Singer-songwriter Yoo Young-suk has been a prolific musician for the past 20 years, making some of the best known songs for fellow singers and working on various projects as a music director and producer. He recently released his new album “Star Words” to celebrate the 20th anniversary since his debut. This time, his friends backed him up.
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“I have released many albums throughout my career, but this is the first time I’ve held a showcase. I’m so proud and happy!” he said with a big smile at the event, staged at Sang Sang Madang near Hongdae, northern Seoul.
The album consists of some of Yoo’s best works, but sung by some of the most popular singers here including Kyu-hyun from Super Junior, Kim Gun-mo, Hong Gyung-min and Winterplay.
“I wanted to make listeners think `I like the newly arranged one better,’ instead of `there’s nothing like the original.’ I’m quite satisfied,” he added.
The guests singers who contributed to the album also appeared on stage with Yoo, among them Kyu-hyun, Kim Yeon-woo and Lee Soo-young, to sing his songs and share their experiences with him over the past few years.
“Somebody had to make a special album just on Yoo, but nobody budged until he did it himself. I’m sure everyone who participated feels the same way. It’s a great honor to remake the songs that I have always enjoyed listening to,” said Yuri Sangja, who sang “To Me Forever.”
Yoo may be considered old fashioned among the younger crowd, with his delicate and somewhat mellow songs, but the album managed to bring old and young generations together.
“I feel pride as a songwriter whenever I see young singers with talent. I learn music every day, and I plan to continue to with my friends,” Yoo said.
He started his career as a singer in 1988 as a member of pop group Blue Sky. When the band broke up, he went on and formed the group White, releasing five albums. Yoo then moved on to become a composer and film music director, working on “The Classic” (2003), “Daisy” (2006) and even several numbers in the original soundtrack of hit drama “Beethoven Virus.” Along with Yoo Hee-yeol, he is known as one of the best love song composers, famous for “The Love for Seven Years,” “Love as it Is” and “Sad Present.” His new album will be released next month and proceeds will partially be donated to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). (Korea Times)