Kim Jang-hoon Fulfills Ferry Victim's Dream

Kim Jang-hoon Kim Jang-hoon

Singer Kim Jang-hoon has fulfilled the dream of a teenage girl who wanted to be a singer and died in the April 16 ferry disaster.

Kim remastered a recording of "A Goose's Dream" by Lee Bo-mi from Danwon High School and inserted his own rendition to make a duet. He also made a music video with photos and video clips of the girl and will reveal his work in a tribute concert scheduled for Thursday, marking the 100th day since the disaster, in front of Seoul City Hall.

"When I visited the memorial altar in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province last month, Bo-mi's father came to me and asked me to help fulfill his daughter's dream," Kim said in a telephone interview with the Chosun Ilbo on Tuesday. "I accepted his request straight away."

Singer Shin Hae-chul helped remaster the song, and Kim Dong-ryul, who wrote the song, waived royalty payments.

"Initially, I was worried that Bo-mi’s family would be even more saddened by the song and music video," Kim said "But as I worked on the project, I became more and more certain that the song would help console the family and others. While recording, I felt really sorry because I knew the girl could have been a great singer, but I hope my work will comfort all those who suffer due to the tragedy."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 23, 2014 11:02 KST