Heo Sol-ji

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Heo Sol-ji
Solji performing at KBS Cool FM in July 2016 03.jpg
Solji performing at KBS Cool FM in July 2016
Native name
허솔지
Born
Heo Sol-ji

(1989-01-10) January 10, 1989 (age 30)
Gwanak-gu, Seoul, South Korea[1]
Alma materDong-ah Institute of Media and Arts
OccupationSinger
Musical career
GenresK-pop
InstrumentsVocals, Piano
Years active2006–present
LabelsBanana Culture Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationHeo Sol-ji
McCune–ReischauerHŏ Solchi

Heo Sol-ji (Hangul: 허솔지; born January 10, 1989), referred to as Solji, is a South Korean singer. She debuted in 2006 in a ballad duo group, 2NB. She was a vocal trainer before becoming the leader and main vocalist of EXID.[2][3][4][5][6]

Career[edit]

Solji was formerly a member of the vocal duo 2NB with Blady's Gabin, and released solo singles in 2008. The duo disbanded in 2012.[7][8] She then worked as EXID's vocal trainer before becoming a member.[9] On April 2012, AB Entertainment announced that three original members Yuji, Dami, and Haeryeong would leave the girl group EXID. Solji then joined EXID along with Hyelin, a former Superstar K3 participant.[10][11]

On February 2013, EXID formed a sub-unit called "Dasoni", which consisted of Solji and Hani.[12] The sub-unit released their debut single "Goodbye" on February 15, 2013 which also included the song "Said So Often".[13]

On February 2015, Solji participated in a singing competition program, MBC's King of Mask Singer, for their pilot episode, in which she won the title. She appeared as Self-Luminous Mosaic and defeated singer and comedian, Shin Bora, and trot singer, Hong Jin-young, and became the first winner of the show, impressing the panel of judges as well as viewers. This drew a lot of attention to EXID and boosted Solji's reputation as a talented vocalist.[citation needed]

On February 8, 2016, Solji, as well as fellow vocal trainer and friend, Doo Jin-Soo, were invited to join MBC's Duet Song Festival for the pilot episode of their Lunar New Year Special. They went up against Block B's rapper Zico and his partner, Lee So-young. Solji and her partner emotionally sang Lee Seung-cheol's "The Sky in the West (서쪽하늘)". In the end, Solji and Doo Jin-soo won with a score of 477, which is still the highest score in the episode, and impressed the judges and the viewers yet again. On April 8, 2016, Solji and her partner were invited back to compete in MBC's Duet Song Festival for their first episode. They were the last performers to sing in the episode thus competing with f(x)'s Luna and Goo Hyun-mo. Solji sang Davichi's "8282". In the end, Solji won again with a score of 439 and thus further increasing EXID's popularity and her reputation as a singer.[14]

On December 21, 2016, Solji was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, putting her career on hold, while the other four members of EXID continued their schedules in the year-end awards season.[15] She made a surprise appearance in EXID's Asia Tour in Seoul on 13 August, 2017, but she was still not medically cleared to return to group activities.[16] She, however, participated in recording for the group's fourth mini-album, Full Moon, despite not being involved in its promotion and live performances. She also stayed active as a Radio DJ. On July 4, Solji revealed that her condition has stabilized enough to prepare for her return for EXID's next comeback.[17] On July 27, it was confirmed by the agency that she would be back for EXID's Japanese debut.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Solji majored in Applied Music at Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts.[citation needed] In December 2016, she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and went on hiatus from EXID's group activities until July 2018.[15][18] She also enrolled in Kyung Hee Cyber University to study the practical music program during her hiatus time (2017).[19][20]

Discography[edit]

Solji performing at KBS Cool FM in July 2016.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Track listing
Challenge
  • Released: January 15, 2008
  • Format: CD, digital download
  1. 미워서 (Feat. 수호)
  2. 사랑했던 날
  3. 미소
  4. 말아요
In Jongno
  • Released: May 22, 2008
  • Format: CD, digital download
  1. 종로에서 (Feat. PK헤만)
  2. 내게 남은 사랑을 드릴께요
  3. 조금만 사랑했다면
  4. 종로에서 (inst.)
  5. 종로에서 (Chinese ver.)
As the First Feeling
  • Released: July 22, 2008
  • Format: CD, digital download
  1. 처음 그 느낌처럼 (remix)
  2. 처음 그 느낌처럼
  3. 종로에서 (feat. PK헤만)
  4. 내게 남은 사랑을 드릴께요
  5. 조금만 사랑했다면

Singles[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Notes
2008 "The Day I Loved" Solji
"Love Shake" Solji Soundtrack of LOVE & LAW
2009 "If You Want to Give Up" Solji and Sin-gun
"Goodbye, My Lover" Solji and Hye-sung
"First Love" Solji, Ah-in and Back Attack
2010 "You are Away from Me" Solji Soundtrack of Wife Returns
2011 "Be with You" Solji and PK Heman
"Last Tango" Solji, Heo In-chang and PK Heman
2012 "Unromantic" Solji, PK Heman, Kim Hyun-joo
2015 "Love Sweet" Solji Soundtrack of The Producers
"Shouldn't Have Treated You Well" Welldone Potato and Solji
2016 "You And I" Solji Soundtrack of Sweet Stranger and Me

Filmography[edit]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2015 King of Mask Singer MBC as "Self-Luminous Mosaic"
EXID's Showtime MBC Every 1 with EXID members
2016 Battle Trip KBS2 with Hani (Episode 2–3)[21]
2018 Under Nineteen MBC Judge/Mentor/Vocal director[22]
King of Mask Singer MBC as "Dongmakgol Girl"[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "[아이돌 고향을 찾아서①] 우리 고향 아이돌 누가 있을까". 스포츠경향 (in Korean). June 23, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "EXID 솔지, 눈물 펑펑 '네 나이면 구하라처럼 생겨야…'". Asia Economy (in Korean). May 7, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "허솔지, 소속사와 계약만료로 투앤비 탈퇴 : 스포츠동아". Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  4. ^ "'중고신인들' 희망준 EXID 솔지의 데뷔 10년만 '최고 설'..우승+우승". Korea Daily. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  5. ^ Son Ji-hyoung (2016-03-03). "Solji, Hani release duet song 'Only One'". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  6. ^ "EXID 솔지가 전하는 희망 꿈을 잃지 마세요 (인터뷰)텐아시아 텐아시아". TenAsia. 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  7. ^ "Solji (EXID) artist profile". Melon (in Korean). LOEN Entertainment. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Kim Hyeong-u (May 19, 2015). "10년무명 EXID 솔지 최근 첫 정산에 부모님 선물, 끝내 눈물 펑펑". Newsen (in Korean). Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "EXID 솔지, 눈물 펑펑 '네 나이면 구하라처럼 생겨야…'". Asia Economy (in Korean). May 7, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  10. ^ Kim, Dong-ju (July 16, 2012). ‘멤버교체’ 5인조 EXID, 8월 중순 전격 컴백. StarN News (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 26, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  11. ^ Park, Hyun-min (July 31, 2012). "EXID Welcomes New Members Sol Ji and Hye Rin". CJ E&M enewsWorld. Kim, Erika. MWave. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  12. ^ Mun, Wan-sik (February 11, 2013). EXID 솔지, 무보정 '애플힙' 몸매 공개. Star News (in Korean). Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  13. ^ Park, Hyun-min (February 15, 2013). "EXID debuts new unit, Dasoni". CJ E&M enewsWorld. Kim, Erika. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  14. ^ "EXID's Solji cries emotionally on singing competitive program, 'Mask King'". www.allkpop.com. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  15. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2017-04-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Exid, 완전체로 뭉쳤다..솔지 "보고 싶었다"".
  17. ^ "Solji Personally Confirms Her Upcoming Return To EXID Promotions". Koreaboo. 2018-07-04. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  18. ^ a b "EXID's Agency Shares News Of Solji's Recovery And Addresses Reports Of Her Resuming Activities | Soompi". www.soompi.com. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  19. ^ "EXID vocalist Solji to have eye operation". 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  20. ^ "EXID vocalist Solji to have eye operation". m.koreatimes.co.kr. 4 January 2018.
  21. ^ "EXID's Solji and Hani head to Japan for a future variety show appearance!". allkpop. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  22. ^ "EXID's Solji To Mentor Contestants On MBC's New Idol Debut Survival Program". Soompi. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  23. ^ Lee Yi-jin (October 21, 2018). "[종합] '복면가왕' 동막골소녀는 초대 가왕 솔지였다…왕밤빵 新 가왕 탄생". Xports News (in Korean). Retrieved October 21, 2018.

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