Jang Nara was born in 1981 in Seoul, Korea. She is a prominent Korean singer and actress. She spent her childhood in the Korean capital and was fond of theater from her early ages. For the first time she appeared in a local play with her father. Later she acted in "Les Miserables" held in her school theater and soon decided to build a career as an actress. At the same time Jang acts as an advertisement model in various promo videos. In 2000, Jang Nara enters Chungang University in the Department of Theater, the Faculty of Art.
Nara's first success took place after the release of her first album "Burying My Face In Tears" selling four hundred thousand copies worldwide. This song remains very popular in Korea for its harmonized native melody and Nara's native vocal. Next successful singles were "Confession" and "April Story" hitting tops in various music charts in Korea. Also this female Korean pop singer featured in a live music TV show on MBC channel what boosted her popularity to bigger scales.
Jang Nara, however, didn't leave her attempts to become an actress and her first television part was on TV Sitcom in soap "New Nonstop". She featured with famous Korean actors such as Jang Dong-Gun and Park Kyung-Lim. With other outstanding Korean actor Jang Hyuk, the female Korean pop singer played the leading part in TV drama "Successful Story of a Bright Girl". "Successful Story of a Bright Girl" was a real hit with striking ratings on TV gathering very broad audience in Korea and China.
Besides acting and singing Jang Nara also is engaged in doing some charity work such as helping North Korean children suffering from starvation. Jang Nara is a member of the FHI Charity organization.
Another bright Korean pop singer and actress is Lee Jung-Hyun. Lee Jung-Hyun was born in 1980 in Daegu, South Korea. From her early ages she strived of becoming an actress and singer. For the first time she starred in the age of sixteen in "Petal". Lee Jung-Hyun's specialty is techno-style dance music. Lee released her first single "Come" one year later and it's been hitting Korean charts for one month. Her next single "Change" topped Korean charts and won numerous awards such as Most Broadcast Song, Best Song, Best Performance and others.
There was a drastic change in terms of music style with Lee's fifth album. Latin motives became apparent in "Passion" album - music where Spanish guitar and flamenco-style tap dance intertwined. Most songs by this female Korean pop singer are sung in an angry mood describing feelings of a rejected lover. "Come" and "Change" albums were included in the Korean release of the famous game "Dance, Dance Revolution" and also in a set of Japanese releases. Other Asian stars sing remakes of Lee's songs. For example Chinese singer Sammi Cheng has many remakes of songs by Lee Jung-Hyun in her repertoire.
The popularity of these two successful singers in actresses made them exemplary for any female Korean pop singer. If you like contemporary Korean music then you will like them.