Ten months after leaving the K-pop group Monsta X amid a turmoil of controversy, Wonho is finally ready to tell his story with the release of his debut solo single, “Losing You.”
The much-vaunted trail is the 27-year-old’s big comeback, which was released on Friday after parting ways with Monsta X last October, amid allegations of misconduct and alleged marijuana use before his time with the group (cannabis is still illegal in Korea, and in most parts of Asia). The singer was officially removed for all charges in March, announcing new management and a solo deal just a few weeks later.
“Losing You” officially kicks off Wonho’s new era and arrives as K-pop continues to demonstrate its influence on these shores. The swept, piano-driven ballad highlights Wonho̵
The singer co-wrote the track with a team of A-list songwriters, including Corey Sanders and Jon Mcguire (Callum Scott “You Are the Reason”) and Neil Ormandy, who co-wrote James Arthur’s worldwide hit, “Say You Won’t Slip . “British songwriter and producer Nick Gale, better known as Digital Farm Animals, helped produce the song, a seductive, slow-moving R&B that is sure to draw the listeners’ heartstrings with its soaring chorus and some of Wonho’s most personal lyrics. written to date.
While the song is undoubtedly a love song, the singer says it was also inspired by his fans who never left his side after his well-publicized departure from the group. “This is a love song, but I also want to say that it is [about] the love and appreciation I also have for my fans, ”he says Rolling stones. “I’m here today because of them, and the thought of losing them was the hardest thing I could think of.”
“For me,” he continues, “‘losing you’ is about the connection between people and the selflessness of loving someone so much that you become one with them, and they become even more important to you than yourself.”
“Losing You” is the first single from Wonho’s upcoming mini-album, Part. 1 Love Synonym # 1: Right for Me, due out Sept. 4. The singer says to expect a mix of uptempo tracks and ballads from the album, citing artists like the Korean singer and actor Rain, and Usher, as artists he respects. Expect to see Wonho also take on a continuing role in songwriting and production. “I chose my favorite styles and incorporated both languages, Korean and English, into one EP,” he explains. “I want this EP to reflect my own colors and send my personal message out there to my fans.”
Wonho says he started working on his solo project six months ago and was eager to turn new music into fans. “I wanted to share with my fans the feeling and the feeling of what I was going through,” he says of his time away from the limelight. “I want to give a message that I am here for them, just as they have been here for me. Together we can overcome everything. “
It’s a message that apparently reflects his own struggle in the past year, a year that Wonho says he has learned “many lessons” from. The main lesson: “Even though it is dark, the light will come soon,” he says. “All you have to do is keep going.”