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Shannon Williams
(싹튜브) SAC 방송댄스과 졸업발표회 축하메세지 (샤넌).jpg
Born Shannon Areum Williams Lees
(1998-05-26) 26 May 1998 (age 19)
London, United Kingdom
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Associated acts F-ve Dolls

Shannon Areum Williams Lees (Hangul샤넌 아름 윌리엄스 리즈; born 26 May 1998), referred to monomously as Shannon or Shannon Williams , is a British Korean singer and actress based in South Korea. She debuted in December 2014 with released digital single Daybreak Rain.

Early life[edit]

Shannon Areum Williams Lees was born on 27 May 1998 in the United Kingdom to a Welsh father, Chris Williams Lees, and a Korean mother, Jungmi Kim. Shannon (Korean name: Kim Arrum (Hangul김아름; RRKim Areum) is the youngest in their family with two older twin half-brothers, Christian Lees and Jonah Lees, from her father's previous relationship. She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School in London, and at the age of 7, she was given the role of Cosette in the musical Les Miserables Shannon studied at Dwight School Seoul but dropped out .[1] She is a supporter of Millwall F.C..

Shannon was originally trained, preparing to be an idol member and supposed to be the main vocalist of girl group. In February 2012, she was announced to be a new member of girl group F-ve Dolls[1]and later her agency changed their plans with announced that she would continue to trained for preparing her debut as soloists.[2] She also revealed that on "International bnt" magazine interview, "I was preparing for a debut as the main vocalist of a girl group, but I had a lot of greed towards singing. I asked my agency to let me debut as a solo artist. I’m grateful that they decided to listen to me and I was able to go solo".[3][4]


2010–2014: Career beginnings[edit]

Shannon first appeared on South Korean media through SBS's Star King in 2010 and gained attention after she expressed her singing excellence in 2011.[5] Core Contents Media recruited Shannon after seeing her excellence performance on SBS's Star King in 2011.[6]

In 2012, Shannon released collaboration single, Day and Night with Areum (former member of T-ara) and Gun-ji (Gavy NJ) and also was featured in singer Yangpa's song, "Together. In February 2012, she was announcement as new member of girl group F-ve Dolls,[1]and in July 2013, it was later announced that she would continue to trained for one or two years to preparing her debut as soloist.[2] On November 23, Shannon appeared an episode of JTBC's Hidden Singer 2 as one of the impersonators of singer IU.[7]

On January 18, 2014 Shannon appeared on JTBC's Hidden Singer 2 for the King of Kings finale round and performed IU's "Good Day" and Beyoncé's "Listen", but was eliminated before the final round.[8] On 29 January she released pre-debut single Remember You to commemorate the end of her three-year training for her debut. The track was composed by Cho Young-su and features Speed's Jongkook [9]

On 12 February, Shannon made an appearance on her labelmate showcase, Speed Day, which aired on SBS MTV. She performed "Let It Go", a song from the film Frozen, and Rihanna's "Diamonds" with Dani.[10]

Shannon released her debut single titled "Daybreak Rain" on 1 December, which charted at number 32 on Gaon digital chart after its release.[11] On 26 December, she released a collaboration single Breath with Vasco and Giriboy.[citation needed]

2015–present: Eighteen, acting roles, K-pop Star 6[edit]

On 5 March 2015, Shannon's first extended play Eighteen with lead single "Why Why" was released. Shannon starred in the KBS drama Moorim School which was aired on 11 January 2016.[12][13]

On 3 March 2016, Shannon released a single, "Lachrymal Gland", featuring Soheechan as part of the 2gether project.[14]

From 20 November 2016 to 9 April 2017 she took part in the TV reality show K-pop Star 6: The Last Chance. She competed against other trainees and talented individuals in hopes of scoring a contract that would grant the winner promotions from YG, JYP and Antenna Music. Shannon received high praise for her technical singing ability but was critiqued for her lack of emotion. She was selected into YG's group and sang songs such as "Man in the Mirror", "Who's Your Mama", "Happy", and "Ain't No Other Man". She advanced to the Top 4 (semi-finals) before she was eliminated.[13]

In mid-April 2017, MBK revealed that they have a plans to release Shannon's album sometime in second half of the year, after DIA and T-ara finished their activities.[15]

She will make a comeback on 27th June with the album releasing on the same day.



Title Album details Peak chart
Eighteen 17
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Year Title Peak chart position Sales Album
2014 "Daybreak Rain" 32 66,255+ [19] Eighteen
2015 "Why Why" 100 14,713+ [20]

Collaborations and soundtracks[edit]

Year Song Album Remarks
2012 "My Love" Together with Yangpa
"Day and Night (Love All)" Day and Night with Lee Areum and Gavy NJ's Gun-ji
2014 "Remember You" Remember You with Jongkook
"Breath" Breath with Vasco and Giriboy
2015 "Remember and Love" Shine or Go Crazy OST
"Love X Go Away" Falling with Yuk Ji-dam
2016 "Lachrymal Gland" 혜이니 (Heyne) – 2getherProject with Soheechan


  • Shannon First Live Concert (2014)


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2016 Moorim School KBS2 Shannon Supporting role

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2010–2011, 2013–2014 Star King SBS 172, 198, 392, 393
2013–2014 Hidden Singer 2 JTBC 7, 14–16
2014 Hidden Singer 3 JTBC 10, 15
2015 Immortal Songs 2 KBS 185
My Neighbor, Charles KBS 6–9, 28
2015 Autumn Season Idol Star Athletics Championships MBC 1–2
2016 Get It Beauty Onstyle
Radio Star MBC 482
2016–2017 Kpop Star 6 SBS TOP 4
2017 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as "Best Actress Award for the Day Fennec Fox" (Episodes 115–116)[21][22]

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Oliver Twist Oliver Twist
2009 Les Misérables Cosette


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Length Notes
2012 Day and Night 3:34 With ex T-ARA's member Areum and Gavy NJ's Gunji
2014 Remember You 4:32 With Speed's Jungkook
Daybreak Rain 3:57
Breathe 3:49 With Vasco and Giriboy
2015 Why Why 5:49
2016 Lachrymal Gland 3:28 With Soheezzang


  1. ^ a b c (in Korean)"이웃집 찰스 샤넌, 과거 파이브돌스 멤버로 활동...탈퇴 이유는?". Chosun. October 2, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b (in Korean)"파이브돌스, 샤넌-지현 탈퇴…새 멤버 승희-연경 합류". July 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "샤넌 "'K팝6' 우승하면 YG 선택하려 했다, 양현석 애정 느껴"'". mydaily. May 16, 2017. 
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  5. ^ "Meet Shannon, the newest rising K-pop star out of the UK". KoreaBoo. December 1, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ (in Korean) "4단고음’ 13세 英 소녀 섀넌 픽스, 티아라 소속사와 전속계약". Naver. February 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ "샤넌 아이유 모창능력 + 인형같은 외모 '주목'". News Daily Korea. October 10, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ "히든싱어2 샤넌, 아이유 모창 ‘좋은날’ 도전…3단 고음 과시했지만 ‘탈락’". DongA. January 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "신인 가수 샤넌, 29일 디지털 싱글 발표…3년 연습생 종지부". Hankyung. January 27, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  10. ^ "‘히든싱어2′ 출신 샤넌, ‘렛잇고’ 열풍 동참". Hankyung. February 12, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  11. ^ (in Korean)"Gaon All Time Chart". Gaon. 
  12. ^ "'Murim School' continues to reveal star-studded cast including Shannon Williams, and more!". Allkpop. September 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Shannon Williams". Allkpop. April 17, 2017. 
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  16. ^ "Gaon Album Chart - Weekly". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  17. ^ "March 2015 Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  19. ^ nationGbn=T&serviceGbn=S1020&targetTime=51&hitYear=2014&termGbn=week "Gaon Download Chart" Check |url= value (help). Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
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  21. ^ Park Pan-seok (June 18, 2017). "'복면가왕' 샤넌의 정체는 사막여우..이제 스무살". OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  22. ^ Kim Mi-hwa (June 18, 2017). "'복면가왕' 사막여우 정체는 샤넌..폭풍 가창력". Star News (in Korean). Retrieved June 18, 2017. 

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