Mina Koo (Koomina)
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Mina Koo (Koomina)

Los Angeles, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Los Angeles, CA
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Pop Rock




""confectionary pop.. heavy dance-throb.. solid songcraft"-Music Connection Magazine - Sep 2012, Vol 36, No 09, p49"

Mina (mina koo) has a knack for confectionary pop electronica, digi-tunes .. whose vibe is buoyant and bright. "Suddenly" has a heavy dance-throb, deftly arranged vocal effects and plenty of solid songcraft. "More Than a Crush" has a smooth cheerleader vibe to it, with a very crafty bridge. .. her vocal tone is right for her genre.. - Music Connection Magazine - Vol 36, No 09, p49

"Junior's Cave Music Interview with Mina - Music Now Spotlight"

"Mina truly has captured an amazing sound that mixes several genres into dynamic tunes. Fans of great music can recognize sounds of Pop, Dance, Rock, Electro, Funk, and Hip-Hip-Hop that flow throughout Mina’s music. She also possesses similar styles to such superstar performers as Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and Shakira. Mina is one of those great talents who this publication believes was born to be a performer." - Isaac Davis Jr., BGS, MBA

"POP POTENTIALS: For Mina Koo, it's "More Than A Crush""

"Get ready to 'shake your bellies'. .. The eight-track EP is basically summed up as fun on the dance floor, while Mina herself recalls such unique voiced pop artists like Shakira and Bjork. Her appeal is really centered around her stage presence -- writhing and strutting about with a palpable natural sex appeal a la The Donnas. While Mina is clearly a dance record through and through, Koo herself is quite versatile -- performing many of the songs acoustically with guitar. With the right production, Mina could be one to watch for the underground dance set... " - Melismaticblog.com (Ms. Mel)


"We were pleased as punch to check out this punchy upbeat collection of modern upbeat dance tracks from Mina Koo. ... These tracks sound something like Madonna's 1990s albums .. (Mina's cool Asian voice adds cool exotic flavors to the mix). Eight provocative dance-inducing cuts here including "Suddenly," "Beautiful Thing," "Jini," and "Troubadours [Dance Floors]." Good catchy upbeat stuff .."
- CD review @ Babysue.com

"Brent Harvey ~ KBH Entertainment, Hollywood Music In Media Awards"

"We thoroughly enjoyed having Mina Koo perform in the KBH Showcase on Feb. 2. Her band added a fresh dose of energy to the evening. Along with some great songs, Mina's command of the stage and subtle sexiness made for quite a set!" - Brent Harvey, after a show @ The Mint

"Gary Beer, Founding CEO of the Sundance Film Festival and StarCast CEO"

"You have a special charismatic quality as a vocalist and the camera loves you." - Gary Beer, after a live show @ Rainbow

"Gary Gamponia (The Silverlake Musicians Co-Op & The Pay It Forward Band)"

"The set was really well done and .. each and everyone of you was REALLY on... I REALLY liked what you did.. and find it very musical. Tasteful. Tasty." - Gary Gamponia, after a live show @ Rainbow

"Pablo Goldstein (Tango/World, Argentine multi-instrumentalist)"

"You are unique... my super hero composinger and guitarplayer... supertalented¡¡ Was a honor to share with you the stage Mina is a treasure for all the audience, ... she is an incredible rock star.." - Pablo Goldstein, after a fusion pop unplugged live @ the Viper

"Allan Rich, Hit Songwriter (ex "Run To You" - Whitney Houston)"

"Asian Madonna!" - Allan Rich, after a show @ The Mint

""Mina draws attention in Hollywood, called Asian Madonna""

(Translation): "Mina is a singer-songwriter with Korean origin, who has been growing as a pop artist in Los Angeles. .. Her album has some Korean ideas re-created in the current dance pop style.." - "현지 미국에서 성장해 로스앤젤레스에서 활동하는 한국계 싱어송 라이터다. 이번 앨범에는 한국적 아이디어들이 고도의 팝 감각으로 재창조된 노래들이 수록됐다." - Youn-Bae Moon @ AsiaToday


(Translation): "Mina is a rising pop artist active in Hollywood ... "Jini" one of her songs in her dance pop debut album sings of Hwang Jini from Chosun Dynasty days. Mina says she thought if Hwang Jini were born in 21st Century she would have been a world pop star." Another song "Troubadours" has a motif in Arirang, and sings of a traveler's life.." - "떠오르는 팝 아티스트다. 총 8곡 가운데 조선시대 황진이에 대한 이야기를 담은 곡 ‘지니’가 포함됐다. “황진이가 21세기에 태어났다면 세계적인 팝 아티스트가 됐을 것”이라며 “황진이의 예인 기질을 댄스 힙합 음악과 랩으로 풀어냈다”고 설명했다. 또 다른 곡 ‘음유시인’은 아리랑을 모티브로 삼아 삶의 고개를 넘어가는 애틋한 감정을 담았다." - Gwang-Hyoung Lee


"Sexy performer and Los Angeles based dance/pop, singer/songwriter Mina Koo was recently added to the roster performing as part of the 6th annual Make Music New York in Brooklyn’s Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood at 1403 Fulton S., NY 11216 on June 21st at 3:30 p.m..." - The New York City Experts


"Mina Koo performs at Make Music New York
Saturday, June 16 7:00p to 7:30p
at "The Pit" at Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
--Performer and Los Angeles based dance/pop, singer/songwriter Mina Koo to the roster for the 5th Annual Make Music Harvard Square / Fête de la Musique. The Korea native recently released her very first physical and digital U.S. album Mina on iTunes, debuting her hot lead single, “More Than A Crush”. Mina is set to pump up the crowd with dance tracks from her EP." - Cleo

"Caesar Live N Loud"

"Here I introduce you to Mina Koo. Born in Korea Mina developed her love for the dance/pop scene. After exploring the world and visiting countries like the UK, Turkey, China, Central Asia and Japan, she has settled down now in Los Angeles. On May 17th she released her self-titled debut EP and I've had the chance to listen to it in its entirety. As it is described on her bio her music is Pop (Dance, Rock, Electro, Funk-hiphop), in the vein of Lady Gaga and Shakira, rooted in Michael Jackson. So with all this I can say the album is very cool and corresponds to this description. I can also spot a bit of that K-pop sound that has a massive following around the world. My favourite tracks are More Than A Crush (perfect dance/pop song with that electro vibe... just love it), Set Me On Fire and Bad Boy, being the latter the one that reminds me more of the K-Pop sound. If you love dance/pop music I am sure you will enjoy this album! :) Thumbs up!" - CÉSAR GONÇALVES

"Juries at Showcase, Artist Development, MI"

"Solid melody, great movement, good dynamics in the song." "Great energy. The attitude is saucy and fun. Props for interacting with the audience + going into the crowd."

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"Elaine Lindsay @ Trool"

"I was .. energized by Mina Koo’s quirky and catchy hook…OMG its still playing in my head!"

- Elaine Lindsay (after the Livestream global open mic)

"Helps fight breast cancer @ Keep-A-Breast.org"

"international pop artist Mina Koo ... wanted to do her part to make a difference." - Keep A Breast Foundation

"Koomina makes a comeback with “Beautiful Thing”"

"..addictive club beat.." - Koreaboo.com


"zeigt sie jetzt eine sehr liebliche Seite von sich und hat wieder deutlich Spaß im neuem Video."
("she shows her lovely charms and the video is clearly fun.") - KpopMagazin.de

"Gossip Life Asia"

"The new song has been doing well and, with a catchy chorus, it is not surprising that so many love the song.. Koomina is looking stylish and adorable in the music video" - gossiplifeasia.com

""MINA KOO HÖJER RIBBAN" ("Mina Koo Raises The Bar")"

(Translation): "So far she is only the beginning of the journey that eventually, hopefully, should take her to the big scenes. Nevertheless, she has,literally speaking, already both traveled and come
far." - "Än så länge är hon bara i början av den resa som på sikt förhoppningsvis ska ta henne till de stora scenerna. Ändå har hon bokstavligt talat redan både rest och kommit långt." - Mia Thornberg (mia.thornberg@ttela.se) @ Ttela, 2015 July 4, p26-27

"Top Star News"

(Translation): "Pop artist Koomina's first single Suddenly is getting hot responses from China" - "팝아티스트 쿠미나(Koomina)의 첫 싱글 '써든리'(Suddenly)가 중국에서 뜨거운 반응을 받고있다." - MyungSoo Kim @ TopStarNews.net


(Translation): "A talent like Koomina is rarely found. She interacts with the audience, with dynamic stage presence, while performing live with a band, harmonizing with choreographed moves.
On the release day, her single got 50,000 hits at Melon, which is an exceptional case for a new face... In addition, she got ranked number one at Melon, as well as Daum search engine without any TV show exposure yet." - " 쿠미나는 관객과의 소통이나 다이나믹한 무대 매너, 그리고 라이브 밴드와 함께 공연하면서도 안무적인 퍼포먼스를 조화롭게 소화해 국내에서는 보기 드문 실력파 가수의 면모임을 보여주고 있다... 신인으로서는 이례적으로 발매 당일 멜론에 5만건의 조회수를 기록했다. 뿐만 아니라 멜론 실시간 1위에 오르는가 하면 중파 출연 한번 없던 상태에서 포털 사이트 검색어 1위에 올랐다." - DaHye Lee @ AsiaToday

""Koomina getting popular in China""

(Translation): "Pop artist Koomina's first single Suddenly, through the main 4 online channels in China, is getting explosive reactions from fans in China"
- "여성 팝 아티스트 쿠미나의 첫 싱글 '써든리'가 중국 4대 동영상사이트에서 중국팬의 폭발적인 반응을 얻고 있습니다." - DongHoon Lee @ MBN News

""Koomina.. Heats Up Buil Film Awards Celebration Stage""

(Translation): "At the 23rd Buil Film Awards, held at Busan Haeundae Grand Hotel, her sexy dancing and high energy live performance heated up the vibes of the celebration." - "부산 해운대 그랜드호텔에서 열린 제 23회 부산 '부일영화상'.. 그녀의 섹시댄스와 흥겨운 라이브로 축하무대의 분위기는 한껏 고조됐다." - SungHae Lee @ TV Report

"Endorsed at Telefunken Mic"

"Mina, who burst on the California scene,.. is a dynamic and versatile performer, a musician, dancer, and singer-songwriter with a pop flair.." - TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik


"Mina" (May 8, 2012)

"Suddenly" (July 18, 2014)

"Beautiful Thing" (Feb 25, 2015)





If Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and Madonna ever had a crazy one night stand, the lovechild of that musical affair could only be described as.. Mina Koo.
She’s headlined famous LA venues such as The Mint, House of Blues, and Whisky a Go-Go as well as heating up the dance floors with her debut album “Mina.” Known for her dynamic choreography and commanding stage presence, a live performance from Mina is not one you will soon forget..
While still a child, Mina won several talent contests, as well as having her songs featured on nationally syndicated TV channel KBS. Her love for music continued to develop, and soon she began playing piano and guitar, as well as performing with a diverse group of multicultural musicians.
Shortly after the release of “Mina” the track “More Than a Crush" received placement in indie film "Lady Beard," as well as on MTV reality show "Challenge: Battle of the Exes”. Another track "Jini" was featured in the popular E! network's TV Show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."  Mina's another club anthem "Troubadours (Dance Floors)" was selected as a Finalist in the 2012 John Lennon Songwriting Contest!  In 2012,  2013 and 2014, she got nominated at Hollywood Music and Media Awards and Artists In Music Awards.  
 In 2017, Mina's song "Suddenly" got a placement in "Switched at Birth" on Freeform by Disney–ABC Television Group.
While Mina Koo was busy tearing up stages across the country, from the busy streets of New York City to her current home in Hollywood, California, she got called to record Korean versions for two of her songs, for Kpop fans.  Her Kpop verions of "Suddenly" (2014) and "Beautiful Thing" (2015) have been warmly accepted.  In 2014, she also got invited to perform for some of the most high-profile shows in Korea, such as Yeosu Music Festival, Itaewon Global Village Music Festival, and Buil Film Award Ceremony at Busan International Film Festival.   
It is not so surprising that "Suddenly" and "Beautiful Thing" were played in several Korean TV shows as well as in a highly demanded dance video game called Mstar NetMarble, not to mention she being endorsed by Telefunken, BAE Audio, Tisbezin Jewery, and LuCell.
With the warm reception of her debut for both US pop and Kpop worlds underway, Mina has been traveling back and forth to Sweden, working on a new album with her Swedish production team.  She had to go through recovery process from her injuries from two unexpected accidents in 2016, however, she turned this trial into opportunities to redevelop herself as an artist, as well as to train in dance, yoga and pole arts.  Being refreshed inside and outside, she now is ready to kick off her new chapter, unleashing her unique blend of world music and high-energy club anthems as the soundtrack for the next generation of pop fans worldwide. 

(Bio written by Matthew. R. Brown)

- {{Hollywood/LA}}--Key Club, Rainbow, Roxy, Viper Room, Whiskey, Universal, Busby's East, Promenade, The Mint, Skinny's lounge, Maui and Sons, Paladino's, The Dragonfly

- {{Other Cities}} -- Performed in San Francisco (Hotel Utah), Pasadena (The Terrace), Long Beach (Club Lush), Orange County (Sam Ash Music Store), Boston (Harvard Square), Pennsylvania (The Blouvard), New York (Rhythm N Soul @ Brooklyn)

- {{Awards}} -- nominated @ Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2012,2013,2015; Artist in Music Awards; finalist @ John Lennon Songwriting Competition

- {{Festivals}} -- Make Music Harvard Square, Make Music New York, IMC (Independent Music Conference), Take My Hand Summer Fest, Itaewon Global Village Festival, Yeosu Music Festival, Buil Film Awards Ceremony

- {{Radio}} -- ButterFliesRadio.com, RadioCrystalBlue.net, iRadio LA; FM 95.1Mhz TBS Radio staion in Seoul, Korea.

- {{Placements}}
------ "More Than a Crush" placed in episode 2301(airdate 9/19/12) of "Challenge: Battle of the Exes," on MTV with an on-screen credit (chyron);  in an indie film "LadyBeard" (Apartment 2B Productions)
------ "Jini" placed in episode 705 (airdate 6/17/12) of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians"! 

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