The Grace (group)

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The Grace
The Grace from acrofan.jpg
The Grace sub-unit Dana&Sunday in 2011
Background information
Also known as
  • CSJH The Grace
  • Tenjochiki
  • TSZX The Grace
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2005–2011 (hiatus)
Labels
Associated acts
Websitethegracedns.smtown.com
Members
Past members
The Grace
Hangul
천상지희 더 그레이스
Hanja
天上智喜 The Grace
Revised RomanizationCheonsang Jihui Deo Geuleiseu
McCune–ReischauerCh'ŏnsang Chihŭi Dŏ G'ŭleisŭ

The Grace (Hangul더 그레이스; RRDeo Geuleiseu) is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment in 2005. They are known as Tenjochiki (天上智喜 Tenjōchiki) in Japanese, Cheon Sang Ji Hui Deo Geuleiseu (천상지희 더 그레이스, stylized as CSJH The Grace) in Korean and they also used Chinese phrase for their Korean releases since debut, 天上智喜 The Grace (Tiān Shàng Zhì Xǐ The Grace, stylized as TSZX The Grace)

The Grace began as a four-member girl group composed of members Lina, Dana, Sunday and Stephanie. Since releasing their single My Everything, the group started using English name The Grace for all across promotions and later combined to their Korean name CSJH The Grace. However, member Stephanie had a major back injury in 2010 and the remaining three members performed in Seoul's SM Town Live' 10 World Tour. In 2011, they returned with formed subunit The Grace - Dana&Sunday and after that the group did not have much activities, with the members focusing on their individual activities.

Member Stephanie made her official departure from the group in 2016 after her contract with S.M. Entertainment ended.

History[edit]

2005: Debut with Too Good and Boomerang[edit]

The Grace made their first live performance in China on April 29, 2005. They performed their debut songs "Too Good" and "Boomerang", and the performance was broadcast weeks later by the Chinese channel CCTV. The verses in "Boomerang" were also sung in Chinese. The quartet made their first live performance in South Korea with "Too Good" on SBS's music program Inkigayo on May 1, 2005. They promoted the song for a few months before switching to "Boomerang".

After 7 months of promoting their first singles in Korea, the group headed off to promote in China. The Chinese version of the single was officially released in March 2006. The single included three new tracks: the Chinese versions of "Too Good" and "Boomerang" and the pre-group track "Fight To The End". After promotional activities concluded, The Grace headed to Japan.

2006: Japanese debut and My Everything[edit]

They debut Japanese single Boomerang was released January 25, 2006. Later, the song was re-recorded and released with Japanese lyrics and an altered instrumental track, and a B-side called Do You Know?, a solo song by member Sunday. Boomerang ranked #110 in the Japanese Singles Top 200 chart.

On March 8, they released second Japanese single The Club, along with a solo song by Stephanie called What U Want was released. It reached #131 on the Japanese Oricon Charts. The single was also promoted briefly in South Korea. After quick promotional activities in Korea, the group went back to Japan for their third Japanese single, Sweet Flower which was used as the theme for the month of April on the TBS Radio & Communications music show Count Down TV. "Sweet Flower" entered the charts at #151. The single was also released in Korea by S.M. Entertainment, but it was left unchanged from its Japanese version.

They released Chinese version of their Japanese single Boomerang was released in China on June 19 by Avex Trax's official Chinese distributor CRSC. In Taiwan and Hong Kong, also included the Korean version of The Club was released and contained a Chinese version of The Club plus a DVD with the Korean music video.

Even with the first few singles having low sales, another single was scheduled to be released. Juicy Love was in stark contrast with The Grace's previous singles, as it had a reggae beat. Japanese reggae singer Corn Head was featured in this song. The B-side was Sayonara no Mukō ni, The Grace's first Japanese ballad written and sung by Dana. Like the previous single, Juicy Love was released in Korea, left unchanged.

They return in Korea with releasing single My Everything on November 3, 2006 and starting promotion as CSJH The Grace. The song is a ballad track unlike their previous singles.[1] The B-side track included a cappella version of George Michael's Faith, The Final Sentence and Iris (할 말이 있어요). However, the changes did not greatly increase sales; the single entered at #30 on the Music Industry Association of Korea's monthly sales charts.[2]

2007: One More Time, OK? and Graceful4[edit]

The group's first album, 한번 더, OK? (Hanbeon Deo, OK?; One More Time, OK?) was released on May 4, 2007.[3] The title song One More Time, OK? was The Grace's most successful song to date, topping Mnet M! Countdown and SBS Inkigayo charts. The album reached sixth place for the month.[4] On June 15, the album was released in Taiwan, The Grace's first major release overseas.[5] "One More Time, OK?" won the Best Dance Music award at the 2007 Mnet Asian Music Awards (M.Net KM Music Festival).

Their fifth Japanese single, Piranha was released in August consists of Piranha and Japanese versions of My Everything and Just For One Day, featuring TVXQ's Jaejoong. The single debuted at #26 on the Oricon daily charts and ended at #50 on weekly charts.

In November, their first Japanese album Graceful 4 was released,[6] consisted of nine previously released songs and new material, including the Japanese version of One More Time, OK? from their first Korean album's title song.

2008: Stand Up People and Here[edit]

During the first months of 2008, The Grace performed at various events in support of their first Japanese album. They held three concerts in April and May named 'Graceful Party Vol. 1'.[7] The last one, at Daikanyama UNIT in Tokyo, featured their upcoming release Here, a collaboration with hip-hop group Cliff Edge.

Their sixth Japanese single called Stand Up People, was released on July 23. It was consists of Dear Friend, remixes of Stand Up People and remices of One More Time, OK. Their seventh single, Here was released on October 22, but after the song leaked, it was offered for free download for a limited time. "Here" was the theme song of both the drama and movie of Homeless School Student, based on a Japanese best-seller book. A second song and music video were released, titled "Near". "Here" reached #16 at the Oricon Charts with sales of over 16,000.[citation needed]

2009–present: Dear... and hiatus[edit]

The group's second Japanese album Dear... was released on January 7, 2009. The album debuted on #14 on the Oricon Chart.[citation needed]

The Grace appeared on the soundtrack of the Japanese movie Subaru with the songs "Sukoshi De Ii Kara / A Bit of Good" (少しでいいから) and "Coming To You".[8] "Sukoshi De Ii Kara / A Bit of Good" was part of The Grace's second Japanese Album Dear.... Stephanie also appeared in the movie as a ballet trainer.[9]

In 2010, all activities for the group as a whole were halted due to Stephanie sustaining a major back injury. On May 21, The Grace performance My Everything and One More Time, Ok? at the SM Town Live' 10 World Tour in Seoul without Stephanie. In 2011, Dana and Sunday formed the first sub-unit of the group called The Grace - Dana & Sunday and mainly active in that years. Since then the group had taken hiatus where all members focus to solo activities.

On May 15, 2016, it was confirmed that Stephanie's contract with S.M. Entertainment had expired on May 15, 2016. She decided to not renewed contract with the company and continue to promotion as soloist with Mafia Records.[10]

Subunits[edit]

Dana & Sunday[edit]

On July 5, 2011, S.M. Entertainment announced the formation of its first official sub-group unit of The Grace. Breaking their 4-year hiatus, the duo is composed of Dana and Sunday.[11] Their debut single, "One More Chance (나 좀 봐줘)", was released digitally along with the accompanying music video on July 11.[12] Dana & Sunday's debut performance was on July 8 on KBS Music Bank.[13]

On September 23, Dana & Sunday featured on part four of the soundtrack for the drama Hooray for Love (애정만만세) with the track "Now You" (지금 그대). Dana and Sunday's "With Coffee Project Part 1" was released on December 20 together with the music video of the song.[14]

The duo also participated in the eighth SM Town winter compilation album, 2011 Winter SMTown – The Warmest Gift. The two performed the song "Amazing", which was released as a physical album only on December 13, 2011.[15]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

Discography[edit]

Concerts[edit]

Headlining[edit]

  • Graceful Party Vol. 1 (2008)
  • Tenjochiki 1st Live Tour 2009 ~Dear...~

Concert participation[edit]

Awards[edit]

Years Awards
2005
  • 12th Annual Korea Entertainment Arts Awards : Best Female Group
  • 3rd South-East Music Ceremony : Best Foreign Singer Group
2006
  • 13th Annual Korea Entertainment Arts Awards : Hallyu All Star Award
2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daum 천상지희, '천상지희 더 그레이스'로 개명 Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ 11월 가요음반 판매량집계 Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Gamespot Korea. 천상지희 더 그레이스 파격 변신 티저 영상 눈길 Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine.. April 24, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2007.
  4. ^ Recording industry association Korea 2007. 5 월 – 가요음반 판매량 Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Avex Taiwan 天上智喜 再一次,OK?
  6. ^ Oricon Graceful 4 Oricon Page
  7. ^ 天上智喜 1st LIVE 2008 〜Graceful 4〜(仮) Archived 2008-02-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Subaru Official Website Sukoshi De Ii Kara and Coming To You are featured in the Subaru Soundtrack
  9. ^ Subaru Official Website Subaru trailer featuring Stephanie
  10. ^ "스테파니, SM엔터테인먼트와 계약 종료…"마피아레코드와 활동할 것"".
  11. ^ "SM confirms CSJH The Grace to make a comeback this July!". Allkpop. June 27, 2011.
  12. ^ "CSJH to comeback as a duo, 'CSJH – Dana & Sunday'".
  13. ^ "CSJH's Dana & Sunday make their long-awaited comeback on 'Music Bank' to be Released on the 11th!".
  14. ^ "CSJH's Dana & Sunday release MV for "First Americano"". allkpop. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  15. ^ "SMTOWN 'The Warmest Gift' Track List". en.Korea.com. December 8, 2011. Archived from the original on November 27, 2014.
  16. ^ "2007 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.

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