October 5, 1987 (age 36) (
Andong, North Gyeongsang, South Korea
MBK EntertainmentCJ E&M
T-ara (Since 2009), QBS (Since 2013)
K-pop, J-pop, Contemporary R&B, Nu-disco, Electronic dance music, Electropop
Park So-yeon (born October 5, 1987), better known mononymously as Soyeon, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known as the former main vocalist and member of South Korean girl group T-ara.
- Early life
- 20092011 Career Beginning
- 20122013 Acting roles and QBS
- 2017present Departure from MBK Entertainment
- Personal life
Soyeon was born on October 5, 1987, in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. Her birth name was Park In-jung. She has officially changed her name to Park So-yeon. In 2005, she took part and was awarded the Gold Award (1st place) for the CMB Chin Chin Singing Competition. Soyeon has studied at the prestigious Anyang High School of Arts, located in Anyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea.
Soyeon was formerly a trainee under SM Entertainment, preparing to be a member and supposed to be the leader of girl group Girls' Generation. However, she left the company six months before their debut due to personal circumstances. After debuting with T-ara she revealed on the show Taxi that at that time she felt the opportunity came so easily and she was in two minds, not fully prepared for the debut.
2009–2011: Career Beginning
Soyeon was the second new member to be added to T-ara after two former members Jiae and Jiwon withdrawal from the group in mid-2009. She was featured on the sports variety show Invincible Baseball.
In 2010, Soyeon was rushed to the hospital after complaints of not feeling well while filming for her cameo role in Master of Study. She was then diagnosed with H1N1 while T-ara was still promoting the follow-up track "Like the First Time" off of their first full-length album, Absolute First Album.
In 2011, she was a fixed cast member for KBS's variety show 100 Points Out Of 100.
2012–2013: Acting roles and QBS
Soyeon participated in the musical adaption of T-ara's hit song "Roly-Poly", which opened on January 13, 2012, at the Sungnam Arts Center. She has stated that it is one of her dreams to stand on stage and act on it.
She replaced Hyomin as T-ara's new leader starting on December 7, 2011, for their "Lovey-Dovey" promotions. She is the fourth leader of T-ara after Eunjung, Boram, and Hyomin. In July 2013 Soyeon stepped down as leader and Qri became the fifth leader.
Soyeon appeared in the drama "Haeundae Lovers" as Lee Gwan-soon. The drama aired on August 13, 2012.
Soyeon along with Qri and Boram formed a sub-group called QBS in May 2013. The subgroup focused on the Japanese market. The subgroup release their debut single titled "Kaze no You ni" (風のように, Like the Wind) on June 26, 2013.
2017–present: Departure from MBK Entertainment
On March 6, 2017 MBK announced that T-ara will be releasing their last album as a six member group in May, after Boram and Soyeon's contracts end, and the other members will stay with the label until December 2017.On May 7, MBK Entertainment revealed the group's plans had changed and that the new album's release had been rescheduled to June 2017, with Boram and Soyeon not being able to participate due to the expiry of their contracts. On May 8, it was announced that T-ara's last performance as six-members will be in Taiwan concert on May 13.
In September 2013 it was announced that Soyeon had been dating Click-B's Oh Jong-hyuk. Her relationship with Oh Jong-hyuk however, came to an end in 2016 after dating for 6 years.