Even so, my biggest disappointment with the Korean music industry is that it does no justice to the amount of potential it actually has. Case in point: CSJH The Grace. One can only wonder how a group with such raw talent could have faded into oblivion as it has. Although they are still signed under SM Entertainment, it seems that SM has all but given up on any promotion for these girls. Year after year, there has been speculation of their comeback, and year after year, CSJH fans have been let down.
For those unfamiliar with CSJH The Grace, they debuted as the 4-member female a cappella version of DBSK in 2005. It didn’t take long for them to establish a reputation as well-rounded in terms of vocal talent, dance skills, and stage presence. However, following the success of their first Korean album, they were shipped to Japan and the group focused their activities there. They then came back to Korea, putting out a few singles before heading back to Japan. The back-and-forth activity certainly did not allow enough time to develop a strong fan base in either country. When Girls' Generation entered into the spotlight, CSJH suffered from a case of bad marketing as SM seemed to stop caring for them entirely.
The girls are currently disjointed and doing their own solo activities. Stephanie is in America working with The Los Angeles Ballet for their 5th season; Lina has been working on her Web Shopping Mail Style by L; and Dana is planning to star in the new musical ‘The Three Musketeers’ alongside Super Junior’s Kyuhyun and TRAX’s Jay. Last September, three of the four members - Lina, Sunday, and Dana attended the SMTOWN concert together. Many CSJH fans who also attended cast their disappointed by the lack of support for these girls. Due to their long absence, many of the attendees had no idea who the girls even were.
I think I speak for all of these die-hard, disheartened fans when I say that CSJH is a group too talented to fade out. If they could only make their comeback sooner than later, they would certainly be a breath of fresh air amidst all the digitally enhanced voices that is dulling the current K-pop scene.
Have you listened to some of their tracks before? What do you think of the absence of these girls in the K-Pop world? We've included some of their songs for you to enjoy below:
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