Wax (singer)

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Background information
Birth name Cho Hye-ri
Born (1976-05-31) May 31, 1976 (age 41)
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present

Warner Music Korea

Starline Entertainment
Associated acts DOG (1998–2000)
Stage name
Revised Romanization Wakseu
McCune–Reischauer Waksŭ
Birth name
Revised Romanization Jo Hye-Ri
McCune–Reischauer Cho Hye-Ri

Cho Hye-Ri, (born May 31, 1976), better known as Wax, is a South Korean pop singer and musical actress. She was the lead vocalist of the band Dog. She debuted as soloist in 2000 and has released ten albums and digital singles. Aside her singing activities, Wax made her acting debut in 2007 with a main role in the musical Fixing My Makeup (Hangul화장을 고치고), whose plot is based on her song of the same name. Her hit songs include "Fixing My Makeup" and "Please". She has won three Golden Disk Awards, one each year from 2001 to 2003.


Wax was born on May 31, 1976, with the birth name Cho Hye-Ri. Cho graduated from the Department of Postmodern Music at Kyung Hee University. Although she has been professionally active since 1998, her personal life has been mostly veiled from the public.


Her debut as a singer was as lead vocalist of the band Dog in 1998. The band only released one album, DOG-1st. The title track of the album was "Kyung Ah's Day", and the album also included nine other songs. After Dog disbanded, she made her solo debut with the stage name Wax in 2000. Her debut album as a soloist was Vol. 1: The Diary of Mom, with a debut song called "Oppa", a cover version (without the suggestive lyrics) of Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop". As of 2012, she has released nine full-length albums and nine other albums. In addition, she has released songs for the original soundtracks of several dramas.

In 2007, Wax made her debut as a musical actress. She was cast as the main actress for the musical Fixing My Makeup, which had a plot based on her song of the same name.


From 2000 to 2003, she published a full-length album each year: Vol. 1: The Diary of Mom, Vol. 2: Fixing My Makeup, Vol. 3: Please, and Vol. 4: Relation. In 2005, she published a comprehensive album that included hit tracks from the four full-length albums as well as new songs. Later that year, she also released her fifth full-length album, Vol. 5: Goodbye. In 2006, she released her sixth full-length album, Vol. 6: Because All Love is Like That. She published her first single, "Love Goes Away Again", with Lee Gi-Chan in 2007. She released Vol. 7: Women Eat Love and a second single, "Lucky", in 2008. In 2009, she released one full-length album, Vol. 8: Always You, and two singles, "Can't You Call Me" and "Don't Cry". In 2010, she released three albums: Wax Unplugged Side A and B, Two Women, and Vol. 9: Fall in... (Part 1). She released a single, "A Heart Was Refreshed", in 2011.

She has released songs for the soundtracks of three dramas: "I Love You", for the drama Lights and Shadows; "Cry but Stay", for the drama Dummy Mommy; and "Falling Tears", for the drama I Miss You.


Date Title
2000-11-14 Vol.1 - 엄마의 일기 (The Diary of Mom)
2001-08-09 Vol.2 - 화장을 고치고 (Fixing My Makeup)
2002-07-05 Vol.3 - 부탁해요 (Please)
2003-09-18 Vol.4 - 관계 (Relation)
2005-02-02 Vol.5 - Goodbye
2006-12-01 Vol.6 - 사랑은 다 그런거니까 (Because All Love is Like That)
2008-01-10 Vol.7 - 여자는 사랑을 먹고 (Women Always Want Love)
2009-07-02 Vol.8 - Always You
2010-12-09 Fall in... 파트 1 (Fall in... Part 1) (Mini Album)
2012-12-04 Vol.9 - Now & Forever
2014-08-26 Vol.10 - Special Album Spark (with Ember Glow)

OST and Singles[edit]

Date Track Title(s)
2009.08.26 Can’t Cry (울면 안돼) Non-Album Single
2010.10.29 Two Women (두 여자) Two Women (두 여자) OST
2011.02.25 Heart Is Empty (가슴이 뻥 뚫려) Digital Single
2011.03.30 Lucky Single
2012.01.03 I Love You (사랑한다) Lights & Shadows (빛과 그림자) OST Part 2
2012.03.30 Stay Crying (울고도 남아서) Dummy Mommy (바보엄마) OST Part 1
2012.10.30 Tears Are Falling (떨어진다 눈물이) I Miss You (보고싶다) OST Part 1
2013.07.18 Dear Love (사랑아) Sword and Flower (칼과 꽃) OST Part.1
2013.11.19 Love Wind (사랑 바람) Empress Ki(기황후) OST Part 2
2014.01.09 Coin Laundry (사랑한 적도 없는) Non-Album Single
2015.10.08 Not My Mind(내 맘 같지 않아) Non-Album Single
2015.11.20 Wind Watch (바람시계) (feat. 정일훈 Of BTOB) Digital Single Vol.2
2016.01.24 Tears I Just Cry (그냥 눈물이 나) 엄마 OST Part.4 (Mom OST Part.4)
2016.07.13 Just One Shot(딱 한잔만) Non-Album Single (with SSJ (서사장))
2016.11.01 You Are You Are You Are (너를 너를 너를) Non-Album Single


Year Title
2004 Wax Best of Best - Best Day & Night
2004 The Selection Of Wax


Year Title
2010 Unplugged Side A (리메이크 앨범)
2010 Unplugged Side B (리메이크 앨범)


Year Title
2002 02 (Overseas Version)

Original soundtracks[edit]


  • 2001 - KBS: Singer of This Year Award
  • 2001 - MBC: Singer of The Teens Award
  • 2001 - Mnet: Best Music-video Award
  • 2001 - 16th Golden Disk Award
  • 2002 - 17th Golden Disk Award
  • 2003 - SBS: Field of Ballad Award
  • 2003 - KMA: Singer of This Year Award
  • 2003 - 18th Golden Disk Award
  • 2004 - Achievement Award from Kyung Hee University[citation needed]

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2001 Best New Female Artist "Oppa"[3] Won
Music Video of the Year (daesang) "Fix My Make-up"[3] Won
Best Ballad Performance Nominated
2002 Best Female Artist "Please" (부탁해요)[4] Nominated
2003 "Relationship" (관계)[5] Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wax releases her OST track for SBS drama 'Dummy Mommy'". Allkpop. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  2. ^ Ho, Stewart (30 October 2012). "Wax Sings for the First Part of I Miss You's OST". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  3. ^ a b "2001 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  4. ^ "2002 MMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
  5. ^ "2003 MMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-20.

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