Huh Gak

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Huh Gak
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Huh Gak at Samsung's Life is Tab showcase event, in January 2011
Background information
Born (1984-11-15) 15 November 1984 (age 30)
Incheon, South Korea
Genres Pop, R&B
Years active 2010 – present
Labels A Cube Entertainment
Website http://www.a-cube.co.kr/

Huh Gak (허각) (born 15 November 1984)[1] is a South Korean singer and the winner of the Mnet talent competition series ‘Superstar K’ 2 under A Cube Entertainment. He is known as ‘The man who turned the tables’ and ‘The South Korean Paul Potts’.[2]

Early life[edit]

Huh Gak was born on 15 November 1984. He is from Incheon, South Korea and lives with his father and his twin brother,Huh Gong.[3] He graduated from ‘Hwanbuk Elementary School’ and ‘Incheon Boys’ School.[4] As a young child, Huh Gak went through a family divorce and faced financial difficulties. Therefore, after middle school, he decided to drop out of school and make money.[5] Before he appeared on Super Star K 2, he worked as a ventilator fixer and a festival singer.[6]

Career[edit]

2010: Superstar K & Debut[edit]

Huh Gak appeared on Superstar K2 and took the first place spot. After winning Superstar K2, Huh Gak debuted with the single entitled, "Always" which made an ‘all-kill’ on various music charts. On November 2010, he released his first mini album which consists of five tracks including the title track, "Always." Huh Gak and Superstar K2's John Park also collaborated on a duet track for the movie, "Glove" entitled "My Best."

2011: Cube Entertainment & "First Story" album[edit]

On February 2011, after a month of searching for an entertainment agency, he decided to join A Cube Entertainment, a sub-label of Cube Entertainment despite of the other few offers that he received. He then joined Immortal Songs 2.

On 16 September, Huh Gak released his first official debut album entitled "First Story", which obtained a triple crown on Gaon charts and also made him win on M! Countdown and KBS Music Bank.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • 2013: Little Giant
EPs
  • 2010: Huh Gak 1st Mini Album (허각 1st 미니앨범)
  • 2011: LIKE 1st MINI ALBUM "First Story"
  • 2012: Lacrimoso
  • 2013: Reminisce
Digital Singles
  • 2010: Eonjena (언제나)
  • 2011: "My Best" Movie Glove OST (영화 글러브) (Huh Gak & John Park)
  • 2011: The Greatest Love OST Part.5 (최고의 사랑)
  • 2011: Jukgo Sipdan Mal Bakke (죽고 싶단 말 밖에)
  • 2011: Geu Noraereul Teulttaemada (그 노래를 틀때마다) (Huh Gak & LE (EXID))
  • 2012: "Huh Gak - Hansaram" Big OST ('허각 - 한사람' 빅 OST)
  • 2012: I Need You (Huh Gak & Zia)
  • 2012: Apeuda (아프다)
  • 2013: Monodrama (모노드라마) (Huh Gak with Yoo Seung-woo)
  • 2014: Break Up to Make Up (이제 그만 싸우자) (Huh Gak and Jung Eun-ji (A Pink))
  • 2014: Tears falling like today (My love from another star)
Compilations
  • 2010: Superstar K 2 Up to 11 (#7 My Heart)
  • 2011: Superstar K 2 Top 4 - Life is Tab (#1 Life is Tab (Superstar K 2 Top 4), #2 Life is Tab (Rock Ver.))
  • 2012: So Ji Seob - Bukjjok Wanggwanjari (#2 Geureoko Geureon Yaegi (feat. Huh Gak, Mellow))
  • 2012: Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend "Park Jin Young" 1 Pyeon (#6 Tto Hanbeon Sarangeun Gago)
  • 2012: Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend "Composer Lee Ho Joon" Pyeon (#4 Indian Inhyeongcheoreom)
  • 2012: Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend "Yang Hee Eun" 2 Pyeon (#4 Sangnoksu)
  • 2012: Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend "Kim Jung Ho" Pyeon (#1 Jageun Sae)
  • 2013: Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend "Paldo Gangsan Urinorae" Pyeon (#3 Nunmul Jeojeun Dumangang)

Concerts[edit]

As well as numerous appearances on Superstar K2, on 18 January 2011, he participated in a Traditional Korean music concert called, "Noon concert."[7]

SuperStar K2[edit]

Episode (live broadcast started from Episode 9) Song
Episode 9 The Happy Me(에코)
Episode 10 Early Morning Discount(이문세)
Episode 11 I'll Be There(Jackson 5)
Episode 12 Don't Say Goodbye(이승철)
Episode 13 Running Through the Skies(이적)
Episode 14 Love Rain(김태우)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2010 Superstar K2 1st Place (Winner) Won
Soribada Awards[8] Best Male Solo Artist Won
2011 4th Korea Drama Awards Best OST (The Greatest Love - "Don't Forget Me") Won
3rd MelOn Music Awards[9] Top 10 Artists (Bonsang) Nominated
Best New Artist Won
13th Mnet Asian Music Awards[10] Best New Male Artist Won
Best OST Nominated
Best Vocal Performance - Solo Nominated
19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Popular Music Top Honor Won
Bugs Music Awards Netizens' Popularity Award Nominated
Best Solo Artist Won
Ballad of the Year ("Hello") Won
2012 26th Golden Disk Awards Best Newcomer Won
1st Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards[11] Best New Male Solo Artist of the Year Won
4th MelOn Music Awards Top 10 Artists (Bonsang) Won
27th Golden Disk Awards Digital Music Bonsang ("The Person Who Once Loved Me") Won
22nd Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Won
2013 5th MelOn Music Awards Best R&B/Ballad ("Monodrama" - tied with K.Will) Won
2014 16th Mnet Music Awards Best Collaboration ("Break Up to Make Up" with A Pink's Eunji) Nominated

Music Programs[edit]

M! Countdown

Year Date Song
2011 29 September "Hello"

Music Bank

Year Date Song
2011 30 September "Hello"

Mnet KM Music Triangle

Year Date Song
2013 13 February (Ballad Chart) "Monodrama" (with Yoo Seung Woo)

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