Every day until the end of April, we’ll highlight some of our favorite kpop girl group vocalists on the way to #1.
Megaphoning her way to the #22 spot isssss…
…JinSoul of LOONA.
I sort of feel like putting JinSoul on this list is unfair to her. Not because she doesn’t belong–but because it sort of pigeonholes her. The truth is that JinSoul is so wildly talented that she could easily find her way onto any of our favorite lists. She’s a skilled rapper. She’s a fantastic dancer. Girl can even tell jokes like a comedian. The list of reasons to stan her is so long that I hate to call her out for just one thing. She’s like a Renaissance Man, only she’s a woman in the 2020s.
But we’re here to talk about her singing, so that’s what I intend to do. LOONA has many strong singers , but JinSoul has always stood out to me. Her voice has such unique color. There’s a husky, smoky quality to it that you have to look to western R&B and even classic jazz to find a rival for. No matter what she’s singing, she brings the song to life with that one-of-a-kind tonal quality.
Versatility is another strong suit of JinSoul. In an upbeat song, she’s fun and feisty, but she can break your heart with a ballad or soothe you with something slow. Her vocal style can blend with anything. It wouldn’t surprise me if she could yodel, considering the flexibility of her vocals.
It didn’t factor into our rankings at all, but I wanted to point out something we ran across as we did our research and listening assessments for this series because it illustrates what a capable performer she is. During one performance, JinSoul was singing at the piano and she made a couple of obvious mistakes, pressing the wrong key. It’s the kind of thing that can happen to anyone when performing a cover, and if handled the wrong way it could ruin a performance.
But JinSoul just kept going. A tiny laugh entered her voice, and she carried right on with the melody despite what her hands were doing. If she was embarrassed, it didn’t show, and it made me stan her all the more.
Sometimes, I think we all forget that idols are real people. Moments like that remind you of their humanity. JinSoul is a beautiful human, period. And she has a beautiful voice that has landed her a place on our list of favorite vocalists. Check out this very short playlist I put together with some JinSoul videos, including the one I mentioned, and stop back tomorrow to meet #21.
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