Park Hyo-jin (born December 28, 1981), better known by her stage name Narsha, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group Brown Eyed Girls. Her stage name, Narsha, is derived from the term na-reu-sha, which means ‘to fly up’ in Middle Korean.
She became a member of Brown Eyed Girls after a suggestion by JeA, who had been her friend since their high-school years. After more than 3 years of training in singing and holding several small size concerts, the Brown Eyed Girls released their debut album Your Story in South Korea in February 2006, with the ballad track, “Come Closer” as their single.
After Brown Eyed Girls’ Kill Bill activities in 2013, the first BEG unit was announced. Miryo and Narsha formed M&N. The original name was ‘언니둘’ (Two Unnies) and it was suggested that if JeA were to join them, they would switch their name to ‘언니들’ (The Unnies).
M&N is introduced as a hip hop group as both Miryo and Narsha are avid fans of the Hip Hop genre, however their first digital single falls under the easy listening genre. The group has released a digital single named “Tonight” in both Korean and English without any promotions done.
During 2009, her popularity began to increase after she started appearing on many entertainment programs, including Heroes and Invincible Youth, on which she gained the nickname “Adult-dol” . She became a DJ on Pump up the Volume on KBS Cool FM, from 8 PM until 10 PM but due to Brown Eyed Girls’ overseas promotions Narsha decided to leave the show, with her last broadcast on Dec. 28, 2010. In 2012, she also provided the voice for the main antagonist ‘The White Wolf’ in the Korean version of Christmas movie “Niko: Santa Air Wing’s Adventure”. She has also made a name as a smartphone director as well as a musical actress.
Narsha announced her intention to make her solo debut in early 2010. Her first solo single, “I’m In Love”, was released digitally on July 1, 2010, as a preview for her upcoming album. Her first solo studio album, the eponymous NARSHA, was released on July 8, 2010. The title song “Bbi Ri Bba Bba” charted on Gaon’s Top 100 digital sales, most streamed and downloaded songs for 2010. The album contained a preview for “Mamma Mia”, a collaboration with, at the time, fellow Nega Network group Sunny Hill, which was released fully on August 20. The album was also worked on by many composers who had contributed musically to Brown Eyed Girls’ third album, Sound-G.
She was then featured on fellow member Miryo’s track “Leggo”, taken from her 2012 debut EP. The two later formed a duo called “M&N” and had already released a single, titled “Tonight” in 2013. Aside from this, she also lend her vocals for some drama’s soundtrack. Narsha also appeared as a fixed member for the cast of Immortal Songs 2, however due to her musical schedules she had to leave the show at the end of 2013.
Narsha has established for herself a name in the variety industry and has earned praises from notable MCs. She has been guesting on many variety shows but only notable shows and ones where she’s a fixed member is being listed.