Bada (singer)

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Bada
20160910 바다 국방일보 전우 마라톤 대회.jpg
Bada in September 2016
Native name 최성희
Born Choi Sung-hee
(1980-02-28) February 28, 1980 (age 37)
Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Other names
  • Bada
  • Sea
Alma mater Dankook University
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
Spouse(s) Unnamed (m. 2017)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals, Keyboard
Years active 1997–present
Labels
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 최성희
Hanja
Revised Romanization Choe Seong-hui
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Sŏnghŭi
Stage name
Hangul 바다
Revised Romanization Bada
McCune–Reischauer Pada

Choi Sung-hee (born February 28, 1980), better known as Bada or Sea, is a South Korean singer and musical actress. She is a member of South Korean girl group S.E.S.. She has released four studio albums, one mini albums and five singles. She won Best Actress at the 3rd The Musical Awards and has starred in ten musicals to date.[1]

Early life[edit]

Choi Sung-hee was born February 28, 1980, her father is Choi Sae-wol, a trot singer with a background in Korean pansori.[2] Due to financial struggle during her childhood, especially after her father fell ill, she lived in a container home provided by a local church for nine years until her debut.[2] In a recent series of lectures for youth, she has addressed her beginning and has encouraged students to not let their background become an obstacle in obtaining their dreams.[3][4]

Bada was scouted by Lee Soo-man and entered SM Entertainment. She debuted as the leader and lead vocal of S.E.S., the first successful female K-pop idol group.

Bada studied theater at Dankook University.[5]

Career[edit]

1997–02: S.E.S.[edit]

Bada made her debut with S.E.S. in 1997. The group released their debut album I'm Your Girl on November 1, 1997. The group later became the top-selling K-pop girl group. Since their debut, the group has released five Korean albums and two Japanese albums. The group released a compilation album, Friend before breaking up at the end of 2002. Members Bada and Eugene parted ways from SM Entertainment, while Shoo stayed with SM Entertainment until 2006.

2003–08: A Day of Renew, Aurora, Made in Sea and Musical acting[edit]

Bada sign exclusive contract with WoongJin entertainment.[6] In 2003, Bada release her debut solo album A Day of Renew has sold approximately 130,000 records, according to the Music Industry Association of Korea. Bada became the first Korean idol singer to venture onto the musical stage in 2003 with the musical Peppermint, a love story about a singer named Bada.[7] It was written for her by creator and producer Lee Yuri, who is also responsible for other musical projects such as Typhoon, Mother and Winter Sonata.[8] In 2004, Her second album Aurora was released has sold approximately 23,000 copies.

In 2006, her third album, Made in Sea, was a big success. In 2007, Bada was cast in the role of Denise in the Korean version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday.[9] Right afterward, she took on the role of Esmeralda as a part of the original Korean cast of Notre-Dame de Paris.[10] Her widely praised portrayal of Esmeralda gained her acceptance as a musical actress and won her the Best Newcomer Actress award and others at The Musical Awards and the Korea Musical Daesangs in 2008; she reprised the role in 2009.

2009–13: See the Sea and Musical acting[edit]

In 2009, Bada released her fourth album called See the Sea which featured both Korean rap group Untouchable and 2PM's Ok Taecyeon. The following year, 200 Pounds Beauty, a musical based on the popular movie of the same name, cast Bada in the titular role of Kang Hanbyul, an overweight ghost singer who aspires to become a star and undergoes extensive plastic surgery.[11] Bada's turn as Kang earned her the Best Actress honor at the third The Musical Awards. She was recast in 2011 for the project.

In 2010, Bada played Peggy Sawyer in Broadway on 42nd Street[12]

In 2012, she briefly took on the role of Mozart's wife, Constanze, in Mozart!,[13]

In 2013, she was cast as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.[14] During Legally Blonde, her mother died.[15] Despite the loss, Bada continued performances for the musical until its final run and famously sang Secret Garden's "You Raise Me Up" on KBS's Open Music Concert just two days after her mother's death.[16] She has since stated that this loss was the reason for her relative inactivity in both her music and musical career from 2011 to mid-2013.[17]in 2013 she was cast as Marguerite in the first Korean adaptation of Frank Wildhorn's The Scarlet Pimpernel.[18] That same year, Bada appeared as a vocalist for the song "City Life" on American electronic musician Brian Transeau's electronic dance music album A Song Across Wires.[19][20]

She returned as Esmeralda in the 2013 production of Notre-Dame de Paris.[21] She then signed on to depict Carmen in the first Korean production of the musical Carmen.[22]

2016–present: Flower and S.E.S comeback[edit]

On May 28, Bada with S.E.S. member Eugene and Shoo attended a charity event, Green Heart Bazaar. Bada released her first extended play, Flower on June 13, 2016 to celebrate her 20th debut anniversary. The single contains four tracks with lead single Flower featuring popular rapper Kanto. She released double music video for Flower on June 13[23]and Amazing on June 15.[24]Following released her digital single Summertime and its music video on June 26. Bada later released collaboration single Cosmic with Super Junior's Ryeowook on September 22, as a part of S.M. Entertainment project SM Station.[25]

In October 2016, Bada along with Eugene and Shoo re-formed S.E.S. to celebrate their 20 years debut.[26]

On December 17, 2016, Bada joined Eugene and Shoo on stage for S.E.S. comeback performance on Yu Huiyeol's Sketchbook.

Personal life[edit]

On January 13, 2017, her agency confirmed that she will marry a franchise restaurant owner nine years her junior.[27] Her wedding was held at Seoul on March 23, 2017.[28][29]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Flower (2016)

Single[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon
As lead artist
"Music" 2003 x N/A A Day of Renew
"Aurora" 2004 x N/A Aurora
"Eyes" x N/A
"Find The Way" 2006 x N/A Made in Sea
"Start" x N/A Non album-single
"MAD" 2009 x N/A See the Sea
"Yes I'm In Love" x N/A
"With Me" 2011 N/A Non album-single
"Precious" 2014 N/A Non album-single
"Flower" 2016 N/A Flower
"Summertime" N/A Non album-single
Collaboration
"Cosmic"
(with Ryeowook)
2016 N/A Non album-single
As featured artist
"Like You"
(Rain feat. Bada)
2002 x N/A Bad Guy
"Dream"
(Dynamic Duo feat. Bada)
2007 x N/A Enlightened
"Think About' Chu"
(Windy City feat. Bada)
2008 x N/A Think About' Chu
"A Song Only I Can Sing"
(Seo Hae-An feat. Bada)
2011 N/A Infinite Challenge's "Seo Hae-An Highway Music Festival"
"City Life"
(BT feat. Bada)
2013 N/A A Song Across Wires
"Candy"
(ZoPD feat. Bada)
2015 N/A Golden Goose Part. 1
Soundtrack appearance
"One Day Passes" 2004 x N/A I'm Sorry, I Love You soundtrack
"Rainbow" 2006 x N/A Spring Waltz O.S.T. soundtrack
"Start Again" x N/A Famous 'Seven' Princesses soundtrack
"?" 2009 N/A N/A Notre Dame de Paris musical soundtrack
"Only One" 2010 N/A Baker King Kim Tak-goo soundtrack
"Sweet My Love" 2011 N/A A Thousand Kisses soundtrack
"It's hurt and hurt" 2012 N/A Glass Mask soundtrack
"Stay" 2013 N/A Goddess of Marriage soundtrack
"If I Could" N/A N/A Carmen musical soundtrack
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Concerts[edit]

  • Showman aLIVE (2006)[30]
  • Varacon (2009)[30]
  • Varacon Encore Concert (2010)[30]
  • Varacon X-MAS Special (2010)[30]
  • Alive Show Vol.1 (2014)[30]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2006 X-Man SBS 21 May 2006
26 Nov 2006[31]
2009-2012 Infinite Challenge MBC 31 October 2009
30 January 2010
30 April 2011
7 May 2011
11 June 2011
18 June 2011
25 June 2011
2 July 2011
7 January 2012
[32]
2012 Golden Fishery Radio Star MBC 14 June 2012[33]
Saturday Night Live Korea tvN 7 July 2012[34][35][36]
2013 Adrenaline 2 16 April 2013[37]
All The K-Pop MBC 16 April 2013, 23 April 2013[38]
QTV's Handsome Boys of the 20th Century 11 June 2013[39]
My One Fantasy tvN 10 July 2013[40]
Immortal Songs 2 KBS 20 April 2013[41]
4 May 2013[42]
1 June 2013 - won[43]
8 June 2013[44]
15 June 2013 - won[45]
22 June 2013[46]
6 July 2013[47]
13 July 2013[48]
27 July 2013 - won[49]
3 August 2013[50]
10 August 2013[51]
24 August 2013[52]
31 August 2013 - won[53]
7 September 2013[54]
2016 King of Mask Singer MBC May 29, 2016[55]
June 5, 2016[56]
My Little Television MBC July 23, 2016
July 30, 2016[57]
Running Man SBS August 14, 2016 - won[58]
2017 Happy Together KBS June 22, 2017
Idol School Mnet Regular, Vocal Coach

Musicals[edit]

Year Musical Role
2003 The Peppermint Bada
2007 Tell Me on a Sunday Denise
2007, 2009, 2013 Notre-Dame de Paris Esmeralda
2008, 2011 200 Pounds Beauty Kang Hanbyul
2010 Broadway on 42nd Street Peggy Sawyer
2010 Legally Blonde Elle Woods
2012 Mozart! Constanze
2013 The Scarlet Pimpernel Marguerite
2013 Carmen Carmen
2014 Gone with the Wind Scarlett O'Hara

Awards[edit]

  • 21st Korean Best Dresser Award – Female Artist (2004)[1]
  • Mnet KM Music Video Festival – PD Special Award (2005)[1]
  • 13th Korean Arts Awards – Female Dance Artist (2006)[1]
  • 4th Korean Fashion World Awards – Best Dressed Artist (2006)[1]
  • Korean Model Awards – Popular Artist (2007)[1]
  • 2nd The Musical Awards – Popular Female Actress (2008)[1]
  • 14th Korea Musical Daesang – Popular Star (2008)[1]
  • 14th Korea Musical Daesang – Best Newcomer Actress (2008)[1]
  • 3rd The Musical Awards – Best Actress (2009)[1]
  • 15th Korea Musical Daesang – Popular Star (2009)[1]

Honorary ambassador[edit]

  • Yeosu Expo Sea Love (2007)[59]
  • City of Seoul (2008)[60]
  • Save the West Coast (2008)[61]
  • We Start Recreation Headquarters (2008)[62]
  • Catholic Life Committee (2009)[63]
  • 3rd The Musical Awards (2009)[64]
  • Tour de Korea (2013)[65]

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