Sohyang – Arirang Alone

By | September 28, 2021

This is one of my favorite Sohyang performances. I have provided her performance video and, under it, some of my favorite reaction videos for this performance.

Sohyang is a South Korean singer-songwriter who has been dubbed by the international media as the “Korean Mariah Carey”. Sohyang is also an author of fiction, who has published multiple fantasy novels since 2013. A devout Christian, her goal is to use her voice to comfort people who are going through difficult times. She, herself, was diagnosed with uterine cancer at age 20, the same year she married her husband, Kim Hee-jun. As a result, she has been unable to have children.

Sohyang demonstrates impressive dynamics and rhythmic motifs coupled with sound musical interpretation and knowledge. she is also a master of color manipulation, from light and airy to full and rich. From top to bottom, So Hyang maintains good intonation, incredible clarity, and agility.

This song, Arirang Alon, is a Korean folk song at least 600 years old that is often considered to be the anthem of Korea. There are about 3,600 variations of 60 different versions of the song. It is clear from the audience’s response that they love this song. Be sure to follow the links to Sohyang’s other performances.


Please watch at least the first reaction by Elizabeth Zharoff. I found that I derived a great deal of appreciation for Sohyang and this performance from watching Elizabeth’s reaction. She provides a great deal of insight into Sohyang’s performance.
Elizabeth Zharoff, an opera singer and voice coach, is a hugely favorite reactor. She’s performed in 18 languages throughout major venues in Europe, America, and Asia. I love her reactions.

Sabina also a performer and voice coach, is another favorite reactor. “She was amazing and gentle AND powerful!!”

Julia Nilon provides excellent yet impassioned analysis of music videos. Her reaction? ‘an actual angel?’

H of The Stage provides great reactions and analysis. I know he has performed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, so perhaps that is his home.

Beth Roars is a Scottish lass who has great analysis and enthusiastic reactions. Not to be missed!

Original Performances

Obviously a 600 year-old song won’t have original videos, but here is a Arirang Lyrics Video for comparison purposes.

Other Sohyang Videos

Bridge Over Troubled Water is a very, very long-time favorite of mine, but I feel that I had never understood the song fully until I heard Sohyang’s performance. Incredible!
Everyone. Can’t say enough about this amazing song.
You Raise Me Up gave me chills. Astonishingly beautiful.
I Have Nothing. Powerful, winsome, gorgeous.
Day, Day. On top of everything else, she can rap!

I love watching music reaction videos. I am not a singer/musician, so I learn a lot about what makes these performers so special, what parts of their performances are difficult and set them apart and I share my enthusiasm for something I love – great music – with other people. Some of my favorite reactors, however, are not vocal coaches, opera singers or other experts – they’re just people like me who enjoy music and share their enjoyment with others.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of music video reactors. I run across new ones all the time. The reactions I include in my posts are my favorites – both the people and the reactions. I thank them all for adding beauty to my life.

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