Parc Jae-jung was born in Seoul, Korea but his family decided to move to Florida to earn money and make a better living. At a young age, he developed a keen interest in music. He was able to play the violin, clarinet, and percussion. Finally, he debuted on stage at Mnet Asian Music Awards at Hongkong’s Asia World Expo Arena on November 20th, 2013. He released his studio album titled STEP 1 within a year after debut. He published only one studio album. Most of his songs are drama OSTs or song collaborations with other artists. In this article, Channel-Korea will explain everything about the top 10 songs from Parc Jae Jung that you should listen to. So, stay tuned!
“Focus” was the first solo ballad song by Parc Jae-jung. It was released on June 29th, 2017. This single failed to top any Korean music charts. Yoon Jong-shin wrote the lyrics, while 015B’s Jeong Seok-won composed the music. Ted Jensen, the music engineer who worked with artists like Norah Jones, Paul McCartney, played a huge role in mastering the song. In this song, Parc Jae-jung reduced the energy from his usual songs and decided to use a clear and calm version of his voice. “Focus” tells about the sad reality after experiencing a break-up that took a toll on the eyesight. Upon hearing Parc Jae-jung’s voice and the sad melody, the listener can feel the aggravating pain of a break-up. The MV showed the sad love story between Parc Jae-jung and his lover from getting to know each other, enjoying happy moments together until saying goodbye.
“Words” was released as a non-album single on August 4th, 2018. It failed to reach the Korean music charts. Parc Jae-jung wrote the song by himself after 4 years of career in the music industry. “Words” is a ballad song which is meant to be a present from Parc Jae-jung to the woman he loves. He wished for the woman to hear the song and learn about his feelings for her. This track signified his progress as a ballad singer. The development from a ballad singer into a ballad song singer and writer. On a gloomy day, Parc Jae-jung sings this ballad accompanied by a solo pianist. His sadness and regret are visible through the music video.
“Stalker” was the debut single from Parc Jae-jung that fans were waiting for. “Stalker” told his love story as a 19-year-old teenager. He remembered perfectly the moment he confessed his feelings to a girl. Before moving to the United States, he recalled falling in love with a girl and expressing his feelings while dating her in a coffee shop. “Stalker” was released on November 20th, 2013, and it was a perfect fit for every person wanting to receive a warm love for the upcoming Christmas season. It peaked at No. 68 on the Gaon Music Chart and sold 29.772 copies. In the MV, he played a man at the peak of success that has everything except love. He was only able to watch the person he was in love with from afar.
“Ice-Ice Baby” is Parc Jae-jung’s third single from the album STEP 1. It was released on July 17th, 2014, and proved to be his most popular single. “Ice-Ice Baby” peaked at No. 56 on the Gaon Music Chart and sold 67.265 copies. In “Ice-Ice Baby,” Parc Jae-jung collaborated with Rapper Beenzino. “Ice-Ice Baby” is a love confession from the singer. In front of his crush, he freezes and becomes helpless. Even though she doesn’t know his true feelings, he hopes someday she will become the most precious treasure. “Ice-Ice Baby” is based on the 80s synthesizer sound and has a retro-pop feel. It allows the listener to dance with the rhythm. In the MV, Parc Jae-sung looks stylish and cool as a musical stage singer. “Ice-Ice Baby” was released in the summer of 2014 and is a perfect song to listen to while enjoying the hot summer.
“Bad Dream” was released on June 10th, 2018, as part of the album LISTEN 026. The single reveals a promise to treat lovers well after having a bad dream of watching the loved one’s passing. He realizes the preciousness of his lover and will do his best for her from now on. The lyrics for “Bad Dream” were written by singer Yoon Jong-shin, while the music was composed by Yoon Jong-shin and Kang Hwaseong. Parc Jae-jung’s calming and soothing voice is very compatible with this sentimental song. The listener could feel his emotions and feelings throughout the song.
“The Villain” is the last part of the three heartbreaking ballad song series by Parc Jae-jung. Just like it the previous singles, “Two Man” and “Focus,” “The Villain” is written by Yoon Jong-shin and composed by Jeong Seok-won. “The Villain” is an upgrade from the previous ballad series in musical and lyrical terms. “The Villain” was released on October 13th, 2017. It describes the story of a couple that desperately wants to break up but each hides their true feelings and keeps it inside. It will take “A Villain” to say the break-up words and end the broken relationship. “The Villain” MV shows a fight between two lovers who hide their own emotions and desperately want to break up but can’t say the words.
“4 Years” is a ballad song from Parc Jae-jung that describes his feelings for his first love for 4 years. Parc Jae-jung sings 4 years wholeheartedly as if telling a story from his own diary. During his live MV performance, he is accompanied by a solo pianist. In the studio version, piano, contrabass, and drums give the song a jazz atmosphere. “4 Years” was released on September 6th, 2018, as a non-album single.
“If Only” was released on July 1st, 2019, as the leading track for Parc Jae-jung’s second mini-album Noraemal. “If Only” describes a man who loves a woman very badly but he doesn’t have any courage to approach her. He only dreams and imagines the feeling of being the woman’s love.