Sunday, 24 July 2011

[Profile] KARA


Kara (카라, often stylized as KARA) is a girl group from South Korea signed with DSP Media (DSP). The band name Kara comes from the Greek Word "chara" (χαρά, lit. "joy"), which the group interpreted to mean "sweet melody".
Kara started as a four-member group and debuted with their first album The First Bloomingin 2007. In 2008, Kim Sunghee departed the group due to parental pressure, and two members were brought in; as such, the group consists of five members: Park Gyuri, Han Seung-yeon, Goo Hara, Nicole and Kang Jiyoung. The five-member band achieved their first number one song with "Honey". Other singles include "Pretty Girl", "Wanna", "Mister", and "Lupin."
The group has released two full-length albums — The First Blooming and Revolution — along with various EPs. Kara has won various awards, including the Best Dance Award at the M.net Asian Music Awards and Best Female Singer at the 16th Korean Entertainment Arts Awards. Kara have also gotten recognition after debuting in Japan, and have been dubbed Japan's #1 Rookie Artist for 2010.
Kara began to promote internationally in various Asian countries as of 2009.
GOO HARA - 구하라
NICKNAME: Koala, Honey, Gura
D.O.B: January 13, 1991
Position: Vocals
Height: 164cm
Weight: 43kg
Favorite Korean gasoo:  Fin.K.L
Hobbies/Interests:  Dancing
Skills: Dancing and Modeling
Educational Background:
- Attended Kwangjoo Academy of Music (same school with Big Bang's Seungri - they are good friends)
- Currently attending Dongmyeong Woman's High School of Industry and Information
HAN SEUNGYEON - 한승연
NICKNAME: Ham, Choding, Big-smile-no-eyes
D.O.B:  July 24, 1988
Position:  Vocals
Role in KARA:  Second-eldest/small sister
Blood Type:  A
Height:  160cm
Favorite Color:  Pink
Shoe Size:  US Woman's size 6 (Korean size: 235mm)
Motto:  Go with what you believe in
Favorite Food:  BuDae Soup/Steam pot
Treasured Object:  Anything with music
FAVORITE KOREAN ARTIST:  G.O.D
MOST ATTRACTIVE PART OF HERSELF:  Inside eyelids
SKILLS / TALENT: Singing, Dancing, Impersonating Gollum (Lord of the Rings)
HOBBIES / INTEREST:  Reading, Listening to music, Watching Anime, Making random cute sounds, Hugging her mongshil Nicole, Teaching Nicole wrong Korean words just for fun
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
- Graduated from Tenafly High School (New Jersey)
- Currently attending Kyunghee University - Majoring in Film Arts and Theatre
JUNG NICOLE - 정니콜
NICKNAME: YongjooTweety  Cole  Nikori
D.O.B:  October 7, 1991
Position:  Vocals, Rapper
Blood Type:  A
Height:  164cm
Favorite Color:  Orange
Favorite Korean gasoo:  Shinhwa
Location:  California, USA
SKILLS / TALENT: Dancing, Singing, Rapping, Can speak English fluently and some Spanish, Cooking, TV Personality
HOBBIES / INTEREST: Listening to music, Violin, Food, Watching movies, Eating, Reading, Cooking, Practicing
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
- Attended Global Christian School
- Attended Laurel Springs School, finished 11th grade
- Hopes to finish school but is too busy with KARA and solo activities at the moment
PARK GYURI - 박규리
NICKNAME: Gyul, Gyul Omma, Goddess, Mirror Princess, LeGYulas, Shikshin, Carrot
D.O.B:  May 21, 1988
Position:  Vocals
Role in KARA: Leader
Blood Type:  AB
Height:  162cm
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Season:  Spring and autumn
Favourite Korean gasoo:  H.O.T
Motto:  Whatever the situation, let's think positively
FAVORITE WESTERN DISH:  Pizza
MOST ATTRACTIVE PART OF HERSELF: Collar bone, Eyes
SKILLS / TALENT: Singing, Acting, Impersonations, "Goddess Concept" on T.V.
HOBBIES / INTEREST: Food, Reading, Watching Movies
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
- Currently attending Dongduk Women's University - major in Broadcasting Communications
KANG JIYOUNG - 강지영
NICKNAME: Jing, Kang Jara (turtle), Kang Ah Ji (puppy), Rice-Cake (because of her fair skin tone)
D.O.B:  January 18 1994
PLACE OF BIRTH:  Gyeonggi-do, Paju
FAVORITE KOREAN ARTIST:  Big Bang
SKILLS / TALENT: Singing, Aegyo, Eye smiling
HOBBIES / INTEREST: Reading, Listening to music, Dolls, Letters, Dogs
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
- Graduated from Kwanghee Middle School
- Currently attending Muhak Women's High School
Debut
Kara had their debut performance on March 29, 2007 with "Break It" on M! Countdown. Their first album was The First Blooming. They made two music videos from this album: "Break It" and "If U Wanna". Because of their similarity to Fin.K.L and the fact that both were signed to the same company, the two were often compared; in response, Kara stated that they regarded the comparison as beneficial and inspiring.The album won the Best Newcomer Music Award in May 2007.Despite the initial interest, Kara was largely overshadowed in both album sales and popularity by other hit girl groups that debuted the same year, notably the Wonder Girls and Girls' Generation. Years later, Seungyeon would admit that the album wasn't of as big success as she and the group would have liked.Seungyeon would go on to participate in many variety shows on TV during that time in order to keep Kara as a group recognizable to the public.
Awards
2007
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism|Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Korea Culture &  
   Content Agency: Best Newcomer

2009
M.net Asian Music Awards: Best Dance Award "Honey"
Melon Music Awards: 2009 Top Ten Award

2010
16th Korean Entertainment Arts Awards: Best Female Singer
19th Seoul Music Awards : Bonsang Award
52nd Japan Record Awards: Premium Box Award

2011
25th Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best 3 New Artists (International)
25th Japan Gold Disc Awards: New Artist of the Year(International)
2011 Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism: Content Industry Award (Special Honor)

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