Brian Gintaek Joo (Korean: 브라이언 진택 주) (born January 10, 1981), better known as simply Brian, is an American singer active in South Korea, where he is known as a member of R&B duo Fly to the Sky. His solo album, The Brian was released in December 2006.

Early life

Joo was born on January 10, 1981 in Los Angeles, California at City of Angels Hospital to parents of Korean descent. The family later moved to Absecon, New Jersey. Joo said he was raised with a strict Korean upbringing, and was taught to speak Korean and adhere to Korean customs. Brian has one elder brother, Jason, and his parents are dealers at Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, NJ.When he was 16 years old attending Holy Spirit High School, a friend signed him up for an audition with Brothers Entertainment without Joo’s knowledge. The company have discovered other Korean Americans who wish to pursue an entertainment career in South Korea in the past. After several months of training, he was sent to SM Entertainment in Korea, and on December 9, 1999, made his debut as a member of Fly to the Sky, at the age of seventeen. Joo later went on to attend Rutgers University., but only completed his freshman year. Attending school in the States while simultaneously being a recording artist in Korea became too demanding, and Joo decided to cease his education in the States and return to Korea. While back in Seoul, Joo enrolled in Dongguk University, where he graduated from the Department of Theatre and Film.Fly to the Sky

Joo rose to fame in South Korea as a member of Fly to the Sky. Unlike Hwanhee, Joo sang and also rapped. As Fly to the Sky made its musical transition from bubblegum pop to heavy R&B, Joo felt discontent and inferior, and felt that Hwanhee was more appreciated for his vocal skills.This nearly led to a disbandment of the duo, when Joo suggested that they break up after their first contract expired. This led to a conflict between the two members, though they soon reconciled and became inseperable.Joo has appeared frequently on television, in particular after their contract with SM Entertainment expired. Since 2005, he has appeared on a number of variety shows. On May 6, 2006, Joo became one of two MCs for MBC’s “Music Core”. This helped Joo gain publicity, and expand his fanbase in ways he could not have in the early days of his career. Months after the release of the duo’s sixth album, Joo continued to appear on variety shows such as Xman and Star Golden Bell, and remains the MC of Music Core. Joo has stated that the group’s next album may be released in mid-2007.Solo career

During September 2006, Joo announced that the release of his debut solo album, The Brian. Originally scheduled for released in November 2006, the album was postponed to December. The album incorporates such diverse genres such as classic pop, soul, and jazz. With this album, Joo hopes to gain more respect as an artist, rather than being known as “Fly to the Sky without Fany”. He describes the reason for the solo album as,

“ First of all, I just wanted to do it. I also wanted to show that I could [be successful] as Brian (sic). When (Fly to the Sky) sang, many think Fany is the main vocal, and that I am the second vocal and a rapper. I won’t mention his name, but one producer once said to Fany, “You are a really good singer”, when he only said “Good job”, to me. So I wanted to prove that I could do it too. ” “ Unfortunately, during our program, I might have said something that some people took the wrong way…I wanted to make clear that the people involved with the incident are guilty and should face proper punishment. I also understand that the officers involved said that they were not guilty, which in fact they were. Even if they said that it was an accident. They still caused the accident and for that should be willing to face what comes to them. That is what I wanted to point out and but, since my KOREAN isn’t 100% good, I believe what I said threw a lot of people off I would like to take the time to apologize. Please do not be upset with me for this misunderstanding.



5 Responses to “Brian”

  1. 1 seikousui
    June 28, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    argh! a fly to the sky fan too! hehehe… I so love brian joo!

  2. 2 kinkim
    July 11, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    i love brian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 3 Fern
    August 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Love ya,Brian!!

  4. 4 chinita18
    January 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Wow! good to know meron pa ding fans ang FTTS sa pinas. I am happy. I love BJoo’s 2nd album. It fits his personality so well. Really love it! Keep supporting them! =)

  5. 5 MTC
    February 23, 2010 at 1:12 am

    I always knew brian had great potential to stand on any stage and shine.
    Always and forever love joo baby =)

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