On Thursday night KST, JYP Entertainment introduced VCHA, a new girl group selected from the final ensemble of A2K talents. Named America 2 Korea, this initiative began auditions in the United States a year ago, enabling young girls from North America to travel from Los Angeles to Seoul, aspiring to join a globally renowned girl group. This collaboration between JYP Entertainment and Republic Records is pioneering, forming an American group through the meticulous and rigorous talent nurturing system of Kpop.
Meet the Members of VCHA, JYP Entertainment Newest Global Group
The members, after undergoing secretive training for five months at JYP Entertainment’s Seoul office, expressed their enthusiasm about sharing their experiences. The group comprises six vibrant girls: Lexi, Camila, Savanna, Kendall, KG, and Kaylee, each hailing from different parts of North America and bringing a unique flavor to the group.
VCHA Members Profile
Birth name: Lexus Vang
Birthday: November 22, 2005
Member color: white
Fun facts: Lexi is ethnically Hmong and was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA. She loves to draw and paint, though she said she is not really good at it.
Birth name: Camila Ribeaux Valdes
Birthday: August 10, 2005
Member color: green
Fun facts: Camila is ethnically Cuban and was born in Barcelona, Spain. She can speak Spanish, French and English.
Birth name: Savanna Collins
Birthday: July 26, 2006
Member color: orange
Fun facts: Savanna was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but ethnically half Venezuelan and half Trinbagon. She has prepared herself and trained to be a professional gymnast for 7 years, but had to quit due to injury. However, she stated that those 7 years of training will help her in the Korean music field.
Birth name: Kendall Ebeling
Birthday: June 1, 2006
Member color: black
Fun facts: Kendall is from Fort Worth, Texas, USA, but ethnically half Viet and half American. She started ballet at the age of 5, as well as jazz, theater, and lyrical.
Birth name: Kiera Grace
Birthday: June 17, 2007
Member color: pink
Fun facts: KG was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but had to move to Michigan, USA and lived there until she was 13. Them, she moved to Los Angeles, California. She is trained in musical theater and can play various music instruments, such as guitar, piano, and drums.
Birth name: Kaylee Lee
Birthday: November 24, 2009
Member color: blue
Fun facts: Kaylee was born in Olympia, Washington and fluent in both English and Korean. She is a fast learner, and in fact Kaylee started training singing one week before the final audition and learned her performance three days beforehand.
Pre-Debut Single Release and Inspirations
The new girl group under JYP Entertainment premiered their pre-debut single “SeVit (NEW LIGHT)” on September 22, along with the music video of the lead track “Y.O.Universe”. Park Jin Young spearheaded this track, capturing the essence of the A2K project and the distinctive narratives of the contestants. It emphasizes the uniqueness in everyone through its lively pop tune.
The leader of VCHA, Lexi, is eagerly awaiting the audience’s reaction to the music they have been working on. Their first track, named SeVit (NEW LIGHT), aligns with the finale and comprises diverse music genres portraying unique narratives.
This whole journey of VCHA from formation to the release of their pre-debut single represents a meticulous blend of talent, unity, and diversity, hinting at the promising future and growth of this vibrant group in the music industry.
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