Hani in April 2018
May 1, 1992
Seoul, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||An Hui-yeon|
Ahn Hee-yeon (Hangul: 안희연; born May 1, 1992), professionally known as Hani, is a Korean singer and entertainer. She is known as a member of the South Korean girl group EXID and its subgroup, SoljiHani (formerly known as Dasoni (Hangul: 다소니)). She has appeared on television as a host on Weekly Idol and a cast member on Off to School, Crime Scene and A Style for You.
Ahn Hee-yeon was born on May 1, 1992, in Seoul, South Korea, but her family and friends all called her Hani from a young age. She competed in triathlons from elementary until middle school, and was also an avid swimmer.[unreliable source]
Prior to her debut with EXID, she was originally set to debut as a member of a girl group under JYP Entertainment, along with Sistar's Hyolyn, Secret's Song Ji-eun and Bestie's Uji. However, she was cut from JYP after a year. Hani stated that the company did not see potential in her. Following this, she went to study abroad in China for a year.
2012–13: Debut with EXID and rise to popularity
In August 2014, EXID released their single "Up & Down". Initially, the song charted poorly, failing to make it on the top 100 of the Gaon Chart. However, the song slowly gained popularity in late November after a fan-taken video of her performing the song went viral. As of 2019, the video has been viewed more than 28 million times on YouTube.
2014–present: Solo career
In 2015, she appeared in Mad Clown's music video for "Fire", and entered the main cast of JTBC's Off to School and Crime Scene. Hani was also chosen to present a new KBS beauty show, A Style For You along with Kim Heechul, Goo Ha-ra and Yoon Bora.[unreliable source] In spring, she appeared on Soulmates Returns. Later on, she made a cameo appearance in The Producers as herself. On June 24, she and Ken of VIXX released a duet song titled "Gap".[unreliable source] In September, she was made a cast member in TV series Law of the Jungle.
In 2016, Hani became the co-host of Baek Jong-won's Three Great Emperors. In February 2016, she appeared on King of Mask Singer as "Little Match Girl", a get-up completed with a mask and costumes to hide her identity. Hani surprised the panel of judges and an audience with her rich and husky voice (mostly due to the higher vocal range used as a vocalist in EXID). Hani defeated Kim Feel and Jo Hang-jo but she was subsequently defeated by the Mask King at the time, Ha Hyun-woo of Guckkasten. Nevertheless, Hani's performances attracted attention and recognition for her unique vocal and passion for singing.
On January 12, 2017, it was announced that f(x)'s Luna, Hani, and Mamamoo's Solar would release a collaborative dance song on January 19, produced by Park Geun-tae, who also wrote EXO's Baekhyun and Miss A's Suzy's duet "Dream". It was later revealed that the song's title is "Honey Bee", and is of the pop soul genre, incorporating 808 bass and saxophone. On January 19, the song "Honey Bee" was officially released at Mystic Entertainment's YouTube channel.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
|"We Got The World"
(with Rare Potato)
(with f(x)'s Luna and Mamamoo's Solar)
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
"*" indicates that the Gaon Chart was revamped at this time and digital sales were deflated.
|2014||Always Cantare||tvN||Main cast|
|2015||Crime Scene 2||JTBC|
|A Style For You||KBS2||Cast member||With Yoon Bo-ra, Gu Hara and Kim Heechul|
|Soulmates Returns||MBC Every 1||Main cast|
|Law of the Jungle in Nicaragua||SBS||Episodes 178–180|
|2016||Baek Jong-won's Three Great Emperors||Co-host||Episodes 22–51|
|Battle Trip||KBS2||Traveler||with Solji (Episode 2–3)|
|We Are Siblings||KBS2||Cast||with her younger brother|
|King of Mask Singer||MBC||Contestant||as "Be Careful for Cold the Little Match Girl" (Episodes 47–48)|
|Weekly Idol||MBC Every 1||Host||Episodes 245–270|
|2017||Knowing Bros||JTBC||Main cast||Episode 58, 157|
|Let's Eat Dinner Together||JTBC||Cast||Episode 23|
|Suddenly A Millionaire||Olive||Host|
|Law of the Jungle in Komodo||SBS||Main cast||Episodes 274–278|
|2018||Secret Unnie||JTBC4||Cast||with Yoojung (Weki Meki)|
|Salty Tour||tvN||Cast||Episodes 49-56, 70-75|
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- Hara joins + Heechul, Jooyeon, and Bora in talks to be MCs for fashion-beauty show 'A Style for You'
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- ‘프로듀사’ 하니, 경찰서에서 특별 출연 “남자랑 3대1로 붙었는데 한 대도 안맞아”
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