|Birth name||Lee Soon-kyu (이순규)|
|Also known as||Sunny|
May 15, 1989 ,|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Occupations||Singer, dancer, MC, DJ, promotional model, actress|
|Associated acts||Girls' Generation
|Revised Romanization||I Sun-gyu|
Lee Soon-kyu (Hangul: 이순규; born on May 15, 1989), who uses the stage name Sunny (Hangul: 써니), is an American-born Korean singer, dancer, DJ, MC, promotional model, actress and member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Discography
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Endorsements
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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. 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. She is the niece of Lee Soo Man, the founder of SM Entertainment.
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. 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. After several months of training under SM Entertainment, Sunny debuted as a member of Girls' Generation that same year.
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.
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.
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. Her performance received positive critical review and was nominated for Best New Actress in the 6th 'The Musical Awards', 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.
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. Due to Girls' Generation's Japanese debut and other activities, Sunny left the show, along with Hyuna and Yuri, in June 2010.
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.
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.
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.
Soundtrack appearances and solo performances
|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) ||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|
|Gaon||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|
|Gaon||Billboard K-pop Hot 100|
|2012||"I Love You, I Love You"
(Miryo feat. Sunny of Girls' Generation)
|56||51||MIRYO aka JOHONEY|
|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|
|2014||Rio 2||Jewel (voice-over)||Korean version|
|2008||Unstoppable Marriage||As BoolGwangDong (seven princess) (cameo)|
|2009||Tae-Hee, Hye-Kyo, Ji-Hyun!||New Employee (Support 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|
|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|
|2012–2013||Catch Me If You Can||Brenda Strong (Lead Role)|
Music video appearances
|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|
|2008||Melon Chunji Radio||DJ|
Aside from her endorsements alongside Girls' Generation, Sunny has also endorsed the following brands:
|Post Granola Cereal|
|2010||Dior Snow||With Sooyoung, Yuri, Jessica, Hyoyeon and Tiffany|
Awards and nominations
|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|
- Invincible Youth, episode 15, aired 29 January 2010
- (Korean) '소녀시대' 써니, 이수만 SM이사 친조카. StarNews. November 30, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2010
- '소녀시대' 써니는 이수만의 조카...아버지도 가수 출신 – 오마이뉴스
- (Korean) 소녀시대 써니 SM 이수만 친조카 ‘슈가 후속 그룹 멤버 될 뻔’. asiae.co.kr. November 30, 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
- Miryo releases debut album, ‘Miryo AKA Johoney’ feat. Sunny
- Sunny to Voice-Act in Animated Movie
- Sunny, Key, Kyuhyun, Dana, & more to star in ‘Catch Me If You Can’ musical
- (Korean) '캐치미'의 다섯 색깔 공연(주인공 한 명에 엄기준·김정훈·박광현·규현·키 캐스팅)… 넘치고, 모자라고
- Sunny Finishes Her Final Performance of ‘Catch Me If You Can’, Nominated for Award
- Sunny to Return as Brenda in ‘Catch Me If You Can’
- (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.
- (Korean) ‘하차설 끝내 사실로..’ 유리-써니-현아 19일 ‘청춘불패’ 마지막 녹화, Newsen. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010
- (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.
- Sunny to MC on SBS MTV’s ‘Music Island’
- "내친구 해치 (My Friend Haechi) [Original Soundtrack] – Single". iTunes US Apple. Retrieved 2013-03-10.
- "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart.
- "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- 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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