K-pop has a new face who will soon be rising through its ranks and surprisingly, she’s not from South Korea. Instead, Shreya Lenka is an 18-year-old teenager from India who made the cut into the cutthroat multibillion-dollar entertainment industry after multiple rounds of auditions and training.
As India’s first K-pop star, Shreya certainly has a lot riding on her shoulders as she joins K-pop girl group Blackswan as its fifth member.
Blackswan, which comprises Youngheun, Fatou, Judy and Leiam, is also famous for being one of the first K-pop groups to have an African-American member.
The girl group, which was formed by DR Music, has produced two albums since it was formed in 2011 as well as multiple singles. In late 2020, one of its members, Hyeme, left and a global search began for someone to replace her.
The six-month-long global search uncovered Shreya, who will now be joining the group under the stage name Sriya to produce albums and take part in stage performances.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about K-pop’s latest addition.