Joo Hyun-mi Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Singing Career

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Singer Joo Hyun-mi released an album on Tuesday in celebration of her 30th anniversary in showbiz. She was not very excited about it, saying "I sang yesterday and I will sing tomorrow, so I don't feel that special."

When she was a pharmacy student at Chungang University in 1981, she participated in MBC's singing contest as a member of a six-person group, and finished with honorable mention. However, after that, she failed to impress in a number of auditions and ended up working as a pharmacist for a while.

Her official debut, according to Joo, came in 1984 when she recorded a compilation album consisting of other singers' hit songs. Her first original album released a year later and made her an instant success.

Joo is one of the country's most successful singers of trot -- Korea's oldest pop genre, but for the 30th anniversary album Joo moved away from her comfort zone and chose ballads. It may be strange to her long-time fans, but Joo said that she wanted to expand her musical boundaries rather than sticking to trot.

Joo will hold a two-day concert celebrating her 30th anniversary at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts starting Sept. 13. Another Korean diva Lee Sun-hee, who has been Joo's friend for 30 years, will perform as a special guest.

"We promised to perform for each other since this year marks the 30th anniversary of our debut," Joo said. "I wanted to communicate with more people through this album, and I'm curious to see how it is received. I want to continue to push myself to try new things."

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 27, 2014 11:06 KST