Youn Sun Nah has experienced an amazing success story. In her home country Korea she is already a star, but over the last 3 years Youn Sun Nah also took the European music world by storm. In France, her second home, she won the prestigious “Prix Mimi Perrin du Jazz Vocal” award by the French Jazz Academy for Best International Vocalist 2010. In the Fall of 2009, Youn Sun Nah was conferred the title “Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” for outstanding achievements in the field of arts by the French Ministry of Culture. This puts her in a row with numerous international luminaries. After the release of her second outing on ACT “Same Girl” in October 2010 the album stayed #1 for one month and was among the top 10 for more than 40 weeks. The current climax of Youn Sun Nah’s incredible rise is the “ECHO Jazz Award 2011”, Germans most important musicprize, which she took home in June 2011 for Best International Female Vocalist of the Year. “There has not been something so brilliant, interesting and virtuosic in jazz singing for a long time”, wrote leading German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and Jazzwise (UK) found out: “A wonderfully clear voice, with superb melismatic control and dynamic poise. A welcome new presence on the international jazz scene”.
Youn Sun Nah is able to build bridges in a truly unique way - bridges between Asia and Europe; between jazz, chanson and pop; between the highest technical precision and extreme musical freedom; between minimalism and exuberance and between the familiar and the unfamiliar. On “Same Girl” Youn Sun Nah explores and experiments with different musical styles and genres. Whether she is singing the Great American Songbook classic “My Favorite Things”, Philippe Sarde’s “La Chanson d’Hélène”, Sergio Mendes “Song Of No Regrets”, the Korean folk song “Kangwondo Arirang” or even “Enter Sandman” by the heavy metal legends Metallica; despite all the variety it is still the same girl the audience has come to know and love, surprising the listener with songs which break free from the usual stylistic constraints. Her album embraces eleven fascinating interpretations of a very special kind, her distinctive voice building the framework for her multi-faceted musical tastes. Styles and genres may change from tune to tune, but it is always the same girl you are listening to: Youn Sun Nah.
The Collector’s Edition is released in celebration of her jazz triumph, and a thank you to all fans who have accompanied her on her journey to success. Besides a video performance of “My Favorite Things”, Disc 2 contains four previously unreleased songs, which were recorded during the “Voyage” and “Same Girl” sessions, including her interpretation of the famous French chanson “Avec le Temps”.
More Youn Sun Nah on ACT: “Voyage” ACT 9019-2