Eli Kim

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Eli Kim
Born (1991-03-13) March 13, 1991 (age 23)
Washington, D.C.
Origin South Korea and Washington, D.C.
Genres Pop, R&B, dance
Years active 2008 (2008)–present
Labels NH Media/KT Music (South Korea)
Universal Records (Philippines)
Avex Trax (Japan)
Website u-kiss.co.kr
Eli Kim
Hangul 김경재
Revised Romanization Gim Gyeongjae
McCune–Reischauer Kim Kyǒngjae

Kim Kyoungjae (Hangul: 김경재; born March 13, 1991), popularly known as Eli Kim, is a Korean-American singer and one of the six-member Korean boyband, U-KISS under NH Media Entertainment. Eli is very well known as a trainee for Taekwondo and Kung Fu. He is main rapper of the group and one of the three English-speaking members of UKISS along with AJ and Kevin (and ex-member Alexander).



Eli (short for Ellison) was born in Los Angeles, CA by his Korean parents, but spent most of his years in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has a younger sister named Minah and an older sister named Hannah.[1] He attended Ni River Middle School and Riverbend High School in Virginia.[2] After dropping out of high school, he went alone to Beijing, China at the age of 15 to pursue his studies where he also learned Mandarin. He studied the techniques for Taekwondo and Kung Fu for 12 years, opening an opportunity for him to cast as an extra-artist in a Chinese movie. He is fluent in both English and Mandarin.


Group photo of U-Kiss taken at the press conference for Dream Concert 2013 in 11May2013

Eli is the fourth addition to a Korean boyband, U-KISS which was formed by NH Media Entertainment in 2008.[3] They were launched in Power of Atamix in Japan alongside other Korean boybands such as Paran.[4] They also debuted in South Korea days later. They released their first mini-album N-Generation and first music video, Not Young.[5]

Other activities[edit]

On January 2010, Eli and ex-member Kibum starred in a Thai-Korean drama, Autumn Destiny, with Thai actor, Mario Maurer.[6] Eli and Kibum's voices were dubbed since they could not speak Thai.

Eli has appeared on many variety shows. He was one of the hosts for a variety show, Raising Idol along with co-U-KISS member Shin Dongho, MBLAQ's Thunder and Shinee's Key.[7] He appeared on MBC's We Are Dating on December 24, 2010 where he showed his Casanova type of being a man.[8] He also appeared as an emcee at the segment All About You on the show "Pops In Seoul" on Arirang TV, along with fellow U-KISS members, Alexander and Kevin.[9] He also act as an emcee in the new show Fusion with Park Myung-soo under MBC which premiered on April 1.[10]

Eli is also known as The Pigeon because of his good imitation of a bird. This was featured on the groups reality show, UKiss Vampire when he tried to copy how a pigeon eats through its beak.[11]

On April 18, 2011, Eli was injured during a rehearsal.[12] He fractured his right hand,[13] and underwent surgery.[14] The hospital stated that it wouldn't be difficult for Eli to perform, and he managed to perform with a cast on his right arm.[15]

On April 27, 2011, Eli and Kevin went to Hong Kong for a special street date with their Hong Kong fans for their show “Star Date with U-KISS in Hong Kong” special. This was sponsored by Binggrae, which aims to connect the fans all over the world to Hallyu stars to encourage cultural exchanges. The special was aired through Arirang TV on May 3.[16][17]

Eli, with co-members Dongho and Kiseop, were cast in a MBC sitcom titled, Real School.[18] The trio acted in a 40-episode series, transforming into high school students who reside at an ‘English Village’ in an attempt to face and crack their fear of speaking English.[19][20]

In November 2012, Eli along with NS Yoon-G were chosen to host a new weekly English show, "K-POP Tasty Road" on the Olive TV (and on Mnet (TV channel) in the United States and various other countries). The show gives K-POP fans a sense of where celebrities of the Hallyu eat, play, work, and shop. The first episode was aired on November 10, 2012.[21]

Mini album and album release[edit]

Main article: U-KISS

Eli is a member of the Korean boyband, U-KISS. The group launched their first mini album, N-Generation with their hit single Not Young in August 2008.[22] They portrayed a cute image. Their second mini album, Bring It Back 2 Old School was released on the 11th of February, 2009 with their carrier single, "I Like You". It features the members sporting old school hairstyles dancing to Korean pop in the late 1990s, which represented the concept of the second mini album.[23] The second track they promoted was "Talk To Me", although it had no links to the Old School concept.

On November 5, 2009, U-KISS returned with a manly get-up on their third mini album, ContiUkiss. The title track Man Man Ha Ni (Am I That Easy?) helped raise their popularity in South Korea.[24]

Their first full length album, Only One, was released on February 3, 2010. This heightened their popularity outside Korea such as Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Promotional tracks include "Bingeul Bingeul (Round and Round)", and "Mworago (What)".[25]

On October 4, 2010, the fourth mini album Break Time further advocated their manly image.[26] It features the title track, "Shut Up!".[27] The group also released their fifth mini album entitled Bran New Kiss in March 30, 2011.[28] On the same day, the music video for their carrier single, "0330" was released and gained positive reviews.[29] This was the first album of the group with the new members, AJ and Hoon, who joined the U-Kiss family after the release of Alexander and Kibum.

Their second full-length album, Neverland, was released on September 1, 2011 along with the music video. It was preceded by the teaser, released on August 25, which was followed by the promotional single Someday the next day, August 26. The majority of the tracks on the album was produced by MARCAN Entertainment, a multi-mega hit producer team.


Reality-Variety shows[edit]

Year Information
  • All About U-KISS
  • You Know U-KISS
  • Midnight idols with u-kiss
  • UKISS Vampire
  • Chef's Kiss
  • Raising Idol (DongHo's English TA)
  • Made in BS Japan
  • K-POP Tasty Road


Year Title
2010 Autumn's Destiny (Thai-Korean drama)
  • Real School (Sitcom) Ep. 12
TBA Full House (Chinese Drama)


  1. ^ https://www.twitter.com/#!/u_kisseli/status/130812569345720320
  2. ^ Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States of America. Koreaembassyusa.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  3. ^ U-KISS – boyband – kpop. Jpopasia.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  4. ^ (2 Years of Kisses) 080815 (Power of ATAMIX) U-Kiss – Not Young (Kibum Fancam). casttv.com video
  5. ^ U-KISS biography. Artistwiki.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  6. ^ [Thai Drama 2010] Autumn Destiny ~ ใต้ฟ้าตะวันเดียว – soompi forums. Soompi.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  7. ^ Dongho, Eli, Thunder and Key to host a new variety show. Allkpop.com (2010-03-02). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  8. ^ U-KISS’s Eli shows his “Cassanova” side on “We Are Dating”. Allkpop.com (2010-12-23). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  9. ^ Retrieved July 2, 2011. Arirang.co.kr. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  10. ^ Retrieved July 2, 2011. U-KISS Eli to host Fusion. Dazebaby.webs.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  11. ^ Retrieved July 2, 2011. Allkpop.com (2010-01-11). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  12. ^ U-Kiss' Eli Breaks Hand During Dance Practice. Soompi.com (2010-10-18). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  13. ^ [Coffee Break News] U-Kiss Eli rushed to ER for arm injury! – Korean Updates. Koreanupdates.com (2010-10-18). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  14. ^ Eli of U-Kiss to receive surgery for his fractured arm. Allkpop.com (2010-10-19). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  15. ^ Injured U-KISS members show fighting spirit on stage. Allkpop.com (2010-10-23). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  16. ^ Retrieved July 2, 2011. Allkpop.com (2011-04-27). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  17. ^ U-KISS’ Eli & Kevin reveal their ideal woman’s traits. Allkpop.com (2011-02-11). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  18. ^ Teaser for “Real School” starring U-Kiss’s Dongho, Eli, and Ki Sub revealed. Allkpop.com (2011-01-05). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  19. ^ U-Kiss’s Dongho, Eli, and Ki Sub to act in new sitcom, ‘Real School’. Allkpop.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  20. ^ Viewers anticipate “Real School” in MBC’s new 2011 lineup. Allkpop.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  21. ^ NS Yoon-G and U-KISS’s Eli chosen to host new show ‘K-Pop Tasty Road’. Allkpop.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-28.
  22. ^ U-KISS – Not Young (Ver. 2 – Dailymotion-Video. Dailymotion.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  23. ^ Events. Mikie Holiday. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  24. ^ ContiUkiss – U-KISS (유키스) Photo (19399125). Fanpop. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  25. ^ UKiss to release 1st full length album on 3rd February with title song ‘Without You’ – AsianFanatics Forum. Asianfanatics.net (2010-01-26). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  26. ^ [1][dead link]
  27. ^ U-Kiss Released ‘Shut Up’ Music Video And Performs On M! Countdown U-Kiss Released ‘Shut Up’ Music Video And Performs On M! Countdown – Pinoyhalo. Pinoyhalo.com (2010-10-07). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  28. ^ U-KISS releases fifth mini album, “Bran New KISS”. Allkpop.com (2011-03-29). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  29. ^ U-Kiss released “0330″ MV! | Hallyu Wave Zone. Hallyuwavezone.wordpress.com (2011-03-30). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.

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