Woong San is an award-winning musician, actress, and a TV show host from South Korea. She has been a leading figure in the jazz music scene in Korea and Japan for past 20+ years. At the age of 17, Woong San spent over a year at a Buddhist temple named Goo In Sa, where she trained to become a monk. The name Woong San is a Buddhist name (meaning Big Mountain) given to her during her sojourn at the temple. Buddhism has played a prominent role in her life, and it shines through her songwriting - Woong San often explores the themes of freedom, mindfulness, and the beauty of change in her songs. Her work has been described as "Soulful, fearless, and sultry." Woong San's music style is a distinctive blend of Jazz, Blues, Latin, and Funk. As an independent lyricist, Woong San has written soulful ballads, cozy love numbers, and everything in between.
Woong San is the winner of 'The Best Jazz Album of the Year' and 'The Best Jazz Song of the Year' by Korean Music Awards in 2008. In the same year, she was also selected as The Best Vocalist in Reader’s Poll magazine. Her successful career in Korea led her to become the first Korean jazz artist to perform at the prestigious Billboard Live and Blue Note Japan. She has strengthened her musical insight by collaborating with world leading musicians such as John Beasley and Melvin Davis. Her original 'Close Your Eyes' led her the first Korean award winner for 2010 Golden Disc by Swing Journal. In 2011, Woong San released a new song titled “Once I Loved” to show her appreciation to her fans and released her 6th regular album Tomorrow. She continued to gain her reputation in Japan by winning the ‘The Runner Up Prize’ from the 19th Japanese Professional Music Recording Awards with her album, Tomorrow.