Lee Jong-hyun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Jong-hyun
Lee Jong-hyun - 2014 Workers' Festival6 crop.jpg
Lee recording for Workers' Festival, 2014
Born (1990-05-15) May 15, 1990 (age 26)
Busan, South Korea
Musical career
Years active 2009–present
Labels FNC Entertainment
Associated acts CNBLUE
Website fncent.com
Korean name
Hangul 이종현
Revised Romanization I Jong-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Yi Jonghyŏn

Lee Jong-hyun (Hangul: 이종현; pronounced [iː dʑoːŋ hjəːn]; born on May 15, 1990) is a South Korean musician, singer-songwriter and actor. He is the lead guitarist and vocalist of South Korean rock band CNBLUE.

He made his acting debut in an omnibus movie Acoustic in 2010, followed by his television debut in the Korean drama A Gentleman's Dignity in 2012. He has since appeared in television dramas Orange Marmalade (2015).

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Lee Jong-hyun was born on May 15, 1990,[1] in Busan, South Korea. His family consists of his parents and two older sisters. He lived in Busan before his family moved to Japan when he was four years old. His family moved back to Busan and he finished his elementary school and middle school there.

He was an ulzzang at "BESTNINE" alongside Mblaq's Lee Joon, fellow member Jung Yong-hwa, and Block B's Jaehyo before debut.[2]

The talent scouter from FNC Music (currently known as FNC Entertainment) who visited Busan to see Jung, came across Lee in the street, and suggested him to audition at the company. On his way to his audition, he met his current fellow CNBLUE member Jung at the Seoul Station. They then met Kang Min-hyuk, also a current fellow member of CNBLUE, at FNC Music where they auditioned.[3] Eventually, only the three of them passed the auditions and Lee began training in bass technology at FNC Academy.

Before Lee embarked on his musical career, he was a judo athlete who won a gold medal in a judo championship amongst athletes in his hometown when he was in high school.[3] However, he decided to give up on sports upon realizing that this was not the field that he would excel in after losing in a match in just a few seconds. He then started to focus on music. At first, he learned singing, then piano. Then, upon watching English singer-songwriter and guitarist Eric Clapton playing the guitar, he was inspired to learn to play the guitar.[4]

Music career[edit]

See also: CNBLUE

Lee debuted with CNBLUE in South Korea on January 14, 2010 with their lead single "I'm a Loner". Before their Korean debut, they debuted as an indie band, with Lee being the leader, in Japan in August 2009. Jung Yong-hwa then took over his place following the band's Korean debut. They made their major debut in Japan in October 2011.[5]

Lee, together with Jung, has composed many of the band's released songs, such as "Blind Love", "Lie", "Rain of Blessing", "Kimio", "My Miracle", "Come On", "No More", "These Days" etc., which all gained positive feedback. "Come On" ranked number 5 on Oricon's Weekly singles chart while "Blind Love" ranked number 4. "Get Away", one of his compositions, was used as the ending theme song for the Japanese broadcast of American TV series Gossip Girl.[6]

Lee released his first solo single "My Love" in 2012, as part of the soundtrack for SBS drama A Gentleman's Dignity, which he starred in. The song was written by Lee himself. "My Love" debuted at number four on the Gaon Digital Chart. It eventually became the 34th best-selling song in South Korea that year with 2,187,150 digital downloads.[7] The song earned Lee five award nominations, ultimately winning "Best OST" at the 2013 Seoul Music Awards.

In December 2013, Lee and his fellow label-mate Juniel formed a duo called "Romantic J" and released a digital single album titled "Love Falls". Inspired by the movie Music and Lyrics, the song was compose by Lee, with lyrics written by Juniel.[8] The single peaked at #27 on the Melon Chart. The duo subsequently promoted the song through Mnet's M Countdown and SBS MTV's The Show.

On August 2, 2015, Lee held his first solo fan meeting in Japan at the Tokyo International Forum and met with 10,000 fans.[9]

Lee made his solo debut in July 2016, with the studio album Sparkling Night. The album debuted at number seven on the weekly Oricon Albums Chart and[10] number nine on Billboard Japan magazine's Hot Albums,[11] eventually selling 13,529 copies.[12] Lee then embarked on the "Welcome to Sparkling Night" tour, his first series of solo concerts. The first two concerts took place from August 9–10 at the Osaka International Convention Center in Osaka, followed by a concert on August 13 at the Nagoya Congress Center in Aichi, and two final concerts from August 17–18 at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo.[13][14]

Acting career[edit]

In 2010, Lee made his acting debut in the omnibus film Acoustic alongside fellow member Kang Min-hyuk.

On May 27, 2012, Lee made his small screen debut in SBS weekend drama A Gentleman's Dignity,[15] which won him the "New Star" award at the year-end SBS Drama Awards.

In May 2015, Lee starred in the fantasy drama Orange Marmalade, alongside labelmate Seolhyun from AOA, where he plays a vampire. He also joined the fourth season of the Korean reality show We Got Married, pairing with actress Gong Seung-yeon.[16][17][18]

In 2016, he was cast in the youth historical drama My Only Love Song alongside his We Got Married partner Gong Seung-yeon.


Lee primarily uses a range of Marshall and Orange Amplifiers, notably JVM410 and JCM2000 TSL models when on stage. He uses a variety of guitars, including a PRS Artist V, a Paul Reed Smith Custom 22, a Gibson Les Paul Historic Reissue Goldtop, a Carvin Custom, a Martin HD-28V Acoustic and a Tobacco Burst Fender Stratocaster.


TV series[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2012 SBS A Gentleman's Dignity Collin Black
2013 KBS2 Drama Special – Adolescence Medley Yang Yeong-woong Cameo, Ep 2-3
2014 LINE TV One Sunny Day Couple guy Cameo, Ep 4 & 8
2015 KBS2 Orange Marmalade Han Si-hoo
2017 TBA My Only Love Song On Dal
TBA Our First Romance


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Acoustic Kim Seong-won segment: Bakery Attack

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2015 We Got Married MBC Cast member (with Gong Seung-yeon)
Fluttering India KBS Cast member
Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education KBS2 Regular guest (ep 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131); judo segment
2017 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as "All Together Cube One Wheel" (Episodes 101–102)[19]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Music video Length Album Note
2013 "Love Falls 5:10 Winter Special Digital Single Album by Romantic J
2014 "Mr. Ambiguous" 5:26 Hello by MAMAMOO


Main article: CNBLUE discography


Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Sparkling Night 7


Year Title Peak positions Sales Album


2010 "High Fly" (with Kang Min-hyuk) 102 Acoustic OST
2012 내 사랑아 ("My Love") 4 2
  • KOR (DL): 2,187,150+
A Gentleman's Dignity OST 2
2013 사랑이 내려 ("Love Falls") (with Juniel) 27 52
  • KOR (DL): 112,735+
Romantic J: Winter Special Digital Single Album
2014 사실은 말야 ("Young Love") (with Melody Day) 76[23]
  • KOR (DL): 52,666+
Digital Single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Note – Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 Chart was established in August 2011. Releases before this date have no chart data.[24]

Video albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales


1st Solo Concert in Japan ~Welcome to SPARKLING NIGHT~ Live at Tokyo International Forum 13 24

Song writing and production credits[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Best OST "My Love" (A Gentleman's Dignity OST) Nominated [29]
14th Mnet Asian Music Awards Nominated [30]
4th MelOn Music Awards TStore Best Song Nominated [31]
Best OST Nominated [32]
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award A Gentleman's Dignity Won [33]
2013 22nd Seoul Music Awards Best OST "My Love" (A Gentleman's Dignity OST) Won [34]


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