HUNJIYA (hun-jee-yuh) is the musical alias of singer, songwriter, and producer, Alice Kim. Combining memorable, yet confessional storytelling with soul-infused guitar performance, Kim creates a novelty mixture of pop, alternative R&B, and folk. Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in a small town in upstate New York, the 21-year old songstress got her start in the arts by learning from her visual artist mother. After picking up a few instruments from a young age, Hunjiya found her knack in guitar, producing, and songwriting while entering into high school. Initially teaching herself these skill sets, she eventually went on to study music at the Frost School of Music in The University of Miami. In 2015, Kim was chosen as one of 6 finalists in the Singer-Songwriter category for The National YoungArts Foundation. A year later, she was one of fourteen songwriters chosen nationwide for The Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project in Chicago. Additionally, she's performed at events such as Art Basel, Okeechobee Music Festival, and Sofar Sounds Seoul.
In 2017, Kim released her stripped down, self-produced/self-written debut EP, Lineage, which started out as a personal gift for her grandparents who had never heard her music prior to the project. Combining both Korean and English lyrics, each song is written from the perspective of her grandparents and how they fell in love with one another.