Every day until the end of March, we’ve been counting down a list of our favorite male vocalists from idol groups and kbands.
Bringing us home today at #1 is the one, the absolute only…
SHINee’s Lee Jinki, known by his stage name, Onew.
I want to say there’s not a better voice in kpop and leave it at that because if you’ve ever listened to Jinki sing, I’m sure you get why I’d make such a lofty claim and don’t need to read on.
A lot of people receive a lot of training and put forth a lot of practice, a lot of effort to be able to do what he does. It requires equal points natural born talent and professional instruction to create something as heavenly, strong, rich and emotional as Jinki’s voice is.
But for Jinki, that was a feat which was twice won. As most of us know, he had surgery that left him unable to even speak a few years ago, let alone sing, something they were sure was going to persist indefinitely.
Not only did Jinki get his voice back, he went full Little Mermaid and reclaimed those golden vocals of his, too.
You listen to Onew sing and it just blows your mind that he wasn’t even able to speak before. He did that. TWICE. And he gives us one of the richest, warmest, most talented voices in the history of kpop or even the world. DUDE CAN SING OPERA!
His skill can be heard plainly in his solo single, Blue, and his warmth can be heard in tracks like SHINee’s Countless and Who Waits for Love.
All of his smiling charm is present in Your Number, and it is absolutely unreal and almost inhuman sounding with its power in To Your Heart. It even works well on songs that don’t fit in with that style he prefers to sing, such as Lucifer.
His voice is one of just a few that listening to gives me comfort, that feels like a blanket, like a glass of sunshine, and I just live for him. Really.
For all of Jinki’s perseverance, hard-won talent and general perfection, he is number one on our list this month. Check out some of my fav Jinki vocals below.
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