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Miryo launches solo career

Miryo from the girl band Brown Eyed Girls launched her first solo album on Feb. 1. The EP, titled “Miryo aka Johoney,” is a reference to her nicknames. The debut album by Miryo, real name Jo Mi-hye, has five tracks and includes special guests such as Narsha from Brown Eyed Girls, Sunny from Girls’ Generation and Garie from hip hop duo Leessang.

During an interview just before the album’s release, the 30-year old entertainer told Yonhap that the new record is the fulfillment of a long-held dream.
“I feel as if I’m all grown-up, being solely responsible for this record. I am so happy that at last, my dream of producing a solo album has come to pass,” Miryo said.

The singer has held ambitions of producing an album of her own since she decided she wanted to be a singer, some 14 years ago. “I was 17-years-old when I decided to pursue a career in music. It was a time when there was a big demand for hip-hop in Korea and I was obsessed with it. I started joining hip-hop music clubs online and practicing at home,” she said.
Miryo said that after five years of being a featured artist on various hip-hop tracks she decided that joining a group was a step toward realizing her goal of being a solo artist one day. She joined an all-girl group in 2006.

“I was lucky that the Brown Eyed Girls consisted of such a talented bunch of vocalists, and I have the band’s success to thank for my solo album,” she said. The new album contains elements of hip-hop, rock and some pop. “Now that I’ve released my first album, the next step is to release a pure hip-hop album,” Miryo said.

By Carla Sunwoo [carlasunwoo@joongang.co.kr]
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