2PM’s Vocal Analysis: Junho

Vocal Range

G#2 ~ G5 (2 Octaves, 5 notes and 1 semitone)

Supported Range

C3 ~ D4

Voice Type



  • Strongest vocalist in 2PM
  • Cleanest sense of support and cleanest tone production amongst 2PM members
  • Mixed voice shows support up to D4 with a nice relaxed sound
  • Pitch is mostly quite consistent
  • Support is present in the voice
  • Transitions mostly well into his falsetto
  • Occasionally able to produce a better fuller well placed falsetto
  • Uses a falsetto more often than he tries to belt, avoiding strain

Points for Improvement

  • Often breathes into his chest, improper breathing posture
  • Nasality is present throughout his range
  • Below C3, his voice loses tone and support
  • Notes above D4 becomes pushed and throaty, with a high larynx
  • Unable to produce resonance
  • Sings mostly with an airy falsetto
  • Vocal runs are often pitchy and sloppy
  • Lower range is relatively underdeveloped for a baritone


  • Lower register: His lower is mostly well placed with fulness in tone and a connected overall vocal cord approach. His chest voice is somewhat developed in the lower third octave with good chest placement and good projection down to C3.
  • Mixed register: The mixed voice is more on the head dominant sound. It’s mostly light and it lacks the chest resonance necessary for him to have a more powerful sound overall. Generally stable and well supported up to D4.
  • Upper register: His falsetto is a register quite stable in his voice and used often, sometimes well placed and forward but mostly it projects from the back of his throat, causing a more swallowed sound overall. He can keep a relaxed sound in his falsetto throughout the fourth octave but shows tension above B4.


Unlike Jun.K, Junho is not a vocalist who sings much R&B. He’s not a very R&B influenced vocalist and therefore does not often choose songs that have him doing vocal runs or even adding his own vocal runs to his vocal performances. Due to that, he does not often expose his weaknesses in this area by not trying to do things he’s not capable of. The few times he’s shown to sing vocal runs, he shows a lack of confidence with his voice when separating the notes clearly and having a clear musical idea in his head that he’s able to produce with his voice, generally resulting in pitchy and sloppy runs without much of a flow, such as in “Love (Keyshia Cole cover)”, “Love“, “Give It To Me” and “Stay With Me“. Regardless though, he isn’t unaware of that and when doing vocal runs, he tries to make them as quick and short as possible.

Overall analysis

Debuting in 2008 with 2PM as a potential lead vocalist, alongside Wooyoung, Junho has proven himself as a solo artist and vocalist many times over his career. Showing possibly the biggest improvement amongst the members of 2PM in his vocal technique, he has become a much more prominent vocalist in the group and has grown to have a very successful solo career as well. Unlike most main and lead vocalists of K-pop groups, Junho’s voice actually lies slightly lower in range than most other groups. While most of the time tenors are favored as the main vocalists of K-pop groups, due to the lower range the repertoire of 2PM is written in and the fact that Junho sings with a much lighter approach to his voice, he’s able to handle singing in a lower tenor range without as much fatigue to his voice. However, his voice and overall range fall more closed within the fach of a lyric baritone with a lighter vocal weight.

His lower range is relatively under explored and under developed for a baritone. The overall tone of his lower range is often quite well placed in his chest and projects without much issue, showing little to no effort done to support his voice in the lower third octave, such as the Eb3’s in “ずっと“, D3 in “Believe“, C#3’s in “다시 사랑한다 말할까” and C3’s in “Love“. As he descends into the second octave, his voice becomes more airy and he is unable to keep good vocal cord connection, losing tone and projection as he descends in range, such as the B2 in “향수“, Bb2 in “Love” and G#2’s in “다시 사랑한다 말할까“.  He has shown in “다시 사랑한다 말할까” that he’s able to place his voice well and connect his vocal cords properly when singing as low as Bb2 at times, but it is unclear how consistent this is in his voice. For a baritone, singing with good support and placement around the upper second octave should not be much of an issue but due to singing mostly the higher parts in 2PM songs, Junho is never truly able to explore the full potential of his lower range and has yet to show the true limit of his lower range.

His mixed voice is actually quite extensive in range, as he’s been able to mix up to even D5, which for a baritone is quite a challenge. Even so, he often hinds himself singing in a range that’s quite uncomfortable for him due to him having to compete with melodies originally written for a tenor voice. Although Junho uses a more light approach to his mix with more of a head voice muscle coordination as opposed to a chest voice muscle coordination, the strain present in his mix voice can still be quite damaging to him overall as a vocalist. He has shown from time to time that he has improved in his breath support a lot and that shows in his overall tone production that is clean, clear and with a very good vocal cord connection overall. The support in his voice is quite stable and he’s been able to carry it up to D4 consistently, such as the C#4’s in “다시 사랑한다 말할까” and the C4’s and D4’s in “Believe“.

Whenever Junho sings anywhere above D4, his voice becomes lighter in tone and more closed, due to the tension present in his throat. This causes his overall sound to be more swallowed up and pushed out with less chest resonance and less power, but still is able to project through his singing by placing his voice more so in his nose. The fact that Junho places his voice in his nose adding to the tension present in his throat and the high larynx above D4 is what causes Junho to be unable to produce true resonance in his singing, even if he’s able to project above D4. Examples include the Eb4 in “Say Yes“, E4 in “I Want You“, F4’s in “문득” and “Goodbye“, F#4’s in “다시 사랑한다 말할까” and “Love Is True“, G#4’s “향수” A4’s in “너만의 남자” and the B4 and D5 in “Dangerous“.

A highlight of Junho’s voice is how he manages to make his singing more marketable by using his falsetto a lot more. Falsetto for a baritone can allow them to sing in a more tenor-like range more often, which to the general public is more appealing than singing very low notes. Stylistic it seems that Junho generally favors his falsetto and he has shown really good improvement in this area of his voice. In the fourth octave, he’s able to show good placement and often projects well in his falsetto with more or less smooth transitions, such as in “향수“, which is an improvement from earlier in his career, such as in “Nice & Slow“. Generally in the fourth octave he is able to produce a nicely relaxed falsetto and at times even place it in his head more so than in his nose, such as in “Six Beautiful Days” and “君がいれば (If You Are Here)“. Anywhere above B4, his voice becomes more placed in the back of his throat and his nose and loses that relaxed feeling he has in the fourth octave, having a more high larynx and tense sound with more airiness in tone, such as the C5’s in “Believe“, D5 in “Fire” and “Nothing Better” or more of a pushed whiny quality when he tries to be louder, such as the E5 in “I’m In Love” F5 in a fan signing and the F#5 in “目を閉じて(Close Your Eyes)“. Nonetheless, all Junho has ever been able to produce is a falsetto and therefore he’s never explored the full potential of an actually connected and developed head voice.

Out of all the members of 2PM, Junho is the one member with the best dynamic approach and control in his singing due to the fact that he has the least amount of tension in his voice and the least amount of bad habits, being able to connect his vocal cords properly and add that into his vocal performances. Although his support is the strongest in the group, he still uses a shallow breathing technique and often creates tension by breathing deeply into his chest instead of his diaphragm, making way for neck and throat tension to happen in the middle of his singing. Nonetheless, he’s shown great improvement throughout the years with more support, better legato and overall better tone production, as one could contrast by comparing his singing in “Only You” to his singing now.

For future improvements, to be taken seriously as a vocalist and solo artist, going deeper into proper breath support, as well as good vocal placement would be imperative. Learning how to eliminate nasality, raising his soft palate, keeping a neutral larynx and exploring the fulness of developing his chest voice muscles in order to not only add more roundness in tone to his mixed voice and more depth and color, but also to fully explore the rest of his lower range. As a baritone, Junho should learn how to sing as a baritone and not have to sing like a tenor in order to fit into a “pop genre”, being able to sing with his own voice.


Musically Junho does not attempt very different vocal approaches to his songs. He often opts for more falsetto than high belting and does not choose songs that require him to sing too high for his overall range. There have been occasions where he’s shown to play around with his vocal performances and add new melodic changes to the overall song, but not too often nor too drastic of a change, such as the G5 in “I’m In Love“.

Label (Type of Vocalist)

M Vocalists: Mid-Range Vocalists

Vocal Range Video(s)

Mixed voice:


Videos by: Kristie Lim

Best Vocal Performance(s)

Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)

63 thoughts on “2PM’s Vocal Analysis: Junho

    1. Hmm supporting C3 isn’t actually that great for a baritone.. If he was A to AA, He should at least support Bb2 or A2 maybe… Like for example: I’m a baritone with support from G2/G#2 ~C#4. My lower range is better than his but my mix range is weaker than his. Average would be a good spot for him for now. I’m not a fan of 2pm, but he’s a baritone 🙂 So I hope he stops trying to sing like a tenor and allow for his true vocal colors to show later on. I saw a few of his performances linked on the analysis and they sounded pretty nice :3. He definitely has potential to improve if he chooses to.


  1. I love how informative and reliable this website is! Unlike many other vocal analysis websites I came across. Honestly, I would pay $100 for Barbra Streisand’s and Mariah Carey’s vocal analysis from you guys.


      1. I would pitch in too, I would love to see your evaluations of non Korean popular signers. I mean, I think I know youre feelings to a degree about Mariah, Beyonce, and Whitney, but not the details….


  2. His voice is pretty nice (and so is his body, lol). Your description of it as ‘a baritone with a light vocal weight’ is absolutely spot on. I suspected that he was better than Jun K for a while so it’s great to have my suspicions confirmed. Amazing, deeply informative analysis as always. I’ve been a lurker here for a while, huge fan of you guys :3

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      1. When Junho sings, at high note, he usually used head-voice and falsetto. It ‘s real baritone, isn’t it. And his voice really better than Jun.K
        OMG, your analysis …


      2. His voice isn’t better than Jun.K. One can’t say that one’s voice is better than another person’s, objectively. He has better technique than him, for sure.


  3. Yahoo, 2PM are done. I always knew that Junho was 2PM’s strongest vocalist, but never expected him to be a Baritone, albeit light lyric. I’ve also noticed that Junho often gives the better ‘live’ vocals too – even with all the dancing. Wow. I just love these analyses – they have given me so much more of a better understanding of the voice as an instrument that can be improved and not just God given. Thank you.

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  4. Just a question. Ever since I have read this analysis, it has been bothering me. Is it possible for a baritone to have a girlish tone (without using falsetto, of course)? You see, ever since my voice matures, I can no more hit notes above C4 with chest voice. But then, I can’t support notes below D#3/E3. Is it just my voice is underdeveloped?


    1. Define girlish? I mean girlish can come from speech habits, imitating voices, sounding bright and girly can be even a sexuality speech pattern thing. Your voice might be underdeveloped, I’d need to hear it because girlish sounds broad and could mean different things to different people.


      1. Hey Ahmin, I am doing a paper on education and certain theories and psychological concepts applied in education. Would it be ok if I did the paper on you and the blog?

        P.S. Also a quick question, can strain be stylistic when intentional and when done consciously? Whenever I see fans talk about ”emotion”, the singer is using dynamics to tighten the throat and produced a strained sound. If a vocalist did this consciously, would it be ok?


      2. No of course, strain can be stylistic, throatiness, screechiness can be stylistic. However it has to be shown that is stylistic, so if it’s for a specific part of a song and it’s done every single time for that part, then sure. However if it’s done that way sometimes and sometimes not, then that’s inconsistency. If a vocalist does it purpose, it’s very good because it means they’re in control. Also, you can make the paper about us, I’m not sure how we’d help you but you’re welcome to use us as a source and theme. We’re very honored for that, thank you.


  5. Great analysis as usual! I’ve always know 2pm wasn’t vocally strong but I thought they would have an A to AA vocalist, but I only listen to their studio songs so maybe that was why haha. I’m wondering though, since K-pop values high notes so much, and there’s some baritones that sing in tenor ranges like Junho and BTOB, does it damage your voice over time to constantly sing in a higher range all the time?


      1. Thanks for the reply! Most of the time KPop songs are written and try to show off flashy high notes or whatever, but I really wish they would just keep the range comfortable for their vocalists so that they could just focus on singing the song well.

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  6. Hi great analysis i had no clue he is a baritone ….. I know you’ve said that you don’t care about non-vocalist idols but i still wanted to ask how did snsd’s yuri did here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvqWb3_nEx4 songs in 3:10 and 10:30) since i’ve read some comments of you that (not sure if that is what was meat to be stated) that made me think that sh is actually better than some main vocalists of other groups which took me by surprise.


    1. She is definitely better than weak vocalists, but she’s not much better. I’m not going to go into detail, but she’s quite pitchy in this video and this is from 2009 so… It doesn’t reflect her current skill.


      1. Yeah i figuired that about the time just 5 second I sent the coment haha my bad, but thank you anyways I’m always glad to hear that there is talent in snsd, tho the’re not a power house vocal group i think they are pretty decent as a whole right ?


      2. They’re not bad. People really underestimate certain groups because of image and looks. SNSD may not have the best vocalists, but they’re not the worst. Taeyeon stands pretty well as a vocalist on her own and Seohyun, Tiffany and Sunny are alright. There are groups whose strongest vocalists aren’t even as good as Tiffany technically, so..


  7. I know, and that’s really sad, same thing happens to exo, they have a pretty solid vocal line, and the rest of them are not that bad (exp for sehun lol), sadly most people think that since they do a lot of lipsync they can’t sing which is annoying. But anyway I also wanted to ask if Soohyun from AKMU is getting an analysis, she must be along with lee hi one of yg best singers right ??


    1. Suhyun of AKMU? I doubt she’s one of the best YG vocalists. She’s a stylistic soft airy acoustic singer, I’m not sure what to expect of her but I don’t expect vocal power at all. I’m pretty sure Minzy is a better vocalist than her though, isn’t she? Suhyun is getting an analysis next year.


      1. Are you kidding ???? wow i seriously tought she was really good, she totally tricked me, well i guess i just really like her voice, Thank you 🙂 and keep up with the awesome job you do


      2. I mean she always sings in a very easy range, so she doesn’t really try to be a very incredible vocalist. It’s always mild poppy acoustic songs that I’ve heard from them, with good harmonies. Has she ever done anything vocally challenging? Thank you, we appreciate the support dearly. ^ ^


      3. I’m glad you’re showing me these videos, because although these aren’t too difficult, they show me she is better than I had speculated. Since she sings kind of airy and acoustic, I thought she would mostly sing that way and have issues with support and have just a weak cord connection overall, but that’s not true. She sings with a pretty head-dominant mixed voice, so she becomes light and loses power quite easily above B4 and her tone becomes tight. However I’ve never heard her singing that high or trying to mix that high before, so thanks! I look forward to learning more about her, I wish she’d grow more before I can analyze her though since she’s really young.


      1. Wow Wooyoung is Weak to Average ? I hear absolutely no support from him live even when he’s not dancing. Nichkhun seems to be even better than him


  8. Hey ahmin, this has been bothering me for such a long time. Ever since you posted this analysis, it got me thinking about baritones who are not aware of their baritoneness and who are competing with tenors. Whenever I have a tough time telling a baritone, I just imitate the notes he is speaking. I did this with the entire BTS line. I know for sure the rappers are baritones. Their speaking range peaks at the low 3s. V is a baritone. Jungkook and Jimin are tenors, clear as day. The only one that throws me off is Jin. He has so much blockage when singing, it makes me think he’s a baritone. Sometimes he throws me off, especially in those belts in Just one day. Is he a baritenor maybe or something in between? I threw in this link so you can chime in if you can. He’s just speaking. I threw the second link for kicks. But don’t watch them completely, just skim through. I am getting such light lyric vibes from this kid . On a side note, his parents’ genetics did him justice though…


    1. You can’t tell voice types based solely on speaking range and speaking voice. Also speaking a language where you’re not fluent in can change your tone. When he is speaking English he actually sounds like a tenor. Oh my god his English, I wanna hug him. Anyway he sounds like a tenor when he sings and when he speaks to me.


  9. I also wanted to ask, what is a good falsetto for a baritone? I know for a tenor that supports up to E5 or F5 is pretty nice. Anything lower than that for a tenor is like ”please get your upper register together”.


    1. You can’t support falsetto but supporting an E5 in head voice is definitely really nice, for a baritone anything in the fifth octave is nice lol C#5 is not bad for a male in general.


  10. Are you gonna analyze park hyo shin? if yes when do you think you will complete and post it? also what is his supported range? does he strain ever? what are his weaknesses?


    1. Yes we will but I honestly have no idea when. I’d like for it to be soon but I’ll have to make his vocal range video first. We are not sure of what his supported range is, at least C3 ~ C5 ~ F#5, he strains yes above C5, I’ve heard him strain. His lower range may not be as developed as I’m thinking, since it’s somewhat neglected. He has less weaknesses than strengths surely. I am not familiar enough with him to tell you.


  11. Ahmin, I didn’t know where to put this, but I thought it might aid you in a future explanation. I’m one of the few people that can say, if I’m right, ”I understand tessitura”. There are some instances in which a baritone is projecting more than a tenor, especially in a lower range, because of voice type. Just like like a Soprano will be killing the 5th octave with more ease and more projection than a tenor because of voice type. I brought you a song in which BTS Rap Monster, the baritone, and Jungkook, are trading parts, and the difference in tessitura’s and voice types are as clear as day. I think it might help you if you decide to make a future video about voice types or an explanation. Plus this song is short and a calming listen.

    P.S. This is like the only male group where I treat all of them like siblings. I have a secret love in every other male group whose songs I ocassionally love except BigBang lol. D.O, Taemin….sometimes N…..Youngjae BAP…BEAST Dongwoon (no great vocal skill but that face)….Bless their faces. I left Onew and Donghae for you, haha.

    Another P.S. Did 2:34-2:39 for Jimin and 2:55 – 3:14 for V and 3:53 – 3:58 for Jimin’s Adlib have tension? I suspect yes on all three counts.


    1. Oh hey that’s a very interesting point and comment! Thanks for that. ^ ^ I like the video, it will help. I really have yet to make my how to eliminate nasality video and my baritones in K-pop video. And yes, F#4’s and F4’s for V, all tense. Jimin’s G#4’s and his C#5’s as well, all tense. I mean Jimin has this underlying tongue tension whenever he sings as well, anywhere in his range. V..I’ve never heard him mix higher than F#4, bless his baritone soul.


    1. Sorry, but please check our future analyses list when making requests. There are rules that and if you read these rules, you’ll see that unfortunately we will not analyze Wooyoung. 2PM is a 6 membered group with 1 or 2 official rappers, leaving 4 or 5 official vocalists. 2/5 or 2/4 vocalists is half of the vocalists in 2PM, which is how our rule goes. We only analyze half of the vocalists in a group and only the half with the better technique.

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  12. I was surprised to read this analysis. I’ve always thought Junho was the strongest singer in 2PM (besides having a beautiful voice) so, I am glad I was right. But it has made me confused because in many interviews he has always stated he wish he had Jun.k voice and that he envies his voice (which I do not like or find appealing). Considering you have placed Jun.K under Junho in the ranking, could you tell me if Junho is just being humble or what strong points of Jun.K can he be talking about to feel envy? Thanks in advance.

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    1. I’m unfortunately not Junho myself, so I don’t know what he means but knowing they know close to nothing bout technique, his envy comes from subjective taste.


    1. 0:43’s those E4’s aren’t bad. 0:47 nasal head voice F#4’s, but not bad. He is using a bit too much breathiness throughout but he’s getting the job done. Those E4’s 1:03 aren’t strained, there’s a bit of a tilt of the larynx up but he’s not straining per se. 2:23 He doesn’t sound bad at all around D4, his support is actually very clean and relaxed here. D3 ~ D4 is mostly the range for him, with some mixed E4’s and head voice F#4’s with shallow support. I wouldn’t say it’s enough for me to notice improvement but this is nice for him.

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  13. I’ve only come across this analysis now and I loved it. I had no idea Junho is a baritone. I enjoy his voice very much (both his speaking and his singing voice) and to my ears he’s always had the steadiest delivery when singing live. I wonder how you would analyze his vocals now, with 3 years having gone by since you wrote this and he’s written and song many more songs since then. To my untrained ears it feels like he’s changed his style in singing a little bit and has tried new techniques as well. I would love to read your assessment on how recent development.

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    1. Im going to be honest and say it’s been a while since I’ve heard him. Without current videos I wouldn’t be able to say much.


      1. That makes sense. I can link you to a few of his latest MVs. Unless you need live performances to make a better assessment?

        I’ll link you to the MV for the OST he sang for Just Between Lovers about a year ago, because he said he had to sing a slightly different style for this song.

        Here’s a live performance of it he did at his latest concert in December.

        and here’s also a live performance at that same concert of Insomnia (a 2016 song)

        I don’t know if the acoustics of these live cams are good enough, that’s why i’m torn between posting the MV vs the live performance. I’ll post both for his latest title song:


      2. Sorry I didn’t really have time off to dedicate to listening to this for a while, which is why it took me so long to respond. I’m generally hearing tension and shallow around E4, F4, and some lack of openness around C#4 as well. He seems to have remained stagnant throughout the years but it’s good to hear him again. There’s not much development in his support overall nor openness, but he seems to have remained a vocalist who keeps airflow steady enough and uses his vocal cords with sufficient support. I like the song he’s singing, it’s pretty. There’s a lot of pushing on the other song, especially on the G4’s. It is quite high though for him.


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