Kim Ryeowook

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Ryeo-wook
Birth name Kim Ryeo-wook
Also known as Nathan Kim
Born (1987-06-21) 21 June 1987 (age 27) [1]
Incheon, South Korea
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, pianist
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active 2005–present
Labels SM Entertainment
Associated acts Super Junior
Super Junior-K.R.Y.
Super Junior-M
SM Town
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Yeo-uk
McCune–Reischauer Kim Ryŏ-uk

Kim Ryeo-wook (Hangul: 김려욱; hanja: 金厲旭) was born on 21 June 1987,[1] mononymously credited as Ryeowook (Hangul: 려욱). He is a South Korean singer and actor. He is best known as a member of K-pop boy band Super Junior and its subgroups, Super Junior-M and Super Junior-K.R.Y.. He is one of the three main vocalists of Super Junior. Along with four other Super Junior members, he is one of the first Korean artists to appear on Chinese postage stamps.[2]



Ryeowook was discovered through the CMB Youth ChinChin Festival in 2004 and signed a contract with SM Entertainment soon afterwards impressing the judges with his singing talent. Trained in areas of singing, dancing, and acting, Ryeowook placed particular efforts into his vocal training and music composition. He plays piano, and plays accompaniment for fellow members during their solo stages at their concerts.

Before Kyuhyun was added in 2006, Ryeowook was the last to join Super Junior several weeks before their official debut in 2005. Having undergone only two months of training, Ryeowook's late addition was rumored to be a replacement of a previous SM trainee that was supposed to debut as a member of Super Junior 05, the first generation of Super Junior.

2005: Debut with Super Junior[edit]

See also: Super Junior

Ryeowook officially debut as part of 12-member project group Super Junior 05 on 6 November 2005 on SBS's music programme Popular Songs, performing their first single, "Twins (Knock Out)".[3][4] Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released a month later on 5 December 2005 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.[5]

In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. Following the addition of thirteenth member Kyuhyun, the group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior.[6] The re-polished group's first CD single "U" was released on 7 June 2006, which was their most successful single until the release of "Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009.[7] In the fall of 2007, the group released their second official album, Don't Don, which became Super Junior's best-selling album and Korea's second best-selling album of the year.[8]

2006-2008: "U" Single, Sub-group, Acting, Don't Don, SJM[edit]

In late 2006, Ryeowook became a member of Super Junior's first subgroup, Super Junior-K.R.Y.. The trio debuted on November 5, 2006 on KBS's Music Bank.[9] Ryeowook made his acting debut in 2007, in the film, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, a high-school comedy/mystery film, in which he plays the eccentric vice president of the student council. .[10] He was nominated Best Supporting Actor and Best Comedic Performance at the Korean Movie Awards.

In April 2008, he was put into seven-member sub-group Super Junior-M, a Mandopop subgroup of Super Junior for the Chinese music industry. They debuted in China at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards, simultaneously with the release of their first music video, "U" on 8 April 2008. This was followed by the release of the debut Chinese-language studio album, Me in selected provinces in China on 23 April and 2 May in Tawain.[11]

Ryeowook's first composition to be officially released was "Love U More", in the repackaged Sorry, Sorry Version C. He co-wrote the lyrics with fellow Super Junior member Sungmin. Ryeowook is also credited for musical arrangement in the liner notes of the album.

2009-2011: Sorry Sorry, Bonamana, Mr. Simple[edit]

Ryeowook is featured in K.Will's 2009 song "Dropping the Tears". He is also the first member of Super Junior to sing a solo track included in their album, "One Fine Spring Day" was released in Bonamana.

Ryeowook made his musical theatre debut in Temptation of Wolves alongside Park Hyung Sik of ZE:A and Lim Jeong Hee. It ran from 14 July to 30 October 2011 at the COEX Artium.[12]

On 24 February 2012, Ryeowook graduated from Inha University with a major in theater and film studies.[13] On 16 and 23 June, following the footsteps of band mates Yesung and Kyuhyun, Ryeowook joined KBS's Immortal Song 2 with Sunggyu of Infinite, where singers render their own versions of songs from music legends and winners are selected by voting.[14] He took first place in the 11 August episode where singers Lee Sang-woo and Lee Sang-eun were guests.[15] He recorded his last episode on 16 August, which was broadcast on 25 August.[16]

2012: Comeback with Super Junior[edit]

In June 2012, Ryeowook reunited with his Super Junior band mates for their sixth studio album, Sexy, Free & Single for released on 4 July. On 23 June Ryeowook's teaser photo was released showing him with red hair and feathers. He also showed up on Saturday Night Live and star life theater along with Super Junior.[17]

In November 2012, Super Junior K.R.Y. held a concert tour in Japan, Super Junior K.R.Y. Special Winter Concert. They announced that they would be releasing their first single 6 years after debut. The teaser for Promise You was released on November 21, 2012, followed by the single on 23 January 2013.[18] It debuted at number two on the Oricon’s daily singles chart.

2013-present: Comeback with Super Junior-M and Super Junior-K.R.Y.[edit]

On January 7, 2013, Super Junior-M released their second album, Break Down, along with the music video for the lead single of the same name. A press conference took place in Beijing on January 7, and they will promote the album in China.[19]

Promise You on 23 January 2013 was released and debuted at number two on the Oricon’s daily singles chart [20] and got or Oricon no 1.


Soundtrack contributions[edit]

Year Title Track
2007 H.I.T OST "Success"
"H.I.T" (히트)
2010 HARU OST "Angel"
Home Sweet Home OST (Part 3) "Smile Again"
The President OST "Biting my Lips" (입술을 깨물고)
It's Okay, Daddy's Girl OST (Part 3) "Just Like Now"
2011 Spy Myung-wol OST (Part 3) "If You Love Me More"
2012 Yoon Il Sang 21st Anniversary 'I'm 21' "Reminisce"[21]
2013 High School Musical OST "Start Of Something New"
The Queen's Classroom OST "Maybe Tomorrow"



Year Title Role
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Student body vice president
2010 Super Show 3 3D Himself
2012 I AM. - SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Himself [22]
2013 Super Show 4 3D Himself

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network
2009 Intimate Note KBS
2012 Come to Play[23] MBC
2012 Immortal Song 2 KBS
Shinhwa Broadcast[24] JTBC
2014 Super Idol Chart Show Mnet

Music videos appearance[edit]

Year Track Artist
2009 "S.E.O.U.L." Super Junior & Girls' Generation
2010 "When Falling in Love with a Friend" Ryeowook & Beige


Year Name Network
2009 KBS News 10 KBS 2R
2011–present Super Junior Kiss the Radio KBS 2FM

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 Temptation of Wolves Jung Taesung
2013 High School Musical Troy Bolton
2014 Goddess is Watching Lyu Sunho


Year Network Title Role
2009 CCTV Stage Of Youth (青春舞台) Li Xu


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 Korean Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Nominated
Best Comedic Performance Nominated
2012 2011 Golden Ticket Awards[25] Musical Up and Comer Award Temptation of the Wolves Nominated


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  4. ^ "SM Unveils 12-Membered Boy Group Named Super Junior" 27 October 2005. Retrieved 2011-12-25
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  12. ^ "Theater: Temptation of Wolves" Korea Herald. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-29
  13. ^ Lee, Nancy "Super Junior’s Ryeowook Graduates from College" CJ E&M enewsWorld. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-10
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  15. ^ "Super Junior’s Ryeowook takes first place on Immortal Classics 2". Star News. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  16. ^ Lee, Gyeong-Ho (13 August 2012). "Super Junior’s Ryeowook will leave Immortal Songs". Star News. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  17. ^ Ho, Stewart (23 June 2012). "Super Junior Unveils Teasers for Leeteuk and Ryeowook". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  18. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (22 November 2012). "Super Junior-K.R.Y. to Release First Japanese Single Promise You". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  19. ^ Jeon, Su Mi (January 3, 2013). "Super Junior-M to Release Second Studio Album in China". Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  20. ^
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  22. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  23. ^ Ko, Hong Ju (29 May 2012). "Kim Na Young Says Yoo Jae Suk Isn’t All That Nice". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
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