Jung Dong Ha to Leave Boohwal After 9-Year Stint as Vocalist

Jung Dong Ha will be leaving rock band Boohwal.

Jung Dong Ha’s exclusive contract with Boohwal Entertainment is up, and he has decided not to renew his contract and will pursue new activities as a solo artist and musical work.

He joined Boohwal in 2005, becoming the band’s longest running vocalist. Jung Dong Ha’s last performance with the group was at Boohwal’s Christmas concert on December 25. It looks like an amicable parting for him, as Boohwal leader Kim Tae Won has said that he will respect Jung Dong Ha’s wishes and has given him nothing but warm encouragement, after working together for more than nine years. 

Kim Tae Won had hinted on his DC Inside Gallery on a January 1 post about Jung Dong Ha’s impending departure. The post had talked about a new beginning, leaving fans wondering if he was talking about Jung Dong Ha leaving the band.

Boohwal has had a total of nine vocalists to date: Kim Jong Seo, Lee Seung Chul, Kim Jae Ki, Kim Jae Hee, Park Wan Gyu, Kim Ki Yeon, Lee Sung Wook, Jung Dan and Jung Dong Ha. Jung Dong Ha has been with the band since 2005, and has participated on albums beginning with 2005’s 10th album “Lyricism,” right up to their 13th album, “Purple Wave,” in 2013. He was the first vocalist to recontract with Boohwal.

Jung Dong Ha received attention for appearing on KBS 2TV’s “Immortal Song 2” in 2012, and has also participated in musicals such as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” “Jack the Ripper” and “Notre Dame de Paris.”

Jung Dong Ha will be getting married to his girlfriend of nine years on January 11, so it looks like 2014 will be a fresh start for him. We wish him the best of luck as he embarks on his new journey!