The Grace’s First Subunit
As the rumors that the members’ contracts with SM Entertainment have ended, and rumors of Stephanie being bullied, and other baseless rumors were growing the domestic fandom was torn apart.
As Lina, Dana, and Sunday appeared out of the blue at the 2010 SM TOWN concert, fans were able to have hope for a comeback, but most of Stephanie’s comeback was half-defended. This is because Stephanie received treatment in the United States, and the school banned students from performing arts activities.
The plan for Cheon Sang Ji-hee’s activities, which had become opaque as the years went by, only materialized in 2011, and when news of their return came, the fans who had been waiting for their comeback were enthusiastic. However, the fans who were waiting for the comeback as a full group were sad because it was decided to come back with Dana and Sunday without Lina and Stephanie.
In fact, until about 2012, even within SM, through Dana & Sunday, the group Cheon Sang Ji-hee continued to be maintained, but now it seems to be recognized as a disbanded group. Cheon Sang Ji-hee’s name can no longer be found in projects or media where all SM artists are dispatched.
The Grace’s Disbandment and Future Activities
There are two most convincing theories about the reason for the break from team activities, except for rumors that are floating around. The comeback was canceled due to copyright issues with CLIFF EDGE. Due to this, there is a theory that activities in Japan were naturally suspended due to the conflict between the Japanese agency Avex and SM Entertainment, which made their activities in Japan unclear.
The story about the failure of the Korean comeback is a somewhat credible guess because the single and the Japanese 2nd full album Dear…, which contains the song, have not been licensed in Korea.
However, because of this, there are many parts that are unclear to believe that the team activities have completely stopped after this, and it is more likely that there are unknown company circumstances or stories that we do not know. Even if there were problems at the time, we could have made an album when the four of us were in Korea again, but even that didn’t happen.
According to Stephanie’s interview, which took place a long time later, she said that during her hiatus after a back injury, she thought that her career as a singer ended here because albums were no longer produced in Japan. It seems that this was a serious blow to Cheon Sang Ji-hee’s future activities. The internal affairs of the company related to Cheon Sang Ji-hee were complicated.
Since then, the agency has not officially announced the exact position that the disbandment is the disbandment, or that the activities will be suspended for some reason, so the fans are just waiting impatiently (the same is the case even now). After that, SM’s official position was to make a comeback as a unit, but there was no feedback about Cheon Sang Ji-hee’s all-stop activities. As mentioned above, Stephanie also left SM Entertainment.
After this, more time passed, and the time for individual activities of the members opened, and it became more and more obscure to hear about Cheon Sang Ji-hee, but the common stories of the members were not disbanded.
In 2018, when Dana made a comeback through the YouTube ‘다.날.다’, she was criticized for inappropriate behavior during the Instagram Live held in the meantime. “There was no contact information,” she said, causing controversy.
However, it is difficult to take this statement seriously, but Stephanie has been constantly interacting with Sunday and Lina in addition to Dana. It is very difficult to assert that Lina and Stephanie are an obstacle to the reunion, as the comments regarding Lina were solely from Dana’s side.
It is more likely that Lina did not agree to the album promotions as a musical activity at the time, and she refused to promote as a unit due to her mental and personal circumstances. This is because it seems that there was a time when Cheon Sang Ji-hee stopped promoting in 2009 and all the members were personally struggling. After the 1st Live Tour Dear… in Japan in 2009, their activities have been suspended.
Although they have not officially announced their disbandment, they have not been active as a four-member group since 2008, so it is like a group that has actually disbanded. Cheon Sang Ji-hee, who ended her third single promotion in early 2007 had actually started working on their first full-length album. Since then, the appearance of the four of them together in private has never been revealed.
In addition, Dana’s Instagram broadcast was criticized for being rude to the public, and some claim that Dana was insincere in her group activities. However, on this day’s live broadcast, Dana mentioned that it might be possible to meet in person, so it’s impossible to drive it into a complete discord.
After that, Dana posted an apology, and Sunday too, through SNS, saying that she hoped that all the members would not get sick, and the fans suffered greatly.
Then after that, Dana&Sunday activities are no longer expected, and all the members are doing their own individual activities, and Lina became even more difficult when she got married to actor Jang Seung-jo. In addition, in May 2016, Stephanie ended her contract with SM Entertainment and completely transferred to her affiliate Mafia Records.
Cheon Sang-ji-hee’s official site was closed, and as Stephanie was removed from Cheon Sang-ji-hee’s profile on the SM main site, a complete comeback became virtually impossible. Sunday’s in May 2020, and in June, Dana’s contract with SM Entertainment was terminated. As time goes by, it seems difficult to see them together unless they get together for a one-time show on a program like Sugar Man.
The Grace’s Discography
The Grace became one of the girl groups from SM Entertainment which at that time got quite a lot of promotion, from releasing singles, albums, concerts, comeback stages, and other activities. Even The Grace also had the opportunity to release several songs in other languages, such as Japanese and Chinese.
At the start of their promotions in 2005, The Grace released their debut single titled “Too Good” and another track titled “Boomerang”. A year later, The Grace released 2 singles titled “The Club” (featuring Rain), and “My Everything”, as well as Japanese singles titled “Boomerang”, “Sweet Flower”, “Juicy Love”. In 2007, The Grace released Korean singles titled “One More Time, OK?” and “Dancer in the Rain”, along with the new Japanese single titled “Piranha”.
In 2008–2009, it was the last time when The Grace promoted as a whole unit and released Japanese singles, such as “Stand Up People”, “Here”, “Near ~thoughtful・1220~”, and “Coming to You”.
The Grace’s Filmography
The Grace, who debuted in the mid-2000s, also had the opportunity to film a music video that was considered very suitable for the concept and trend of music at that time. Well, let’s have a little throwback and watch The Grace’s music videos in this section below!
On their first debut stage, they performed a decent live performance like an a cappella pop group, which drew favorable reviews. Cheon Sang Ji-hee, who were a hot topic even before their debut, actually made their debut, and had a very sluggish debut ceremony. However, at this time, the rookie Stephanie’s fantastic solo dance, which was tightly hidden, became a hot topic and began to attract attention, and unlike the slight reaction of the title song, it began to gather topics.
In March 2006, Cheon Sang Ji-hee released the second single “The Club”, which was originally intended to be a follow-up song to their debut single, and decided to release it simultaneously in Korea and Japan. This song features Hallyu star Rain, and in the Japanese version, SEAMO features.
”The Club” was a powerful dance song following “Boomerang”, and Stephanie’s splendid solo dance part was also present in this song. In addition, Stephanie’s solo song was also included in this single, which was praised for its quality equal to that of the title song.
At the same time as the release, it had a good reaction in Korea and had a foreboding of a hit, but unfortunately, it angered many fans by only planning activities for two weeks for Japanese activities. However, it was not until they returned to Japan that they achieved remarkable results.
Even though “The Club” was promoted only with its first airing and music video, it was performing well as it ranked 7th in the voting for Inkigayo Mutizen Song TAKE 7 and ranked in the top 10 on the Mnet chart. However, their Japanese activities were so important that they barely finished the first stage and went straight to Japan.
As the activities of “Once more, OK?” began, the live skills, outstanding song quality, and performance accumulated in both Korea and Japan for two years began to receive good responses, and two years after their debut, they finally began to enjoy their popularity.
This was a valuable achievement after two years of hard work after debut, and Cheon Sang Ji-hee performed a passionate live on every stage, showing a complete stage that is still called a ‘crazy live’, ‘mr removal legend’.
Above all, at this time, the members finally merged like a group and boasted the best teamwork. But since they appeared after reorganizing the team concept and name, the previous feeling of playing separately had also disappeared, and you can see them reaching the peak in all aspects.
What do you think of The Grace’s music videos?