C#3 ~ A5 (2 Octaves & 4 notes)
A3/Bb3 ~ A4
- Second strongest vocalist in Girl’s Day
- Support and pitch improved considerably over the years
- Able to show good connection in her vocal cords and project down to Bb3
- Has shown support up to the G4 ~ A4 range
- Falsetto is normally transitioned into without pitch issues
- Takes too many breaths in between phrases, issues with legato
- Usually places her voice in her nose
- No register is considerably well developed
- Pushes voice out with her throat a lot
- Notes above A4 are usually strained and throaty
- Notes below Bb3 usually come out airy
- Mostly sings with a very airy falsetto
- Unable to produce resonance
- Support can be somewhat shallow
- Runs usually lack rhythmic flow and note separation
- Lower register: Most of her lower range is muffled and lacks projection. Tends to push out more air through her vocal cords than true tone. Able to produce supported tone down to Bb3.
- Mixed register: Her mixed voice is extensive in range but lacks support. She usually resorts to pushing her voice out with her throat, letting her larynx raise above A4.
- Upper register: Falsetto is mostly used. Unable to sing with a head voice. Transitions have improved into falsetto, but the tone in her falsetto is usually very airy and at times pushed out.
Sojin is not a very R&B focused vocalist and lacks the influence of such a genre in her vocal style. Thus, it is understandable that she’d be somewhat less comfortable in a song where she’s to sing with more vocal runs and trills. She doesn’t often sing with vocal runs; but when she does, it is possible to hear a lack of true development in this area of her voice. Most of her runs usually lack correct rhythmic flow and come out with somewhat of a laggy approach, usually by sloppily sliding through notes with a lack of precision in pitch and accuracy, as heard in the runs in “눈물이 안났어“, “Umbrella“, “Slow Motion” and”비처럼 음악처럼“. However, when singing simpler trills and much slower runs, she’s able to sing with more accuracy in pitch, such as in “All Of Me” and “Lonely“.
Debuting in 2010 with the girl group Girl’s Day, Sojin has come a long way with the group’s fame and her own improvements as an entertainer and vocalist. A group that has made its name for its female empowerment songs, with sexy and cute concepts, Sojin has the most distinct voice in a group of Sopranos due to her more husky and slightly weightier quality. Adding that to her slightly lower range, Sojin would be most likely classified as a lyric mezzo-soprano.
The lower part of Sojin’s range is one that, considering her fach, is quite underdeveloped. Most of the time, Sojin shows issues with keeping true tone consistent throughout the third octave and is only heard truly showing support in her lower range on Bb3 and above, as heard in “비처럼 음악처럼” and “Umbrella“. Below Bb3 she shows inconsistency with keeping her vocal cords together and occasionally supports down to A3, such as in “영” and “8282“, but at other times is unable to project properly on Bb3/A3 and pushes her larynx down to overcompensate for her lack of support, such as in “비처럼 음악처럼” and “Nothing Lasts Forever“. Anywhere below A3, however, she is unable to keep her vocal cords together and her tone generally becomes muffled and airy without true connection of her vocal cords, creating more air than tone in her voice, such as the G3’s in “All Of Me“, F#3’s in “”우리 사랑 이대로, F3’s in “반짝반짝” and E3’s in “Someone Like You” and “가로수 그늘 아래서면“.
Her mixed voice is generally weighty, and she has shown very good improvement with the support in her voice for this range. Whereas before, she used to struggle more to keep a well connected legato and really engage her breath support when singing, now she has a more stable and consistent control of her breathing technique. This shows whenever she sings up to A4, where she usually shows more of a relaxed and supported tone with very little to no pushing, such as the G4’s in “All Of Me” and A4’s in “Someone Like You“, “8282” and “기대해“. Above A4, however, is where she struggles the most. Due to the amount of weight she carries up in her mix, up to C5 she generally pushes too much chest voice up which causes her to sound throaty and distorts the quality of her sound, such as the Bb4’s in “비처럼 음악처럼” and “All That Jazz“, B4’s in “경고” and “영“, and C5’s in “All For You“. Above C5, her mixed voice becomes even thinner in tone, mostly with a high larynx and a headier mix with less balance and more pushing, such as the C#5’s in “여자대통령” and the Eb5’s in “여자대통령” and “비처럼 음악처럼“.
The airiness present in her tone kind of stays throughout her range and although minimized in her middle voice, is very present in her upper range. The upper part of Sojin’s range is never connected, and she’s unable to produce a true head voice, hence lingering more towards a thinner, airier, and softer falsetto. The gap in sound and volume present in Sojin’s voice from her mix to her falsetto is very evident and shows just how much less tone is produced in her upper range. Her transitions however have shown really good improvement, from the sloppy transitions in “Slow Motion“, to her transitions in “기대해“. This lack of support and cord connection in Sojin’s upper range can be heard in the C#5’s in “Something“, Eb5’s in “Show You” and F#5’s in “한번만 안아줘” and “Darling“.
Despite the lack of control and breathing technique present in Sojin’s singing, she’s not unable to sing with a sensitive ear to dynamics. She’s able to properly use airiness in her style to convey certain messages in her vocal performances but due to the lack of support in her voice, she tends to often rely too much on airiness which limits the amount of things she can do with her voice. Her placement being mostly in her nose also hinders her power and makes her unable to produce resonance with her voice.
As a vocalist, Sojin has only recently shown more confidence in herself and has learned to control her voice much better over the years. With a lower voice than the rest of the members in Girl’s Day, she’s also had to sing in a much more challenging range than the other members by having to compete with the high tessitura in the repertoire performed by Girl’s Day. Despite all of that, she’s been given opportunities to show her improvements in shows like “King Of Mask Singer” and should only see good things happen for her in the future if she keeps improving and working on her breathing technique. Easing up the tension in her throat in her mixed voice and enabling more head voice to blend into her mix should help her keep herself from damaging her voice over time with the strain present in her singing in the higher part of her range.
Sojin has shown very good improvement in her vocal performances over the years in terms of confidence and control of her voice. She’s now more sure of the limits of her voice and is more in-control of her pitch and transitions. As such, good improvement has been heard in how comfortable she is with creating her own interpretation of songs musically and is now able to, at times, venture into more risky things such as adding her own melodic changes to songs, such as in “All Of Me” and”반짝반짝“. This is still something new to her and most of the changes are very small and simple, done very scarcely.
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