Roy Kim

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Roy Kim
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Native name
Kim Sang-woo

(1993-07-03) July 3, 1993 (age 25)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • radio presenter
Musical career
Years active2012–present
Associated actsSuperstar K4
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Sang-u
McCune–ReischauerKim Sangu
Stage name
로이 킴 (로이킴)
Revised RomanizationRo-i Kim
McCune–ReischauerRoi Kim

Kim Sang-woo (born July 3, 1993), better known professionally as Roy Kim, is a South Korean singer, songwriter and radio presenter. He began his singing career after winning Mnet's talent competition series Superstar K4.[1] Kim, who is an undergraduate student at Georgetown University, initially planned to major in business administration; he later announced plans to switch his major to sociology.[2][3][4]

Kim officially debuted with his first studio album, Love Love Love (2013). The album spawned two hit singles, one of which ("Bom Bom Bom") became the fourth most successful song of that year in South Korea.[5] Following the album's success, Kim won trophies for best newcomer at the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards and the 2014 Golden Disk Awards.[6][7]

Since his debut, Kim has released three studio albums, scoring two number-one singles on the Gaon Music Chart. In addition to his own music career, the artist has also participated in soundtracks for television series including Reply 1994, Pinocchio, Twenty Again and Another Oh Hae-young.[8][9][10] As of December 2018, Kim has sold over 12 million digital downloads in his native country (see Roy Kim discography).

Early life and career[edit]

Roy Kim was born Kim Sang-woo in Seoul, South Korea on July 3, 1993. His mother was an artist, and his father, Kim Hong-taek, is an executive vice president at Hongik University and a former CEO of Seoul Takju Manufacturers Association.[11][A][B]

During his elementary school years, Kim stayed awhile in Canada to study, and later went to Asheville, North Carolina in the United States, graduating from Asheville School in 2012.[14][15]

Taking a gap year before college,[16] in 2012 Kim applied for Mnet's Superstar K4 (the Korean equivalent of American Idol), for which he was crowned the final winner of the show out of nearly two million applicants.[14][17] He debuted as a singer, performing at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards.[18]

In 2013, Kim entered Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. for his freshman year,[16] then returned to his native country for another album and tour. In January 2015, he resumed his sophomore year as a business major, with plans to continue alternating time for school and his music career.[3] By May 2016, still a sophomore, Kim had decided to switch to a sociology major; he said that he found sociology, with its emphasis on understanding human nature and behavior patterns, to be "helpful for writing lyrics".[2]

Kim performed at the 2015 HITO Music Awards [zh] in Taiwan, becoming the first foreign artist invited to attend the awards since they were established in 2003.[19] During the ceremony, Kim also was presented with a trophy for Favorite Foreign Artist.[20]

Kim performing at KCON 2015

Jung Yoon-hye, who was a member of girl group Rainbow, is Kim's cousin.[21]


Concerts and tours[edit]

Radio presenting[edit]

Year Channel Title Notes
2013 MBC FM4U Kim Shin-young's Hope Song at Noon [ko] Temporary co-host with Jung Joon-young (January 28 - March 3)[49]
Roy Kim and Jung Joon-young's Best Friend May 6 - August 18[50][51]
2014 MBC Standard FM Younha's Starry Night Temporary host (September 29 - October 5)[52]
2015 Jung Joon-young's Simsimtapa [ko] Special host (October 7–8)[53]
Melon Radio RoyStar FM December 1, 8[54][55]
KBS Cool FM K-Pop Planet December 13
2016 SBS Power FM Jang Ye-won [ko]'s A Night like Tonight [ko] Special host (August 1–7)[56]


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2015 The Producers KBS2 Cindy's anti-fan[57] Episode 10 (cameo)

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2001 Show! Lucky Train KBS2 Guest Pre-debut
2012 Superstar K4 Mnet Contestant, winner 15 episodes (1-15)
Superstar K4 Backstage Himself 7 episodes (October 19 - December 7)
Beatles Code Season 2 Guest 2 episodes (December 3, 10)
Superstar K4 Top 12 Talk Concert Himself 1 episode (December 7)
Live Talk Show Taxi tvN Guest 2 episodes (268-269)
2012-13 Superstar K4ever Special Track Mnet Himself 8 episodes (December 21 - February 8)
2013 Yoon Do-hyun's MUST Performer 1 episode (January 12)
Turn to the King OGN Guest 1 episode (167)
Star Family Show Mamma Mia KBS2 Guest 1 episode (3)
Hello Counselor Guest 1 episode (124)
The Age of Bands Mnet Performer 1 episode (4)
Roy Kim's Love Love Love Host 1 episode (June 27)
Entertainment Weekly [ko] KBS2 Interviewee star 1 episode (1482)
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Performer 1 episode (195)
Concert 7080 KBS1 Performer 1 episode (424)
Open Concert Performer 1 episode (985)
2014 Connection 2014 XTM/OnStyle Narrator Co-narrator with Bae Suzy (June 13 - July 4)
I Live Alone MBC Guest 1 episode (63)
Somesing SBS Host, performer Co-host with Kang Ho-dong, Kim Jung-eun, and Kim Yeon-woo (September 9–10)
First Day of Work tvN Cast member 5 episodes (1-5)
2 Days & 1 Night KBS2 Guest 3 episodes (361-363)
Hello Counselor Guest 1 episode (194)
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Performer 1 episode (246)
Open Concert KBS1 Performer 1 episode (1035)
Magic Eye SBS Guest 1 episode (18)
Space Sympathy EBS1 Performer 1 episode (1080)
2015 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS2 Performer 2 episodes (277, 299)
Unique Entertainment News OBS Interviewee star 1 episode (1680)
2 Days & 1 Night KBS2 Himself 1 episode (404, voice only)
K-Bap Star: Who's Your Mama? SBS Guest 1 episode (September 29)
Radio Star MBC Guest 1 episode (402)
Open Concert KBS1 Performer 1 episode (1079)
Running Man SBS Contestant 1 episode (272)
Hello Counselor KBS2 Guest 1 episode (254)
Two Yoo Project - Sugar Man JTBC Guest, performer 1 episode (10)
Concert 7080 KBS1 Performer 1 episode (536)
2016 Open Concert Performer 1 episode (1088)
Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend KBS2 Guest, performer 2 episodes (235-236)
EBS Space Sympathy EBS1 Performer 1 episode (1203)
I Live Alone (TV series) MBC Guest 1 episode (160)
King of Mask Singer Contestant 6 episodes (65-70) as "Romantic the Dark Knight"
Wednesday Food Talk tvN Guest 1 episode (72)
Daddy and Me Cast member 5 episodes (6-10)
People of Full Capacity MBC Guest 1 episode (34)
Enter-K YTN Interviewee star 1 episode (July 24)
Problematic Men tvN Guest 1 episode (72)
Talents for Sale KBS2 Guest 1 episode (14)
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Performer 1 episode (331)
Celebrity Bromance MBig TV Cast member Co-starred with Jung Joon-young (August 9, 16, 23, 30)
Live Talk Show Taxi tvN Guest
2017 2 Days & 1 Night KBS2 Guest 3 episodes (486–488)
Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend Guest, Performer 1 episode (295:Final winner)
I Can See Your Voice Mnet Guest 1 episode (Season 4 Ep 6)[58]
Please Take Care of My Refrigerator JTBC Guest Celebrity Guest alongside Jung Yong-hwa (Season 2, Episode 124,125)
Paik Jong-won's Three Great Emperors SBS Guest 1 episode (81)
Battle Trip KBS2 Guest 1 episode (49)
Happy Together Guest 1 episode (499)
Hello Counselor Guest 1 episode (326)
Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend Guest, Performer 1 episode (304)
Fantastic Duo Contestant, Performer 2 episodes (21, 22)
2018 Begin Again JTBC Cast member Season 2

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist(s)
2013 "The Day to Love" Lee Seung-chul

Goodwill ambassadors[edit]

Year Title Campaign organizer Ref.
2015 Girls' Education Campaign at KCON 2015 UNESCO/CJ E&M [59][60]
2016 The Happy Place of Sharing and Donation, G+Star Zone Gangnam District, Seoul [61]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ After retiring from Hongik University, Kim's father worked as the president of Seoul Takju Manufacturers Association.[12]
  2. ^ Kim's father was appointed as executive vice president at Hongik University on March 3, 2015.[13]


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