Amber Liu (singer)

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Amber Liu
Amber Liu in Seoul Plaza (2).jpg
Background information
Birth name Amber Josephine Liu
Also known as Eunyoung, Llama
Born (1992-09-18) September 18, 1992 (age 22)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, rapper, actress, television host, dancer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2009–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts f(x), SM Town
Amber Liu
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Hanyu Pinyin Liú Yìyún

Amber Josephine Liu (born September 18, 1992),[1] also known as Amber, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, television presenter, dancer and actresses currently active in South Korea. She is a member of the South Korean girl group f(x).

Early life

Amber was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] Her parents are from Taiwan. She has one older sister named Jackie.[2] She attended El Camino Real High School in California prior to moving to Korea to be a trainee under S.M. Entertainment.



Main article: f(x) (band)

Liu was cast from S.M. Entertainment's Los Angeles global audition in 2008, where she and one male were selected to be trainees for SM Entertainment. After a year and a half of training, she debuted under the new South Korean girl group f(x) in September 2009, labeled as "Asia's Pop Dance Group."[3] On September 1, 2009, f(x)'s first single "LA chA TA"[4] was digitally released. They debuted on September 2 at their very own showcase event held at the Samseong-dong Fashion Center.[5] The group's first broadcast performance of "LA chA TA" was held at MBC's music show Show! Music Core on September 5, 2009. Months after, they released their first single album Chu~♡, consisting of three songs. On May 4, 2010, they finally released their first mini album Nu ABO. The song, Goodbye Summer, from f(x)'s second album, Pink Tape, was composed by Liu together with the songwriter, Gen Neo of NoizeBank. Her latest published work is the song Summer Lover which is included in f(x)'s newly released third album, Red Light, in collaboration with Sean Alexander.

During Go f(x), Amber revealed that her parents initially had mixed feelings regarding her music career. She stated: "My dad was very cautious, at first ...but then my mom was always supportive from the beginning. I really thank her and she also convinced my dad".[2]


Label mate Girls' Generation had their first concert Into the New World on December 19 and 20, 2009 in Seoul. One of the members, Yuri, performed a cover of Ciara's song "1, 2 Step" and featured Liu as a rapper and dancer. On June 2010, SM Entertainment released Taiwanese singer and actor Danson Tang's new music video called "I'm Back",[6] which features Liu performing a rap in both English and Korean, which was released on his third studio album The First Second.

Aside from featured songs, Liu also worked with fellow group mates Luna and Krystal for the soundtrack of KBS drama God of Study, in a song called "Spread its Wings".

On November 19 and 20, 2011, Super Junior had their opening stops in Seoul for Super Show 4 World Tour. Liu was featured on Super Junior-M member Henry's solo which is a rearranged version of Justin Bieber's "Baby" with Liu performing a rap along with Henry. Also, Liu and her groupmates Victoria and Sulli performed Oops!! with Shindong, Donghae, Eunhyuk and Leeteuk.

On March 17, 2012, Amber appeared as a guest on Immortal Song 2 to support fellow labelmate, SHINee's Taemin as they performed Wrongful Meeting with Taemin singing and Liu rapping. She again appeared as a guest with group mate Luna on September 15, 2012.

On August 14, 2013, SM Entertainment announced that Amber would be collaborating with labelmate Henry's re-release of 1-4-3 from his debut album Trap. She also was present for live shows.

Other work

Liu has been confirmed to be part of the new cast of the second season of Invincible Youth, a Korean variety show, in which her fellow f(x) member, Victoria, was a part of during the show's first season.[7] Liu and Woori (from Rainbow) have been confirmed to be leaving Invincible Youth 2. Liu and Woori will be focusing on their group activities - Liu will be focusing on the Japan debut and Korean comeback and Woori will be focusing activities in Japan with her group.[8]

Liu appeared in We Got Married alongside fellow member, Victoria (episode 53~Khuntoria).

She was also an MC on MBC's "Show Champion" along with Eunjung.[9] She worked both with Eunjung and a number of guest MC's until she stepped down from the position December 18, 2013.

Liu also worked as an MC of We Got Married Global Edition.[10]

As of June 6, 2014 Liu was cast as an MC of the KBS show,[11] "A Song For You" along with Kangin of Super Junior and Yook Sungjae of BTOB.

Sometime in late November, 2014 S.M. Entertainment confirmed that Liu will be making a solo debut coming in 2015.[12]

On December 30, 2014, TV reality series One Fine Day released nine episodes featuring Amber and close friend Ailee, and guest starring Eric Nam[13]

On December 31, 2014, Amber was confirmed as a cast member for the second female soldier special of Real Men.[14]

Personal life

Liu is a native speaker of English and additionally possesses fluency in Korean and Mandarin Chinese. She went to El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, CA, where she played basketball. Basketball served as a large portion of her early childhood to her arrival in Korea. She was also a member of her school track team. She holds a black belt in Taekwondo.

Amber took a six month hiatus from the group early in their career reportedly due to an ankle injury.


Further information: F(x) discography
Year Album Song Duration Artist
2010 KBS God of Study OST "Spread Its Wings" 03:56 Trio with Luna & Krystal
2010 The First Second "I'm Back" 03:34 Duet with Danson Tang
2013 1-4-3 (I Love You) "1-4-3 (I Love You)" 03:28 Duet with Henry
As songwriter[15]
  • "Summer Lover" (Red Light), as co-composer
  • "Goodbye Summer" (Pink Tape), as co-composer
  • "Beautiful Stranger" (Electric Shock), as co-lyricist


TV Shows

Year Channel Show Notes
2011-2012 KBS Invincible Youth 2 Season Regular
2013 MBC Music Show Champion Host
2014 MBC We Got Married Global Edition Host
2014 KBS A Song For You 3 Host
2014 MBC Ailee&Amber One Fine Day Season Regular
2015 MBC Real Men Cast


  1. ^ a b c d "The Birth of Amber Liu". California Birth Index. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Go f(x) on MnetAmerica's official YouTube page (July 24, 2013). Retrieved on May 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "SM Unmasks f(x) Members". August 24, 2009. 
  4. ^ "f(x) LACHATA Music Video Released". September 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ "'SM신인' f(x), 9월 2일 쇼케이스로 모습 첫 공개". August 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Danson I'm Back feat. f(x) Amber Music Video". June 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ "f(x)’s Liu confirmed for ‘Invincible Youth 2′". October 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Amber and Woori to leave Invincible Youth 2 (March 30, 2012). Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  9. ^ New "Show Champion" MC's announced
  10. ^ f(x) Amber to host We Got Married Global (February 23, 2014). Retrieved May 21, 2014
  11. ^ Amber to co-host "A Song For You"
  12. ^ Amber to make her solo debut in 2015
  13. ^ Ailee and Amber to star in "One Fine Day"
  14. ^ "Real Man's line up"
  15. ^ 엠버 (in Korean). Mnet. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 

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