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]

Over the life of her career, Sunny has released several songs for various television dramas and movies. Few of them are her solos, while others are in collaboration with her fellow Girls' Generation's bandmates and other artists.

Her solos include "You Don't Know About Love" for the SBS's drama Working Mom (2008), "Finally Now" for the IPTV's movie Story of Wine (2009), "Your Doll" for the SBS's Oh! My Lady (2010), "The 2nd Drawer" for the MBC's drama The Queen Classroom (2013), and most recently in 2014, "First Kiss" for the Hwang Sung Je Project Super Hero series.

Her duets include "I Love You, I Love You" with Miryo (2012)[7], "It's Me" with Luna for the SBS's To the Beautiful You (2012), and "It's Love" with her Girls' Generation bandmate Taeyeon for the MBC's drama Heading to the Ground (2009).[8] The latter song did not only hit the number one spot in various music charts, but also has been hailed as one of the best soundtracks of the latter half of that year.[9]

Her other collaborations include songs such as "S.E.O.U.L" with Super Junior and other fellow Girls' Generation members to promote tourism for the city of Seoul in South Korea.[10] or "You Are A Miracle" along with various other artists for the 2013's SBS Gayo Daejun: Friendship Project.


Sunny composed the logo song for her 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.[11]

Acting 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.[12]

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.[13]


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.[14] Her performance received positive critical review[15] and was nominated for Best New Actress in the 6th 'The Musical Awards',[16] 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.[17]

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.[18][19]

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'.

Hosting career[edit]

Radio hosting[edit]

In 2007, Sunny was 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.

Starting May 2014, 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.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

Variety show appearances[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.[23] Due to Girls' Generation's Japanese debut and other activities, Sunny left the show, along with Hyuna and Yuri, in June 2010.[24]

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.[25]

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.


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)[26] 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[27] 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[27] Billboard K-pop Hot 100
2012 "I Love You, I Love You"
(Miryo feat. Sunny of Girls' Generation)
56 51 Miryo aka Johoney



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Koala Kid: Birth of A Hero Miranda Voice-over for the Korean-dubbed version
I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Biographical film of SM Town[28]
2014 Rio 2 Jewel Voice-over for the Korean-dubbed version

Television dramas[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
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
2009 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
Invincible Youth Series regular with Yuri (Episode 1–32, 37, 38,51)
2011–2012 Invincible Youth 2 Series regular with Hyoyeon (Episode 1–31)
2012 Music Island Main host
1 vs 100 Contestant
2013 Real Men Narrator with Seohyun
Grandpa Over Flowers 2 Episode 9, 10,11,14
2014 Roommate (Season 2) Regular cast

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 Notes
2008 Melon Chunji Radio Co-DJ with Super Junior's Sungmin
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. ^ Miryo releases debut album, 'Miryo AKA Johoney' feat. Sunny. (January 31, 2012). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  8. ^ Heading to the Ground OST (MBC TV Drama) (October 15, 2009). Retrieved on July 20, 2014.
  9. ^ Heading to the Ground OST Released (October 14, 2009). Retrieved on July 20, 2014.
  10. ^ Girls' Generation and Super Junior's "Seoul Song" on SM Entertainment's Official YouTube Channel (July 7, 2011). Retrieved on July 20, 2014.
  11. ^ Sunny of Girls’ Generation Debuts as Songwriter and Composer in “FM Date”. (May 14, 2014). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  12. ^ Sunny to Voice-Act in Animated Movie. (December 8, 2011). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  13. ^ Sunny to Take Voice Actress Role for ‘Rio 2′. (November 15, 2013).
  14. ^ Sunny, Key, Kyuhyun, Dana, & more to star in ‘Catch Me If You Can’ musical. (January 28, 2012). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  15. ^ (Korean) '캐치미'의 다섯 색깔 공연(주인공 한 명에 엄기준·김정훈·박광현·규현·키 캐스팅)… 넘치고, 모자라고
  16. ^ Sunny Finishes Her Final Performance of ‘Catch Me If You Can’, Nominated for Award. (May 14, 2012). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  17. ^ Sunny to Return as Brenda in ‘Catch Me If You Can’. (October 24, 2012). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  18. ^ "소녀시대 써니, 뮤지컬 <싱잉 인 더 레인>서 EXO 백현과 호흡". news.hankooki. April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  19. ^ Musical “Singin’ in the Rain” Releases Official Teaser Feat. Sunny, Kyuhyun, Baekhyun, Jay (May 21, 2014). Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  20. ^ Sunny Chosen as New DJ of MBC FM4U’s ‘FM Date’ Radio Show. (May 16, 2014). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  21. ^ (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.
  22. ^ Sunny to MC on SBS MTV’s ‘Music Island’. (February 1, 2012). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  23. ^ (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.
  24. ^ (Korean) ‘하차설 끝내 사실로..’ 유리-써니-현아 19일 ‘청춘불패’ 마지막 녹화, Newsen. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010
  25. ^ Sunny Receives Praise for Her 'Grandpas Over Flowers' AppearanceGirls’ Generation Sunny Surprises Lee Seo Jin for “Grandpas Over Flowers”
  26. ^ "내친구 해치 (My Friend Haechi) [Original Soundtrack] – Single". iTunes US Apple. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  27. ^ a b "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
  28. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 

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