On August 7th, YooA hosted an online showcase to celebrate the release of their first mini-album “Bon Voyage” and the music video for the title track of the same name.
As this album marks her official solo debut, YooA said she was very nervous, stating, “I couldn’t even sleep. I’m usually not the type to get nervous, but it was me.” However, she said she did after five to six years of promotion as a member of Oh My Girl, took the opportunity to work hard to fill the stage with her own presence.
The title track “Bon Voyage” has a magical atmosphere and evokes the feeling of being in nature. YooA noted that it could be a unique song. “It’s a very dreamy and mystical song, but the choir has a kind of jungle vibe that changes the mood of the song,” she explained. “You might feel like it is dynamic and fresh. I thought it would be nice if you could feel comfortable in difficult times thinking of Mother Nature.”
When asked why she wanted to debut with a mini-album, YooA replied, “I wanted to have a lot of tracks that expressed my own unique colors. The mood of each song changes depending on my voice or my expression. That’s why I wanted to show everyone how I can interpret the songs in my own style. “
YooA then went into more detail about her personal color when she explained, “I thought the seven members of Oh My Girl represented the seven colors of the rainbow. Instead of defining myself as one of those colors, I think that I am the closest to the emerald. “
“Have a good trip” is a French phrase used to send people on their travels. In keeping with that theme, YooA said that their album marked their own first journey. She commented, “Just as I improve step by step, the hope that everyone will continue on their travels is a message that I put on the album.”
Oh My Girl made waves last year after taking part in the Mnet reality show Queendom. The group also took over the music charts earlier this year with their title track “Nonstop” and brought their name back into the spotlight. YooA brought up the burden she felt when she released a solo album after her group had so much success. “If I said I didn’t feel burdened, it would be a lie. I was worried and thought I might hurt the group,” she admitted.
YooA also expressed her gratitude to the members when she said, “The members stayed by my side and encouraged me by saying things like ‘You can do it’ and ‘We believe in you’.” YooA described a time when when she talked about her worries with Binnie and said, “Binnie asked me what was going on, so I poured out my heart to her. Binnie said to me, “I support you” and it brought me to tears. “YooA also revealed that Seunghee was the one who drew her album cover.” I was happy that she drew it better than me, “she said.
Commenting on Oh My Girl’s steady growth as a group, YooA said, “When we first debuted, I thought it was good to improve faster than others. Although it was difficult, we improved over five to six years. I’m pretty proud of the phrase “continuous improvement”. As a solo artist, I also want to show steady improvement instead of just showing everything at once. “
YooA concluded with some closing comments on their first solo album. She said, “Oh my girl is a group that expresses the different sides of girls in different ways. As just YooA, there are many sides of me to show you, so I put a lot of my own identities into the album. I will give you comfort and show you how I am getting on and you will wonder what comes next. “
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