Sunny (singer)

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Background information
Birth name Lee Soon-kyu ()
Also known as Sunny
Born (1989-05-15) May 15, 1989 (age 24),
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres K-pop
Occupations Singer, dancer, MC, DJ, promotional model, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts Girls' Generation
SM Town
Website Official website
Birth 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; born on May 15, 1989), who uses the stage name Sunny (Hangul: 써니), is an American-born Korean[1] singer, dancer, DJ, MC, promotional model, actress and member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation.


Sunny was born on May 15, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, and moved to Kuwait while she was still an infant. Her family moved to South Korea around the time of the Gulf War.[1] 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.[2] She is the niece of Lee Soo Man, the founder of SM Entertainment.[3]

In 1998, Sunny entered Starlight Entertainment and became a trainee for five years before transferring to Starworld where she became a member of a duet called "Sugar" which never debuted.[2][4] One of her older sisters was the manager for Sugar, but when the group disbanded, she became active in other parts of the music industry.

In 2007, Sunny was recommended by the singer Ayumi, who transferred to SM Entertainment.[4] After several months of training under SM Entertainment, Sunny debuted as a member of Girls' Generation that same year.


Girls' Generation[edit]

Singing career[edit]

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

She was featured on the Heading to the Ground soundtrack, singing a duet with Taeyeon in the song SarangInGulYo and another song titled Motion performed with the vocal line of the group.

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 Miryo's track "I Love You, I Love You" from her first solo mini album, Miryo A.K.A JoHoney .[5]

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

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

Voice acting[edit]

Sunny took part in voice acting for animated film Koala Kid: Birth of A Hero with fellow labelmate Taemin from SHINee.[6]

She will also dub for the upcoming animation movie 'Rio 2' together with ZE:A's Siwan. Sunny will be the one behind the voice of Jewel, while Siwan will take the role of Blu. [7]


Sunny played the lead role of ‘Brenda Strong’ in the Korean production of Broadway musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’, which was opened on 28 March 2012 and with a scheduled run till 10 June 2012.[8] Her performance received positive critical review[9] and was nominated for Best New Actress in the 6th 'The Musical Awards',[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] Due to Girls' Generation's Japanese debut and other activities, Sunny left the show, along with Hyuna and Yuri, in June 2010.[13]

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 7th, 2012, episode of Invincible Youth 2, would be the last episode that Sunny would be featured as a permanent member. Sunny's leave does not include fellow Girls Generation member Hyoyeon, who will continue as a member on the show.

Show hosting[edit]

She was a co-DJ of the radio show Chunji until the broadcast ended in July 2008.

She also 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.[14]

Sunny, along with other notable celebrities, is part of the star-studded cast on SBS MTV's “Music Island”, taking on the role of main MC. The first episode of “Music Island” was aired on February 24, 2012 at 8PM KST.[15]


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, Sunny, Yuri, Chansung, Junsu, Taecyeon
N/A "Cooky" 02:50 With Jessica, Tiffany and Seohyun
My Friend Haechi "Haechi Song" (해치송) [16] 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


Year Title Peak positions Album
Gaon[17] 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[17] 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[18]
2014 Rio 2 Jewel (voice-over) Korean version

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Unstoppable Marriage As BoolGwangDong (seven princess) (cameo)
2009 Tae-Hee, Hye-Kyo, Ji-Hyun! New Employee (Support role)

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Flower Boys Generation With Jessica and Hyoyeon
Star Golden Bell As herself (ep 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 Along with Yuri
2010 We Got Married Season 2 Episode 69 (On stage)
2011 Running Man Episode 39 along with Yoona
2011–2012 Invincible Youth 2 Along with Hyoyeon
2012 Music Island Main host
"1 vs 100"
2013 Strong Heart Episode 165, 166
Shinhwa Broadcast Episodes 47 and 48 along with Hyoyeon, Taeyeon, Yoona, Yuri and Sooyoung[19]
Real Men Narrator with Seohyun
Grandpa Over Flowers A guest on Episode 9–11,14
Quiz To Change The World Hosted one episode as Special MC
Infinite Challenge A guest on Episode 361-362
2014 Radio Star Episode 368 along with Taeyeon, Jessica, Tiffany, and Yuri

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2012–2013 Catch Me If You Can Brenda Strong (Lead Role)

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

Radio show[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Melon Chunji Radio DJ


Aside from her endorsements alongside Girls' Generation, Sunny has also endorsed the following brands:

Year Commercial Note
2009 Banana Milk
Post Granola Cereal
2010 Dior Snow With Sooyoung, Yuri, Jessica, Hyoyeon and Tiffany

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 Nominated
2013 The 19th Korean Musical Awards


  1. ^ a b Invincible Youth, episode 15, aired 29 January 2010
  2. ^ a b (Korean) '소녀시대' 써니, 이수만 SM이사 친조카. StarNews. November 30, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2010
  3. ^ '소녀시대' 써니는 이수만의 조카...아버지도 가수 출신 – 오마이뉴스
  4. ^ a b (Korean) 소녀시대 써니 SM 이수만 친조카 ‘슈가 후속 그룹 멤버 될 뻔’. November 30, 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
  5. ^ Miryo releases debut album, ‘Miryo AKA Johoney’ feat. Sunny
  6. ^ Sunny to Voice-Act in Animated Movie
  7. ^
  8. ^ Sunny, Key, Kyuhyun, Dana, & more to star in ‘Catch Me If You Can’ musical
  9. ^ (Korean) '캐치미'의 다섯 색깔 공연(주인공 한 명에 엄기준·김정훈·박광현·규현·키 캐스팅)… 넘치고, 모자라고
  10. ^ Sunny Finishes Her Final Performance of ‘Catch Me If You Can’, Nominated for Award
  11. ^ Sunny to Return as Brenda in ‘Catch Me If You Can’
  12. ^ (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.
  13. ^ (Korean) ‘하차설 끝내 사실로..’ 유리-써니-현아 19일 ‘청춘불패’ 마지막 녹화, Newsen. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010
  14. ^ (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.
  15. ^ Sunny to MC on SBS MTV’s ‘Music Island’
  16. ^ "내친구 해치 (My Friend Haechi) [Original Soundtrack] – Single". iTunes US Apple. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  17. ^ a b "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
  18. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  19. ^ Lee, Nancy (8 February 2013). "SNSD Members Say They Fought to Appear on Shinhwa Broadcast". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 

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