Sunny (singer)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
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Background information
Native name 이순규 (Lee Soon-kyu)
Birth name Susan Soonkyu Lee[1]
Also known as Sunny
Born (1989-05-15) May 15, 1989 (age 25)[1]
Orange County, California, United States[1]
Genres K-pop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, radio personality
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2007–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 이순규
Revised Romanization I Sun-gyu
McCune–Reischauer Yi Sun-gyu
Stage name
Hangul 써니
Revised Romanization Sseoni
McCune–Reischauer Ssŏni

Lee Soon-kyu (Hangul: 이순규; hanja: 李純揆;[2] born May 15, 1989),[1] better known by the stage name Sunny (Hangul: 써니), is an American-born Korean[3] singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation.


Sunny was born on May 15, 1989 in Orange County, California,[1] and moved to Kuwait while she was still an infant. Her family moved to South Korea around the time of the Gulf War.[3] She shares the same birthday with her two older sisters (Lee Eun-kyu and Lee Jin-kyu). Her father was in the college band Hwaljooro with Bae Chul-soo.[4] She is the niece of Lee Soo-man, the founder of SM Entertainment.[5]

In 1998, Sunny entered Starlight Entertainment and became a trainee for five years before transferring to Starworld where she became a member of a duo called Sugar, which never debuted.[4][6]

In 2007, Sunny was recommended by the singer Ayumi, who was transferred to SM Entertainment.[6] After several months of training under SM Entertainment, Sunny debuted as a member of Girls' Generation that same year.

Music career[edit]

Girls' Generation[edit]

Main article: Girls' Generation

Girls' Generation is a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007. The girl group now consists of eight members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun after Jessica was removed from the group.

Solo activities[edit]

Sunny has contributed as a solo artist for several soundtracks, singing the theme song "You Don't Know About Love" for the SBS drama Working Mom (2008), "Finally Now" for IPTV's Story of Wine film (2009) and "Your Doll" for SBS's Oh! My Lady (2010).

She was featured on the MBC drama Heading to the Ground soundtrack (2009), singing a duet with Taeyeon in the song It's Love which became #1 on the Cyworld realtime chart[7] and another song titled Motion performed with the vocal line of the group.

Sunny and fellow group members Jessica, Seohyun, Tiffany and Taeyeon (along with boy band 2PM) sang the promotional song "Cabi" for the Korean water park Caribbean Bay.

She participated in the S.E.O.U.L. song project along with Super Junior's Kyuhyun, Leeteuk, Ryeowook, Sungmin, Siwon, Donghae and fellow group members Seohyun, Sooyoung, Jessica and Taeyeon.

Sunny was featured in Brown Eyed Girls's female rapper Miryo's track "I Love You, I Love You" from her first solo mini album Miryo A.K.A JoHoney in 2012.[8]

She also sang a duet soundtrack in 2012 with fellow labelmate Luna from Korean idol girl group f(x) in a song "It's Me" for the drama series To the Beautiful You.

In 2013, Sunny sang a soundtrack titled "The 2nd Drawer" for MBC's drama "The Queen's Classroom". She also took part in end of the year SBS Gayo Daejun: Friendship Project "You Are A Miracle" along with fellow group members Seohyun, Yuri, Tiffany and various Korean artists.

Songwriter and composer[edit]

Sunny wrote and composed the logo song to her new radio show, Sunny's FM Date on MBC FM4U. Her self-written and composed song was first heard on the third part of her radio show, FM Date, that first aired on May 12, 2014.[9]

Acting and TV show career[edit]

Voice acting[edit]

Sunny took part in voice acting for the animated film Koala Kid: Birth of A Hero with fellow labelmate Taemin from SHINee.[10]

She did the dubbing for the animation movie Rio 2 together with ZE:A's Siwan. Sunny's voice was the one behind the Jewel character, while Siwan took the role of Blu.[11]


Sunny played the lead role of ‘Brenda Strong’ in the Korean production of Broadway musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’, which was opened on March 28, 2012 and with a scheduled run till June 10, 2012.[12] Her performance received positive critical review[13] and was nominated for Best New Actress in the 6th 'The Musical Awards',[14] South Korea's equivalent of Broadway's Tony Award. Sunny returned as Brenda in ‘Catch Me If You Can’ who will run from December 14 through February 9, 2013 at the Seongam Arts Center Opera House.[15]

Sunny is acting as ‘Kathy Selden’ the lead female role in the SM Entertainment production of Broadway musical Singin' in the Rain. The musical is scheduled to run from June 5, 2014 to August 3, 2014 at the Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul.[16][17]

Sunny made cameo appearance in KBS2 drama 'Unstoppable Marriage' in 2008, she also appeared in MBC drama 'Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun' in 2009 and in 2011 had a cameo appearance alongside with all members of Girls' Generation in Japanese Fuji TV drama 'Sazae-san: special 3'.

TV shows[edit]

She was a permanent member on the show Star Golden Bell until Girls' Generation's song "Oh!" came out.

Sunny alongside with Yuri was a part of reality show Invincible Youth in which they were a part of G7, consisting of 7 girls from idol groups.[18] Due to Girls' Generation's Japanese debut and other activities, Sunny left the show, along with Hyuna and Yuri, in June 2010.[19]

On October 17, 2011, it was confirmed that Sunny would be joining for the second season of Invincible Youth 2, a Korean reality show alongside with Hyoyeon. She is the only returning member from original G7.

On July 6, 2012, a representative from S.M. Entertainment reported to the media, that Sunny would no longer be a regular casting member along with the members of G6 from Invincible Youth 2. The July 7, 2012, episode of Invincible Youth 2, was the last episode that Sunny appeared as a permanent member.

Sunny made a surprise appearance on tvN's popular show Grandpas Over Flowers 2 in 2013. She was requested by the Grandpas Over Flowers 2 staff to surprise actor Lee Seo Jin who is her fan. Sunny secretly departed for Taiwan to film for the reality show regardless of her busy schedule. She received praise for her Grandpas Over Flowers 2 appearance not only from staff and cast of the reality show but also from Korean viewers.[20]

On September 11, 2014, it was revealed that Sunny was confirmed for the second season of Roommate, with the new name It's Okay, Roommate, which began on September 21, 2014.

Hosting career[edit]

Radio hosting[edit]

Since her debut in 2007, Sunny has been a fixed guest on Kim Shinyoung’s Shim Shim Tapa.

She was a co-DJ (with Super Junior's Sungmin) of the radio show Chunji until the broadcast ended in July 2008. But prior to becoming a co-DJ, she was a fixed guest of the said radio show for several months.

In 2009, Sunny was a weekly guest on Taeyeon's Chin Chin Radio, appearing every Thursday alongside Park Ki Young for their "Girls Talk" corner. Sunny left the show on October 2009.

Sunny is currently the DJ for MBC FM4U’s FM Date. The show airs every night for 2 hours at 8:00 to 10:00PM KST. The program gives a warm, comfortable atmosphere during after-work hours. She started hosting the show on May 12, 2014.[21]

Television hosting[edit]

She co-hosted a music show called The M with Kim Hyung Jun of SS501 and Im Seulong of 2AM but had to leave the show due to her busy schedules. Her last appearance as an MC for the show was on April 4, 2010.[22]

Sunny, along with other notable celebrities, was part of the star-studded cast on SBS MTV's Music Island, she was the main MC of this show, making it her first time as a solo TV presenter.[23]


Soundtrack appearances and solo performances[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2007 SBS Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son "Touch the Sky" 03:49 With Taeyeon, Jessica, Seohyun and Tiffany
2008 SBS Working Mom "You Don't Know About Love" 03:33 Solo
KBS Hong Gildong "The Little Boat (작은 배)" 03:27 With Taeyeon, Jessica, Seohyun and Tiffany
N/A "Haptic Motion" 01:31 With Jessica, Taeyeon and Seohyun
2009 IPTV Story of Wine "Finally Now" 04:11 Solo
MBC Heading To The Ground "It's Love" 04:15 Duet with Taeyeon
"Motion" 04:06 With Taeyeon, Jessica, Seohyun and Tiffany
N/A "S.E.O.U.L." 03:47 With Jessica, Taeyeon, Seohyun and Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Donghae and Leeteuk of Super Junior
N/A "I Can't Bear Anymore (Bear Song)" 02:43 With Jessica, Taeyeon and Seohyun
2010 SBS Oh! My Lady "Your Doll" 03:49 Solo
N/A "Cabi Song" 03:19 With Jessica, Taeyeon, Tiffany, Seohyun, Yuri, Chansung, Junsu, Taecyeon
N/A "Cooky" 02:50 With Jessica, Tiffany and Seohyun
My Friend Haechi "Haechi Song" (해치송)[24] 03:26 With Taeyeon, Jessica, Tiffany and Seohyun
2012 Miryo A.K.A JoHoney "I Love You, I Love You" 04:10 Duet with Miryo
SBS To The Beautiful You "It`s Me" 03:42 Duet with Luna
2013 MBC The Queen's Classroom "The 2nd Drawer" 03:46 Solo
SBS Gayo Daejun: Friendship Project "You Are A Miracle" 06:11 With Various Artists
2014 Make Your Move "Cheap Creeper" 03:01 With Jessica, Taeyeon, Tiffany & Seohyun
Hwang Sung Je Project Super Hero "First Kiss" 03:25 Solo


Year Title Peak positions Album
Gaon[25] Billboard K-pop Hot 100
2010 "Your Doll" 88 SBS Oh! My Lady OST
2012 "It's Me" (with Luna) 25 16 SBS To The Beautiful You OST
2013 "The 2nd Drawer" 107 76 MBC The Queen's Classroom OST

Featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
Gaon[25] Billboard K-pop Hot 100
2012 "I Love You, I Love You"
(Miryo feat. Sunny of Girls' Generation)



Year Title Role Other notes
2012 Koala Kid: Birth of A Hero Miranda (voice-over) Korean version
I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Biographical film of SM Town[26]
2014 Rio 2 Jewel (voice-over) Korean version

Television dramas[edit]

Year Network Title Role
2008 KBS2 Unstoppable Marriage Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang (cameo)
2009 MBC Tae-hee, Hye-kyo, Ji-hyun! Sunny (cameo)
2011 Fuji TV Sazae-san: Special 3 Sunny (cameo)

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role
2008–2011 Star King Episode 54, 100, 105, 106, 131, 132, 143, 144, 147, 159, 172, 174, 179, 208
2008 MTV UFO Attack Along with Tiffany, Hyoyeon
2009 Flower Boys Generation With Jessica and Hyoyeon
Radio Star Along with Jessica, Tiffany, Sooyoung
KBS Joy See You Later As herself (Episode 8)
SBS 1000 Song Challenge Along with Jessica
SBS Quiz Sixth Sense Along with Tiffany
SBS Ya Shim Man Man 2 Along with Yuri, Sooyoung, and Yoona (Episode 53)
MBC Sweet Girl Along with Jessica, Sooyoung
Strong Heart Along with Yuri (Episode 6)
KBS Sang Sang Plus Along with Tiffany and Yoona (Episode 259)
Star Golden Bell As herself (Episode 224, 261, 262, 263, 274)
We Got Married (Season 1) Episode 42, 45, 47, 49, 51, 52
2009–2010 The M Co-hosted with SS501's Kim Hyung-jun and 2AM's Im Seulong
2009–2010 Invincible Youth Series regular with Yuri (Episode 1–32, 37, 38,51)
2010 We Got Married (Season 2) Episode 69 (On stage)
2011 Running Man Episode 39 along with Yoona
Infinite Challenge Episode 276
2011–2012 Invincible Youth 2 Series regular with Hyoyeon (Episode 1–31)
2012 Music Island Main host
1 vs 100 Contestant
2013 Strong Heart Episode 165, 166
Radio Star Episode 312 with SNSD
Shinhwa Broadcast Episodes 47 and 48 along with Hyoyeon, Taeyeon, Yoona, Yuri and Sooyoung[27]
Real Men Narrator with Seohyun
Grandpa Over Flowers 2 Episode 9, 10,11,14
Quiz to Change the World Hosted one episode as Special MC
Infinite Challenge Episode 361–362
2014 Radio Star Episode 368 along with Taeyeon, Jessica, Tiffany, and Yuri
Mnet Beatles Code 3D Episode 13 along with Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Hyoyeon
Family’s Dignity: Full House Episode 54 along with Hyoyeon
Superman is Back Episode 22 along with Taeyeon, Tiffany, Sooyoung, and Yoona
Star Gazing Guest
Happy Together Episode 361, Guest
Roommate (Season 2) Series regular

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012–2013 Catch Me If You Can Brenda Strong Lead Role
2014 Singin' in the Rain Kathy Selden

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2008 "Cooking? Cooking!" Super Junior-H Herself
2009 "S.E.O.U.L." Super Junior and Girls' Generation Kindergarten Teacher
2010 Caribbean Bay Girls' Generation & 2PM Herself
2012 I Love You, I Love You Brown Eyed Girls' Miryo Herself

Radio show[edit]

Year Title Note
2007 Shim Shim Tapa Radio Regular Guest
2008 Melon Chunji Radio Co-DJ with Super Junior's Sungmin
2009 KBS Cool FM's Kiss the Radio Special DJ along with Yuri
Chin Chin Radio Regular Guest
2011 KBS Cool FM's Volume Up Radio Special DJ
2014 MBC FM4U's Sunny's FM Date Solo DJ

Hosted events[edit]

Year Date Event Co-host
2008 May 15 MNet Super Concert Sooyoung, Yuri
2013 March 30 Super Joint Concert in Thailand Kim Jong-kook
May 25 RCY’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Ryeowook
2014 September 4 MBC Turn Up The Radio Bae Chul Soo

Television shows hosting[edit]

Year TV Show name Channel Co-host
2009-2010 "The M" MTV Kim Hyung Jun of SS501 and Im Seulong of 2AM
2012 “Music Island” SBS MTV

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Work Result
2010 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Female Multitainer Nominated
2012 The 6th Musical Awards Best New Actress Catch Me If You Can
2013 The 19th Korean Musical Awards


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  2. ^ "Sunny Birth name (Chinese)" (in Korean). September 30, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Invincible Youth, episode 15, aired January 29, 2010
  4. ^ a b (Korean) '소녀시대' 써니, 이수만 SM이사 친조카. StarNews. November 30, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2010
  5. ^ '소녀시대' 써니는 이수만의 조카...아버지도 가수 출신 – 오마이뉴스. (January 18, 2013). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  6. ^ a b (Korean) 소녀시대 써니 SM 이수만 친조카 ‘슈가 후속 그룹 멤버 될 뻔’. November 30, 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
  7. ^ 'Sarang Ingulyo' by SNSD TaeYeon and Sunny up #1 on music charts. (September 24, 2009). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  8. ^ Miryo releases debut album, 'Miryo AKA Johoney' feat. Sunny. (January 31, 2012). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Sunny of Girls’ Generation Debuts as Songwriter and Composer in “FM Date”. (May 14, 2014). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  10. ^ Sunny to Voice-Act in Animated Movie. (December 8, 2011). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  11. ^ Sunny to Take Voice Actress Role for ‘Rio 2′. (November 15, 2013).
  12. ^ Sunny, Key, Kyuhyun, Dana, & more to star in ‘Catch Me If You Can’ musical. (January 28, 2012). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  13. ^ (Korean) '캐치미'의 다섯 색깔 공연(주인공 한 명에 엄기준·김정훈·박광현·규현·키 캐스팅)… 넘치고, 모자라고
  14. ^ Sunny Finishes Her Final Performance of ‘Catch Me If You Can’, Nominated for Award. (May 14, 2012). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  15. ^ Sunny to Return as Brenda in ‘Catch Me If You Can’. (October 24, 2012). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  16. ^ "소녀시대 써니, 뮤지컬 <싱잉 인 더 레인>서 EXO 백현과 호흡". news.hankooki. April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  17. ^ Musical “Singin’ in the Rain” Releases Official Teaser Feat. Sunny, Kyuhyun, Baekhyun, Jay (May 21, 2014). Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  18. ^ (Korean) 걸그룹 멤버들, 또 뭉쳤다...시골 농가서 '1박2일' (Girl Group members, and ... the country united nonggaseo '1 Night 2 Days) Joy News. October 9, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  19. ^ (Korean) ‘하차설 끝내 사실로..’ 유리-써니-현아 19일 ‘청춘불패’ 마지막 녹화, Newsen. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010
  20. ^ Sunny Receives Praise for Her 'Grandpas Over Flowers' AppearanceGirls’ Generation Sunny Surprises Lee Seo Jin for “Grandpas Over Flowers”
  21. ^ Sunny Chosen as New DJ of MBC FM4U’s ‘FM Date’ Radio Show. (May 16, 2014). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  22. ^ (Korean) SS501 형준+소녀시대 써니, 음악프로 MC 발탁 (SS501 Hyung Joon + Girls Sunny, music, professional MC recruited) Money Today. February 4, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  23. ^ Sunny to MC on SBS MTV’s ‘Music Island’. (February 1, 2012). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  24. ^ "내친구 해치 (My Friend Haechi) [Original Soundtrack] – Single". iTunes US Apple. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
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  27. ^ Lee, Nancy (February 8, 2013). "SNSD Members Say They Fought to Appear on Shinhwa Broadcast". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 

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