Metro Manila is already experiencing chilly nights as autumn is already being felt in most parts of the world, including South Korea. With the melancholy and sentimentalism brought about by the cold, ballads provide the perfect mood-setter for the season. And this November, KStreetManila features one of South Korea’s top balladeers, Park Hyo Shin.
Park Hyo Shin has been in the music industry for whopping 17 years and has proved immense popularity even amidst idol popularity. Breath, Home and Beautiful Tomorrow, title tracks from his seventh studio album I Am A Dreamer, were an all-kill in all music charts upon the day of the release. He was also nominated multiple times on music shows. But what’s even more amazing is that tickets to his 6-day concert last October were sold out in 12 minutes!
Park Hyo Shin’s popularity rose after appearing in a show called Lee Sora’s Propose and his debut album release, which later caused him to win the Rookie of the Year award at the 15th Golden Disk Awards. He released his second album in 2001 and his third in 2002. “A Good Man”, the title song for his third album, earned him a daesang both in the 17th Golden Disk Awards and Seoul Music Awards. In 2004, Park Hyo Shin did his first OST song for the drama I’m Sorry, I Love You with a remake of Mika Nakashima’s “Snow Flower”. Audiences praised Park Hyo Shin’s delivery, commenting that it is better than the original.
Park Hyo Shin continued to release hit after hit after hit until in 2014, he released what is considered his mega hit song, Wild Flower. The heart-wrenching ballad served as Park’s grand comeback after four years after his hiatus. Even without any promotions, Wild Flower topped multiple music charts and racked up wins in music programs. The song made such a big impact that even after two years of its release, it still charted Top 70.
What sets Park Hyo Shin apart from many singers is his change of singing technique in the middle of his career. He started with the Somole Method, which is a kind of Korean R&B singing method. It was only in his fifth studio album wherein he showed a more delicate sound while still retaining the signature huskiness in his voice.
Park Hyo Shin is lauded as one of the top male vocalists joining the ranks of Kim Bum Soo, Naul, and Lee Soo. (They are collectively known as “Kim Na Park Lee”.) While Korea’s music scene is saturated with idol groups, Park Hyo Shin continues to stand out with his ability to beautifully convey the lyrics through the intricate arrangement of his songs.
What do you think about Park Hyo Shin? Is this your first time hearing about him? Let KStreetManila know!
Written by Cheska De Ocampo / Featured photo design by Cyril Marfil