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Minna Choi was born in Berkeley, California, the child of Korean American immigrants. Although she took piano lessons, a career in music was not encouraged, but she did enjoy writing vocal harmony arrangements for her high school vocal group patterned on En Vogue, TLC, and SWV. After graduating from New York University in 2003, Choi interned at a recording studio in Times Square. After returning to the Bay Area, Choi's studio experience led to the creation of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, whose services are still thriving and on demand. The sensibility she brings to the songs she composed for her eponymous debut album, Magik*Magik, was honed by her work as the music director of the group, which she started while attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2008.
"Magik*Magik is a solo album and, while it features members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, the music is different than anything I've done before," Choi says. She will continue running the orchestra but will soon be taking the songs from the album on tour with a full band as well.