Have you ever heard the name ZIA? Maybe not, but I’m sure you’ve heard one of her songs without even knowing it’s her. Born on the 21st of July 1986, Baek Ji Hye, in art ZIA, is one of the most impressing Korean ballad singers in circulation. Her debut goes back to 2007 and since then, she continuously released striking and unique songs. For quite some time she was known as the “faceless singer”, because she did not show her face in her MV’s and did not appear in music programs or TV-shows. Nevertheless, her songs always ranked in the top 10 of the music charts. Even though she has strong and stunning vocals, she’s not as famous as I think she should be and she needs some more credits in the Korean music scene.
Despite she’s showing her face nowadays, it’s still difficult to get more detailed information about her. As she first appeared on TV, she was a hot topic because people accused her of having an ugly appearance. Nevertheless, she never stopped achieving her dream of becoming a great artist and I think that she proved to everyone that she’s a strong, determined and beautiful woman blessed with an awesome voice that moves thousands of people not only in South Korea, but all over the world.
In 2003, ZIA tried her first steps in the music industry through the ‘BoA-jjang Contest” winning the first place. In 2005, she had a featuring part in KCM’s song ‘Growing Up’ and later that year, she sang for the OST of “Shadowless Sword”, a historical movie with a box office income of over 3,700,000 dollars.
Her debut album is “Voice of Heaven” and was released in 2007. The lead song was a great success. She released her first full-lenght album ‘Road Movie’ in 2008 with the amazing lead track ‘ I love You, I’m Sorry’.
In 2009, she made a big step forward singing with the agency LOEN Entertainment. She released various digital singles, a mini-album and she had the great break-trough in 2010 with her song “Just Laugh” . As result, she became pretty well known in the ballad scene and, the same year, she released a song together with 4men.
Since then, she released various great, heartbreaking and moving songs for TV-shows, dramas like ‘Can You Hear My Heart’ or ‘Dr.Jin’ and had various collaborations with famous singers like K.WIll, Davichi’s Lee Haeri, Seo In Guk, Huh Gak, Park Kyung (Block B), KCM, T.O.P (BigBang), Mir (MBLAQ) and various famous actors were featured in her MV, making each one of them a little piece of art.
For all the ballad lovers and not out there, make sure to listen to her music because this young woman surely has the power to make you speachless through her amazing singing skill! Spread the voice, this talented artist definitely needs to be known and needs more acnowledgement for her music also here in Europe!