Lee Sun-hee (singer)

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Lee Sun-hee
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Lee Sun-hee 2012
Background information
Born (1964-11-11) November 11, 1964 (age 54)[1]
Boryeong, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active1984–present
LabelsHook Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul
이선희
Revised RomanizationYi Seon-hui
McCune–ReischauerI Sŏnhŭi

Lee Sun-hee (Korean이선희; born November 11, 1964) is a South Korean singer-songwriter who debuted in 1984 with the song "To J".[2][3] In her home country, she is widely regarded as a legendary singer representing South Korea, and the most successful and skilled vocalist in the country, earning her the nicknames "국민 디바" ("National Diva") and "여가왕" (Queen of Female Vocalists). She is also widely considered as a vocalist with the best vocal ability among South Korean female singers, and a singer who swept the middle and late 1980s in South Korea by its nation.

She is evaluated as a singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of her popularity in the 1980s based on explosive energy and perfect vocals from a small body of herself. She is also estimated as an authentic singer-songwriter who is loved by all people regardless of sex, age, and background. She is widely regarded as creating the first 'sister unit' in South Korea which refers to her groupie. She is known for being considered as one of the best divas in South Korea followed by Lee Mi-ja and Patti Kim, and a specialist of expressing emotions using effortless vocal transition.

In addition to being assessed to be one of the greatest vocalists in Korea with Cho Yong-pil, Lee Seung-chul, and Yim Jae-beom, she has been recognized as the best female vocalist in her country. Although the present is neither her prime time as a singer nor as a vocalist, not only when discussing musical achievements with divas such as Lee Mi-Ja, Patti Kim, but even when discussing the present singing ability with young generation singers such as Park Jung-hyun and Sohyang, she is a singer who is never be excluded anytime.

She is appraised as a singer-songwriter who is also good at writing and composing. For example, all of the songs in her 13th album, including the famous hit "Fate", which was used in the movie "King and the Clown", were all written and composed by her. Since then, the 14th and 15th albums have mostly been filled with her own songs. She had written a little piece in junior high school, but she had not been able to put it on an album; she began to record her own songs beginning with her 10th album, When the Lilac Falls. She has been regarded as maintaining her unchanging appearance and voice since her debut.

She has numerous nicknames including "small giant(작은 거인)", "national singer(국민 가수)", "national diva(국민 디바)", and "evergreen girl(만년소녀)". She is also considered as an incarnation of true self-management by her own nation. Recently, She has been actively worked in the field of Drama OST and called 'Mother of OST' in her country.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Biography[edit]

Lee Sun-hee was born on December 14, 1964 in Boryeong, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. She attended Sangmyung Women's High School and graduated from Incheon City College. Lee Sun-hee is known affectionately by her fans "Sunny" or "Little Giant". She is a daughter of a Buddhist monk and was raised near a mountainside Buddhist temple where a large number of monks resided. Her father was a master of the traditional Buddhist music known as Beompae in East Asia.

In 1984, she participated in the 5th MBC Riverside Song Festival as a team named '4막 5장' with Im Sung-kyun, senior of the same department of university, and made her debut earning great attention to win the Grand Prize with a song "To J". At that time, she had a perm in a hurry because she was afraid that she might be caught the fact that she competed in the festival without any permission by her parents. That's why she seems so out of place.

When Lee Sun-hee visited the music office of Jang Wook-jo, a South Korean songwriter, in the second year of high school to find a song to sing, a composer named Lee Se-geon was throwing bunch of sheet music away in the garbage can. Sun-hee asked him watching that scene, "Can I use this?", and picked music with his permission. Surprisingly, the song in that music was "To J", her debut and signature song which gave her grand prize of festival. There was a joke that Jeon Doo-hwan, South Korean president at that time, would ban "To J" in radio because the song reminded the nation of the president because his family named starts with 'J'. In fact, this song was used when satirizing the news that always report their president at first.

She was famous for having female fans more than male fans even though she is a woman because of her explosive singing ability and the charm of her boyish attire. It is the beginning of 'sister unit'. At that time, video of her stage performance shows screaming sound of female fans like the sound coming out in the male idol's stage performance by yelling fans nowadays. The size of her sister unit of Lee Sun-hee was so huge, and the power of her sister unit was so great that there was a rumor that the company gave money and mobilized people.

Lee Sun-hee's round glasses and curt hair caused so-called 'Lee Sun-hee syndrome', which was popular among female students at that time. The unique image making that sticks to a course wearing pantsuit costume and her appearance like a shy boy attracted not only male fans but also female fans in 'Lee Sun-hee syndrome'. Social atmosphere that rejects the decadent trend set up the environment that singers with healthy image like her can succeed and stretch their wings. Additionally, Lee Sun-hee was able to make herself popular with her unique vocal ability expressing strong power at high notes and songs that stimulate emotions of young women.

Musical style[edit]

During her 30th anniversary concert tour, Sun-hee broadcast a clip during the intermission revealing her three biggest musical influences: Barbra Streisand, Madonna, and Whitney Houston. She has mentioned Korean vocalist 송창식 (Song Chang-sik) as one of her influences and role models. Sun-hee possesses a warm, lyric-soprano voice with sturdy lows and bombastic highs. In addition to being a vocalist, Sun-hee is also a songwriter, writing many of the songs on her later albums (including the celebrated hit 인연 "Fate").

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[11][12]
Ah! The Good Old Days (아! 옛날이여)
  • Released: January 25, 1985
  • Label: Jigu Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
No data
West Wind (갈바람)
  • Released: November 25, 1985
  • Label: Jigu Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
I Want to Know (알고 싶어요)
  • Released: November 30, 1986
  • Label: Jigu Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
Where the Love Falls / I Always Miss You

(사랑이 지는 이 자리 / 나 항상 그대를)

  • Released: February 1, 1988
  • Label: Seoul Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette
My Street / A Bout of Laughter

(나의 거리 / 한바탕 웃음으로)

  • Released: April 10, 1989
  • Label: Seoul Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Turning the Pages of Memories / Why Me

(추억의 책장을 넘기면 / 왜 나만)

  • Released: August 20, 1990
  • Label: Seoul Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
If You Love Me (그대가 나를 사랑하신다면)
  • Released: July 1991
  • Label: Seoul Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Small Boat (조각배)
  • Released: August 1992
  • Label: Seoul Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Chrysanthemum (한송이 국화)
  • Released: March 3, 1994
  • Label: Seoul Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
First Love
  • Released: October 24, 1996
  • Label: Yedang Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Dream of Ruby
  • Released: November 2, 1998
  • Label: Yedang Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
20
My Life And Best
  • Released: March 26, 2001
  • Label: Yedang Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
38
Puberty (사춘기) (四春期)
  • Released: April 14, 2005
  • Label: Hook Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
15
Dear Love... (사랑아...)
  • Released: February 25, 2009
  • Label: Hook Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
89 N/A
Serendipity
  • Released: March 26, 2014
  • Label: Hook Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4
* There is no chart data for 2009, but Dear Love... charted on the Gaon Album Chart in 2013.

OST albums[edit]

Awards[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Ref.
1984 KBS Song Festival New Artist Award [18]
MBC Riverside Song Festival Grand Prize [19]
MBC Ten Singers Song Festival Most Popular Song "To J" [18]
New Artist Award [18]
Best ten singers
1985 KBS Song Festival Grand Prize
MBC Ten Singers Song Festival Best ten singers
1986 Golden Disc Awards Main Prize (Bonsang) West Wind [20]
KBS Song Festival Grand Prize
MBC Ten Singers Song Festival Best ten singers
1987 Golden Disc Awards Main Prize (Bonsang) I Want to Know [20]
KBS Song Festival Grand Prize
MBC Ten Singers Song Festival Most Popular Song I Want To Know
1988 Golden Disc Awards Main Prize (Bonsang) I Always Miss You [20]
KBS Song Festival Grand Prize
MBC Ten Singers Song Festival Best ten singers
1989 Golden Disc Awards Main Prize (Bonsang) My Street [20]
KBS Song Festival Grand Prize
MBC Ten Singers Song Festival Best ten singers
1990 Golden Disc Awards Main Prize (Bonsang) A Bout of Laughter [20]
KBS Song Festival Grand Prize
MBC Ten Singers Song Festival Best ten singers
1994 KBS Song Festival Grand Prize
1995 KBS Song Festival Grand Prize
1996 KBS Song Festival Grand Prize
1999 Baeksang Arts Awards Popularity Award (Theater Division) Bari, The Forgotten Lullaby [21]
2001 MBC Ten Singers Song Festival Best ten singers

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Hye-sung, Kil (March 25, 2014). "'지존이 돌아온다①'-이선희, 30년 저력 '女가왕'". Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Lee Sunhee Archived September 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  4. ^ "가수 이선희 공식홈페이지 – Lee Sun-hee official website".[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "이선희의 귀환, 15집 '세렌디피티'".
  6. ^ "[독점] 이선희 쇼케이스 다시보기 DAUM".
  7. ^ "[20년 전 오늘] 이선희, 대한민국 가요계 호령한 '영원한 국민 디바'". June 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "[가요계 응답하라 1990②] 이선희, 인기상·신인상·가수상 등 최초 3관왕 달성".
  9. ^ "[박성서 평론] 현 대한민국 최고의 디바, 이선희를 다시 듣다".
  10. ^ "SBS 스페셜, '대한민국 디바' 이선희 열풍의 의미 조명". December 27, 2014.
  11. ^ "K-pop Album Sales Volume" (in Korean). Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Gaon Album Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
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  14. ^ "December 1998 K-pop Album Sales Volume" (in Korean). Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on August 22, 1999. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "First Half of 2001 K-pop Album Sales Volume" (in Korean). Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on July 17, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  16. ^ "February 2006 K-pop Album Sales Volume" (in Korean). Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on May 18, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  17. ^ Cumulative sales for Serendipity:
  18. ^ a b c "[시선★피플] '언니 부대', '국민 가수' 세월도 빗겨가는 천상의 목소리 '이선희'". Sisun News (in Korean). March 14, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  19. ^ Fuhr, Michael (2015). Globalization and Popular Music in South Korea: Sounding Out K-Pop. Routledge. p. 49. ISBN 9781317556916.
  20. ^ a b c d e "역대수상자". Golden Disc Awards (in Korean). Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  21. ^ "[백상예술대상] 연극 인기상 이선희". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). April 5, 1999. Retrieved January 24, 2019.

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