Kevin Woo

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Woo.
Kevin Woo
Native name 우성현
Born Woo Sung-hyun
(1991-11-25) November 25, 1991 (age 24)
Danville, California, United States
Occupation
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments
Years active 2006–present
Labels
  • XING Entertainment (2006–2008)
  • NH Media
Associated acts
Website u-kiss.co.kr
Korean name
Hangul 우성현
Revised Romanization U Seong-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer U Sŏnghyŏn

Kevin Woo (born November 25, 1991) is an American singer and television host currently based in South Korea. He is a former member of South Korean boyband XING. In 2008, He became a member of South Korean boy band U-KISS.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kevin was born and raised in Danville, California, United States, where he lived with his parents and elder sister. He attended Monte Vista High School and was in the school choir. After auditioning in Korea during a holiday trip, he was scouted[by whom?] and thus decided to be a singer. At the age of 15, Kevin moved to South Korea with his mother to pursue his dream. Kevin is a Christian.[2]

Career[edit]

U-Kiss at the press conference for Dream Concert 2013

XING (2006 to 2008)[edit]

Kevin made his debuted in the four-member group XING alongside Marumir (now also known as Kim Kibum), Yume and Cheon Hyesung. The groups first single "In Your Hands" was released on December 14, 2006. Their popularity quickly rose and they were dubbed as the teenage SG Wannabe. After the release of T-Express in April 2008, Kevin withdrawn from the group.

U-Kiss[edit]

Main article: U-Kiss

Kevin redebuted as became a member of the six-member group, U-KISS. They debuted on August 15, 2008 in Japan at the Power of Atamix. The group released their first mini album, N-Generation, on September 3, 2008.

In December 2009, Kevin sang Finally featuring Alexander. The song composed by Brave Brothers.

On October 12, 2011 it was revealed that Kevin and Eli of U-KISS would collaborate with Avex artist JAMOSA for her single "Together". The single was released on December 7 and the trio held release events at Lazone Kawasaki Plaza (December 9), Osaka Senri Selcy (December 10) and Asunal Kanayama (December 11).[3] The song "Together" was then selected as the theme song for BeeTV's "sweetTV".[4]

In 2012, Kevin and Soohyun sang "Remember", a song originally by the group UN. It was used as soundtrack for the drama series Syndrome.[5]

uBEAT[edit]

In 2013, Kevin and fellow U-Kiss members Eli and AJ debuted by U-Kiss first sub-units uBEAT. The sub-units release their debut mini-album "I Should Have Treated You Better" with the same naming of the title track. The title track was composed by hit-maker, Brave Brothers. uBEAT made their first stage was at MNET M!Countdown’s special global edition in Taiwan.[6]

Acting[edit]

In July 2010, Kevin alongside with his bandmates, Soohyun, Kibum, Kiseop and Dongho were announced to be part of drama I Am Legend,[7] acting as a rock band. This marked their acting debut, where members would get to show their musical talent by playing instruments they are good at. Kevin was to play the guitar. Fans have noted that they did not appear in the drama. No officials stood out to explain the issue.

On January 5, 2011, Kevin participated in the musical On Air Live as the lead actor. He acted in a total of 26 shows between his first stage as stated and his last stage on February 14, 2011.

In April 2013, Kevin alongside with Soohyun, Eli and Kiseop participated in the drama "KPOP The Ultimate Audition", having small cameo appearances in three episodes acting as a senior idol group to the main cast.[8]

In April 2013, Kevin and Soohyun were selected to appear in the Korean adaptation of musical "Summer Snow" alongside Super Junior's Sungmin, Supernova's Sungjae, SS501's Heo Young-saeng and FT Island's Seunghyun. Their appearances lasted from April 2013 to June 2013. This is Kevin's second musical.[9]

Variety show hosting[edit]

Kevin has several MC credits to his name. In February 2009, He joined Arirang TV[10]'s radio show Pops in Seoul to host the 'All About You' segment alongside co-host Kim Isak. Alexander later joined the duo in the hosting. Eli joined them as a new co-host in early 2010 to replacing Kim Isak. In August 2010, Kevin and Alexander were also selected as new MC's for Arirang TV music show "The M-Wave[11]" in early August. In March 17, 2011, U-Kiss' Kevin, Eli, and Alexander no longer MC for Arirang's Radio School, because the group's loss members Alexander and Kibum in 2011. After the group release of their album in the same year, Arirang etched out Radio School to replacing it with an alternate program.

In Mid-2011, Kevin was selected to MC the Korean Music Wave in Singapore alongside Miss A's Min,[12] as well as Korean Music Wave in Malaysia, with fellow U-KISS member Dongho.[13]In November 2011, Kevin and Eli were selected as MC's for Mnet's English language version of MCountdown, "US MCountdown".[14]On May 1, 2013, Kevin was a guest on After School Club and since episode 43, he became a host with Eric Nam and Park Jimin.

In a Japanese survey through popular fortune-telling site Cocoloni, Kevin was ranked as the number one luckiest Hallyu star for 2012. 100 fortune-tellers participated in the survey, predicting the stars' fortunes through zodiac, blood type and other methods. When Kevin received the news, he stated: "I'm honored to be ranked first. I want to make this really happen this year. U-KISS will go on a Japanese tour and we will also release our album. Please keep supporting us and help us rank first on the Oricon chart." [15]

Discography[edit]

Main article: U-KISS discography

References[edit]

  1. ^ KBS World. U-KISS. March 13, 2008. Retrieved September 3, 2008.
  2. ^ "YouTube Link". 
  3. ^ oricon. JAMOSA, U-KISS First Collaboration. October 12, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  4. ^ musicman-net.com. JAMOSA+KEVIN&ELI(U-KISS), "Together" Selected as BeeTV's Theme Song. December 19, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  5. ^ korea.com. U-Kiss releases a beautiful ballad, “Remember”. February 29, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  6. ^ "유키스 유닛 유비트, 오는 25일 대만서 첫 무대 '기대↑'". m.news.naver.com. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  7. ^ Nate News. U-KISS become acting idols, 5 members to debut in drama. July 27, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  8. ^ news.nate.com. "KPOP Ultimate Survival" U-KISS. April 22, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  9. ^ http://u-kiss.jp/news/20130220.html
  10. ^ Arirang. Arirang. February 8, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2009.
  11. ^ MSN News. Alexander & Kevin chosen to be Arirang TV Music Show's MC's. August 2, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2010
  12. ^ Kevin's Twitter Kevin's Twitter Update. June 12, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  13. ^ viki.com Lineup announced for Korean Music Wave 2011 in Malaysia. August 30, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  14. ^ @US_MCountdown. US_Mcountdown.
  15. ^ korea.com. Japan predicts luckiest Hallyu stars for 2012. January 18, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2013.

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