Soul singer ALi recently declared her admiration for Taeyang:
In a recent interview with JoyNews24, singer ALi pointed that she wants to try to work with Big Bang’s Taeyang and SHINee’s Taemin as a singer. She stated, “I gain another energy by working on a song with an idol.”
“I’m an unchanging/unshakable fan of Taeyang,” ALi said. She then continued, “Taeyang expresses the virtuosity of R&B, while I express Soul R&B. I wonder what kind of colors will come out when the two encounter.”
Taeyang had also previously mentioned ALi in a 2010 Daum interview for Yozm:
Q: Do you have a mind to collaborate with a female singer in your album?
Taeyang: A female singer named ALi. I heard her singing on TV by chance- she sings so well, really well.
ALi is a pansori-trained singer who debuted in 2009 and has developed a reputation as a powerful and dramatic singer, particularly with viewers of KBS “Immortal Song 2″. Some of her previous covers:
A Leopard of Mt. Kilimanjaro (Cho Yong Pil)
An Alley (Kim HyunSik)
Red Dragonfly (Cho Yong Pil)
I Need A Girl (Taeyang)
She is currently promoting her new album “Eraser“. From February 3’s SBS Inkigayo:
ALi trained in pansori as an elementary school student. Pansori trained singers develop a powerful voice usually by building up their vocal cords – repeatedly stimulating vocal cords, hurting the mucous membranes and allowing them to heal. It results in thick vocal cords with the ability to project with great volume and range for long periods but with a tradeoff of a certain delicacy and nimbleness to the vocals. (And pansori singers tend to have a rather hoarse speaking voice.) While not necessarily true for ALi, it is an interesting contrast to Taeyang’s strengths as an r&b singer, which are the opposite of hers. I don’t know if there would ever be a chance for them to sing together, and whether their styles would suit, but it would certainly be an interesting experiment given the right song.
Many thanks to Carol of YBMania for background research and the links! Thanks also to the uploaders.