Every day until the end of March, we’ll highlight one of our favorite kpop boy group vocalists on a countdown to #1.
Dripping his way to the #18 spot isssss…
…Sangyeon of The Boyz!
In a huge group that actually manages to even distribute lines like The Boyz, it can be hard to really hear the vocal talents of the individual members. And so I was delighted the first time I ever heard a cover by leader-nim Sangyeon.
That first song was Yerin Baek‘s It’s Probably Not Your Fault. Within 30 seconds, I was impressed by the soft, yet somehow still funky quality of Sangyeon’s vocals. He packs every syllable with so much expression that he gives his cover plenty of depth, resulting in a truly moving performance.
Wanting more, I went on a search and discovered his cover of 철부지. It’s a completely different song with a more classic ballad feel, and it really gives Sangyeon the space to show off just what he can do vocally.
His pitch is perfect, and his mid-range is so full and rich. When he flips momentarily into his head voice, his voice takes on a sweet breathy quality, and he has mastered the delicate art of just when to make that switch. Plus, he proves he can handle those dramatic climaxes with the utmost of ease.
Once I heard Sangyeon’s covers, it became much easier for me to pick him out in The Boyz’s songs, and I gained a new appreciation for just what he brings to the group. Take Walking in Time, where he provides a floaty improv intro that sets just the right mood for the song.
Or No Air, where the texture of his voice brings the first chorus bursting onto the scene.In The Stealer, his turn with the chorus packs a punch with his almost bluesy approach to the high note. No matter what the song, Sangyeon manages to completely fit the mood and take things to the next level.
It’s clear that in addition to being a great leader and an enthusiastic Hulk cosplayer, Sangyeon is a very gifted vocalist, and for that, he’s landed a place on our favs list. Check out this YouTube playlist I put together with the songs I mentioned, and come back tomorrow to meet number 17.
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