Video by Lee Min-young
Article by Dong Sun-hwa
Soulful-voiced Nah Youn-sun is undoubtedly the most acclaimed Korean jazz singer in the world.
Boasting particular popularity in France, where almost every city has its own jazz festival, Nah last year received the Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters). It is a prestigious award from the French Ministry of Culture that recognized her contribution to the arts and the enrichment of French cultural inheritance. She was the first Korean vocalist to earn the order. There is even a road named after her in France.
"So far I have been holding on to my own style instead of following in others' footsteps," Nah said during an interview at the InterContinental Seoul COEX, Tuesday. "Maybe this has appealed to the listeners."
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