“I really like T.O.P’s deep voice and his sharp eyes, and his Jack Sparrow like image. Plus, I like guys that are somewhat built, but what’s important is having a deep voice,” she explained.
The interviewer then questioned the singer how she started getting into music to which she replied, “I’ve always wanted to do music ever since I was little. When I was in 1st year elementary school, I told my parents that I wanted to pursue music, so my mom signed me up for vocal training. I went there and sang about 1 or 2 children songs.”
She continued, “After the teacher at the vocal training school heard me singing, she said that my voice was too husky and told me that I should just give up on singing. She also told my mom that I’m not suitable for classical music.”
“When I was little, my voice was much more huskier than it is now, but it has gotten better. There used to be a lot of singing competitions where I lived. The 1st place prize was 100,000 Won (approximately $88 USD), so I participated with my sister and always ended up winning.”
Lee Ha Yi then shared how her teachers continued to oppose in her singing career. “When I was in 2nd year of elementary school, I also won an award at a children’s song competition. Even though I won many awards, the teachers there would always tell me, ‘I don’t think this is the right path for Ha Yi. She’s singing a children’s song with a very husky voice.’”
Lee Ha Yi has definitely proved her teachers wrong through ‘K-Pop Star’.
Source: Nate, allkpop.com