Very rarely will you hear me say that I have a favorite of something. I can never use that “f-word” when discussing specific songs – I love too many types of sounds and genres for that to be possible – but for some reason, I can do it when it comes to voices.
I’ve discussed my favorite Japanese male singer in a past post so it only makes sense to share my other favorite voice. That honor goes to Korean male vocalist Kang Seung Yoon.
I discovered Kang Seung Yoon, or KSY as he’s sometimes affectionately referred to online, when watching the Korean singing reality show, “WIN: Who Is Next”. In the show, two groups compete in dancing, singing and composing and the winner of the competition signs on to YG Entertainment, one of Korea’s “Big 3” music labels.
I was initially drawn into the program just for the sheer talent of all the competitors but after a few hours of binge-watching the series, one person started to stand out for me. I found myself wanting to know more about the talented young man with the accented cheekbones.
I learned all I needed to that night and also discovered what the whole “WINNER buzz” online had been about. “So THIS is the infamous WINNER that people keep bringing up.” I could now understand what all the chatter was about.
Kang Seung Yoon was not new to the spotlight, though. Before being on the reality series, he had been on a previous reality singing series, participated in a tv series and also released a few singles as a solo artist. And although he defintely has the talent, charisma and presence to be a solo act, I dare say he shines even more in a group – and as a leader of said group, no less.
And his voice. . . his voice, his voice. The best adjective I can come up with to describe it is just plain syrupy – such a mellow, calming and overall warm, classic sound and feel. I feel calm, relaxed and just happy when I hear him singing – whether he’s belting out a series of notes or softly conveying emotion. People often joke about being perfectly content with a beautiful voice singing the most mundane of things – say, entries from a phonebook (yes, they still exist), and I never felt that way about anyone until I heard his voice. And I’m being literal here – I would gladly hand him the book and he could start with Aaron, work his way through Peterson and on through Quincy.
I’ve been happily following along with the WINNER journey so far and I love what they’ve been doing. Their style is very classy and different from what some other groups are doing right now. I eagerly await their comeback and look forward to more of their smooth sounds – especially those of the talented KSY.