Megan Lee

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Megan Lee
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Background information
Born (1995-09-18) September 18, 1995 (age 24)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer, Actress
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active2008–present
LabelsSoulShop Entertainment (2013–14)
LOEN Entertainment (Distribution Company)
Associated actsKim Tae-woo, Sungha Jung, Yong Jun-hyung
Websitewww.HelloMeganLee.com[dead link]

Megan Lee (born September 18, 1995) is a Korean-American singer-songwriter and actress best known for her role as Sun Hi Song on Make It Pop and her singing talents on YouTube. From February 2013, Megan Lee was signed to Kim Tae-woo's (lead singer of g.o.d) label, Soul Shop Entertainment up until November 2014.[2][3] Megan Lee was a member of XO-IQ, featured in the Nickelodeon series Make It Pop.[4] She has taken part in season 14 of the American music talent show The Voice, where she was eliminated in the Battle round.

Lee has also written music for K-Pop artists such as Exo's Baekhyun and Girls' Generation's Taeyeon.[5] On May 2019, she released her debut extended play, I Am.[5]

Biography[edit]

Lee officially began her professional career in acting, singing, and dancing at the age of 10. She has appeared in numerous national commercials including spots for McDonald's, Verizon, and Nintendo (the Nintendo DS), Bratz, Wal-Mart, Big Lots, Trix as well as TV programs such as the Crash TV series, Kidz Bop, Nickelodeon's iCarly, Nickelodeon's Kid Choice Awards, Disney's Get Connected, 3 Minute Game Show & various independent film projects, and most recently, South Korea's popular show, MBC Star Audition - The Great Birth (위대한 탄생) Season 1 (and Season 2) on one of South Korea's main broadcast networks (MBC). On Season 2 of MBC's Star Audition, Lena Park personally selected Megan over a number of other competitors to be Megan's mentor. She also finished in the Top 13 of contestants at the end of Season 2.[6]

Film and television[edit]

Lee is starring in a Nickelodeon show entitled Make It Pop.[7] She is one of the show's three main stars and plays a character named "Sun Hi Song".[8] The series is being co-produced by Nick Cannon.[9][10]

In 2008, Lee had won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Best Speech Contest at the 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. Megan Lee played Hyori in the Short Film/Music Video, My First Crush, directed by Rocky Jo, with Arden Cho starring as the older Hyori. Also in 2008, Lee starred as "Julie" in several episodes of Disney's TV Series, "Disney Get Connected." She also played "Ji Sun" in an episode of Crash alongside Dennis Hopper, Tom Sizemore, Brian Tee and Kelvin Han Yee.

Music[edit]

Lee writes her own original songs and released three singles as an independent artist, "In The Future", "Love, Laugh & Live" and "Destiny." "Love, Laugh & Live" was Megan's first official music video and was shot and directed by Steve Nguyen.[11] "Destiny" was also made into a music video, and was directed by Timothy Tau.[12][13] Megan Lee has also released a music video and track with Kim Tae-woo entitled "Oppa".

Megan's official debut track during her time on Soul Shop Entertainment was entitled "8dayz" (read as 8 Days), which was released on May 15, 2014.[14] The track features B2ST's Yong Jun-hyung, and is also composed by German composers Andreas Bärtels and Rüdiger Schramm, who also composed a track for veteran K-pop singer Nami.[15]

Megan Lee and her vocals are also featured in the g.o.d reunion track, "The Story of Our Lives."[16] The music video for the song was released on July 11, 2014, and is the first time the band g.o.d has sung together in over 10 years.[17][18]

On November 10, 2014, Megan Lee filed a civil lawsuit with the Seoul District Court against Soul Shop Entertainment requesting nullification of her 5-year contract.[19] Megan, along with her representation, claimed that she was severely verbally abused by some of the members of management, and that intimidation tactics were used to impose their will on her career. She also claimed that a contract was signed on her behalf without her consent, a fraudulent bank account in her name was made without her consent, and that the financial activity regarding her career with Soul Shop was not made transparent as it was promised to her in their initial agreement with the label.[20]

In March 2015, Lee became a member of XO-IQ, which also features Filipino-Canadian Louriza Tronco and Singaporean-Canadian Erika Tham.[4]

During the second-half of 2018, it was reported that a song, titled 'Psycho', which was sung by EXO's Baekhyun, exclusively during EXO's recent Elyxion concert, was written by Lee. The original piece solely written by Lee, and produced by Zayson, went viral.[5]

Lee also co-wrote "Horizon" for Taeyeon's Japanese extended play, Voice.[5] On May 6, 2019, Lee released a new single, "Me, Myself and I", with its lyric video released simultaneously; the song served as the lead single of her debut extended play, I Am, which was released on May 24.[5]

The Voice[edit]

In 2018, she auditioned to season 14 of the American series The Voice. In an episode broadcast on March 6, 2018, she performed "Killing Me Softly with His Song", with Alicia Keys turning her chair. In the Battles Round broadcast on March 19, 2018, she was confronted with Team Alicia teammate Johnny Bliss both singing "Versace on the Floor" from Bruno Mars. Alicia Keys opted for Bliss and Megan Lee was eliminated from the competition.

YouTube[edit]

Megan is most likely known for her covers of songs which she posts onto YouTube. Among the songs she has covered that have received significant views include a cover of Christina Aguilera's "I Will Be", Bruno Mars' "Lazy Song", Lil Wayne's "How to Love", Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill you)" and others. She has also covered other songs and collaborated with other YouTube artists, for example, in 2011, she covered "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green with Arden Cho.[21] In 2011, Megan also won 2NE1's "Lonely" Cover Contest with her cover of 2NE1's single "Lonely", and was flown to Korea to meet with the group. She also made a cover of Adele's "Someone Like You" on YouTube with Sungha Jung. In 2012 she won a Cover Contest sponsored by Jason Mraz and Warner Music Korea, and collaborated with Mraz in a duet for his track, "Lucky" which is viewable on YouTube.[22] She has also performed and recorded a number of duets with acoustic guitarist Sungha Jung, covering famous K-pop songs such as "Monster" by BIGBANG.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Tranquility Sun Kim Short film
2008 My First Crush Hyori Short film
2008 A Quiet Little Marriage School girl
2009 Crush Jeremy's Sister Short film
2010 The Legend of Beaver Dam JuJu Short film
2010 Santa Paws Singing voice role; uncredited[citation needed]
2010 The Case Against Jill Jill Short film
2010 Choson Mi-ok Short film
2011 L.A. Coffin School Connie/Granddaughter
2011 Love, Laugh, & Live herself Short film
2011 Destiny The Artist Short film
2014 Anita Ho Young Anita Lee
2014 Prophecy of Eve Young Eve
2017 Just Another Nice Guy Sandra
2017 Back To SCHOOL vs Back To WORK! Vicky

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Battleground Earth Chaperone kid Episode: "Something's Fishy"
2008 Disney Get Connected Julie 4 episodes
2008 Crash Ji Sun Episode: "Pissing in the Sandbox"
2009 BrainSurge Herself Contestant; episode 1.1
2009 Lost Tapes Joey Sykes Episode: "Jersey Devil"
2010 3 Minute Game Show Herself Contestant; episode: "Camp Rock 2: Part 5"
2010 Star Audition: The Great Birth Herself Contestant
2011 Star Audition: The Great Birth 2 Herself Contestant
2015–2016 Make It Pop Sun Hi Song Main role
2016 The Other Kingdom Sunny Episode: "Get a Job"
2017 Modern Family Florence Episode: "The Long Goodbye"
2018 The Voice (Season 14) Herself Contestant
2018 S.W.A.T. Lila Episode: "School"

Discography[edit]

Original singles[edit]

Year Title Album Notes
2011 "Love, Laugh & Live"
"Destiny"
"In the Future"
2014 "MeGan THE FIRST SINGLE 8dayz" First professional single, released as 메건리
"Ready for Love" You Are My Destiny OST Part 3 Released as 메건리
2015 "Make It Pop (Acoustic Mashup)"
2016 "Stronger"
2019 "Me, Myself and I" I Am

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
I Am

Collaboration Singles[edit]

Year Title Other(s) artist(s) Album
2012 "Time Seemed To Have Stopped" Hyeokseong & Wooyeonseok New Story Part 4
2013 "Brother" (오빠) Kim Tae-woo T-Love
2014 "The Story of Our Lives" (우리가 사는 이야기) g.o.d Chapter 8

Cover Singles[edit]

Year Title Original artist(s)
2011 "The Lazy Song" Bruno Mars
"I Will Be" Christina Aguilera
"Nice Girls" (feat. Justin Chon) inspired by Ryan Higa, Chester See & KevJumba's "Nice Guys"
"I Really Like You" (feat. Jason Chen) Carly Rae Jepsen
"Magic Castle" (마법의 성) (feat. Ensemble Memo) TVXQ
"He Said She Said" (닭살커플) (feat. Jonathan Sim) Tim feat. Esna
"Lighters" (feat. Danakadan & Paul Kim) Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars
"How to Love" Lil Wayne
"A Whole New World" (feat. Raymond J Lee) Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle
"Y.O.U.Tube Baby" (feat. Pk) inspired by Nat King Cole's "L-O-V-E"
2012 "Domino" Jessie J
"Boyfriend" Justin Bieber
"Payphone" Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
"잔소리 (Nagging)" (feat. Mike Choi) IU & Seulong
"Safe and Sound" Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars
"Monster" (feat. Sungha Jung) Big Bang
2013 "22 (Acoustic)" Taylor Swift
2016 "In the Night (Acoustic Version)" (feat. Jason Chen) The Weeknd

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zFfQCe0G-4
  2. ^ "Megan Lee's Facebook Fan Page".
  3. ^ pkdance, AllKPop, 'Birth of a Great Star' contestant Megan Lee signs with Soul Shop Entertainment, http://www.allkpop.com/2013/02/birth-of-a-great-star-contestant-megan-lee-signs-with-soul-shop-entertainment
  4. ^ a b "XO-IQ". xo-iq.com. DHX Media. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e Wilson, Roxanne (May 6, 2019). "Megan Lee Drops new Single "Me, Myself and I"". The Kraze. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  6. ^ MTV K, Homeland Love: Korean-Americans Crash the Korean Music Scene, http://www.mtvk.com/articles/homeland-love-korean-americans-crash-the-korean-music-scene/
  7. ^ Diana S, KPopStarz, Singer Megan Lee Cast On Nickelodeon's New K-Pop Inspired Show 'Make It Pop', http://www.kpopstarz.com/articles/178953/20150227/megan-lee-nickelodeon-kpop-tv-series.htm
  8. ^ Adrienne Stanley, 5 Facts About Megan Lee And The K-Pop Inspired Show 'Make It Pop', http://www.kdramastars.com/articles/76361/20150301/5-facts-megan-lee-and-the-k-pop-inspired-show-make-it-pop.htm
  9. ^ Jaime Presco, New K-Pop Show 'Make It Pop' Co-Produced by Nick Cannon, Starring Megan Lee to Hit Nickelodeon in the 2015-16 Season, http://www.classicalite.com/articles/18338/20150303/new-k-pop-show-make-nick-cannon-megan-lee-nickelodeon.htm
  10. ^ Tambay A. Obenson, indieWire, Nick Cannon Gets Behind New Live-Action Musical Series, 'Make It Pop,' for Upcoming TV Season, http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/nick-cannon-gets-behind-new-live-action-musical-series-make-it-pop-for-upcoming-tv-season-20150226
  11. ^ "Music video: "love laugh & live" by Megan Lee". angryasianman.com. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  12. ^ AllKPop, Youtube sensation Megan Lee releases teaser for "Destiny", http://www.allkpop.com/2011/09/youtube-sensation-megan-lee-releases-teaser-for-destiny
  13. ^ a-Tunes.net, Discover Megan Lee's "Destiny", http://a-tunes.net/2011/09/18/discover-megan-lees-destiny-music-video/ ("As the previously released preview suggested, the teen star and her team chose to go a different route this time by going in a slightly more mature direction to match the inspirational tone of the track – a good choice. And to be quite frank, this may be my favorite visual release by Megan yet.")
  14. ^ AllKpop, Megan Lee releases teaser for her debut song '8dayz', http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/05/megan-lee-releases-teaser-for-her-debut-song-8dayz
  15. ^ Soompi.com, YouTube Star Megan Lee Drops Debut Track "8dayz" Teaser feat. Beast's Yong Jun Hyung, http://www.soompi.com/2014/05/11/youtube-star-megan-lee-drops-debut-track-8dayz-teaser-feat-beasts-yong-jun-hyung/#.U3HPO_ldV8E
  16. ^ Daily KPop News, god release MV for 'The Story of Our Lives' featuring Megan Lee, http://www.dkpopnews.net/2014/07/god-release-mv-for-story-of-our-lives.html
  17. ^ Carol, G.O.D TELLS "THE STORY OF OUR LIVES" FEAT. MEGAN LEE [MV], http://24-7kpop.com/g-o-d-tells-the-story-of-our-lives-feat-megan-lee-mv/
  18. ^ snoopy, g.o.d.: "The Story of Our Lives" (Featuring Megan Lee), http://koreandramareviews.com/g-o-d-the-story-of-our-lives-featuring-megan-lee/
  19. ^ allkpop.com, Megan Lee files lawsuit requesting nullification of contract + Soul Shop Entertainment responds, http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/11/megan-lee-files-lawsuit-requesting-nullification-of-contract-soul-shop-entertainment-responds
  20. ^ Soompi.com, Megan Lee Reveals Reasons for Soul Shop Lawsuit, Claims She Was Verbally Abused by Kim Tae Woo's Wife, http://www.soompi.com/2014/11/27/megan-lee-reveals-reasons-for-soul-shop-lawsuit-claims-she-was-verbally-abused-by-kim-tae-woos-wife/
  21. ^ Kamel, Marina (March 27, 2011). "Adren Cho and Megan Lee Cover "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green (Glee Version)". audrey Magazine. Archived from the original on April 23, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2011. External link in |publisher= (help)
  22. ^ a-Tunes.net, Megan Lee Duets "Lucky" with Jason Mraz, http://a-tunes.net/2012/06/11/megan-lee-duets-lucky-with-jason-mraz/
  23. ^ iTunes, Monster - Megan Lee and Sungha Jang, https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/monster-single/id550156533

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