Brian Joo

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Brian Joo was born on January 10, 1981 and is a Korean-American R&B singer that is mostly known for simply Brian and has also been a part of R&B duo Fly to the Sky. The singer’s first solo album entitled “The Brian” was released in the December 2006 and the second album, Manifold was released in December 2009.

Brian actually has two birth names, Brian Gintaek Joo in American and Joo Jin Taek for Korea. Later on he had changed his real name to Brian Minkyu Joo for American and Joo Min-kyoo for Korean.

During the September of 2006, Brian had announced that his debut solo album, The Brian will be release; it was originally scheduled on November 2006 but then postponed to be released on December. The album shows diverse genres like classic pop, soul, and jazz. On this album, Brian had hoped to gain more respect as an artist, rather than being known as still Fly to the Sky but without Fany. He had commented the reason for the solo album as, “First of all, I just wanted to do it. I also wanted to show that I could be successful as Brian. When Fly to the Sky sang, many think Fany is the main vocal, and that I am the second vocal and a rapper. I won’t mention his name, but one producer once said to Fany, “You are a really good singer”, when he only said “Good job”, to me. So I wanted to prove that I could do it too.”

Originally, the album was set to be recorded in full English but due to lack of time, all the tracks are in Korean except for one English track entitle, “All I Know”. Brian had performed his first single, “Don’t Go” on 7th of December at Mnet Countdown. He had released three tracks coming from the album to be on music website Melon.com/ The album was officially released on December 18, the album had debuted at number 7 falling behind TVXQ and had sold 15, 376 copies on its first month. On the 21st of January, “Don’t Go” was selected to be the Mutizen song on the SBS music show, Inkigayo. However, because of his very hectic schedule, Brian had suffered from vocal fold nodule.

Brian was interested in having an acting career, and he had expressed that his dream was to be a star in Hollywood. Brian is taking an interest in breaking into the American music industry just like singer Rain and Se7en has been doing, but sad to say he is still waiting for the right opportunity to take it.

Most recently, Brian had starred in the English segment for the mini-series, Honey Korean that is presented by Arirang. In there, Brian, alongside with his co-star and real life friend, Chris Pemberton was teaching basic Korean language as well as the knowledge about the culture, landmarks, popular tourist spots, daily Korean life for the English spoken foreigners that you can found around world.

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