Korea’s Representative Vocal Trainer Picks Her Favorite K-Pop Vocalists

“[They] are already at a high level, almost in a class of their own.”

In the K-Pop industry, idols have space to show off many of their talents, from dancing to songwriting and rapping. However, the core of any music genre, including K-Pop, remains vocal singing ability. Park Sun Joo, one of Korea’s most esteemed vocal trainers, has recently shared her insights on the current landscape of K-Pop vocals, highlighting several idols who stand out for their exceptional singing abilities.

rep voal trainer
| Sports Hankook

(G)I-DLE’s Soyeon

It seems like Soyeon has left a significant mark on Park Sun Joo with her impressive vocal technique. Known for her compelling stage presence and versatile artistry, Soyeon’s journey from her competition days to becoming the powerhouse behind (G)I-DLE’s hits has been nothing short of remarkable. Park notes Soyeon’s ability to express her music with accuracy and emotion, especially in tracks like “Super Lady,” where her improved vocal ability shines through.

Despite her petite frame, Soyeon’s breath control and ability to maintain tone at high pitches are likened to powering through “like a Lamborghini,” a testament to her hard work and dedication. Fans echo Park’s admiration, consistently praising Soyeon’s growth as a vocalist and her unique color that stands out in the industry.

For someone with a small frame like Soyeon, producing such breath control is very challenging.

— Park Sun Joo


BLACKPINK’s main vocalist has also made it at the top of Park’s list. With a voice that creates a “sense of fantasy,” Rosé’s ability to transition smoothly between rapping and singing showcases her versatility as an artist, says Park Sun Joo. Fans and critics alike have always appreciated Rosé’s distinct vocal timbre, which adds an emotional depth to BLACKPINK’s music, making her performances unforgettable.

BLACKPINK’s Rosé is remarkable.

— Park Sun Joo


Jeon Somi, the former I.O.I member with a flair for captivating audiences, has earned Park’s praise for her all-rounded musical talents. From her infectious energy in rapping to her delicate vocal performances, Somi creates a unique blend that sets her apart in the K-Pop scene. Fans also admire her ability to engage and connect through her music, making her one of the most relatable and versatile artists of her generation.

She can do it all, from rapping to singing.

— Park Sun Joo

Girl’s Generation’s Taeyeon and IU

Park Sun Joo places Taeyeon and IU in a class of their own, highlighting the exceptional vocal skills that have set them apart in the industry. IU’s Love Poem is cited as a prime example of her artistry, with Park noting that IU seems to have perfected her craft.

Both artists have long been celebrated for their emotional delivery and technical expertise, earning them a special place in the hearts of fans worldwide. Their music, often described as healing, continues to inspire and resonate with listeners across the globe.

Taeyeon, IU, are already at a high level, almost in a class of their own.

— Park Sun Joo

SISTAR’s Hyolyn

Meanwhile, Hyolyn is compared to the likes of Beyoncé for her powerful vocals and stage presence. Park Sun Joo’s admiration for Hyolyn’s underrated talent underscores her belief in the artist’s exceptional capabilities. Fans often echo this sentiment, recognizing Hyolyn as a vocal powerhouse whose performances are both electrifying and deeply moving. Her ability to convey emotion through her voice has drawn comparisons to international stars, cementing her status as a vocal legend in the K-Pop industry.

SISTAR’s Hyolyn is also incredible. I’d like to think of Hyolyn as [being] on the level of Beyoncé.

— Park Sun Joo

BTS’s Jungkook

Last but not least, Jungkook is the only male idol that made Park’s list. The legendary vocal trainer highlights his solo album and how she was amazed by it. Sun Joo went a step further, saying the singer’s album GOLDEN reminded her of none other than Michael Jackson.

This comparison highlights Jungkook’s exceptional talent and versatility, capturing the essence of what makes him a standout artist. Fans have been quick to praise his evolution as a solo artist, admiring his ability to blend different genres and showcase his vocal range in new and exciting ways.

I was amazed by Jungkook’s latest solo album.

— BTS’s Jungkook

Source: Sports Hankook