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|Also known as||Koyotae|
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Genres||K-pop, dance music, hip hop|
|Years active||1998 - Present|
2012 KYT Entertainment
|Members||Kim Jong Min
|Past members||Cha Seung Min
Kim Young Wan
Jung Myung Hoon
Koyote (코요태) is a popular South Korean dance and hip hop group consisting of members Kim Jong Min, Shin Ji, and Bbaek Ga. The group first debuted in 1999 with Shin Ji, Cha Seung Min, and Kim Goo. As a group, they are known for their catchy dance/pop songs, which have been their trademark. In 2005, Koyote won the KBS daesang (대상) (the Korean equivalent of the Grammy Award) for "Artist of the Year".
Group Name Meaning/History source:http://forums.soompi.com/discussion/674/ultimate-koyotae/p1 한자어 "고요태(高耀太)" 높을고(高), 빛날요(耀), 클태(太), meaning "높고 크게 빛나라". "rise and shine brightly" During 1st and 2nd Albums they used 'Koyotae//고요태' But because in english 고요태 is spelled with a 'K' and doesnt the end w/ a KoyoTAE They officially changed it to 'Koyote//코요태' to make sense during 3rdAlbum
Kim Jong Min
Kim Jong Min (김종민) (born September 24, 1979) has been with the group since the third album. He was background dancer for Uhm Jung-Hwa before joining with Koyote. He has been the male vocal of the group, as well as its most prominent member in terms of public appearances. Kim Jong Min has been notable for being a popular mainstay of many Korean variety shows (such as KBS's Heroine 6 and SBS' Love Letter), as he has become a goofy, naïve "character" known for silly comments and actions. In 2006, he won the Best Entertainer Award from the KBS' drama awards. He had also been dating Yoo Hyun Young (유현영) but broke up recently due to her busy schedule and his military service. As of December 18, 2009, he had finished his 2-years military service and is now a member of the show 1 Night 2 Days (1박2일) (of which he was originally a regular cast member, but left earlier due to military service).
His return to the showbiz after military service was met with harsh criticism as many felt that he was not performing well. But his determination pulled him through the low tides.
For the song "Return", he came up with the dance choreography from observing then-current dance patterns in many places.
Apart from the weekly show 1 Night 2 Days, he is also one of the co-host for a cooking show. In April 2011, after years of performing as a group, Kim Jong Min released his very first EP "Oppa Find Strength".
Shin Ji (신지) (born November 18, 1981) is the only original member remaining in the group since Koyote debuted. Notable as the main lead singer in the group, her unique vocal and her ability to reach high pitch notes won over many fans and impressed many listeners.
She has also been noted for her weight loss in the early 2000s, and has been jokingly called the man of the group (when compared to the relative weakness of Kim Jong Min).
Not only is she a singer, she is also an actress. In "Unstoppable High Kick", she plays the role of divorcee whose ambition is to become a music composer. Her lovable character won a MBC award in 2007.
In one of the Korean variety show, she teared when asked about Kim Jong Min's absence (due to military service) showing her weak side. She shocked many fans and viewers during a solo performance of a ballad as she was seemingly nervous and shaking throughout the performance. She admitted in talk shows that despite so many years performing on stage, she was not accustomed to performing alone on stage, another weakness which she is still trying to overcome.
In 14 July 2009, she collapsed at home due to exhaustion. Fortunately, she returned to showbiz in pink health.
She has released the digital single "Always" which was used as soundtrack for anime game Yogurting and has debut her own solo album in 2009 to prevent the replacement of Kim Jong Min's position in Koyote.
Bbaek Ga (빽가) (born May 14, 1981),real name Baek Sung Hyun (백성현), has been in the group since 2004, making his debut for the sixth album, taking on the role as the rapper of the group.
He went for his mandatory military time on 15 October 2009. But in December 2009, he was diagnosed with brain tumor while serving his mandatory time in military. He undergone a brain surgery on January 2010. His operation was a success and he took time off to recover with the support of his family and friends.
He has been working behind the scene as a photographer. For Koyote's mini album "Return", although he was not able to perform, but he took on the role of the photographer for the mini album photos.
In 2011, Baekga made a comeback with Koyote and released a new mini album "Good Good Han Koyote" on 18 August 2011.
Cha Seung Min
Cha Seung Min (차승민) (born June 12, 1979) was the male vocalist for the first and second album. Cha Seung Min left to the U.S. for abroad studies. He was raised in Annandale, Virginia area before being discovered. Kim Jong Min replaced him starting from their third album.
Kim Young Wan
Kim Young Wan (김영완) (born May 17, 1970)
Jung Myung Hoon
Jung Myung Hoon (정명훈) (born February 21, 1982) replaced Kim Young Wan for the fifth album. He was previously a member of the group OPPA and PLT. He left to serve his compulsory duties for the military. Bbaek Ga replaced him starting from their sixth album.
- In 2000, Richie Ren firstly covered "Soonjeong (순정)" in Mandarin-Chinese version as "A Dragon" (一條龍), premiered at Taiwan Golden Dragon Baseball Championship (金龍旗棒球賽).
- In July 2006, Japanese artist, DJ OZMA, released a cover version of Koyote's debut single "Soonjeong (순정)". The title was transliterated as "Sunjon" (純情-スンジョン).
- (Korean) http://people.search.naver.com/search.naver?sm=tab_txc&where=people_profile&ie=utf8&query=%EC%BD%94%EC%9A%94%ED%83%9C&os=158812
- (Korean) http://news.sbs.co.kr/section_news/news_read.jsp?news_id=N1000682561
- KBS Artist Search – Koyote