Joo Hyun-mi

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Joo Hyun Mi
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Background information
Born (1961-11-05) November 5, 1961 (age 57)
OriginGwangju, South Korea
GenresTrot, K-pop
Years active1984–present
Joo Hyun-mi
Revised RomanizationJu Hyeon-mi
McCune–ReischauerChu Hyŏn-mi

Joo Hyun Mi (Hangul: 주현미, Hanja: 周炫美; born November 5, 1961) also known as Zhou Xuan Mei,[1] is a South Korean singer, who is one of the nation's most successful trot singers.[2] She debuted in 1984, but her big break came in 1985 when she released the song, "Rainy Yeongdong Bridge." She has released more than 40 albums during her career.[3]

Early life[edit]

Joo Hyun Mi was born in 1961 to Korean-Chinese parents in Gwangju, South Korea.[3] She attended Seoul Chinese Primary School and studied pharmacy at Chung-Ang University.[4] While in university, she received an award for competing in the MBC Riverside Song Festival. Upon graduating, she worked as a pharmacist.[5]


Joo debuted in 1984 with the trot medley album Couple's Party. The album established her reputation as a singer and sold 1 million copies.[6] The following year, in 1985, she released the single, "The Rainy Yeongdonggyo Bridge," which became one of her most popular songs.[3]

Her second album, Joo Hyun Mi 2, won the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the 1988 Golden Disc Awards.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Joo is married to singer and guitarist Im Dongsin (Hangul: 임동신), who performed on Cho Yong Pil's album Cho Yong Pil and the Great Birth.[8] They have two children.[9]


Golden Disc Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient[7] Result
1986 Main Prize (Bonsang) "Crying and Regretting" Won
1987 "Blues of Tears" Won
1988 "The Man in Shinsadong" Won
Grand Prize (Daesang) Won
1989 Main Prize (Bonsang) "Unrequited Love" Won
1990 "Wait" Won

Other awards[edit]

Year Award-giving body Category Recipient Result
1987 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Original Song (TV) "My Heart Is Like A Star"[10] Won
1988 KBS Music Awards Best Song "The Man in Shinsadong"[11] Won
2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards Trot Music Award "Jjarajajja" (with Seohyun)[12] Nominated


  1. ^ "프로필" [Profile]. Ju Hyun Mi Official Site (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  2. ^ "Joo Hyun-mi Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Singing Career". The Chosun Ilbo. 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  3. ^ a b c Do, Je-hae (2014-09-02). "Joo Hyun-mi, Kim Yeon-ja, Choi Jin-hee trot back to limelight". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  4. ^ "주현미 소개" [Joo Hyun Mi Profile]. Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  5. ^ "주현미 "에이즈 감염설 충격, 스캔들 한 번 없었는데"" [Joo Hyun Mi "No AIDS Infection, No Scandal"]. MBN News (in Korean). 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  6. ^ Fuhr, Michael (2015). Globalization and Popular Music in South Korea: Sounding Out K-Pop. Routledge. p. 50. ISBN 1317556917.
  7. ^ a b "역대수상자" [Previous Winners]. Golden Disc Awards (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  8. ^ "가수 주현미 남편은 누구? 조용필과 함께한 기타리스트 겸 가수 임동신" [Who is singer Joo Hyun Mi's husband? Guitarist and Singer Im Dongshin]. Busan Ilbo (in Korean). 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  9. ^ "힙합 아들, 트로트 엄마 주현미 함께 노래하는 날 꿈꿔요" [Hip Hop Son, Trot Mom Joo Hyun Mi, Dream of Singing Together]. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 2014-11-16. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  10. ^ "23회 TV부문 수상자" [23rd TV Award Winners]. Baeksang Arts Awards (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  11. ^ "설특집 '다시 부르는 그때 그 노래' 6부 10대가수(2)". YTN Radio (in Korean). 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  12. ^ Lee, Eon-hyeok (2009-10-23). "2009 엠넷아시안뮤직어워드(MAMA) 11월 21일 개최" [2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) to be held on November 21]. Newsen (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-09.

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