that year, she also released her fifth full-length album vol.5 Goodbye. In 2006, she released her sixth full-length album vol.6 Because All Love is Like That. She published her first single album, Love Goes Away Again, with Lee Gi Chan in 2007. She released vol.7 Women Eat Love and a second single album, Lucky, in 2008. In 2009, she released one full-length album, vol.8 Always You, and two single albums, Can't You Call Me and Don’t Cry. In 2010, she released the four albums: Wax Unplugged Side A and B, Two Women, and vol.9 Fall in… (Part 1). She released a single album, A Heart Was Refreshed, in 2011.
She has released songs for the O.S.T of three dramas: I Love You for the drama Lights and Shadows, Cry but Stay for the drama Dummy Mommy, and Falling Tears for the drama I Miss You.