Veteran Singer Lee Sun-hee Still in the Groove

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Lee Sun-hee is celebrating the 30th year of her singing career this year. She debuted in 1984 when she won a music contest for university students and recently released her 15th album "Serendipity," which includes nine songs she wrote herself.

When Lee turned up for an interview in Seoul last week she still appeared young and energetic, showing her trademark short hair, glasses and pants. She rarely wears skirts in public.

Just as her appearance seems to have hardly changed over the years, so her vocal chords and singing skills remain intact. They still draw new fans and inspire awe in listeners of her songs. Her new album is already garnering favorable reviews from music critics and fans alike.

"I wasn't in the spotlight the whole time over the past 30 years. There were ups and downs," said Lee. "But I didn't want to be the kind of singer who just hangs around performing old hits on stage."

"Whenever I go on stage I still listen to those songs I recorded years ago over and over because I want to sing with the same kind of energy and vibe I had back then," she said. "The moments of communion I feel with my old fans are very special."

She will hold several concerts in Seoul in April.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 31, 2014 08:18 KST