KARA

2nd Generation 29.03.2007 15.01.2016

Kara
(Hangul: 카라, Japanese: カラ, often stylized as KARA) was a South Korean pop girl group formed by DSP Media in 2007. The group’s final lineup was composed of Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, Goo Hara and Heo Youngji. Members Nicole Jung and Kang Ji-young officially departed from the group in 2014, while Kim Sung-hee left in 2008. The group’s name comes from the Greek word „chara“ (χαρά, lit. „joy“), which they interpreted to mean „sweet melody“.

In 2014, Nicole Jung and Kang Jiyoung decided not to renew their contracts with DSP Media thus leaving the group to pursue their own endeavors; Nicole debuted as solo artist and Jiyoung became an actress in Japan. Following their departures, a reality show titled Kara Project was aired on TV to select members to join the group. Seven trainees from DSP Media took part in the program. The winner of the competition was Heo Youngji who became the latest member to join the group.

On January 15, 2016, DSP Media announced that the contracts with Park Gyu-ri, Han Seung-yeon and Goo Ha-ra expired and they decided not to renew their contracts.

OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, R&B, dance-pop
Years active2007–2016
LabelsDSP Entertainment
Associated actsDSP Friends
Websitekara.dspmedia.co.kr
Past MembersPark Gyuri (박규리) 2007-2016
Han Seungyeon (한승연) 2007-2016
Heo Youngji (허영지) 2014-2016
Goo Hara (구하라) 2007-2016
Kim Sunghee (김성희) 2007-2008
Nicole Yongju Jung (정용주) 2007-2014
Kang Jiyoung (강지영) 2007-2014

Gyuri (규리)
Bag Gyu-li (박규리)
Leader Lead Vocalist
Rapper
★ 21.05.1988 (31 years)
Seoul
@gyuri_88

Seungyeon (승연)
Han Seung-yeon (한승연)
Main Vocalist
★ 24.06.1988 (31 years)
Seoul
@thesy88

Hara (하라)
Gu Ha-ra (구하라)
Main Dancer Vocalist
Visual Face of The Group
★ 13.01.1991 (28 years)
Gwangju
@koohara__

Youngji (영지)
Heo Yeong-ji (허영지)
Lead Dancer Rapper
Vocalist Maknae
★ 30.08.1994 (24 years)
Goyang, Gyeonggi
@young_g_hur

Sunghee (성희)
Gim Seong-hui (김성희)
Main Vocalist
★ 17.05.1989 (30 years)
Seoul

Nicole (니콜)
Jeong Yong-ju (정용주)
Main Rapper Main Dancer Vocalist
★ 07.10.1991 (27 years)
Los Angeles
@nicole__jung

Jiyoung (니콜)
Gang Ji-yeong (강지영)
Vocalist Maknae
★ 18.01.1994 (25 years)
Paju, Gyeonggi
@kkangjji_