Na Yoon-sun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Na.
Na Yoon-sun
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Background information
Birth name Na Yoon-sun (나윤선)
Born (1969-08-28) August 28, 1969 (age 47)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1994–present
Labels ACT
Na Yoon-sun
Hangul 나윤선
Revised Romanization Na Yun-seon
McCune–Reischauer Na Yunsŏn

Na Yoon-sun, also Youn Sun Nah (Korean: 나윤선; born August 28, 1969) is a South Korean jazz singer.[1]


Na Yoon-sun was born in August 28, 1969, in Seoul. She was born to musical parents: her father, Na Young-soo (나영수), is a conductor in Korea and her mother, Kim Mi-jung (김미정), is a musical actress. She studied French literature at Konkuk University in Korea. While she was working for a fashion company, she was scouted by Kim Min-gi (김민기), who was the president of the Hakchon Theater Company (극단 학전). There, she made her debut in a musical called Subway Line 1 (지하철 1호선).

In 1995, she decided to go to Paris to study Jazz and chanson. There, she went to some of the oldest jazz schools, including CIM Jazz School, National Music Institute of Beauvais, Nadia and Lili Boulanger Conservatory at the same time. After graduating, she taught students at CIM Jazz School from 2000 to 2001. She formed her own quintet, called YSN 5tet, and performed at various jazz clubs, theaters, festivals, and bars in France. Also in 2001 she released her debut album Reflet. But her mostly self-composed 2002 album Light for the people was her introduction to wide distribution. She recorded the follow-up Down by love with guitarist Olivier Ode. With her 2004 release So I am, she gained wide popularity in Europe.[citation needed]

In 2007, she ventured more into pop with Memory Lane. In 2008, she signed a contract with German label ACT, and in 2009, was acknowledged for her musical contributions in France, by receiving Chevaliers of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Her 2010 album Same Girl was considered by many critics to be her best.[citation needed] In 2011, she gave about 180 performances in more than thirteen countries.[citation needed] In 2011, this rose to about 200 performances in more than twenty-five countries in 2012. [2] [3] [4] [5] In 2013 she released Lento. Her albums are currently released in various countries, including France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Swiss, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia, simultaneously.


Having been exposed to many kinds of music by her parents, Na decided to study and sing jazz after she performed as an actress in the Korean comedy musical Subway Line 1 (지하철 1호선). While she was seeking more ways to express herself musically, one of her musician friends suggested she study jazz.

Vocal style[edit]

Unlike other jazz vocalists, she was not influenced by any historical jazz musicians, because she did not have any knowledge of jazz music until her late start as a singer.[citation needed] Even though she began studying jazz history in Paris, it was already after she had created her own vocal style. Rather, she sang various genres of music from classical music to rock music by herself before she headed to Paris to study jazz. This is why her vocal style does not resemble or belong to any particular jazz musicians. She is able to digest any kind of music into her unique vocal style. Having a very wide range of pitch, she has a clear, refreshing, yet deep tone. She is best known for sensitive, sentimental and rich expression as well.[citation needed]



Album title and details Peak chart
  • 1st album
  • Date released: June 13, 2001
  1. "Moon's A Harsh Mistress"
  2. "Rainy Day" (Title Song)
  3. "Jody Grind"
  4. "Ballad For Friends"
  5. "Night Has A Thousand Eyes"
  6. "Your Face"
  7. "Blueside"
  8. "Hard to Say Goodbye"
  9. "Time After Time"
  10. "Happy Hour"
  11. "Reflect"
  12. "초우"
Light For The People
  • 2nd album
  • Date released: 2002
  1. "One Way" (Title Song)
  2. "Song For The People"
  3. Untitled
  4. "Besame Mucho"
  5. "Sometimes I'm Happy"
  6. "Lost Dream"
  7. "Your Face"
  8. "Nostalgia"
  9. "Absses"
Down By Love
  • 3rd album
  • Date released: December 12, 2003
  • Record label: Warner Music
  1. "Media Da Paixao" (Title Song)
  2. "Into Dust"
  3. "Consider Me Gone"
  4. "Old Friends"
  5. "Camille's Song"
  6. "Down By Love" (Title Song)
  7. 아름다운 사람 (Beautiful Person)
  8. "Manic Depression"
  9. "Oblivion"
  10. "No Me llores Mas"
  11. "Painted From Memory"
So I Am...
  • 4th album

Date released: October 19, 2004

  1. "Forever" (Title Song)
  2. "Inner Storm"
  3. "Ghosts"
  4. "Circum & Girum"
  5. "Past"
  6. "Down By Love"
  7. "News From The Gutter"
  8. "So I Am"
  9. "Biladecha"
  10. "Pancake..."
  11. "Yom Yavo"
  12. "Never Ending History"
Memory Lane
  • 5th album
  • Date released: April 10, 2007
  1. "Eternal Love"
  2. "Paper Tiger"
  3. "Memory Lane"
  4. "Anak"
  5. "Little Fish - Big World"
  6. "Cloud Nine"
  7. "City Rhythms"
  8. "Han River"
  9. "Heart of Glass"
  10. "Cinderella Me"
  11. "The Waves"
  12. "Tears of Ice"
  13. "Tangerine Dream"
  14. "Senoya"
  • 6th album
  • Date released: September 22, 2008
  • Record label: The ACT Company
  1. "Dancing With You"
  2. "The Linden"
  3. "Calypso Blues"
  4. "My Bye"
  5. "Jockey Full Of Bourbon"
  6. "Voyage" (Title Song)
  7. "Please Don't Be Sad"
  8. "Shenandoah"
  9. "Come, Come"
  10. "Frevo"
  11. "Inner Prayer"
  12. "India Song"
Same Girl
  • 7th album
  • Date released: August 17, 2010
  • Record label: The ACT Company
FR #38
BEL (Wa) #89
  1. "My Favorite Things"
  2. "My Name Is Carnival"
  3. "Breakfast In Baghdad"
  4. "Uncertain Weather" (Title Song)
  5. "Song Of No Regrets"
  6. "강원도 아리랑 (Gangwondo Arirang)"
  7. "Enter Sandman"
  8. "Same Girl"
  9. "Moondog"
  10. "Pancake"
  11. "La Chanson d'Helene"
  • 8th album
  • Date released: March 12, 2013
  • Record label: The ACT Company
FR #14
BEL (Vl) #145
BEL (Wa) 47
SUI #70
  1. "Lento"
  2. "Lament"
  3. "Hurt"
  4. "Empty Dream"
  5. "Momento Magico"
  6. "Soundless Bye"
  7. "Full Circle"
  8. "초우"
  9. "Ghost Riders In The Sky"
  10. "Waiting"
  11. "아리랑 (Arirang)" (Title Song)
  12. "New Dawn"


  • "My Favorite Things" (August 10, 2010)

Other contributions[edit]

Buddha Bar Volume 5 features a song named "Road" created by Refractory (a French music group) and sung by Na Yoon-sun, under the name "Youn Sun Nah".

She appears on multiple songs of the 2011 release "Songs of Freedom" by French guitarist Nguyên Lê.


[7] [8]


  • Chanson competition (French Cultural Center, South Korea), Winner (1989)
  • Festival de Jazz de Montmartre (France), Second prize (1998)
  • France St-Maur Jazz (France), Winner (1998)
  • Concours national de jazz de la Défense (France), Special Jury Prize (1999)
  • This year's jazz singer award (South Korea), Winner (2000)
  • The 1st Korea Pop Music Awards for Best Crossover (2004)
  • Antibes ‘Jazz a Juan’, Winner (2005)
  • Today's popular music Awards Young Artist Award, Winner (2005)
  • The 5th Korea Pop Music Awards for Best Jass&Crossover
  • 6th Korea Best Pop Music Jazz Album Award (2009)
  • Chevaliers of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2009)
  • BMW Welt Jazz Award, Second prize (2010)
  • The 8th Korea Best Pop Music Jazz Crossover Jazz Album, Winner (2011)
  • Eco-Jazz foreign female artists of the year, Winner (2011)
  • The 3rd Pop Culture Awards Prime Minister's commendation (2012)


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