Boa Kwon (권보아), born November 5, 1986, commonly stylized and known by her stage name BoA, is a Korean singer, active in South Korea, Japan, and the United States and recently entitled as the “Queen of Korean Pop Music”.
Born and raised in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, BoA was discovered by SM Entertainment talent agents when she accompanied her older brother to a talent search. In 2000, after two years of training, she released ID; Peace B, her debut Korean album, under SM Entertainment. Two years later, she released her debut Japanese album, Listen to My Heart, under the Avex label. On October 14, 2008, under SM Entertainment USA, a subdivision of SM Entertainment, BoA debuted in the United States with the single “Eat You Up” and released her debut English-language album, BoA on March 17, 2009.
At age eleven, BoA accompanied her older brother to an SM Entertainment talent search. Though her brother was the one who auditioned, SM talent scouts instead took notice of BoA and offered her a contract. Her parents initially opposed the notion of BoA’s leaving school to enter the entertainment business but eventually consented at her older brothers’ persuasion.
BoA underwent two years of training (involving vocal, dance, and Japanese lessons), and at the age of thirteen released her debut album ID; Peace B in South Korea on August 25, 2000.
BoA has collaborated with “high-profile” artists. Among the Japanese artists she has performed with are the hip hop group M-Flo (for the single “The Love Bug”), pop singer Kumi Koda, and house DJ Mondo Grosso. She has performed with Western artists: the song “Flying Without Wings” from her album Next World was a collaboration with Irish band Westlife, the Bratz single “Show Me What You Got” was performed with Howie D of the American band Backstreet Boys.
She also worked with Akon, singing the song “Beautiful”, and the korean group TVXQ.
She also made a cameo in the TV serie Athena: Godess of war, and is currently filming her first movie: COBU 3D.