You Hee-yeol

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yoo.
You Hee-yeol
You Hee-Yeol.jpg
You Hee-yeol at the LG Optimus LTE showcase event, on October 10, 2011
Background information
Born (1971-04-19)April 19, 1971
Origin Seoul, Korea
Years active 1992–present
Labels Antenna Music (1997~Present)
Korean name
Hangul 유희열
Hanja 柳喜烈
Revised Romanization Yu Heui-yeol
McCune–Reischauer Yu Hŭi-yŏl

You Hee-yeol (Hangul: 유희열; born April 19, 1971)[1] is a Korean pop singer-songwriter, and host of You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook. He is the leader of his one-man project band Toy.


You Hee-yeol was born in Seoul and attended Kyungbock High School. He graduated from Seoul National University's College of Music, with a major in composition. He first appeared in the local pop music scene by winning the grand prize at the 4th Yoo Jae-ha Music Contest held in 1992 with the song 달빛의 노래 (The Moonlight Song).[2] In 1994 he started the band Toy as a duo with Yoon Jeong-oh. But after releasing Toy's first album, Yoon Jeong-oh left the band to study overseas and You Hee-yeol joined the navy for his mandatory military service. Since 1996, Toy became a one-man band with You Hee-yeol as the sole member. After his discharge from military service, he successfully released Toy's second album Fairy Tales for Adults with the title song Remember I Was Next to You sung by Kim Yeon-woo becoming a big hit. From then on, You rarely sings the songs in his albums and instead, invites guest vocalists such as Kim Yeon-woo, Kim Hyung-joong, Lee Jang-woo, Yoon Jong-shin, Kim Jang-hoon, Jinu and Byeon Jae-won.[3]

You has also produced many albums for K-pop musicians like Lee Seung-hwan, Yoon Jong-shin, Lee Sora and Lee Moon-se.

In July 1999, You published a book of illustrations titled In Front of a Familiar House which received a good response from his fans. The album released under the same title of the book was filled with instrumental tracks in various genres in which he showed off his talent in musical composition.[3]

Besides songwriting, You is a radio DJ. He's been heard on the radio airwaves on MBC FM4U's You Hee-yeol's Music City from 1999 to March 2001,[3] on MBC FM4U's All That Music from October 2, 2002 to April 25, 2004, and on KBS 2FM's You Hee-yeol's Radio Heaven from 2008 to Nov 11, 2011.

You has been hosting the major K-pop live talk/music show You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook on KBS 2TV since 2009. He was also commissioned to be a member of the judging panel for K-pop Star season 3.

You joined SNL Korea in September, 2013. The biggest reason for joining SNL Korea is working with Shin Dong-yup.[4]


  • 2008 Mini-album '여름날' (Summer Days)
  • 2007 Toy 6th 'Thank You'[5]
  • 2002 Project album '유희열이 초대하는 새로운 음악세계' (A Walk Around the Corner)
  • 2001 Toy live album 'Toy Live'
  • 2001 Toy 5th 'Fermata'
  • 1999 Accompanying album of book '익숙한 그 집 앞' (In Front of a Familiar House)
  • 1999 Toy 4th 'A Night in Seoul'
  • 1997 Toy 3rd 'Present'
  • 1996 Toy 2nd 'YOUHEEYEOL'
  • 1994 Toy 1st '내 마음속에 (In My Heart)'


  • You Hee-yeol (1999). 유희열 삽화집 - 익숙한 그 집 앞 [You Hee-yeol Illustrations - In Front of a Familiar House] (in Korean). Random House Korea. ISBN 978-89-8375-286-4. 


See also[edit]


  1. ^ He intentionally spells his family name as 'You', not 'Yoo'. See his album cover Toy6
  2. ^ Yoo Jae Ha Music Scholarship Foundation
  3. ^ a b c Toy (You Hee-yeol) KBS World.
  4. ^ Reason for joining SNL Korea
  5. ^ Toy Vol. 6 - Thank You YesAsia.

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