Yesung 예성

Groups: Super Junior

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FACTS

Gender

Female

Label

SM Entertainment

Debut

Super Junior "Twins", 2005

Active

2005 - Present

Group

Super Junior, S.M. the Ballad, Super Junior-K.R.Y.

Genre

Dance, Adult Contemporary, Ballad

Official Role

Main Vocalist

Birth Name

Kim Jong Woon

Born

August 24, 1984

Hometown

Cheonan, South Chungcheong, South Korea

Education

Cheon-an Cheongsu Elementary School, Chonan Buseong Middle School, Byeongcheon High School, Sun Moon University, Chungwoon University, Inha University

Family

Father, Mother, Younger Brother (Jongjin)

Height

175~178cm

Weight

64kg

Shoe Size

260~270mm

Nationality

S. Korea

Ethnicity

Korean

Language

Korean (Primary), Chinese (Basic), Japanese (Basic)

Zodiac

Aquarius

Religion

Christian

Fav Color

Red

Fav Food

Dakgangjeong (Sweet Crispy Chicken)

Specialty

Singing, Sports

Nickname

Cloud, Singing Yesung, Aladdin, Cheonan Uljjang

Roommate

N/A; military

Audition

Self Audition | 2001 SM Starlight Casting System | Sang "Trust" by Fly to the Sky

Childhood Dream

Singer

Biography

Overview

Kim Jong-woon, (born August 24, 1984) better known by his stage name Yesung, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior, its subgroups Super Junior-K.R.Y. & Super Junior-H, as well as the ballad group S.M. The Ballad. His stage name Yesung is derived from the Korean phrase "예술가의 성대" (lit. meaning: vocal cords of an artist) and can be translated as an "art-like voice". Yesung is known as the "Prince of OST" due to his numerous successful OSTs throughout the years. He made his acting debut in 2015 in "Awl".

Pre-Debut

Yesung was born on August 24, 1984 in Seoul and later moved to Cheonan, South Chungcheong at age 10. He is the older son of two; his younger brother's name is Kim Jongjin. From a young age, Yesung expressed an interest in singing. In 1999, he joined a broadcast singing competition and won gold at the Cheonan Singing Competition. In 2001, Yesung's mother Im Bo Kyung signed him up to audition for SM Entertainment's Starlight Casting System, in which he impressed the judges with his "artistic voice", and signed as trainee under SM Entertainment that same year.

2005

Yesung officially debut as part of 12-member project group Super Junior 05 on 6 November 2005 on SBS's music programme Popular Songs, performing their first single, "Twins (Knock Out)". Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released a month later on 5 December 2005 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.

2006

In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. Following the addition of thirteenth member Kyuhyun, the group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior. The re-polished group's first CD single "U" was released on 7 June 2006, which was their most successful single until the release of "Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009.

From September 2006 to September 2007, Yesung was host for radio program, M.I.R.A.C.L.E for You, where members of Super Junior often appeared as guests.

In November 2006, Yesung, along with members Ryeowook and Kyuhyun, formed Super Junior's first subgroup, Super Junior-K.R.Y., a group specializing in R&B ballads.

2007

In 2007 Yesung became a member of Super Junior-H. He debut as an actor on 26 July 2007 with the release of Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, a high school comedy starring fellow Super Junior members. He played the school's rock star who gets attacked by a mysterious force.

Before M.I.R.I.C.L.E for You's first anniversary, Yesung left in order to concentrate on Super Junior's second album, Don't Don. The last air date for the radio show was 8 September 2007.

In the fall of 2007, the group released their second official album, Don't Don, which became Super Junior's best-selling album and Korea's second best-selling album of the year.

2008

On 9 May 2008, Yesung was sent to the hospital after he injured his leg during the 70 km 24-Hour Marathon of Hope in which he and band mates Shindong, Sungmin, Leeteuk, Eunhyuk and Kangin participated. The event was in collaboration with the SBS charity program "Hope TV 24" and the money raised was donated to a Mongolian school in South Korea which was at risk of closing down. Due to the injury, Yesung was unable to complete the marathon, but appeared on stage on crutches with his fellow members. Also on 8 August, Yesung was sent to the hospital after falling from a 1.5m stage while rehearsing at the KBS music program, Music Bank. The injury aggravated old injuries from the neck and waist and was hospitalised for two days.

He sang ballad track "Love Really Hurts" for the original soundtrack of television drama Tazza, which aired from 16 September to 25 November 2008.

2009

In 2009, Yesung made his musical theatre debut in Namhansanseong (lit. South Korean Mountain Fortress), which is based on the novel of the same name by Kim Hoon, which is based on the historical incident of Byeongja Horan, at the Namhansanseong in Gyeonggi-do. But the musical focuses on the lives of common people and their spirit of survival during harsh situations. Yesung played villain "Jung Myung-soo", a servant-turned-interpreter who feels sad from being betrayed by his country, from 9 October to 4 November at the Seongnam Arts Center Opera House. On 6 November, he made a surprise appearance on KBS' Music Bank with label mates SHINee in place of Jonghyun, who was recovering from influenza, in a performance of "Ring Ding Dong".

2010

In 2010, Yesung starred in the title role of musical Hong Gil Dong, alongside band mate Sungmin who also played the historical figure Hong Gildong. It played at the Woori Financial Art Hall at the Olympic Park from 18 February to 18 April 2010. On 31 March 2010, Yesung contributed to the OST of television drama Cinderella's Sister, starring Moon Geun-young and Chun Jung-myung. The song, "It Has To Be You", is a ballad that tells the story about a man who refused to look for another girl, except for the one he loved. On 4 June, Yesung performed it for the first time, and his first solo stage, on Music Bank which reached #3 on show's K-Chart.

In July 2010, Yesung appeared with band mate Leeteuk as MC's for MBC's Love Pursuer. The show presents a Korean celebrity being showered with affection from a secret admirer, with the challenge of guessing who the admirer is. Yesung was himself the subject of admiration in episode 10. During the recording of Dream Team 2 on 21 August 2011, he fell from a platform and strained his waist again, but was reported to be a minor injury. On 4 September, he became the new MC for MUZIT, a musical talk show alongside K.Will and veteran composer Yoo Youngsuk. It showcased various musical talents from the Korean music industry.

From 1 October to 28 October 2010, also he starred in his third musical Spamalot playing the main role of Sir Galahad.

On 29 December 2010, Yesung together with Luna of f(x), sang the track "Loving You", on part two of the original soundtrack of KBS drama President.

2011

On 31 January 2011, Yesung's third solo song, from the OST of SBS drama, Paradise Ranch, was released. "Waiting For You" is a ballad that tells the story of a man who is adamant on waiting until the end of the world for his lover to return to him. He performed it for the first time at the Super Junior K.R.Y The 1st Concert in Seoul on 11 February.

From 28 February to 21 June 2011, Yesung temporarily replaced band mate Eunhyuk as radio DJ partnering with Leeteuk on Super Junior's Kiss the Radio, while Eunhyuk was away on promotional activities for Super Junior-M's third EP Perfection. In June, he joined KBS's Immortal Songs 2 where singers render their own versions of old songs from music legends and winners are selected by voting. He lost in the first episode but won the third episode when he sang Boohwal's song "The More I Love".

His second duet with Jang Hyejin, was released on 14 July 2011 throughout Korea's digital charts. "I Am Behind You" is from the album Cooperation Part 1 . The song has a fantastic harmony and is mixed with the lyrics of secretly loving someone and wondering if that person could possibly be feeling the same way about them. On 18 July 2011, "For One Day" was released. It is from the OST SBS historical drama Warrior Baek Dong Soo . The song explores an emotional farewell from a lover. Yesung performed this live for the first time on 6 October 2011 at the K.R.Y Concert in Nanjing.

On 27 September 2011, he along with Eunhyuk and Shindong filled in for bandmate Heechul, who enlist for mandatory military service on 1 September, during the performance on Music Bank and Show! Music Core of Kim Jang-hoon latest single, "Breakups are So Like Me". Heechul is featured in the song and starred in the music video, which was completed the day before he enlisted.

On 23 October 2011, Yesung as part of Super Junior performed in the New York SM Town concert at Madison Square Garden. The cover photo of the New York Times, section C, featured Super Junior with a close up of Yesung.

2012

In June 2012, Yesung reunited with his Super Junior band mates for their sixth studio album, Sexy, Free & Single for released on 4 July. On 24 June Yesung's teaser photo was released showing him partially bare chested with a crown of branches on his head. On nearly that month, they made a new repackage album, SPY.

On 11 November 2012, Yesung and his brother Kim Jong Jin had officially opened their cafe named "Mouse Rabbit Coffee" after their franchise, "Babtols" and "Handel & Gretel".

In November 2012, Super Junior K.R.Y. held a concert tour in Japan, Super Junior K.R.Y. Special Winter Concert. They announced that they would be releasing their first single 6 years after debut next year.

2013

Super Junior-K.R.Y's first Japanese single dropped on 23 January 2013. It debuted at number two on the Oricon's daily singles chart.

On 13 February 2013, Yesung's OST "Gray Paper" for SBS melodrama That Winter, the Wind Blows was released. The track was composed by label mate Kangta and where he went on to performe it on SBS's music program Inkigayo on February 17.

Yesung announced at the Seoul concert of Super Show 5 that he would enlist for his mandatory military service in 2013. He served as a public service worker after four weeks of basic training. He enlisted May 6, 2013, causing him to not take part in the South American leg of Super Show 5 onwards.

2015

Super Junior-K.R.Y. reunited with Yesung's return from military service Super Junior-K.R.Y. Japan Tour was started in Yokohama on June 2–3 and had 11 total performances in arenas in Kobe, Fukuoka, and Nagoya. In July 2015, SM Entertainment announced Super Junior-K.R.Y. kick-started their Asia tour in Seoul at the Olympic Hall in Seoul on August 22 and 23. The trio released Japanese single Japan titled "Join Hands" on 5 August 2015.

On 8 July 2015, SM Entertainment announced that Yesung would re-join Super Junior for the special album, Devil which was released on July 16 to celebrate the group's 10th anniversary.

In August, Yesung solo song "Dreaming" from the OST of MBC drama, Splendid Politics was released. In November, Yesung played a role in Korean drama "Awl".

Releases

Darling U
2017

雨のち晴れの空の色 /..
2016

Here I am - The..
2016

송곳 Original..
2015

송곳 OST `너무 그립다`
2015

화정 OST Part.3
2015

미미 OST
2014

그 겨울, 바람이 분다 OST
2013

그 겨울, 바람이 분다 OST..
2013

드라마의 제왕 OST Part.2
2012

SM BEST ALBUM 3
2012

아이두 아이두 OST
2012

아이두 아이두 OST Part.1
2012

RE:Feel Theme 이별+그리움
2011

무사 백동수 OST
2011

무사 백동수 OST Part.2
2011

그대뒤에 있습니다...
2011

프레지던트 OST
2011

파라다이스 목장 OST
2011

파라다이스 목장 OST Part.2
2011

프레지던트 OST Part.2
2010

신데렐라 언니 OST
2010

상근이의 소망
2008

타짜 OST
2008

송곳 Original Soundtrack
2015

송곳 OST `너무 그립다`
2015

그 겨울, 바람이 분다 OST Part.1
2013

아이두 아이두 OST
2012

아이두 아이두 OST Part.1
2012

무사 백동수 OST Part.2
2011

그대뒤에 있습니다. (Cooperation Part.1)
2011

상근이의 소망
2008

타짜 OST
2008

Popular MV's

문 열어봐 (Here I am)  by  Yesung
Darling U  by  Yesung
내 욕심이 많았다 (Blind)  by  Yesung
너 아니면 안돼  by  Yesung
문 열어봐 (Here I am)
Yesung
Darling U
Yesung
내 욕심이 많았다 (Blind)
Yesung
너 아니면 안돼
Yesung