Kim SoHyang Vocal Analysis

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Vocal Range

Eb3 ~ A6 (3 octaves and 3 notes)

Lower register may extended down to D3.

Supported Range

G#3/A3-F6 (Including head voice)

G#3/A3-C6 (Not including head voice)

 Tessitura

Eb5/E5-F6

Vocal Type

Full Lyric Soprano

Strengths

Due to her extremely well trained middle register and vocal endurance she is able to consistently belt with resonance and power in the upper 5th octave (E5-B5), this skill has been very much well showcased all throughout her career. She also has a very connected voice she is able to flawlessly transition between chest to head voice and head voice to chest with no noticeable breaks or cracks. She has the ability to do complex vocal lines without losing tonality and without losing speed. Because of superior breath control she is able to do complex vocal lines in one breath and sustain notes for very long lengths of time. Sohyang also can maintain a consistent column of sound and can sing with an even scale with no drops of support in the A3-F6 range, she is also one of the very few Sopranos who can stay within the Soprano range without vocal effort truly one of the best vocalist in Asia.

Weaknesses

Compared to the rest her voice, her lower register is underdeveloped and lower notes can be unsupported.

Registers

Lower Register: Not well supported/quiet  below G#3/A3 lower notes can sometimes be lost due to the airiness of them.

Middle Register: Extremely consistent and amazing ease. 99.99% of the time supported. The Ring is almost always achieved in the A4-B5 range and resonance up to C6. Able to hold out notes in the upper fifth octave for long lengths of time and able to due to vocal runs in the upper fifth octave without losing resonance/tonality. Able to maintain dynamics in this register up to F#5/G5. Generally uses a balanced mix.

Head Voice: Well developed head voice that is connected with the rest of the voice. Very bright,full and vibrant able to maintain head resonance to F6.  Able to maintain/do dynamics in this register.

Overall Technique

Breath Control & Support: Amazing breath control and support. She is able to do vocal feats like Crescendo and Decrescendo with ease and complete resonance, able to stay in the upper fifth octave with ease and resonance no strain no pain. Dynamics are not a problem for her even in her upper extremes.Amazing transitions between head voice and chest. Superior control and support is sadly not carried down to her lower register as notes below G#/A3 can be not supported and just airy.

Resonance:  Very consistent resonance from all throughout the mixed register, having the best ring in the Eb5-G#5/A5 range.

Mixing: When she started Sohyang used a headier mix in the E5-B5 range, but throughout the years she has adjusted to use a balance mix all throughout her mid range. She can willingly change the amount of chest she uses in her mix to make weightier sounds, but normally just uses a balanced mix.

Tone Production: She sings with a risen palate 99.99% of the time, so no true nasality. Her voice is very creamy and womanly though maintains the brightness of a Soprano. Has excellent control of how she uses her voice adding more or less chest to her mix depending on what she wants to convey/on the song. Her head voice has an extremely bright, vibrant soprano like feel to it, she is able to change the intensity of her head voice( from solid to floaty) at will.

Intonation: Fairly consistent intonation really only have pitch issues when doing very intricate and complex runs, other than that extremely reliable.

Musicianship

Sohyang has amazing musicianship and control of how she uses her voice to fit the style(from a more rock like sound in My World, to a more family friendly sound in Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas). Her musicianship though, which mainly includes very high belts, high vocal runs, transitions from head to chest is not meant for everyone though. Common complaints about her musicianship is that it is too overbearing or just “too much” and that her belting can take away from the music at times and emotion can be lost. Though there are times when her musicianship is less offensive to people and they can genuinely enjoy her singing.

Rating

Excellent vocalist

Vocal Range Video(s)

Videos by: WestVoice

Video by: bxiaiao

Analysis done by: pandayeu

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738 thoughts on “Kim SoHyang Vocal Analysis

  1. Hello, I found a great video about Suppoted and Unsupported

    In 12:28 they said that Ariana Grande and Christina Aguilera doesn’t use support, does it mean they have no supported range?

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    1. This video lacks content, it’s mostly “here’s why Barbra is great.” It doesn’t even show supported vs unsupported, it shows inconsistent support vs more consistent support. No Christina and Ariana weren’t supporting in that specific range.

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  2. Hey guys, just wanted to leave this here. God, SoHyang is really busy this year. She’s a Musician, an Author & a University Professor! :O That must be exciting! Could any of you translate what she is teaching? I’m sure there would be many others beyond just me who would love to know what she is saying.

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  3. Also for anyone who hasn’t seen these, here is more footage of SoHyang & Park KiYoung back when they were in The Sound of Music together! ❤

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    1. only beyonce who does excellent vocalist. as far as i follow this blog, the excellent vocalists would be beyonce, mariah, whitney, and sohyang. gaga and lara around good or great. celine around competent

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    2. As was answered to you, Beyonce seems to be excellent, Celine Competent, Lady Gaga good to great and Lara Fabian is a question mark, I wanna say she’s at least good.

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      1. We would rather not compare them because it just comes down to being extremely picky about their technique and really, you can easily make a case as to why either of them would be better than the other, same with Beyonce.

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    3. Quick searching on the OH thread, I found Ahmin say Celine is competent to good at best

      One of the blog analysts tweeted before Lara Fabian could be considered excellent at her peak

      Beyonce is excellent

      Lady Gaga is in the Good to Great area

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  4. Ah, I remember that site used to write her intonation is excellent, now it was updated to “Pretty much flawless intonation, with only going flat about twice in her career.”, and that makes more sense.

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  5. pleas can I ask for help….The apply for SM and jyp will end up in 1st April. pleas what I can do to be good like sohyang before April not really good like but to sound good enough to be accepted in the audition .. I think I have better chance in jyp since I am pretty girl but I don’t to end up like another visual untalented girl

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    1. There’s absolutely no way to go from untrained to singing as well as Sohyang within 6 months. You can improve a lot, but singing is a process, muscles need to be develop and you have to respect your voice, it takes time and proper training. The audition isn’t just about singing well because even if you sing well, many times it’s unlikely they’ll accept you. It’s like a lottery really.

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  6. Hey Ahmin! I found this very interesting video about Park Kiyoung. This can help in making her vocal profile. What do you think of her technique here? I can hear her not supporting at times. Am I correct? And that she has a heady mixed voice?
    https://youtu.be/0dhwnxzsmZg here is the vid! 🙂
    Also is Park Kiyoung’s rating be at good to great or great?

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    1. Her lower range is mostly air, most of it. The video did nothing to show me where she supports. 1:57 ~ 2:35 all those A4’s were really throaty, the placement was really stuck in the back of her throat. Actually there are a lot of unfortunate note choices for her mix in this video. Actually I hear a lot of throatiness and tongue tension on most of her sustained notes in her mix throughout, I am slightly shocked cause I didn’t know it was this often. I swear I remember her having cleaner and better placed notes than these. 7:50 like that Eb5 was randomly well placed, compared to most of her everything else. She is a really inconsistent vocalist in her mix. Then she gets REALLY gritty, really throaty and really squeezed above Eb5/E5, where she goes really strained. She is REALLY heady above that. Her head voice is supported, really well placed but her tongue tension still prevails. Her head voice seems to have support up to A5, Bb5 and B5 are questionable. Above that, not so much. I’m afraid her rating is definitely not as high as you’re projecting.

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      1. Thank you Ahmin! This blog really enlightened me! What rank would you think Park Hyoshin, Zhang Liyin, Lee Sunhee, Kim Bumsoo, Lee Seungchul, Gummy, Lyn and Jungin? I personally really like their voices and I do hope you can analyze one of them sooner. Thank you and more power to this vocally fantastic blog. Kudos to all contributors! And please update So Hyang’s profile sooner. Thanks ahmin! GODBLESS!

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      2. Unfortunately I am not familiar with all these vocalists to the point of just being able to pop out a rating, so I’d rather you not ask about names without videos just like that and let’s all just wait for their analyses to be sure. I have an idea of their ratings to an extent, but I’d rather hear your estimated ratings before I give my opinion.

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  7. Heyy ahmin.
    SoHyang just released her new single ‘Way Home’. She wrote that song in NYC because she saw so many sad people in the trains and busses and she wanted to write a song to comfort them.
    Could you please analyze the song? I know its a the studio version but ofc she will do it as well as in studio when she performs live.

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      1. Is there any specific reasoning besides it being a new release? Since I’d like to know what’s going on on your mind when you asked the question. ^ ^

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  8. I really like that song and thats why I wanted to get a deeper look at it. But if you dont want to im okay with that :).
    Can you atleast tell me what high note she hits at the climax? It is a G5?

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    1. Oh no that’s fine I’m just wondering exactly if you could be more specific with your answer. Could you give me a time stamp for that?

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      1. Its around 3:24.
        I just saw that you analyze many performances when people ask for that and thats why I wanted to get a closer look at her vocals in that song too :D. Is that understandable?

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      2. Yeah but the thing with Sohyang is that we know she got it, I only analyze live performances, but this isn’t live and I’m sorry I’m just not home right now, so I can’t pin point every detail about this studio song. I’m sorry and that note is F#5, so close!

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    1. I hear A LITTLE bit of tension on it, it’s very little and she was a bit flat as well. Or sharp? I am not sure if the note is supposed to be C#6. I honestly don’t know, they don’t seem very different.

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      1. I’m pretty sure it was sharp. In the original arrangement it was supposed to be a C6, but in this performance she went sharp, and made it her highest belted note to date.

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  9. Hi! I’d like to know, what do you think of her agility? I feel like she has the technique to do runs but she lacks the natural agility required to do them so she sometimes loses tonality and they sound muffled or off-pitch even if they’re not.

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    1. Sohyang’s runs are very on and off. Sometimes they are executed well with precision, but other times not so much. The main issue is that she tries to do very complex runs and that can lead to her being pitchy. Also she doesn’t always have a nice flow when doing vocal runs she’s just inconsistent with them really. She’s definitely someone who is more suited for belting than runs and she shows that.

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  10. This analysis has to be updated. Sohyang’s has performed so many renditions since your analysis, including very epic ones like Bridge over Troubled Water, Lean on Me, and Everyone. YOU GOTTA UPDATE IT!! (Can’t wait to see it!!) haha.

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    1. Believe me, I am well aware this analysis needs to be updated. No need to tell me because I know, we all know. It’s just a time thing, but she will be updated

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  11. “Intonation: Faitly consistent intonation really only have pitch issues when doing very intricate and complex runs, other than that extremely reliable.”

    I think it was supposed to be Fairly

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  12. HI! I love the singing, do you happen to provide any singing warm up lessons that helped Kim Sohyang with her mixed register strength?

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    1. Hi uhm see we didn’t teach Sohyang so we don’t know what exercises did specifically although she did do some of them on a tv show once.

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  13. I love Sohyang but the more I listened o her, I think my ears will bleed.
    I’m planing to major music though

    Do you identify the note by only hearing it? Is that what you call absolute pitch?

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  14. There is something off about her singing lately, she looks so tired and sounds tired and as if she lost some of her breath capacity, she sounds even unsupported at times, i am worried about her :/

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    1. So I went looking at some performances from November and October. And I did notice in the November performances(Greatest love of All, Bridge over Troubled Water Fate) she was singing significantly lighter and not really projecting how she normally does in the mixed voice, however she was still supported and the resonance was just cut in half really also her head voice was perfectly fine. The October performance I watched was perfectly fine it was Lean on Me one of her most vocally intense songs and she performed it like she did when she did it on Immortal Song, so nothing was wrong in October. There can be plenty of reasons as to why November is different than October, could be irregular schedule, health, fatigued so many reasons, but I wouldn’t say she is “declining” because October was fine.

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      1. I just want to leave here that she probably still suffers from her pneumonia earlier this year. And she also has a very busy schedule. She is not only a singer, she is an author, she is an professor at university and she also has a private life.

        But may I ask why do u rate her performance of Greatest love of All performance as “worse” than other performances? I think she did really well in it or didnt she? I didnt her any drop of resonance in comparison to other performances

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      2. Yeah that’s true she does all of that stuff and that can become taxing.

        She did well, she wasn’t straining or anything and she said in a relatively lower range, but like you she was still getting over pneumonia and that affected how she sang. She was just singing lighter and the projection just wasn’t the same. Compared to no other performance it is fine, but like I know she can do better because she has.

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  15. What makes Sohyang a full-lyric as opposed to a light-lyric with unparalleled resonation? When I listen to full-lyrics like YeonJi and EunJi they sound like they naturally have that thicker voice, not to mention a darker voice, even when they don’t resonate. But Sohyang’s tone just seems so light and girly to me (without all that power, of course).

    Just trying to familiarize myself with all these voice types, thanks in advance!

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    1. Even if a light lyric has really good technique their resonance and volume output won’t be nearly as large as a full lyric. Sohyang may not have a very dark voice but it has huge volume output even though her mix is balanced and quite bright.

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    1. Yeah she’s a professor at that college and her class essentially is a master class I believe where she sings and then has the students sing and give them a lesson in front of the class. She also lectures on vocal technique. At least I bellieeeveee that is what she does. I saw like one video of her doing her job so yeah lol

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  16. loooolll….I was watching videos of sohyang vs Christina Aguilera and it was like 90% of people says christina is the best vocalist and her voice is much stronger not only in this video but why????is it because of popularity or the voice tone

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    1. Because of pure subjective reasons. There really isn’t any reason. Christina is a very popular vocalist known for her “vocal skill” basically she is known to be an amazing vocalist even though she isnt also she has a lot of international fame. None of which is actually important to vocal technique. Its all bias and subjective.

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  17. Happy New Year everyone! ❤ Here's to a terrific 2017!
    Guys! SoHyang is now officially a Disney Princess! She recorded the Korean Language version of the song 'How Far I'll Go' from Moana! The film opens Jan 19th in Korea so expect to hear her version around then. I don't know if that means she voices the character entirely, is just the Korean singing voice or just sings that one song. I guess we'll see. 🙂 From my understanding, Auli'i Cravalho has a few songs in the movie, so perhaps that points to SoHyang being the Korean voice for the character.. Here is the original article.

    http://kukinews.com/news/article.html?no=420235

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    1. Omg I LOVE Moana, I had no idea Sohyang would be casted as the voice for her or to sing even the pop version of the song or anything of that sort! I am definitely excited!

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  18. I recently watched musical actress Kim So Hyun perform Arirang Alone on Immortal song and I was just curious whose performance is better on a technical level.

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    1. Technically? It’s hard to compare. The arrangement is almost completely different but unless Kim Sohyun could be classified as an excellent vocalist and can resonate as high as Bb5 with great dynamics, she can’t put up a fight. There’s no point in comparing. She is mostly using head voice, a strained head voice on B5 4:07..so again there’s no competition, it’s hard to really go up against Sohyang technically.

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  19. OMG It’s here! SoHyang Is the voice of Moana in Korea! ❤ I just saw the movie too a few days ago (English version) and loved it! ❤ Goddamn I really want to see the Korean version and hear her sing all the reprises, the other songs she's apart of, ahhh!!! Here are the links for anyone who wants a listen or haven't heard yet. Here is the Announcement, her singing the chorus of 'How Far I'll Go' acappella yesterday at the Korean Premiere and the studio version. 🙂 Ahmin, you beat me to it! I was going to drop the clips here before many people got the chance to view her sing yet, but ya'll heard it already and loved it, lol. ;P ❤

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    1. Here is a mash-up of Auli’i Cravalho’s and SoHyang’s renditions of ‘I Am Moana’. If anyone has any links for all of SoHyang’s other songs in Moana including this song on its own, please share them. 🙂

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      1. Yes, they are saying some comments about Sohyangs singing in there and i feel like they are wrong, but i can not be sure

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  20. Can you tell me if these low notes E3 are supported 0:40, 0:50, 0:53, 1:33, 1:34( I’m sure it’s unsupported lol) ??? She hitted these notes in 2016 and I think her low register get little better. Thanks

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    1. They are indeed unsupported, the difference is that she was actually trying which is different from how she usually sings in her lower range. She did end up lowering her larynx in the process though.

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    1. We are in no way familiar with all of these vocalist therefore we really don’t know. We would have to go through and thoroughly listen and educate ourselves on every vocalist in this video for us to even think about what’s fair lol. I don’t even know half of these people lol.

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    1. I don’t speak French but let’s see if Portuguese and Spanish are enough to translate that “you don’t understand what I’m writing because I’m French”? Mhmm it’s just the usual slightly laggy runs and resonant A5s and C6s.

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  21. Hey guys. This has nothing to do with SoHyang and you may have answered something like this before but I’m curious about Polyphonic Overtone Singing. Is it healthy to sing this way and can good technique be applied to this way of singing or is it very damaging?

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  22. Here is a performance of Sohyang from last November where her health wasn’t really good and since in one of the latest comments one of the admins said that she still was doing fine but her resonance was not as huge.
    So I wanted to ask about her A5 at 6:56 since it sounds as resonant as always to me.
    Thanks in advance

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      1. Are there any technical flaw in this performance. In Sohyang’s facebook fanpage, some people say some part she losed support, were nasal and suffered from toungue tension. Is this true??? Sohyang is in a really bad health condition these days, hearing people said that not surprise for me a lot

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      2. I don’t hear tongue tension, Id need a time stamp. The beginning was a bit shaky on the support, everybody loves to call her nasal even if she’s not.

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  23. Are her lows really that bad ? I mean for a soprano with such high tessitura i do not really think she lacks that much as people try to pain it. I mean she can go nicely down to G3 and sometimes can support it, also she does no even lower her larynx. And that is what even some mezzos struggle with…

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      1. I agree with you, 100%. But people always say she’s nasal because her middle range (and from C5 to D5 also) is very… let’s say so powerless, effortless and her sound in the middle range doesn’t project well, and resonance is not as hudge as other sopranos (Ex: Ailee, Mariah Carey,etc.) Some explaination? Please

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      2. She places her sound high and uses a very bright mixing technique. Because she’s not chesty, her A4 ~ D5 is a lot less belty and a lot more mid range like because she mixes so well. Most other sopranos stay closer to their chest voices so the A4 ~ D5 sounds like it’s their belting range since they don’t generally mix above G5, but Sohyang constantly mixes up to C6.

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    1. Um no, it just has to do with your own personal taste and preference it’s no big deal really. Some people just don’t like the way she sounds up there. What’s important is that you know it’s your personal and your taste and in no way has to do with her as a vocalist okay? However I don’t see why it was cause you any kind of physical pain.

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