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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Insooni (인순이)
Insuni from acrofan.jpg
Background information
Birth name Kim In-Sun (김인순)
Born (1957-04-05) April 5, 1957 (age 59)
Genres R&B
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1978 (1978)–present
Labels Sosob Blue Sky
Sony Music Entertainment
MAPPS Entertainment
Hangul 인순이
Revised Romanization In Sun-i
McCune–Reischauer In Suni
Birth name
Hangul 김인순
Hanja [1]
Revised Romanization Gim In-sun
McCune–Reischauer Kim In-sun

Kim In-Soon (Korean: 김인순; born April 5, 1957), better known by her stage name, Insooni (Korean: 인순이), is a South Korean singer. She made her debut in 1978 in a group "Hee Sisters (Korean: 희자매)". Since then, she has recorded a total of 19 albums, 14 of them, regular. She is now South Korea's acclaimed R&B diva with a wide range of fans, even though 35 years have passed since her debut. She is one of the few singers who performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and earned several top prizes at broadcasters' annual award ceremonies. She is distinguished by her rich, throaty voice on stage. She was born to a South Korean mother and an African American father, who served in the U.S. military in South Korea, and was brought up by her mother alone, with the assistance of Pearl S. Buck International's child sponsorship program.

Early life and education[edit]

Insooni was born to an African-American father and a South Korean mother in April 1957 in Pocheon, Gyeongi Province, and her upbringing was fraught with difficulties from discrimination against minorities which was severe during this time in South Korea. Insooni has commented that "while attending school I felt like I was dirty compared to my classmates."[1] In-Soon graduated from Cheongsan Middle School of Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province, and having had enough of the difficulties didn't continue her education through high school. She has said that overcoming the difficulties came by singing.[1]


In 1978, Insooni made her debut with the girl group "Hee sisters" but South Korean public opinion doubted that a girl group could be successful in South Korea.[1] The Hee sister's time allowed In-Soon to show off her skills such as eloquent dance but the interest she attracted was merely that of outward appearance. In 1980, Fate, Insooni's solo release debuted. 1983, with the age of disco setting in, If it's night, every night, saw her release a hit that rose and remained at number 7 on KBS charts through 1984, she rose immensely in popularity.

She has also released a Live album of Contemporary Christian Music,[2] which was launched on August 11, 2006. It included Korean versions of the classic Christian songs Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art (주 하나님 지으신 모든 세계), and other songs like Jesus (찬양해) and Through Christ.[3]

In 2007 she got special attention for her performance of the song A Goose's Dream.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She has one daughter, Saein, born 1994, who attended Seoul International School as a high honor student and currently attends Stanford University.

See also[edit]

  • Hines Ward, an American football player who was born to an American father and South Korean mother, similarly to Insooni


  1. ^ a b c d "仁順이 새音盤 申重鉉 曲받아". 동아일보. May 30, 1981. 
  2. ^ KBS World. "In Sooni (인순이)"
  3. ^ Amazing Grace- Insooni Tracklist
  4. ^ PowerHouse. Insooni Concert. Info Artist

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