«G.NA» - biography, albums, songs, video clips

Gina Jane Choi or simply Choi Gina (Hangul: 최지나; born September 13, 1987), better known by her stage name G.NA, is a Canadian singer and songwriter based in South Korea under Cube Entertainment. She released her debut mini-album, Draw G's First Breath, on July 14, 2010.

History

Pre-debut

G.NA (Gina Jane Choi) was born on September 13, 1987 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from Fraser Heights Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia, a suburb within the Metro Vancouver area. G.NA was originally set to debut as the leader of girl group Five Girls (오소녀) under Good Entertainment, along with Wonder Girls’ Yubin, After School’s UEE, Secret’s Jun Hyoseong and former T-ara member and current Spica member Yang Jiwon. However, the group disbanded shortly before their scheduled debut in 2007 due to Good Entertainment's financial troubles and the members all left for separate Korean entertainment agencies.

During her trainee days under Cube Entertainment, she was featured in 2PM's "10 Out of 10" debut music video and was one of the backup dancers for Kim HyunA's solo song "Change".

2010: Debut and Draw G's First Breath

G.NA released her digital duet song "Aeini Saenggimyeon Hago Sipeun Il" (애인이 생기면 하고 싶은 일, lit. Things I Want to Do When I Have a Lover) together with Rain on July 5, 2010.

G.NA's debut mini-album Draw G's First Breath was released the same year. G.NA's debut music video, "Kkeojyeo Julge Jar Sara" (꺼져 줄게 잘 살아, lit. I'll Back Off So You Can Live), featured BEAST's Doo Joon as the male actor, as well as Jun Hyung's rapping. She won her first award on M! Countdown on 12 August 2010.

2011: Black & White and Top Girl

G.NA won on M! Countdown on February 17 and 24. On February 25, G.NA also won her first ever Music Bank for her hit song "Black & White". Music portal Dosirak has revealed that singer G.NA was the No.1 best seller in digital sales for the month of February. Also G.NA won her first Inkigayo Mutizen on February 27, marking her grand slam, for winning on all three music programs.

The music video for "I Already Miss You" was released on March 9, 2011. G.NA also appeared in Lim Jeong Hee's music video for "Golden Lady" with gagman Park Hwi Soon which is released on May 9, 2011. She was also featured for Hyuna's album Bubble Pop! in the song "A Bitter Day" with Jun Hyung.

2012: Bloom and Oui

G.NA released her third EP titled Bloom on May 22, 2012, in which she had participated in composing and penning some of the songs in the album. G.NA started her promotions for the album on Mnet's M! Countdown on May 24, 2012, with her title track, "2HOT". On June 8, 2012, G.NA won on Music Bank with "2HOT". On October 7, G.NA released an international digital album called Oui, composed of English versions of her previous hit songs.

2013: Beautiful Kisses

On March 6, G.NA announced her fourth mini album "Beautiful Kisses" featuring the promotional title track "Oops!" with a slated release date for March 14. "Oops!” is described to be a fun dance track composed by Lim Sang Hyuk and Son Young Jin and features the rap of labelmate, Ilhoon from BtoB.

Discography

Main article: G.NA discography
Studio albums
  • Black & White (2011)
EPs
  • Draw G's First Breath (2010)
  • Top Girl (2011)
  • Bloom (2012)
  • Beautiful Kisses (2013)
English albums
  • Oui (2012)

Filmography

Television drama

Year Title Role
2012 SBS's Salamander Guru and The Shadows Krystal (cameo)
2012 tvN's Reply 1997 Choi Jin-ah (cameo)
2011 SBS's Welcome to the Show Herself (cameo)

Television shows

Year Network Title Role
2010 - The M Wave Host
2011 JTBC Doctor’s Penalty Host
2012 KBS Birth of a Family Herself with Hyuna
2012 jTBC Music on Top Guest host
(February 9 - March 7, 2012)
2012 jTBC Shinhwa Broadcast special guest performance in ep 31
2012-2013 tvN Romancing the Idol: Season 2 Herself
2014 MBC Every 1 A Celebrity Lives in Our House Herself

Concert

Concert participation

  • 2011: United Cube Concert
  • 2011: Billboard Korea's K-Pop Masters Concert
  • 2013: AIA Malaysia K-POP Concert

Awards

Years Awards
2010
  • Cyworld Digital Music Awards : Rookie Of The Month (August)
  • 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards : New Generation Popular Music Teen Singer Award
2011
  • Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards : Best Rookie Award
  • 5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards : Hot Online Song "Black & White"
  • 8th Asia Song Festival: Asia Influential Artists
  • 26th Golden Disk Awards: Digital Bonsang ("Black & White")
  • 2011 Soompi Gayo Awards: Top Female Soloists of 2011 - Silver

Mnet Asian Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 "꺼져 줄게 잘 살아"
"II'll Back Off So You Can Live Better (feat. Jun Hyung)"
Best New Female Artist Nominated
2011 "Black & White" Best Female Nominated
Best Dance Performance Nominated
2012 "2HOT" Best Female Artist - Solo Nominated
Best Dance Performance Nominated

Music programs

G.NA's wins on Korea's televised music shows:

Year Date Song Music Program
2010 August 12 "꺼져 줄게 잘 살아"
I'll Back Off So You Can Live Better (feat. Jun Hyung)
Mnet M! Countdown
2011 February 17 "Black & White" Mnet M! Countdown
February 24 Mnet M! Countdown
February 25 KBS Music Bank
February 27 SBS Inkigayo
2012 June 8 "2HOT" KBS Music Bank
2013 March 29 "Oops!" KBS Music Bank

References

External links

  • Official websites in