Date of birth : April 5th, 1957
Physique : 163 cm, 50 kg
Debut : As a member of the Hee Sisters in 1978
Insooni was the daughter of a Korean mother and an African-American father who served in the US military in South Korea. Her mother raised her alone through the help of the Pearl S. Buck International's child sponsorship program.
Insooni then came to make her professional debut as a member of the Hee Sisters, a female trio, in 1978. In 1980, however, she left the band and made her solo debut. Performing by herself proved to be a successful move, as she became one of the most representative dance singers in Korea of her generation.
In 1994, she married Park Kyung-bae, a professor at Kyunghee University. She had a daughter named Jasmine Park in 1994, who now attends Seoul International School as a high honor student.
In 1999, as one of the very few to do so, Insooni performed at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York. Insooni also had the experience to perform in a musical entitled “Chicago.”
During the 30 some years of her singing career, Insooni held numerous concerts and participated in various events. Insooni is considered one of the best R&B vocalists in Korea...of any generation. Collaborations with younger artists like Cho PD and Supreme Team kept the diva relevant to generations after hers and broadened her range. She also released special CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) and jazz albums.
Her rich, throaty, and soulful voice distinguishes her from other singers. Appropriately so, she joined the popular competition show "I'm A Singer" in 2011, establishing herself as a true vocalist.
The Woman Called Erenara (album, April 15, 1987) : Winter Window, Night And Twilight, The Night Remembers Everything, Beetle On Top Of The Vinyl Sheet, Rain And The Frog, Love The Epilogue, The Woman Called Erenara, Chorus Of The Roses, Woman Who Lives Alone, Miss Find-The-Butterfly
Special (Through Whatever Path) (album, March 1, 1988) : Through Whatever Path, Move (Here! Let's Get Together), The Face Passing By The Window, Start, Last Night In My Dream, The Breakup Swimming In Tears, Life Is A Wildcard, I Love You, Please Don't Say Heartbreaking Words Anymore, Our Hearts That Trust Each Other
Turning Point (album, January 1, 1989) : Yearning, Beautiful You, It's Falling, Heart To Heart, Moments Passed, Breakup Practice, Rose And A Memo, Love You Lots And Lots, CChamps-Élysés, Wine
Woman (album, July 1, 1991) : Wait, Arrow, Look At The Sky, Breakup Swimming In Tears, Please Don't Say HEartbreaking Words Anymore, Good Woman, Untrustworthy Man, Acacia Road, Gonna Leave Alone, Breakup Practice
Golden Album (album, May 1992) : Beautiful Korea, Shaking Reed, Where Is This, Promised One, Eyes of The Breakup, Flowers Bloomed Along The Road, You And I, My Missed Love, Desire, Every Single Night, Sad Morning, In The Middle Of One Night, My Hometown House, Why Did You Leave Me, Loneliness, Wanna Fly The Skies, Sounds Like Someone Else
The Queen of Soul (album, July 1996) : Again, Breakup Practice, Mi-rae, Beside You Is Me, I'm Going To Prepare For This Breakup, The Love You Speak Of, Me Not Lone, My Winter, White Christmas For You
Future & Memories (album, January 1, 1997) : Prologue, S.O.S., Second Breakup, Beautiful Revenge, A Bouquet Of Flowers With No Name, Cinema, Every Single Night, Friend, Weeping Willow, Look At The Sky, For My Cherished Love, Epilogue
My Turn (album, June 2001) : Tell Me, Lover, Life, Love Song, Go, Hypnosis, Rainbow, When Morning Comes, Love Is Leaving, All For Us
Insooni Jazz (album, September 29, 2003) : Love, Caravan, Changbu Taryoung, Autumn Leaves, Lullaby Birdland, Sasul Nanbong Ga, Life, Don't Get ARound Much Anymore, Smile, All The Things You Are, Monologue, My Love, Love
A To Z (September 9, 2004) : Tonight, Higher, Though I'm Smiling, My Life, Sonata, Itinerary, Swing My Baby, Lover, Because I'm A Woman, Wait, First Love, Days In The Rain, Friend, Emergency
Person Who Has To Leave (album, July 26, 2005) : Person Who Has To Leave, Say It Again, Sunset, Spring Rain, Memory, Who, Following The Path, Must Leave, To The Moon, Rain Drops
Passion (single, August 10, 2006)
Dream Of A Goose (single, January 29, 2007)
Anthology 97-08 (album, January 23, 2008) : compilation of previously released tracks
Insooni (album, May 8, 2009) : Fantasia, Cry, Perfume, Father, Chance, Get Up, Prologue, Tree, To My Daughter, Love Song, Merry Merry
Ocean (Sea Songs With Insooni) (album, December 20, 2010) : Ocean, Youngjong-do Seagull, North and South Poles In Mystery
Uppercut (feat. Supreme Team) (digital single, February 22, 2011)
Special Crime Squad OST Part 2 (OST single, March 21, 2011) : Farewell
Legend (30th Anniversary Concert) (album, July 19, 2011) : Intro, Passion, Person Who Has To Leave, Hypnosis, Havanera, Tell Me, Weeping Willow, Life, Woman Called Elenara, Good Woman, Venus, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, L'Immensita, Wait, Lady Marmalade, It's Raining Men, Climb Every Mountain, Again Higher, Every Single Night, Friend, Dream Of A Goose