Seung-Hee is a Korean-born, New York City based jazz vocalist and composer whose music has started to bloom with its own voice. Her debut release, ‘Waiting’ has been raved by numerous New York jazz artists and critics as well as her native, South Korea.

Seung-Hee had started to learn classical piano at the age of 6. She has won several awards from children piano competitions in Seoul. Later she became a member of her school choir which she performed solos at annual concerts. While she kept her interest in music on the side by joining different music activities in schools, and theater productions in church, she stayed academic and entered Sung Kyun Kwan University in Seoul majoring in French Literature. During the college years, she continued her musical journey by learning to play classical flute and performed festivals as a member of the Sung Kyun Wind Ensemble.

In 1994, she moved to the States to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where inspiration by many young musicians from all over the world was so great that she was determined to study voice and writing with Dr. Art LaPierre, Mili Bermejo. She joined different choirs such as Gospel Choir, College Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble etc., to experience various style of music. Exposed to diverse style of music in the States by studying and performing, she grew enormous interest in improvisational music so she entered New England Conservatory in 1997, where she achieved a Master's degree, having had studied with a RCA Victor recording artist Dominique Eade, Jerry Bergonzi, John McNeil. During those years, she won the Honors Ensemble Awards with an experimental a capella group 'Onomatopoeia' in 1998, which premiered at the prestigious Jordan Hall and also performed Korean traditional folk music in style of improvised experimental music which she has been called 'a unique voice' by Boston Globe in 1999. Upon graduating, with sincere devotion to teach at Weston High School, Hyde Park Music School, and different educational institutes, she has recorded an album, ‘With every breath I take’ for MMJAZZ, a renowned Korean jazz publication with monthly audio file that Seung-Hee was interviewed as a Korean pioneer in vocal jazz.

Since she relocated to New York City in 2001, she has continued to teach piano, voice and composition at her private studio as well as at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. In pursuit of sincere musicianship, she continues to study and experiment extended vocal technique with Jeannette LoVetri at the Voice Workshop and is certified to teach 'Somatic Voicework' by Ms. LoVetri offered at Shenandoah University. As a professional vocalist and composer, she has led and performed in South Korea and the United States in various groups.
Through the journey of finding her own voice and her true self, she has released an album, ‘Waiting’ in 2008 with her quintet which displays her original compositions and arrangements of others' compositions infused with her Korean cultural background. Senior Contributor at All about jazz, Mark F. Turner has described it as ‘With a voice that is a lovely as a songbird coupled with exquisiteness... The set is informed of both classical music and jazz improvisation... these elements come together exceptionally well as on the title track, where the singer's voice is a finely tuned instrument, singing a stunning wordless melody followed by verses in Korean, as her quintet performs sumptuous music...’

In recent years, Seung-Hee has expanded her writing range and been involved with 9 other composer-performers and formed ‘Cortelyou Composers Collective’ which premiers its members own original compositions around New York area. Seung-Hee’s diamond atonal lyricism continues to be favored around New York area such as Cornelia Street Cafe, Brooklyn Lyceum, Caffe Vivaldi, Puppets Jazz, etc., and her quintet anticipates for a new recording with more original compositions and arrangements.