Heo Sol-ji (Hangul: 허솔지; born January 10, 1989), known mononymously as Solji, is a South Korean singer. She was a member of the ballad duo group 2NB from 2006 to 2010. She later became a vocal trainer before joining EXID in July 2012 as the leader and main vocalist.
Solji was formerly a member of the vocal duo 2NB with Blady's Gabin, and released solo singles in 2008. The duo disbanded in 2012. She then worked as EXID's vocal trainer before becoming a member. On April 2012, AB Entertainment announced that three original members Yuji, Dami, and Haeryeong would leave the girl group EXID. Solji then joined EXID along with Hyelin, a former Superstar K3 participant.
On February 2013, EXID formed a sub-unit called "Dasoni", which consisted of Solji and Hani. The sub-unit released their debut single "Goodbye" on February 15, 2013 which also included the song "Said So Often".
On February 2015, Solji participated in a singing competition program, MBC's King of Mask Singer, for their pilot episode, in which she won the title. She appeared as Self-Luminous Mosaic and defeated singer and comedian, Shin Bora, and trot singer, Hong Jin-young, and became the first winner of the show, impressing the panel of judges as well as viewers. This drew a lot of attention to EXID and boosted Solji's reputation as a talented vocalist.
On February 8, 2016, Solji, as well as fellow vocal trainer and friend, Doo Jin-Soo, were invited to join MBC's Duet Song Festival for the pilot episode of their Lunar New Year Special. They went up against Block B's rapper Zico and his partner, Lee So-young. Solji and her partner emotionally sang Lee Seung-cheol's "The Sky in the West (서쪽하늘)". In the end, Solji and Doo Jin-soo won with a score of 477, which is still the highest score in the episode, and impressed the judges and the viewers yet again. On April 8, 2016, Solji and her partner were invited back to compete in MBC's Duet Song Festival for their first episode. They were the last performers to sing in the episode thus competing with f(x)'s Luna and Goo Hyun-mo. Solji sang Davichi's "8282". In the end, Solji won again with a score of 439 and thus further increasing EXID's popularity and her reputation as a singer.
On December 21, 2016, Solji was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, putting her career on hold, while the other four members of EXID continued their schedules in the year-end awards season. She made a surprise appearance in EXID's Asia Tour in Seoul on 13 August 2017, but she was still not medically cleared to return to group activities. She, however, participated in recording for the group's fourth mini-album, Full Moon, despite not being involved in its promotion and live performances. She also stayed active as a Radio DJ. On July 4, Solji revealed that her condition has stabilized enough to prepare for her return for EXID's next comeback. On July 27, it was confirmed by the agency that she would be back for EXID's Japanese debut.
On February 5, 2020, Solji left Banana Culture although she remains as a member of EXID in the future activities.
On March 23, 2020, Solji signed with C-JeS Entertainment to pursue her solo career.
Solji majored in Applied Music at Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts. In December 2016, she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and went on hiatus from EXID's group activities until July 2018. She also enrolled in Kyung Hee Cyber University to study the practical music program during her hiatus time (2017).
|Title||Album details||Track listing|
|As the First Feeling
(처음 그 느낌처럼)
Rebirt Single Ver.2
(오늘따라 비가 와서 그런가 봐)
|2008||"The Day I Loved" (사랑했던 날)|
|"Love Shake"||Soundtrack of LOVE & LAW|
|2009||"If You Want to Give Up" (포기하고 싶을 때)||with Sin-gun|
|"Goodbye, My Lover" (잘가요 내사랑)||with Hye-sung|
|"First Love"||with Ah-in and Back Attack|
|2010||"You are Away from Me" (내 곁에 없는 그대)||Soundtrack of Wife Returns|
|2011||"Be with You"||with PK Heman|
|"Last Tango"||with Heo In-chang and PK Heman|
|2012||"Unromantic"||with PK Heman and Kim Hyun-joo|
|2015||"Don't Touch Me (손대지마)"||Cover of Ailee with Shin Bo-ra on King of Mask Singer's pilot episode|
|"The Reason I Became a Singer (가수가 된 이유)"||Cover of Shin Yong-jae on King of Mask Singer Pilot Episode|
|"We Should've Been Friends (친구라도 될 걸 그랬어)"||Cover of Gummy on King of Mask Singer Pilot Episode|
|"Maria" (Korean version)||Cover of Kim Ah-joong on King of Mask Singer Episode 1|
|"Love Sweet"||Soundtrack of The Producers|
|"Shouldn't Have Treated You Well" (잘해주지 말걸 그랬어)||with Welldone Potato|
|"One Dream One Korea" (새시대 통일의 노래)||One Korea Global Campaign to raise awareness and unify Korea|
|"Today" (오늘은)||with Hwan Jae-hwan and Jung Hyung-don|
|2016||"You And I" (너랑나랑)||Soundtrack of Sweet Stranger and Me|
|"8282"||Cover of Davichi with Doo Jin-soo on Duet Song Festival (Ep. 1)|
|"Love Is Like Rain Outside My Window (사랑은 창밖에 빗물 같아요)"||Cover of Lee Yeong-hyeon on Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend|
|2017||"Leaning On The Wind" (바람에 기대)||Soundtrack of Witch's Court|
|"Flame"||Soundtrack of Money Flower with Hani|
|2018||"Is There Anybody? (누구 없소)"||Cover of Han Young-ae with Park Kyung-lim on King of Mask Singer (Ep. 163)|
|"Can't Do (못해)"||Cover of 4Men ft. Mi (美) on King of Mask Singer Episode 164|
|"Father (아버지)"||Cover of Insooni on King of Mask Singer Episode 166|
|"How Are You (어떤가요)"||Cover of Lee Jeong-bong on King of Mask Singer Episode 168|
|"I Will Show You (보여줄게)"||Cover of Ailee on King of Mask Singer Episode 170|
|"Please (제발)"||Cover of Lee So-ra on King of Mask Singer Episode 172|
|"Confession (고백)"||Cover of Jung Joon-il on King of Mask Singer Episode 174|
|"In This Place"||Soundtrack of Ralph Breaks the Internet|
|2019||"Within Your Reach (손 닿을 만큼)"||Soundtrack of Perfume|
|"I Miss You" (보고 싶다)||Cover of Kim Bum-soo on Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend|
|"Nocturne" (녹턴)||Cover of Lee Eun-mi on Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend|
|"Night After Night" (밤이면 밤마다)||Cover of Insooni on Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend|
|"Even a Bitter Wound May Hurt" (쓰라린 상처도 아픈지 모르고)||Soundtrack of Love with Flaws|
|2020||"Falling Star (별이 진다네)"||Cover of Travel Sketches on Two Yoo Project Sugar Man 3 Episode 06|
|"Walking On This Street" (이 거리를 걸어서)||Soundtrack of Forest|
|"One Day" (하루)||Soundtrack of Find Me in Your Memory|
|"Sangnoksu 2020" (상록수 2020)||Remake song dedicated to medical staff around the world who are fighting Corona 19 beyond Korea, sung by 34 Korean artists, released at 60th anniversary of the "April 19 Revolution",|