Born in Seoul, during 1981, Lee Se-jin, better known as Lyn arrived on the Korean music scene in 2000 with the release of her debut album, ‘My First Confession’.
Though a commercial failure, it helped launch her career as an R ‘n’ B artist, and after a brief period away, she returned in 2002 with the commercially successful ‘Have You Ever Had a Broken Heart?’ her first under the moniker: Lyn. Then, after another gap of two years, her third release, ‘Can You See the Bright’, with its immensely popular single ‘Used to Love’, took her to a greater level of fame.
However, while 2005’s ‘One and Only Feeling’, 2006’s ‘The Pride of the Morning’ earned her national acclaim, even if it was not selling as well as her previous efforts. This signified a brief lag for the singer, as her next works; ‘Let Go, Let In, It’s a New Day’, ‘6½ New Celebration’, and ‘6th Part 2: Candy Train’ failed to garner greater attention.
But, as she switched and tried her hand at mini-albums, with 2011’s ‘Metro Sexy 7’, and 2012’s ‘Lovefiction’, this new lease opened up a glut of opportunities. Featuring on the soundtrack for ‘Moon Embracing the Sun’, her track ‘Back in Time’ scooped her up her first award.
Then, following the release of her ninth album, ‘Le Grand Bleu’ in 2014, she emerged with perhaps her biggest hit to date, ‘My Destiny’ taken from the K-Drama ‘My Love from the Star’. Picking up six awards, out of six categories in which she was nominated 2014 was her strongest year, and one, which she will seek to capitalize on with the release of her latest album: ‘9X9TH’.
Michael Lanigan – December 2015