Updated: Aug 10
Korea’s first all-Filipino K-pop boy group took the world by storm Monday at Olympic Park, Seoul with their showcase performance and the release of their debut album: "Friend-SHIP". We share our experience of HORI7ON's much-awaited debut! Plus, debut photos and videos!
If you don’t know already, let me present to you the members! We have Vinci (group leader), Kim, Kyler, Reyster, Winston, Jeromy, and last but not least Marcus!
HORI7ON is signed with MLD Entertainment and was formed through the group survival show "Dream Maker". The title song of their album Friend-SHIP is the very catchy "Six7een" which represents their youthfulness and talent. This bright energy radiates throughout their music!
The name that they have given to their fans is "Anchors". Here’s what each of the members had to say to Anchors on the night of their showcase:
“Please look forward to more of HORI7ON, I am HORI7ON's leader and I will lead a group that will show many, many sides for you guys.” - Vinci
“This is the beginning of our real journey as a global pop group and we put our hearts and souls to make this journey happen and we will show the world our incredible talent and passion on the global stage. Guys please support us and don’t forget to stream our music video, thank you!” - Jeromy
“Honestly, I don’t even know where to start I am just so overwhelmed with feelings right now and I can’t really make up words right now but I just want to say that this is quite literally a dream come true for me, being able to be here with my members in Korea, performing in front of you guys, about to debut. I am more than thrilled to debut because of the amount of preparations that we did for you guys, the hard work, the blood, sweat, and tears and I am so happy for the ‘Anchors’ as well because they’ll finally be able to see what we worked on for them and I’m just so excited about the fact that we’re releasing a full album already with so many songs so I hope that all of you find your favorite songs through ‘Friend-SHIP’ and I just can’t wait to go out there and perform our new songs to everyone because of course today we didn’t really perform everything, that’s just not even half.” - Marcus
“I am so grateful for today because we are able to show our talents and we promise that we will not disappoint you next time, thank you for coming and I hope you are looking forward to more adventure with HORI7ON.” Kyler
“Thank you for coming tonight and thank you so much for the support you are giving to our group and always remember that you are always in our hearts forever.” -Reyster
“Anchors! I am just so glad and grateful to perform on stage in front of you guys. Of course, thank you so much for coming here and I hope you liked the performance that we did earlier you know guys I just wanted to say that we truly felt your love and support towards us and we will repay it by giving you the best performance that we can truly give and of course, we will always do our best and we will love you always.” - Winston
“Thank you for spending time with us guys. I really appreciate your efforts and please support our first album Friend-SHIP. We promise to do our best to make you happy.” - Kim
I was at the showcase and honestly, I was blown away. These boys are TA-LEN-TED from outstanding high notes to beat-boxing! They are fun, energetic, and fresh! There wasn’t a song that could be disliked or any flaw with their performance. They owned the stage and rightly so.
My favorite songs of the night from their album Friend-Ship were "SIX7EEN", "Hit Me", "Birthday", "Lovey Dovey" and "Death or Paradise". One song that stood out to me which isn’t on their album was "Salamat" (thank you) which is a single made for their fans, in the boys’ mother tongue Tagalog, which I thought was absolutely beautiful and such a great way to represent their culture and background. The lyrics for the chorus of Salamat translate as follows:
“Did you know? Thank you because it’s you
Thank you because it’s us
For all those good times
And so until the end
I love you”
Clips of 'Salamat' performed at Hori7on's debut showcase
I look forward to seeing HORI7ON's journey and the amazing music they will release soon. Let’s celebrate HORI7ON!
I told you my favorite songs! What are your favorites? Comment below to let me know!
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