Megan Lee

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Megan Lee
Born (1995-09-18) September 18, 1995 (age 19)
United States California
Genres K-pop, Folk-pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2008-present
Labels South Korea SoulShop Entertainment
South Korea LOEN Entertainment (Distribution Company)
Associated acts Kim Tae-woo
Yong Jun-hyung (BEAST)
Website HelloMeganLee.com/
Notable instruments
guitar

Megan Lee (Hangul: 이혜린; RR: Lee Hye-rin) is a Korean American singer, songwriter, and actress most known for her singing talents on YouTube. From February 2013, Megan Lee was signed to Kim Tae-woo's (former lead singer of g.o.d) label, Soul Shop Entertainment up until November 2014.[1][2]

History[edit]

Megan officially began her professional career in acting, singing, and dancing at the age of 10. She has appeared in numerous national commercials including spots for McDonald's, Verizon, and Nintendo (the Nintendo DS), Bratz, Wal-Mart, Big Lots, Trix as well as TV programs such as the Crash TV series, Kidz Bop, Nickelodeon's iCarly, Nickelodeon's Kid Choice Awards, Disney's Get Connected, 3 Minute Game Show & various independent film projects, and most recently, South Korea's popular show, MBC Star Audition - The Great Birth (위대한 탄생) Season 1 (and Season 2) on one of South Korea's main broadcast networks (MBC). On Season 2 of MBC's Star Audition, Lena Park personally selected Megan over a number of other competitors to be Megan's mentor. She also finished in the Top 13 of contestants at the end of Season 2.[3]

Film and television[edit]

In 2008, Megan had won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Best Speech Contest at the 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. Megan Lee played Hyori in the Short Film/Music Video My First Crush, directed by Rocky Jo, with Arden Cho starring as the older Hyori.[4] Also in 2008, Megan starred as "Julie" in several episodes of Disney's TV Series, "Disney Get Connected." She also played "Ji Sun" in an episode of Crash alongside Dennis Hopper, Tom Sizemore, Brian Tee and Kelvin Han Yee.

Music[edit]

Megan writes her own original songs and released three singles as an independent artist, "In The Future", "Love, Laugh & Live" and "Destiny." "Love, Laugh & Live" was Megan's first official music video and was shot and directed by Steve Nguyen in 2011.[5] "Destiny" was also made into a music video, and was directed by Timothy Tau.[6][7] Megan Lee has also released a music video and track with Kim Tae-woo entitled "Oppa".

Megan's official debut track during her time on Soul Shop Entertainment was entitled "8dayz" (read as 8 Days), which was released on May 15, 2014.[8] The track features B2ST's Yong Jun-hyung, and is also composed by German composers Andreas Bärtels and Rüdiger Schramm, who also composed a track for veteran K-pop singer Nami.[9]

Megan Lee and her vocals are also featured in the g.o.d reunion track, "The Story of Our Lives."[10] The music video for the song was released on July 11, 2014, and is the first time the band g.o.d has sung together in over 10 years.[11][12]

On November 10, 2014, Megan Lee filed a civil lawsuit with the Seoul District Court against Soul Shop Entertainment requesting nullification of her 5 year contract.[13] Megan, along with her representation, claimed that she was severely verbally abused by some of the members of management, and that intimidation tactics were used to impose their will on her career. She also claimed that a contract was signed on her behalf without her consent, a fraudulent bank account in her name was made without her consent, and that the financial activity regarding her career with Soul Shop was not made transparent as it was promised to her in their initial agreement with the label.[14]

YouTube[edit]

Megan is most likely known for her covers of songs which she posts onto YouTube. Among the songs she has covered that have received significant views include a cover of Christina Aguilera's "I Will Be", Bruno Mars' "Lazy Song", Lil Wayne's "How to Love", Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill you)" and others. She has also covered other songs and collaborated with other YouTube artists, for example, in 2011, she covered "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green with Arden Cho.[15] In 2011, Megan also won 2NE1's "Lonely" Cover Contest with her cover of 2NE1's single "Lonely", and was flown to Korea to meet with the group. She also made a cover of Adele's "Someone Like You" on YouTube with Sungha Jung. In 2012 she won a Cover Contest sponsored by Jason Mraz and Warner Music Korea, and collaborated with Mraz in a duet for his track, "Lucky" which is viewable on YouTube.[16] She has also performed and recorded a number of duets with acoustic guitarist Sungha Jung, covering famous K-pop songs such as "Monster" by BIGBANG.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Megan Lee's Facebook Fan Page". 
  2. ^ pkdance, AllKPop, ‘Birth of a Great Star’ contestant Megan Lee signs with Soul Shop Entertainment, http://www.allkpop.com/2013/02/birth-of-a-great-star-contestant-megan-lee-signs-with-soul-shop-entertainment
  3. ^ MTV K, Homeland Love: Korean-Americans Crash the Korean Music Scene, http://www.mtvk.com/articles/homeland-love-korean-americans-crash-the-korean-music-scene/
  4. ^ "My First Crush". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Music video: "love laugh & live" by Megan Lee". angryasianman.com. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  6. ^ AllKPop, Youtube sensation Megan Lee releases teaser for "Destiny", http://www.allkpop.com/2011/09/youtube-sensation-megan-lee-releases-teaser-for-destiny
  7. ^ a-Tunes.net, Discover Megan Lee's "Destiny", http://a-tunes.net/2011/09/18/discover-megan-lees-destiny-music-video/ ("As the previously released preview suggested, the teen star and her team chose to go a different route this time by going in a slightly more mature direction to match the inspirational tone of the track – a good choice. And to be quite frank, this may be my favorite visual release by Megan yet.")
  8. ^ AllKpop, Megan Lee releases teaser for her debut song '8dayz', http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/05/megan-lee-releases-teaser-for-her-debut-song-8dayz
  9. ^ Soompi.com, YouTube Star Megan Lee Drops Debut Track “8dayz” Teaser feat. Beast’s Yong Jun Hyung, http://www.soompi.com/2014/05/11/youtube-star-megan-lee-drops-debut-track-8dayz-teaser-feat-beasts-yong-jun-hyung/#.U3HPO_ldV8E
  10. ^ Daily KPop News, god release MV for 'The Story of Our Lives' featuring Megan Lee, http://www.dkpopnews.net/2014/07/god-release-mv-for-story-of-our-lives.html
  11. ^ Carol, G.O.D TELLS “THE STORY OF OUR LIVES” FEAT. MEGAN LEE [MV], http://24-7kpop.com/g-o-d-tells-the-story-of-our-lives-feat-megan-lee-mv/
  12. ^ snoopy, g.o.d.: “The Story of Our Lives” (Featuring Megan Lee), http://koreandramareviews.com/g-o-d-the-story-of-our-lives-featuring-megan-lee/
  13. ^ allkpop.com, Megan Lee files lawsuit requesting nullification of contract + Soul Shop Entertainment responds, http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/11/megan-lee-files-lawsuit-requesting-nullification-of-contract-soul-shop-entertainment-responds
  14. ^ Soompi.com, Megan Lee Reveals Reasons for Soul Shop Lawsuit, Claims She Was Verbally Abused by Kim Tae Woo’s Wife, http://www.soompi.com/2014/11/27/megan-lee-reveals-reasons-for-soul-shop-lawsuit-claims-she-was-verbally-abused-by-kim-tae-woos-wife/
  15. ^ Kamel, Marina (March 27, 2011). "Adren Cho and Megan Lee Cover "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green (Glee Version)". audrey Magazine. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  16. ^ a-Tunes.net, Megan Lee Duets "Lucky" with Jason Mraz, http://a-tunes.net/2012/06/11/megan-lee-duets-lucky-with-jason-mraz/
  17. ^ iTunes, Monster - Megan Lee and Sungha Jang, https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/monster-single/id550156533

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