Na Yoon-sun

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Na Yoon-sun
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Background information
Birth name Na Yoon-sun (나윤선)
Born (1969-08-28) August 28, 1969 (age 44)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres Jazz
Occupations Singer
Years active 1994–present
Labels ACT
Na Yoon-sun
Hangul 나윤선
Revised Romanization Na Yoon-sun
McCune–Reischauer Na Yunsŏn

Na Yoon-sun, also Youn Sun Nah (Korean: 나윤선, August 28, 1969 ~ ) is a South Korean jazz singer.[1]


Na Yoon-sun was born in August 28, 1969 in Seoul. She was born under musical parents: her father, Na Young-soo (나영수) is a prominent conductor in Korea and her mother, Kim Mi-jung (김미정) is a musical actress. She studied French literature at Konkuk University in Korea. While she was working for a fashion company, she was scouted by Kim Min-gi (김민기), who was the president of the Hakchon Theater Company (극단 학전). There, she made her debut in a musical called Subway Line 1 (지하철 1호선).

At the age of twenty-seven, in 1995, she decided to go to Paris to study Jazz and chanson. In Paris, she went to some of the oldest jazz schools including CIM Jazz School, National Music Institute of Beauvais, Nadia and Lili Boulanger Conservatory at the same time. After graduating, she taught students at CIM Jazz School from 2000 to 2001. She made her own Quintet called YSN 5tet, and performed at various jazz clubs, theaters, festivals, and bars in France. Also in 2001 she released her debut album Reflet. But her 2002 album Light for the people mostly composed by her was her introduction to wide distribution. The follow-up Down by love was recorded with guitarist Olivier Ode. With 2004 So I am she gained big popularity in Europe. In 2007 she ventured more into pop with Memory Lane. In 2008, she made a contract with ACT, which is Germany's most well-known and famous jazz label company and in 2009, she was acknowledged for her musical contributions in France, by receiving Chevaliers of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. The 2010 album Same Girl was considered by critics to be her best album. In 2011, she had about 180 performances and concerts in more than thirteen countries. In addition to that, she had about 200 performances and concerts in more than twenty-five countries in 2012. [2] [3] [4] [5] In 2013 she released Lento. Her albums are currently released in various countries, such as France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Swiss, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia, etc. simultaneously.


Having been exposed to many variety of music under her parents, Nah decided to study and sing jazz late in her after she performed as an actress in Korean comedy musical, “Subway Line 1”(지하철 1호선). While she was seeking for more ways to be involved in musical opportunities, one of her musician friends suggested that she study jazz. Even though she was heavily influenced by classical music from her parents, it was too late for her to study classical music. [6]

Vocal Style[edit]

Unlike other jazz vocalists, she was not influenced by any historical jazz musicians, because she did not have any knowledge of jazz music until her late start as a singer. Even though she began studying jazz history in Paris, it was already after she had created her own vocal style. Rather, she sang various genres of music from classical music to rock music by herself before she headed to Paris to study jazz. This is why her vocal style does not resemble or belong to any particular jazz musicians. She is able to digest any kind of music into her unique vocal style. Having a very wide range of pitch, she has a clear, refreshing, yet deep tone. She is best known for sensitive, sentimental and rich expression as well. During her quintet period, her vocal style was especially evaluated as a combination of polished European jazz and splendid Korean voice.[citation needed]



Album Title and details Peak chart
  • 1st album
  • Date released: June 13, 2001
  1. Moon's A Harsh Mistress
  2. Rainy Day (Title Song)
  3. Jody Grind
  4. Ballad For Friends
  5. Night Has A Thousand Eyes
  6. Your Face
  7. Blueside
  8. Hard to Say Goodbye
  9. Time After Time
  10. Happy Hour
  11. Reflect
  12. 초우
Light For The People
  • 2nd album
  • Date released: 2002
  1. One Way (Title Song)
  2. Song For The People
  3. Untitled
  4. Besame Mucho
  5. Sometimes I'm Happy
  6. Lost Dream
  7. Your Face
  8. Nostalgia
  9. Absses
Down By Love
  • 3rd album
  • Date released: December 12, 2003
  • Record label: Warner Music
  1. Media Da Paixao (Title Song)
  2. Into Dust
  3. Consider Me Gone
  4. Old Friends
  5. Camille's Song
  6. Down By Love (Title Song)
  7. 아름다운 사람 (Beautiful Person)
  8. Manic Depression
  9. Oblivion
  10. No Me llores Mas
  11. Painted From Memory
So I Am...
  • 4th album

Date released: October 19, 2004

  1. Forever (Title Song)
  2. Inner Storm
  3. Ghosts
  4. Circum & Girum
  5. Past
  6. Down By Love
  7. News From The Gutter
  8. So I Am
  9. Biladecha
  10. Pancake...
  11. Yom Yavo
  12. Never Ending History
Memory Lane
  • 5th album
  • Date released: April 10, 2007
  1. Eternal Love
  2. Paper Tiger
  3. Memory Lane
  4. Anak
  5. Little Fish - Big World
  6. Cloud Nine
  7. City Rhythms
  8. Han River
  9. Heart of Glass
  10. Cinderella Me
  11. The Waves
  12. Tears of Ice
  13. Tangerine Dream
  14. Senoya
  • 6th album
  • Date released: September 22, 2008
  • Record label: The ACT Company
  1. Dancing With You
  2. The Linden
  3. Calypso Blues
  4. My Bye
  5. Jockey Full Of Bourbon
  6. Voyage (Title Song)
  7. Please Don't Be Sad
  8. Shenandoah
  9. Come, Come
  10. Frevo
  11. Inner Prayer
  12. India Song
Same Girl
  • 7th album
  • Date released: August 17, 2010
  • Record label: The ACT Company
FR #38
BEL (Wa) #89
  1. My Favorite Things
  2. My Name Is Carnival
  3. Breakfast In Baghdad
  4. Uncertain Weather (Title Song)
  5. Song Of No Regrets
  6. 강원도 아리랑 (Gangwondo Arirang)
  7. Enter Sandman
  8. Same Girl
  9. Moondog
  10. Pancake
  11. La Chanson d'Helene
  • 8th album
  • Date released: March 12, 2013
  • Record label: The ACT Company
FR #14
BEL (Vl) #145
BEL (Wa) 47
SUI #70
  1. Lento
  2. Lament
  3. Hurt
  4. Empty Dream
  5. Momento Magico
  6. Soundless Bye
  7. Full Circle
  8. 초우
  9. Ghost Riders In The Sky
  10. Waiting
  11. 아리랑 (Arirang) (Title Song)
  12. New Dawn


  • "My Favorite Things" (August 10, 2010)

Other contributions[edit]

Buddha Bar Volume 5 features a song named "Road" created by Refractory (a French music group) and sung by Na Yoon-sun, under the name "Youn Sun Nah".

She appears on multiple songs of the 2011 release "Songs of Freedom" by French guitarist Nguyên Lê.


[8] [9]


  • Chanson competition (French Cultural Center, South Korea), Winner (1989)
  • Festival de Jazz de Montmartre (France), Second prize (1998)
  • France St-Maur Jazz (France), Winner (1998)
  • Concours national de jazz de la Défense (France), Special Jury Prize (1999)
  • This year's jazz singer award (South Korea), Winner (2000)
  • The 1st Korea Pop Music Awards for Best Crossover (2004)
  • Antibes ‘Jazz a Juan’, Winner (2005)
  • Today's popular music Awards Young Artist Award, Winner (2005)
  • The 5th Korea Pop Music Awards for Best Jass&Crossover
  • 6th Korea Best Pop Music Jazz Album Award (2009)
  • Chevaliers of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2009)
  • BMW Welt Jazz Award, Second prize (2010)
  • The 8th Korea Best Pop Music Jazz Crossover Jazz Album, Winner (2011)
  • Eco-Jazz foreign female artists of the year, Winner (2011)
  • The 3rd Pop Culture Awards Prime Minister's commendation (2012)


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