Noted power vocalist The One to perform at Pechanga this weekend

June 18, 2014
The One talks about the Pechanga concert inside The Korea Times in L.A.

The One talks about the Pechanga concert inside The Korea Times in L.A.

Southern Californians with a penchant for Korean ballads will love the performers at the Pechanga Theater in Temecula this weekend.

Noted power vocalist and “I Am A Singer”/”Immortal Songs” star The One will hold a joint concert with singer Ali at the resort and casino on June 21 and 22.

The concert will be the first U.S. show for the 41-year-old singer, who dropped his fifth album, “Who is the one, I am The ONE!”, in March earlier this year.

Countless television dramas have carried his voice via soundtrack, among them “Hotel King,” “That Winter, The Wind Blows,” “The Chaser” and “Chuno.”

The One — who chose his name because he wanted to become an absolute and irreplaceable musician — spent most of his years since his debut in 2002 as an unknown singer who lived in 24-hour saunas before rising to overnight fame after appearing on MBC’s celebrity singing competition, “I Am A Singer.”

“My dream as a kid was to be an automobile engineer, but after I started a band in high school, I practiced singing 10 hours every day,” he said.

Also a noted vocal trainer (his most famous student is perhaps Girls’ Generation lead vocalist Tae-yeon) and professor at Korea International Institute of Arts, The One is preparing to open a vocal training center in Korea in the second half of the year.

“I’ve always felt friendly about L.A., and now that I’m here, the weather is great and the land keeps going,” he said. “I want to buy a bicycle, ride it around and and just enjoy myself as much as I can.”

“The Nostalgia Concert” starts at 8 p.m. on June 21 and 5 p.m. on June 22. Visit Pechanga’s official site for more information.