Gina Jane Choi, better known by her stage name G.NA, is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress based in South Korea. She released her debut EP, Draw G's First Breath, on July 14, 2010.
Gina Jane Choi was born on September 13, 1987, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from Fraser Heights Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia. G.NA was originally set to debut as the leader of girl group Five Girls under Good Entertainment. 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; Choi joined Cube Entertainment.
G.NA released a duet with Rain, "Aeini Saenggimyeon Hago Sipeun Il" ("Things I Want to Do When I Have a Lover", 애인이 생기면 하고 싶은), on July 5, 2010.
Her debut EP, Draw G's First Breath, was released the same year. G.NA promoted her title track, "Kkeojyeo Julge Jal Sara" (꺼져 줄게 잘 살아, lit. "I'll Back Off So You Can Live Better") on various music programs such as M! Countdown, Music Bank and Music Core. She won her first award on M! Countdown on 12 August 2010. After finishing her promotions on "Kkeojyeo Julge Jal Sara", she chose to promote "Supa Solo" from her album Draw G's First Breath as her following track but the song did not win any awards.
G.NA released "Kiss Me", one of the soundtracks of the korean drama "Playful Kiss" (broadcasted late 2010).
On January 21, 2011, G.NA started her promotion for her first album Black & White on Music Bank.
On 17th and 24 February 2011, G.NA won on the on M! Countdown. On February 25, 2011, she also won her first ever Music Bank for her title song "Black & White". Music portal Dosirak has revealed that G.NA was the #1 best seller in digital sales for the month of February.
According to information released by Dosirak on February 27, G.NA’s “Black & White” comeback album took first in digital sales. G.NA won her first Inkigayo Mutizen on February 27, 2011, marking her grand slam, for winning on all three music programs.
G.NA participated in Hyuna's album Bubble Pop! in the song "A Bitter Day".
G.NA released her second EP "Top Girl" in August 2011. The music video for "Banana" was released on August 21, 2011. The mini-album and music video for "Top Girl" were released on August 23.
G.NA began promoting the album on KBS's Music Bank on August 26, 2011 with a performance of "Top Girl".
G.NA was expected to promote the song "Banana" on music shows as a follow-up song after "Top Girl" but was deemed inappropriate after the board had reviewed.
Her third EP, Bloom, was released on May 22, 2012, with the lead single "2HOT".
In October, she released "Oui", comprising English versions of her previous hit songs.
Her fourth EP "Beautiful Kisses" was released in March 2013, she performed "Oops!" featuring BTOB's Ilhoon as the title track.
G.NA released the full music video and digital single “G.NA’s Secret” (“Pretty Lingerie”) on 11 May, 2014.
G.NA collaborated with Aaron Yan for his song "Half (1/2)", for the drama series Fall in Love with Me, and was in a variety show, Real Man.
In 2015 she debuted in the idol sub-unit Chamsonyeo, a group produced in the TV program Hitmaker produced by Defconn and Jeong Hyeong-don.
She also sang "Don't Cry" for the korean drama "Scholar Who Walks The Night".
In March 2016, prostitution scandals involving several celebrities in South Korea broke out. On February 23, 2016 an unidentified artist “C” was called in for investigations by the police. She claimed that she was offered money for sex and she refused the offer. But based on further investigation, the artist’s statement turned out to be untrue and it was discovered that she was actually involved in a prostitution scandal for tens of thousands of dollars.
Even though the artist’s name had not been identified, South Korean media found that the artist ended her contract with her agency on February 1st, 2016. In addition, the media also displayed a blurred image from the agency’s official website. Through the blurred image, netizens noticed that the image was similar to the appearance of Cube Entertainment’s official website.
Based on the news sometime before, singer G.NA was confirmed leaving Cube Entertainment after her contract ended in late 2015 and they were ending on good terms. The description of artist “C” fit her description and netizens claimed that artist “C” was undoubtedly G.NA.
G.NA admitted to the charges. The case resolved as G.Na was charged with prostitution and The Seoul Court ordered her to pay a fine of 2 million won.
After her scandal G.NA received a lot of hate and negative comments and she disappeared from the public eye.
G.NA updated her instagram in both 2017 and 2018 with a thank you-letter and a personal update and although she received a lot of warm comments, she still received a lot of hate and negative comments from (korean) netizens.
In 2020 she's posting on her Instagram a lot more frequently.
Sources: missginachoi87, channel-korea, wikipedia, MBCkpop, SBS KPOP, kpoprobot, kikokoro, Hazal 33, aminoapps.
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Such a beautiful, talented woman. I miss her voice so much. I would love to see her on stage again some day. Did you like G.NA? Your favorite song and/or title track?
What did you think about her scandal back then and how do you feel about it today? Do you feel different about it? If you want to read more about it, I suggest reading the article I linked in the post.
Do you think we will ever see her come back? I couldn't find much information about her, so the post is a little sparse, but I would love to hear what you think about this installment! 😊