Park won many singing competitions in the U.S. before recording her album, Gospel, in 1993. She continued her studies while performing numerous times to the public. She attended the UCLAfor a year before she began her career as a singer, releasing her first Korean-language album, Piece, in 1998, which sold over 500,000 copies even though she did not like to promote her album on live shows. Park did not learn to speak Korean properly until she released her first album.
In 1999, she released her album “A Second Helping”, which was well acclaimed by fans and critics alike. Park’s third album, “Naturally”, was produced in South Korea and the United States.
After taking a one-year break due to her studies in the United States, she came back in 2002 with her album Op.4. From then on she expressed her comfort in appearing in public by participating in live shows and concerts.
In 2002 her song “Kkum-e” (In a Dream) was very successful and gave her access to foreign markets, such as Singapore. The Korean government chose Park to represent Korea at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. At the end of 2002, a greatest hits album was released and she sang at many concerts. The recordings from these concerts were used to produce her first special CD and DVD album.
Park, along with Brown Eyes, CHEMISTRY and Sowelu formed a group called “Voices of Korea/Japan” and made songs for the 2002 Soccer World Cup. Later, she made her debut in the Japanese music industry where she was very successful.
Park is especially proud of her fifth Korean album, On & On, because according to her she “finally felt comfortable about composing in the Korean language.”.
Since 2006 she has been studying at Columbia University in New York.
In 2007 she sang the intro song Inori ~You Raise Me Up~In for the anime Romeo x Juliet. This song is a cover of Rolf Lovland and Brendan Graham’s song, You Raise Me Up. The single also includes an English language version.
Her sixth Korean-language album, Come To Where I Am, was released on December 11, 2007, in which all songs were composed and produced by Lena.
Lena Park Facts
- In 2007, she sang the intro song Inori ~You Raise Me Up~In for the anime Romeo x Juliet.
- In 2010 she graduated with a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia School of General Studies (undergraduate college for non-traditional students).
- She likes the music of U2, Amy Grant, Tori Amos, Radiohead and Joni Mitchell
- In 2009 she was part of the “That’s Fool” cast
- She sings the theme song More Than Anyone Else in the world from the dorama Myung wol Spy.
- In 2012 she sings the song I am Sorry, which is originally a song by the Mexican group Camila under the name of Mientes.
- As a child she had a nanny who was Latina, she came from South America, so she could not speak Korean or English, that’s why her mother sent her to live with her grandparents, since she could not communicate with her.
- Her mother had to learn Spanish to communicate with her.
- She is the first Korean to sing in a Disney production.
- On January 24, 2015, her agency confirmed that the singer is in a relationship with a Korean-Canadian English professor at a university in Seoul, whom she met at Baek Ji Young’s wedding in 2013.
- On June 27, 2017, it was announced that she would be getting married on July 15 in Hawaii in the company of her family and close friends.
Lena Park Collaborations
- [1998.xx.xx] Player – The New Beginning
- [1999.xx.xx] Yoon Jong Shin – 7th
- [1998.04.24] Lena Park & various artists – album Kayo
- [2002.05.xx] Yoon Jong Shin – From The Beginning
- [2002.05.29] 2002 FIFA World Cup Official Album – Songs of Korea/Japan
- [2003.05.xx] Kim Jin Pyo – 4th
- [2003.05.xx] Na Won Ju – 1st
- [2003.12.10] Voice of Love Posse
- [2004.04.xx] Kim Jin Pyo – Remasatering All about JP
- [2005.03.24] JHETT aka YAKKO for AQUARIUS – JHETT (Track 11: Everything Inside Of Me feat. Lena Park)
- [2012.07.15] Lena Park &. PSY – Eottaesseulkka (어땠을까)
- [2012.11.30] 김범수 (Kim Bom Soo)- 하얀 겨울 White Winter.
- [2013.04.15] Lena Park, Lee Seok Hoon & Sohyang – 황성제 Project 슈퍼히어로 1st Line Up – Single Single Single.
- [2014.08.11] Don Spike (돈스파이크) – Always feat.Lena Park
- [2015.12.05] Lena Park &. Dynamic Duo – SsSs (싱숭숭생숭)
- [2015.17.06] Lena Park &. Ruvin Kim – 날 닮은 그대
- [2015.08.12] PRIMARY (프라이머리) – Hello (네일 했어) feat.Lena Park
- [2015.11.25] Lena Park &. Ruvin Kim – 편지할게요 (pyeonjihalgeyo) / remake
- [2015.11.25] Lena Park &. Ruvin Kim – 중인 (mongjung-in) / remake
- [2015.11.25] Lena Park &. Ruvin Kim – 반전 (banjeon) / remake
- [2015.12.08] Lena Park & Fly to the Sky – Winter Story (겨울이야기).
Lena Park Awards
- Inori theme for Romeo X Juliet (2007)
Lena Park TV Drama’s
- Like Starlight subject for Absolute Boyfriend (2019)
- Just Right theme for The Sound of Heart (2016)
- The Person in My Heart theme for Splendid Politics (2015)
- You and I theme for Temptation (2014)
- My Wish theme for The Heirs (2013)
- More than Anyone in the World theme for Myung Wol the Spy (2011)
- That Fool theme for That Fool (2009)
- A Whole New World (besides John Park) theme for Aladdin (2019)
- Eternal Memory (English Ver.) theme for Mulan (1998)
- Eternal Memory (Korean Ver.) theme for Mulan (1998)
- Reflection (Korean Pop Ver.) theme for Mulan (1998)
Themes for TV Programs
- My everything theme for We Got Married (2013)