Shin Hye-sung

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Shin Hye-sung
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Background information
Birth nameJung Pil-kyo
Also known as
  • Shin Hye-sung
  • Steve Jung
Born (1979-11-27) November 27, 1979 (age 40)
Seoul, South Korea
Musical career
Years active1998–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSin Hye-seong
McCune–ReischauerSin Hye-sŏng
Birth name
Revised RomanizationJeong Pil-gyo
McCune–ReischauerChŏng P'il-gyo

Shin Hye-sung (Korean신혜성; Hanja申彗星 (born Jung Pil-kyo Korean정필교; Hanja鄭弼敎; November 27, 1979) is a South Korean singer-songwriter. He is best known as a member of the South Korean boy group Shinhwa. The main vocalist of Shinhwa, he debuted as a solo artist in 2005 and has since released multiple albums in both Korean and Japanese.


1998: Debut with Shinhwa[edit]

Shin auditioned in America through Brothers Entertainment and was the first member to be placed into Shinhwa.[citation needed] He officially debuted as part of Shinhwa on March 24, 1998 with a performance of their first single "해결사" (The Solver) on KM Music Tank. Since then, he has released thirteen Korean and one Japanese studio albums with Shinhwa.

2005: Solo career[edit]

Shin debuted as a solo artist in 2005 with the release of his solo album entitled Love of May (오월지련, 五月之戀) in 2005. This album ranked number one on the HMV pre-order sales chart in Japan in February 2005, with 180,000 copies sold. Shin released his second album, entitled The Beginning, New Days on August 8, 2007. His song, "First Person", was #1 on the K-pop Top 10 chart. His album sold 30,000 copies on its first day of release and 50,000 copies in a week.

He has since released five Korean and two Japanese studio albums.

In June 2011, after releasing his fifth Korean studio album, The Road Not Taken, Shin wrapped up a series of performances in Seoul, Busan, and Shanghai. He also hosted a special two-day, 2011 Tour in Seoul - The Road Not Taken Act II, at Kyung Hee University on September 3 and 4.[1] Then in July, he recorded a duet "I Believe," with Shunsuke Kiyokiba former member of Exile.[2]

2012–present: Shinhwa comeback[edit]

In March 2012, Shin reunited with his Shinhwa bandmates for their comeback after four years, under the management of 'Shinhwa Company'. It is a joint venture agency for members to perform as a group, of which Eric and Lee Min-woo are co-CEOs and the remaining members are shareholders. The Company manages the group as a whole, whilst members' individual activities are managed by their respective agencies.[3] The group released their tenth studio album The Return on March 23, 2012,[4][5] launched their comeback concerts 2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Return throughout Asia[6][7] and their first exclusive variety program Shinhwa Broadcast premiered on March 17, 2012 on cable channel JTBC.[8]

On March 25, during the encore performance of the 2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour in Seoul: The Return, Shin injured his knee. At the start of the performance of "Yo!", he was shot up on stage but did not land safely. He ruptured his cruciate ligament and severely damaged the cartilage and ligament surrounding the meniscus, requiring surgery and six months of rest. Shin had previously ruptured his cruciate ligament again, an injury previously sustained during a concert in 2001, and had corrective surgery on his left knee but the cruciate ligament in his right knee continued to suffer damage, for which he was exempt from mandatory military service. However, he has put off surgery, but has continued treatment through the end of promotional activities for Shinhwa's tenth studio album, The Return.[9] He performed by singing in a chair for their first music show comeback on March 29 on M! Countdown, where they performed "Venus" and "Hurt".[10]

In September Shin along with bandmate Lee Min-woo performed at the West Bank Music Festival in Shanghai from September 30 to October 2, as K-Pop representatives along with other international artists such as Michael Bolton in front of an audience of 100,000 people.[11][12]


  • 2005: 五.月.之.戀 (Love of May)
  • 2007: The Beginning, New Days
  • 2008: Live and Let Live
  • 2009: Keep Leaves
  • 2010: Find Voice in Song
  • 2011: The Road Not Taken
  • 2011: Embrace
  • 2012: Winter Poetry
  • 2016: Delight
  • 2017: Serenity
  • 2019: Setlist


  1. Shinhwa Vol. 2 "Forever With You (너의 곁에서)"
  2. Shinhwa Vol. 3 "Never Come To Me" (co-writer)
  3. Shinhwa Vol. 3 "Vortex" (co-writer)
  4. Shinhwa Vol. 3 "Wedding March"
  5. Shinhwa Vol. 4 "Hey, Come On"
  6. Shinhwa Vol. 4 "Falling in Love"
  7. Shinhwa Vol. 4 "Sure I Know"
  8. Shinhwa Vol. 4 "바램 ( I Swear)"
  9. Shinhwa Vol. 6 " You (노을)"
  10. Shinhwa Vol. 7 "Oh" (co-wrote song lyrics with Minwoo)
  11. Shinhwa Vol. 9 "Destiny of Love (흔적)"
  12. Shinhwa Vol. 10 "Let It Go" (co-wrote song lyrics with Eddie Shin)
  13. Shin Hye Sung Vol. 1 "Don't Leave" (co-writer with JPS)
  14. Shin Hye Sung Vol. 1 "Same Thought" (co-writer with Park Chang Hyun)
  15. Shin Hye Sung Vol. 1 "Punishment (벌)" (co-writer with Kim Do Hyun)
  16. Shin Hye Sung Vol. 1 "A Song For You"
  17. Shin Hye Sung Vol. 1 "After... "
  18. Shin Hye Sung & Lyn [He Said... She Said...] "Echo"
  19. Group S Fr. in Cl "I Swear" (wrote English lyrics)
  20. Group S Fr. in Cl "I Believe"
  21. S.E.S Vol. 1 "Good-Bye" (Rap by Eric)
  22. S.E.S Vol. 2 "Kiss" (Rap by Eric)

Other participation: Shinhwa Vol. 8 "Midnight Girl" (New melody arrangements for ballad version)

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2004-2005 Love Letter SBS Contestant with Shinhwa (Season 1, Episode 1-14)
Let's Coke Play Battle Shinhwa! Mnet and Coca-Cola Host with Shinhwa
2012-2014 Shinhwa Broadcast JTBC Main Cast with Shinhwa (Episode 1-70)

Music shows[edit]


Year Awards
  • Sohu Entertainment Sohu Han Yu's 2007 Awards: Annual Best Album
  • Sohu Entertainment Sohu Han Yu's 2007 Awards: Best MV
  • 2007 Model Ceremony Award: Popularity Award
  • China Top Hits Awards: "Popular Asian Singer"[14]


  1. ^ "Shin Hye-sung 2011 Tour in Seoul". KBS Global. August 24, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  2. ^ Choe, MinJi "Shin Hye Sung Nails Number One Spot on Taiwanese Music Chart" Mnet News. July 29, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-30
  3. ^ "Shinhwa Form Their Own Agency" Chosun Ilbo. August 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-05
  4. ^ 신화, 섬뜩한 뱀파이어 변신…23일 10집 발매. Nate News (in Korean). March 17, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Shinhwa to release upcoming 10th album on March 23". 10 Asia. March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Hong, Lucia (February 1, 2012). "Shinhwa releases teaser video for upcoming concert". 10 Asia. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  7. ^ Suk, Monica (March 26, 2012). "CONCERT REVIEW: Shinhwa: Reborn with The Return". 10 Asia. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  8. ^ Park, HyunMin (March 4, 2012). "Shinhwa to have Shinhwa Broadcast". Mnet News. CJ E&M. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Park, HyunMin "Shin Hye Sung to Put Off Surgery to Continue with Shinhwa Promotions" CJ E&M enewsWorld. March 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-29
  10. ^ Park, HyunMin "Shin Hye Sung to Perform for Shinhwa’s Comeback in a Chair" CJ E&M enewsWorld. March 28, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-29
  11. ^ Park, HyunMin (September 27, 2012). "Shinhwa′s Shin Hye Sung and Lee Min Woo to Sing in Chinese Rock Festival Alongside Michael Bolton". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  12. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (September 28, 2012). "Shinhwa boys get Shanghai invite". Joongang Daily. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  13. ^ "2005 Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  14. ^,retrieved may 19 2014

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