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Lee Hana displays her musical roots

Remember figure skater Kim Yuna‘s live singing performance? We have another non-singer (non-pro, that is) exhibiting some of her skills: This time, it’s Lee Hana showing off her pipes on a recent (June 3) episode of the KBS variety show Sang Sang Plus. (Her musical talents are well-known, as she’s displayed them in most — all? — of her dramas in some form or another.)

On the show, Lee Hana showed pretty decent vocal skills with parts of two songs, especially when you take into consideration the dismal vocal skills of actual kpop singers (*ahem*). She credits her musical parents for her love of music — father is songwriter Lee Dae Hyun, who wrote the song popularized by Lee Yoon Soo, “Turn To Dust” [먼지가 되어], a fact that apparently wasn’t well-known to the others on the show, which included her Woman in the Sun costar Kim Ji Soo.

Here she is singing Sixpence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me” and Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”:

(Speaking of her current drama, I really tried to like Woman in the Sun, but found it kinda dull. I thought Lee Hana was pretty good, but expected more of Kim Ji Soo, whose character was described as complex and layered and came off surprisingly flat.)

In answer to a comment that Lee Hana was initially supposed to debut as a singer, Lee answered that it was her childhood dream, but that didn’t materialize; she’d love if it happened, but it’s all right if she doesn’t pursue singing as a career: “I’m just someone who really likes music.”

Via Hankyung

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Wow, she has a pretty voice and she would also make an interesting indie singer.
If she can get all the hosts on the show to sing along with her, she's got some talent.

She has the right attitude too, because she says she loves music for itself not as a vehicle for self-promotion.

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love lee ha na, she is a great actress and singer. i first saw her modeling with Gong Yoo, then i saw some of her dramas, she seems to have a pretty good career as a newcomer actress.

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didn't she sing in when spring comes?

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Great voice! I'm listening more to male singers than female, but her voice make me want to hear more from her ^-^
So....and because of this I'm going to watch 'When spring comes' now...XD

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Wow, I didn't know Lee Hana could sing! She has a nice voice. :)

Ha, I can't get through the first twenty seconds of that Wondergirls performance you linked to. -___-

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IMO, When Spring Comes isn't that interesting. If you want to see Lee Hana, watch Merry vs. Daegu (I didn't love that drama either, but it has more personality than When Spring Comes), wherein her character desperately wants to be a musical actor. Or Alone in Love (although she's only a supporting lead in that).

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reminds me of priscilla ahn, a half-korean (i think?) indie singer in the US

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I kinda liked When Spring Comes. Most of the show is really carried by Kim Gab Soo and Lee Soon Jae. There was just a basic pleasure watching Kim Gab Soo charm the hell out of everybody and telling stories. Sure it's all a con, just another spin, but that twinkle was absolutely genuine. As for Lee Ha Na, who also majored in music at university, she played the weary, lived in folkie pretty much as authentically as I've seen in K-drama. The way she sings and her eyes kinda glaze past the people around her is all true.

Oh and .. . . is it just me, or is With S2 really loaded with projects with year? I'm glad you guys are taking on this show, but still surprised nonetheless.

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totally agree, i forced myself to watch when spring comes. i think because lee han was in it. no regret pride!

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She sings one karaoke scene in "Alone in Love" too ^^

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She is pretty good. And I agree full heartily about what you said about "...the dismal vocal skills of actual kpop singers." I can't believe that they are actually that famous. I mean, seriously, I can go on and on and on about their horrible "Live" performances. The most I can say is that at least it is actually THEM singing the songs during these "live" performances. I mean, there's is no doubt that THAT could be their recorded voices. If it is, then HOPE has just disappered!!! All they have is a pretty face and if they get their act together and actually learn how to sing AND dance (and not just like "innocent" little angels-- I don't buy that "image"-- it's so NOT GENUINE!), then maybe (just maybe) I'll be able to respect them a little bit more.

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I love Lee Ha Na! She gives off that kooky and lovable vibe in Alone in Love and Le Grand Chef. Not yet seen When Spring Comes though,but I can visualize her playing a folk singer convincingly. Hmm, I might give Women of the Sun a watch just for her.

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I've yet to see her in any drama but I think she sings beautifully.

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I didn't really get to catch any of her dramas till Women Of The Sun, and prob because I like her character in the show that prompt me to check out her other dramas. She's really one of the better new actresses, and I love it when she sang Knocking On Heaven's Door!
Oh and speaking of complex characters, there was this one scene in Episode1 where LHN's character took revenge on her ex classmater during the wedding which got me thinking of how far she would take her revenge on her sis.

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I really liked the song that she sang ("recorded") in When Spring Comes...too bad I didn't know how to find it ...

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I was watching this, then went to the kitchen for a sec to get something when she started singing Kiss Me so I didn't see who started singing, just started hearing it - for a sec I really thought it was Leigh, the original singer from Sixpence... her voice sounds so alike when she sings it.. I don't know if she's experienced in English, but her pronunciation's really really good, too. V impressed :)

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I watched this episode and it was really good. I think that Hana and KimC would make a good couple if he were not already married.

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Meri vs daegu's it so cute !! I love Lee ha-na and love her voice. @^_^@

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well, I really love her voice ^_^
when i listen her sound ,I have a sweet dream every night . ^^

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I love Hana so much. I love her style, hair . I love listening to her

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She sang in Merry Mary--the attack defense dae gu drama. Good drama, underrated because of its weirdness. Excellent actress, i heard her singing and some songs but only 30 seconds. They were all english songs--reflection from mulan, can't fight the moonlight etc

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