Park So-yeon (singer)

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Park So-yeon
So @ SC showcase.jpg
Soyeon in "So Crazy" showcase, 2015
Native name 박소연
Born Park In-jung
(1987-10-05) October 5, 1987 (age 29)
Andong, North Gyeongsang, South Korea
Other names Park So-yeon
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels MBK Entertainment (2009– 2017)
Associated acts
Website T-ara's Website
Korean name
Hangul 박소연
Revised Romanization Bak So-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Pak So-yŏn

Park So-yeon (born October 5, 1987), better known mononymously as Soyeon, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known as the former main vocalist and member of South Korean girl group T-ara.

Early life[edit]

Soyeon was born on October 5, 1987,[1] in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. Her birth name was Park In-jung. She has officially changed her name to Park So-yeon. In 2005, she took part and was awarded the Gold Award (1st place) for the CMB Chin Chin Singing Competition.[2] Soyeon has studied at the prestigious Anyang High School of Arts, located in Anyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea.

Soyeon was formerly a trainee under SM Entertainment, preparing to be a member and supposed to be the leader of girl group Girls' Generation. However, she left the company six months before their debut due to personal circumstances. After debuting with T-ara she revealed on the show Taxi that at that time she felt the opportunity came so easily and she was in two minds, not fully prepared for the debut.[3]


2009–2011: Career Beggining[edit]

Soyeon was the second new member to be added to T-ara after two former members Jiae and Jiwon withdrawal from the group in mid-2009. She was featured on the sports variety show Invincible Baseball.

In 2010, Soyeon was rushed to the hospital after complaints of not feeling well while filming for her cameo role in Master of Study. She was then diagnosed with H1N1 while T-ara was still promoting the follow-up track "Like the First Time" off of their first full-length album, Absolute First Album.[4]

Soyeon has participated in the OSTs for the movie Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp and the SBS drama Coffee House.

In 2011, she was a fixed cast member for KBS's variety show 100 Points Out Of 100.

2012–2013: Acting roles and QBS[edit]

Soyeon participated in the musical adaption of T-ara's hit song "Roly-Poly", which opened on January 13, 2012, at the Sungnam Arts Center.[5] She has stated that it is one of her dreams to stand on stage and act on it.

She replaced Hyomin as T-ara's new leader starting on December 7, 2011, for their "Lovey-Dovey" promotions. She is the fourth leader of T-ara after Eunjung, Boram, and Hyomin. In July 2013 Soyeon stepped down as leader and Qri became the fifth leader.[6][7][8]

Soyeon appeared in the drama "Haeundae Lovers" as Lee Gwan-soon. The drama aired on August 13, 2012.[9]

Soyeon along with Qri and Boram formed a sub-group called QBS in May 2013. The subgroup focused on the Japanese market. The subgroup release their debut single titled "Kaze no You ni" (風のように, Like the Wind) on June 26, 2013.

2017–present: Departure from MBK Entertainment[edit]

On March 6, 2017 MBK announced that T-ara will be releasing their last album as six member group in May, after Boram and Soyeon terminating their contract and other members will stay with the label until December 2017.[10]On May 7, MBK Entertainment revealed the group's plans had changed and that the group would disband following the release of the album and that the final album had been re-scheduled to release in June 2017, but Boram and Soyeon not being able to partake due to the expiry of their contracts.[11] On May 8, it was announced that T-ara's last performance as six-members will be in Taiwan concert on May 13.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2013 it was announced that Soyeon had been dating Click-B's Oh Jong-hyuk. Her relationship with Oh Jong-hyuk however, came to an end in 2016 after dating for 6 years.[14]



Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR Gaon
KOR Billboard
"Song For You" (널 위해 부르는 노래)
(with Ahn Young-min)
2011 Ahn Young-min A-Family, Part 3
"I Know" (알아요)
(with Lee Bo-ram and Yangpa)
2012 Together
"Painkiller" (진통제)
(with Seong Yoo-jin, Seo Eun-kyo, Taewoon and Choi Sung-min)
2013 11 13 Tears of Mind
"Don't Forget Me" (나를 잊지 말아요)
(with Ham Eunjung, Song Minkyung, Cho Seunghee, and Speed's Jongkook, Sejoon and Seungri)
2015 White Snow
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR Gaon
KOR Billboard
"Page One" (Part 2)
(with Ock Joo-hyun)
2010 Coffee House OST
"What Should We Finish?" (뭐라고 끝낼까) Death Bell 2 OST Part 1
"Until the End"
(with Lee Bo-ram)
2011 Gisaeng Ryeong OST
"Page One"
(with Ock Joo-hyun and Lee Seok-hun)
25 30 Coffee House OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other songs[edit]

Year Album Song Duration Notes
2013 Bunny Style! "Sign" 4:56 with ex-T-ara member Areum
2013 Bunny Style! "Love Poem" 5:24 Solo


Television series[edit]

Year Show title Role Network Notes
2010 Giants Cameo SBS
2010 Master of Study Cameo KBS2
2012 Haeundae Lovers Lee Gwan-soon KBS2 Supporting role
2015 Sweet Temptation (Baby Good Girl) So-hee Web Drama Main Role


Year Musical Title Role
2012 Our Youth, Roly Poly Musical Oh Hyun-joo[17]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Gisaeng Ryung Cameo

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 Radio Star Herself MBC
Star King Herself SBS
2009–2010 Invincible Baseball Cheerleader KBS
2010 Strong Heart Herself SBS
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Herself KBS
Taxi Herself tvN
Star King Herself SBS
Challenge 1000 Song Herself KBS2
Dream Girls Herself Mnet
Hello Baby Herself KBS
Bouquet Herself MBC
Idol Trot Wars Herself MBC
Star Golden Bell Herself KBS
2010–2011 100 Points out of 100 Herself KBS2
2011 Star King Herself SBS
Challenge 1000 Song Herself KBS2
Secret Herself KBS
Vitamin Herself KBS
Happy Together Herself KBS
Win Win Herself KBS2
Beatles Code Herself Mnet
2012 Weekly Idol Herself MBC Every 1
Naughty Boys Herself JTBC
2013 Challenge 1000 Song Herself KBS2
Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 Herself KBS2
SimSimTaPa Herself MBC
2nd APAN Star Awards Host
2014 Vitamin Herself KBS2
Moon Hee Jun's Pure Herself Mnet
Weekly Idol Herself MBC Every 1
Star King Herself SBS
Hidden Singer Herself JTBC
3rd APAN Star Awards Host
2015 A Song For You 4 (Ep. 6) Herself KBS2
Idol Star Athletic Championship 2015 Herself MBC
4th APAN Star Awards Host


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