A2 ~ G#5 (2 octaves, 5 notes and 1 semitone)
D3/Eb3 ~ E4/F4
- Strongest vocalist in Teen Top
- Able to show consistency in support
- Voice is clean and retains clarity within his supported range
- Able to transition into his falsetto with ease
- Able to perform slow runs with some accuracy
- His mix shows development in support up to E4/F4
- Lower range is able to maintain support down to D3
- Able to harmonize well
Points for Improvement
- Laryngeal vibrato is used
- Tends to sound really whiny
- Unable to lift his soft palate consistently
- Tends to sing with a high larynx above F4
- Sings with airiness in his lower range
- Falsetto is very underdeveloped, airy and can be unstable
- Tension starts to creep in his voice around E4
- More complex runs can be quite pitchy
- Voice is uneven throughout his range
- Lower register: His lower range has a decent amount of tone development and produces the most relaxed sound throughout his whole range. Down to D3 he produces more consistent support in his chest voice but becomes airier and disconnected as he sings lower.
- Mixed register: His mixed voice shows issues with the evenness of his mix and development above G4, where he generally becomes grittier and throatier with a very raspy sound. Support is kept up to E4/F4.
- Upper register: The falsetto register is most likely his least developed register. He has the tendency to sing with too much air in this register, where he’s unable to control the stability of his voice and causes him to often go slightly off pitch.
Chunji lists his role models in terms of singing to be singers such as Park Hyoshin, Lee Hongki, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown and Jay Sean. While their music genres range from Pop-Rock to R&B-Ballad, there’s a consistent influence from vocalists who tend to sing slower ballads with R&B flavor to it. Chunji shows that mostly in his vocal performances, where he has shown the basic understanding of how to sing vocal runs without too much trouble when they’re quicker trills and simple. When attempting to sing runs, he often sings them accurately if they’re very simple, such as in “Angel“. When attempting more complex runs with more notes, which require better breath support and control, he tends to become very pitchy and to lose the center of key, sounding sloppy as if he was guessing the notes, which can be heard in “오늘 같은밤이면“.
Chunji debuted in 2010 as Teen Top’s lead vocalist. Much like their main vocalist, Niel, he’s more or less stayed the same throughout the years as a young teen idol and now into his twenties. Generally favoring the style of singing he currently uses, little to no change is noticeable in his vocal approach throughout the years. His voice is mostly very boyish and bright in tone. He possesses a light instrument with a youthful quality that falls under the tenor fach in terms of range, timbre and placement.
The lower portion of his chest voice seems to be the part of his voice where he’s able to stay the most relaxed and keep the most consistent airflow. Not favoring style over technique, Chunji chooses to sing mostly with a clean tone throughout his range and in the range from D3 ~ B3, he retains a very clear and supported sound. He’s been able to show that the lower portion of his range is where he seems most comfortable and has developed the best support and muscle memory. Examples include his Eb3’s in “오늘같은 밤이면“, and his D3’s in “몰라” and “이별택시“. Below D3 although tone may be present, he seems to be unable to keep a consistent effort of his vocal cords stretching and thus becomes disconnected and airy. The lack of support results in a muffled sound that becomes quieter as he descends in range, which can be heard in the C#3’s in “눈의꽃” and “나였으면“, C3’s in “오늘 같은 밤이면” and B2’s and A2’s in “First Love“.
His mixed voice is where issues start to creep in his voice. He is able to keep a well relaxed and supported sound only in his chest voice throughout a somewhat small portion of it. Support is present with a relaxed tone generally up to Eb4, as heard in his musical performance and “오늘같은 밤이면“, but when singing above Eb4 he starts to lose the support and show some issues with throat tension and vocal tract shaping. This is generally countered by his breath support which remains present up to E4/F4, as heard in the E4’s in “환희” and “인형의 꿈“, and the F4’s in “니가 있어야 할곳“. However above F4 his larynx raises and he’s unable to keep the sound forward and supported. Instead he tends to push his voice out with a high larynx, a tight throat and more air pressure to overcompensate for the lack of a relaxed tone and support. This is obvious the F#4’s in his musical performance and in “남자를 몰라“, as well as the G4’s in “몰라“, “Date“, “” and “듣는 편지“, and G#4’s in “울다 웃다” and “눈의꽃“. Above G#4, he tends to become inconsistent with his tone production and yet another change of gears happens in his voice. He seems to switch the tone into a whinier tone around F#4 and around A4 he becomes much more head dominant and tends to push his voice out more with his throat, causing him to sound very raspy and closed. This is most noticeable in the A4’s in “이별택시” and “나였으면“, as well as the Bb4 in “니가 있어야 할곳“, B4’s in “듣는 편지” and the C5 in “오늘 같은 밤이면“.
His upper register is where his voice sounds most underdeveloped. He is unable to produce a head voice and even his falsetto seems to have issues overall. He has the habit of pushing his voice out in his mix until he runs out of stamina and then resorting to his falsetto which then becomes unstable, as heard in “이별택시“. His falsetto is mostly quite airy and often placed in his nose, such as in “아침부터 아침까지” and “눈의꽃“. He is unable to show any signs of support and connection in this register, but has shown the ability to change its quality and placement. When attempting to create more volume in his upper register, Chunji chooses to compress his vocal cords tightly together and push a lot of air through in order to create a strained louder sound, mostly placed in his nose and mask instead of his head. This is heard in the E5 in “잘 지내” and the G#5 in Teen Top’s high note battle against UP10TION.
Chunji has shown from time to time the ability to control his airflow enough to match volume and produce tone with airiness or clarity at will. He has the potential to many onsets and qualities in his voice, but due to the underdevelopment of his instrument he usually falls short when attempting more advanced vocalizations. There’s still a huge issue with placement, where Chunji places his voice very heavily in his nose and is then unable to produce resonance whatsoever. Also with the raised larynx, he’s unable to stay relaxed and control his mixed voice. Another bad habit of his is how he tends to use a laryngeal vibrato, in which the oscilation of pitch is caused by an artificial movement of the larynx instead of by allowing the vocal cords to settle in place and oscilate the pitch naturally as their relax.
Despite issues with technique, Chunji should still be praised and recognized as Teen Top’s strongest vocalist. Out of all the members in the group, he’s the only one to have shown consistency in breath support throughout the years and any sort of development in his instrument. Due to his young age, it is likely that Chunji may improve over the years as his career as a singer goes on. If he chooses to further explore his career as a singer and soloist, going back to a vocal instructor who can help him develop better breathing technique and learning to control the movement of his larynx would help him relax his voice. Allowing a natural evenness of tone throughout his range, instead of sounding like he has 4 different voices, would also be a huge part of further developing his voice.
Harmonically Chunji has shown sufficient control of his instrument to allow him to perform certain tasks that one could use as a member of a group. He is able to sing and blend his voice well in harmonies, as shown by his performance in “인형의 꿈“, where he is able to hear his part well and still maintain a good blend of his voice as Miss A’s Min. Musically he’s shown the potential to add his own melodic ideas to songs he performs, but due to the lack of control of his voice and development of his technique, he’s unable to perform these musical ideas without straining his voice and losing control of his pitch. This usually happens because the idea in his head wasn’t produced as well as he might have planned when he actually came to vocalizing it, such as the performance of “오늘같은 밤이면”.
Label (Type of Vocalist)
C Vocalists: Commercial Vocalists
Best Vocal Performance(s)
Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)