'K-pop Star' contestant Kriesha Chu drops first EP album
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By Chang Dong-woo
SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Yonhap) -- Kriesha Chu, former contestant on the final season of SBS TV's audition show "K-Pop Star," made a comeback on Wednesday with her first EP album.
The Filipino-American rookie singer held a media showcase for her new EP "Dream of Paradise" at Ilji Art Hall in southern Seoul. Chu debuted in May with a pop dance single album titled "Trouble."
Lead track "Like Paradise" was produced jointly by music production team Flow Blow and Hui of Pentagon, who wrote "Never" and "Energetic," two of the biggest K-pop songs of last year. The four-track album also contains "Falling Star," a medium-tempo ballad sung with Minjoo, a junior trainee at Chu's agency Urban Works Entertainment.
"To me, it was a song that I could dance to powerfully and enjoyably," Chu told reporters, adding "It was a great opportunity for me (to work with Hui). I'm truly grateful."
K-pop singer Kriesha Chu performs on stage during a media showcase for her new EP album "Dream of Paradise" at Ilji Art Hall in southern Seoul on Jan. 3, 2017. (Yonhap)
Chu also said, "It was a tropical house genre which I've never tried. I saw it befitting as a lead song through which I could reveal a new side of myself to the public."
During her break after promoting "Trouble," the 20-year-old singer said she spent most of her time exercising, shedding five kilograms in weight and working on her new album. As an artist, Chu said she wanted to convey a sense of maturity while also preserving her pure and innocent vibe.
When asked about her goals for the album, the singer replied, "I want to be able to offer a warm cup of coffee to the company's staff and fans."
Chu is the first among a number of female solo singers making a comeback in January. Sunmi, ex-Wonder Girls member who made a successful comeback with "Gashina" last year, and former I.O.I member Chungha also plan to drop new material this month.
"They're all senior artists I root for and admire. In a sense, I think I'm able to stand on stage because of them. I wish all of them will do well," said Chu.
Chu came to South Korea from the United States in 2015 with the dream of becoming a K-pop artist. Having trained under Urban Works Entertainment as a trainee, she has garnered public attention by appearing on the sixth season of "K-pop Star." Her on-program team KWINS finished second, next to prodigy dance duo Boyfriend.
K-pop singer Kriesha Chu (front, C) performs on stage during a media showcase for her new EP album "Dream of Paradise" at Ilji Art Hall in southern Seoul on Jan. 3, 2017. (Yonhap)