Kangta at 'The Voice' in February 2012
October 10, 1979
Seoul, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||An Chil-hyeon|
Ahn Chil-hyun (born on October 10, 1979), better known by his stage name Kangta, is a South Korean pop singer. He is a former member of the boy band H.O.T. and a solo singer since their disbandment in 2001.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Group projects
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Discography
- 5 Music and Lyric Composition
- 6 Awards
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Pre-debut and H.O.T.
Kangta was discovered at Lotte World, a theme park, when he was only 13 years old. He debuted as a back-up dancer together with future band member Moon Hee Jun for singer Yoo Young-jin. Kangta eventually decided to become a singer with Moon Hee Jun and three others, Jang Woo Hyuk, Tony An, and Lee Jae Won to form H.O.T. in 1996.
He is an experienced songwriter and composer, having written over 100 songs for H.O.T.'s albums as well as for other groups and singers like NRG and Fly to the Sky. When H.O.T. disbanded in March 2001, Kangta was the first member to debut solo. He released his first solo album "Polaris", which became a huge hit; it was followed by his second album "Pinetree" in 2002. His first solo concert took place in the summer of 2003.
In 2006, Kangta was chosen as a runner up for Best Korean Singer overseas, according to Arirang International Broadcasting. A poll was issued over the internet, allowing only people outside of Korea to vote. Shinhwa's song "Once In A Lifetime" won by 60% of the vote, beating Kangta, who came in second with 20.3 percent.
2004-2010: Acting and military service
Kangta received several offers and has accepted a drama offer in China. In 2004, he starred in a drama called Magic Touch of Fate together with Taiwanese actors and actresses, Ruby Lin and Alec Su. Kangta portrayed the role of the evil magician Jin-Xiu
Soon afterwards, Kangta returned to Korea and released his much-awaited third album. In 2005, Kangta released "Persona", which included tracks that were very different from his previous two albums. The main single of the album, "Persona" had a similar melody to Babyface's "The Loneliness". Kangta surprised his fans when he said he wanted to become an actor. A month later, he starred in a KBS drama, Loveholic.
Kangta also acted in his second Chinese drama, Love In The City 2. In Love In The City 2 Kangta portrayed the life of a successful CEO with a dull life. In March Kangta was announced to be starring in JTBC's 2012 drama Happy Ending as Kim So Eun's love interest.
In 2007, he filmed two dramas and Love in the city 2 aired on October 1, 2007. In January 2007, Kangta took part in the Hallyu Festival in Osaka which also featured Jun Jin and Lee Min-woo of Shinhwa, SG Wannabe and actor Song Seung-heon at the Osaka Dome.
Kangta enlisted for mandatory military service in April 2008 for 21 months of active duty. During which time he starred in military musical, Mine with rapper Yang Dong-geun. It is about the true life story of Lieutenant Lee Jong-myung, who lost his legs in a land mine explosion near the demilitarized zone, in June 2000, when he saved fellow soldier, Sul Dong-seob from the minefield.
2010: Chinese debut
After two years and five months of hiatus from the entertainment industry due to Korean military service, Kangta comes back with his first Chinese mini album entitiled "静享七乐 (Rest in the Seven Tunes)", with its lead single, Love, Frequency (Breaka Shaka). The digital single was released online on September 13, 2010. The mini-album marked Kangta's entrance to the Chinese market. Meanwhile, the teaser for the single, as well as the digital mini-album, was released through SM Entertainment's official YouTube page on September 9, 2010. The mini album and the music video was released September 13, 2010.
2014: Korean Comeback
On December 10, Kangta tweeted, " Soon, I will be standing on stage for a new song~~ Starting work!!! . We are constantly working on his new songs. We have made a concrete schedule and started preparations so that he could make his comeback next year with a new album."
After planning for years, Kangta worked with his celebrity friends Shin Hye Sung from Shinhwa and Lee Ji Hoon to form the project group "S", standing for "Supreme". They released their first solo project album called "Fr. In. Cl." or Friends in Classic (2003). They have won several awards since then. Their title track, "I Swear" was written, composed, and arranged by Kangta while Shin Hye Sung wrote the English lyrics.
On 14 October 2014, it was announced that group 'S' would be making a comeback after over a decade with a new mini-album titled Autumn Breeze, scheduled to be released on October 27th. SM Entertainment stated that "Kangta wrote and produced all the songs on the upcoming album. Kangta’s unique music style and the trio’s harmonious voices will create beautiful ballads that will satisfy the fans". On October 18th, the group performed their new song Without You (하고 싶은 거 다) at SM Entertainment's agency-wide concert SM Town in Shanghai.The music video for the song Without You was released on October 24th, starring Yuri of Girls' Generation. The group is slated to be on Korean singing program Immortal Songs 2 on November 3rd as part of their promotions.
Kangta & Vanness
Early 2006, Kangta collaborated with Vanness Wu of F4 from Taiwan, and formed Kangta & Vanness. Their debut was in Thailand ending the ceremony for the 2006 MTV Asia Awards. They released their single "Scandal" and have been busy promoting their single all over Asia. "Scandal" was a success over Asia and a repackaged version was released in mid-July. On September 12, they held a showcase in Malaysia, Berjaya Times Square.
On Arirang TV's talk-show "Heart to Heart", Kangta announced that he would be entering the Army in early 2008, so activities have been put on hold.
|2002||Emergency Act 19||Cameo|
|Resurrection of the Little Match Girl||Special Guest Star|
|2012||I AM.||Himself||Documentary of SMTown in New York|
|Secret Garden (China Version)||Oscar|
|2005||CCTV||Magic Touch of Fate||Jin Xiu (金修)|
|KBS||Loveholic||Seo Kang Wook|
|2007||CCTV||Love In The City 2||Zhang Wei Qi|
|2011||Pepper and Kimchi (辣椒与泡菜)|
|BTV||Di Jin (帝锦)|
|2012||jTBC||Happy Ending||Goo Seung Jae|||
|2012||The Voice of Korea||Judges||Mnet|
|2013||The Voice of Korea Season 2||Judges||Mnet|
|2013||I Live Alone||Himself||MBC|
|2015||Ding Ge Long Dong Qiang||Himself||CCTV|
|2001||I Want||Promise||Fly To The Sky & BoA|
|White||Christmas Winter Vacation in SMTown.com – Angel Eyes||None|
|The First Noel||None|
|2002||Blue||Summer Vacation in SMTown.com||None|
|보내는 글||2002 Winter
Vacation in SMTown.com – My Angel My Light
|Silver Bell||Hye-sung & Isak N Jiyeon|
|2003||연가||2003 Summer Vacation in SMTown.com||None|
|그림으로 떠나는여행||Lee Ji-hoon, Dana|
|The Christmas Song||2003 Winter Vacation in
|2004||미쳐가나봐||2004 Summer Vacation in SMTown.com||None|
|Just One||Moon Hee Jun & Isak N Jiyeon|
|2006||한 여름밤의 고백 (Summer Night Love)||2006 Summer SMTown||None|
|White Christmas||2006 Winter SMTown – Snow Dream||None|
|2007||할말이 너무 많아요 (Something To Tell You)||Vol. 2 There's So Much I Want To Say||Chu Ga-yeoul|
|지난 여름밤의 이 야기 (Last Year Summer Night Story)||2007 Summer SMTown – Fragile||None|
|White Wonderland||2007 Winter SMTown – Only Love||None|
|2011||For The First Time||2011 Winter SMTown – The Warmest Gift||None|
Music and Lyric Composition
- That Winter, The Wind Blows OST Part 1: "Gray Paper" by Yesung of Super Junior - released on 13 February 2013
- That Winter, The Wind Blows OST Part 5: "And One" by Taeyeon of Girls' Generation - released on 13 March 2013
|2001||Best Male Artist||"Polaris"||Won|
|Best Ballad Performance||Nominated|
|2002||Best Male Artist||"Memories"||Nominated|
|Best Ballad Performance||Nominated|
|2005||Best R&B Performance||"Persona"||Nominated|
|Overseas Viewers' Award||"Mask"||Won|
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