Kiss of Life, which is also abbreviated as KIOF, is a newly debuted K-pop girl group that is taking the world by surprise with their unique concepts and styles while debuting in their self-titled extended play, which was released on July 5, 2023, in the Korean language. With six songs under their belt, this four-member K-pop girl group Kiss of Life is bringing life to the K-pop industry.
Four out of the six songs in their EP show the vocals of each individual, as they all have one solo each. Kiss of Life is managed by S2 Entertainment, and they are just getting started to set the stage on fire with members: Julie, Natty, Belle, and Haneul. All of the girls in this group are adults at the time of debut.
The meaning behind their group name ‘Kiss of Life’ is beautifully explained by Julie, who is also the leader of the group. She explains that the mouth-to-mouth transfer of breath for breathing purposes, the act of giving life, is what their group portrays. They want to bring back life rather than breathe into life with their music and unique qualities in the K-pop industry.
Han Julie, or Julie, is the Leader, Main Rapper, and Sub-Vocalist of the girl group Kiss of Life. She was born on March 29, 2000, in Hawaii, United States. She is 163 cm tall, and her MBTI type is an ENFP.
She is American by her nationality. Even though Julie was born in the U.S., she moved back to South Korea at the age of thirteen and has been living there ever since.
Julie has been given nicknames like Baby Yoda and Judy. She has been a trainee at The Black Label from 2017-2020 and also a Swing Entertainment trainee. She speaks English and Korean well and describes that she is charming. She has taken dance classes at Def Dance Skool. Julie has a role model, and she is Audrey Hepburn. She has trained with H1-KEY’s Hwiseo in her trainee days and is close friends with her.
Anatchaya Suputtipong, or Natty, is the Main Dancer, Sub-Vocalist of Kiss of Life. She was born on May 30, 2002, in Bangkok, Thailand. Natty is the only Thai member of the group. She is 165 cm tall, and her MBTI type is an INFJ. She came to South Korea at the age of eleven. She has been a part of Sixteen and Idol School.
She is considered the all-rounder of the group and has the nickname Tty. She also has a fandom name, and that is TwiNny. Natty also debuted as a soloist on May 7, 2020, with her debut single called ‘Nineteen.’ She has role models that she looks up to, and they are Tinashe and Kehlani.
She is fluent in multiple languages, and they are Korean, Thai, Japanese, and English. Her role models in the K-pop industry are BoA and Yerin Baek. She previously trained for seven years before she could debut as a soloist.
Anabelle Shim / Shim Hyewon or Belle, is the Main Vocalist of Kiss of Life. She was born on March 20, 2004, in Seattle, Washington, USA, where she lived for the next 8-9 years. She is 167 cm tall, and her MBTI type is an ENFP. She has given backing vocals to NCT Mark’s song ‘Child’.
She has been a part of the SM Entertainment SM Song Camp. She has also composed songs for (G)-IDLE’s Miyeon and for PUPRLE KISS as well. She has been an SM Entertainment trainee and an Aura Entertainment trainee. She calls Sabrina Carpenter her music inspiration.
Won Haneul, or Haneul, is the Lead Vocalist and Maknae (youngest) in the group. She was born on May 25, 2005, in Suwon in South Korea. She is 168 cm tall, and her MBTI type is an ISTJ. Haneul is a big fan of Olivia Rodrigo and she has a nickname which is Boss Baby.
She can play the guitar and draw. She is also fluent in Korean, English, and Japanese. One of her favorite Ghibli movies is ‘Spirited Away.’
KISS OF LIFE debuted on July 5, 2023, in South Korea under S2 Entertainment with their six-track debut EP ‘Kiss of Life.’ However, the preparation for their debut has been in the works since a year ago. Natty, Julie, and Belle were part of a British documentary that featured the life of K-pop trainees since they all were already signed with S2 Entertainment.
On December 27, 2022, I made an announcement about launching a girl group in 2023, and in February, the social media accounts for Kiss of Life were up and running. On May 12 of the same year, a teaser was released, and from May 15 to May 18, all four members were revealed. Starting with Natty, Belle, Julie, and Haneul.
Songs and Albums
Kiss of Life released their debut self-titled EP, and the tracks were as follows: ‘Shhh’, Bye Bye My Neverland, Sugarcoat (Natty Solo), Countdown (Belle Solo), Kitty Cat (Julie Solo), Play Love Games (Haneul Solo).
Their debut MV of Shhh clearly showcases the vocal range of all the girls. The song has some surprising and refreshing elements which bring a new sound to the K-pop world, along with bass drops like no other. The song is layered with vocal harmonies making it sound more fuller and more complex.
Natty’s solo ‘Sugarcoat’ starts with some banger high notes. Her beautiful, clear voice cuts through and gives a strong RnB vibe. Belle’s solo ‘Countdown’ starts with the guitar plucking and her crisp vocals that makes it sounds like a sad song.
The song is about getting up again. Julie’s solo ‘Kitty Cat’ starts with her raspy vocals that will take one by surprise, and the bass adds to the volume of the song. The swag cuts through to the listener with a boss lady vibe. Haneul’s solo ‘Play Love Games’ is a bright song that starts the same way as described with the exciting vocals of the Maknae.
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