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Son Ho-young
2015 한류패션페스티벌 (Korean Wave Fashion Festival) 포토존 기념행사 (18).jpg
Son Ho-young in December 2015
Background information
Born (1980-03-26) March 26, 1980 (age 37)
New Jersey, United States[1]
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Years active 1999–present
Labels MMO/CJ E&M[2]
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 손호영
Revised Romanization Son Ho-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Son Hoyŏng

Son Ho-young (born March 26, 1980) is a Korean American[3] singer, best known for being part of the popular group g.o.d. He made his debut in 1999 as a member of the group. Since 2006, he has pursued a solo career as a singer and musical theater actor and also regularly appeared on Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend and other music variety shows.[4]

Early life[edit]

Son is the younger of two children and was born in the United States to Korean parents who are naturalized American citizens.[3][5] They moved to South Korea but their parents divorced and the siblings remained in South Korea with their father.[6][7][3] Son only reconnected with her much later in adulthood.[6] He had a difficult relationship with his father in adolescence and would run away from home to escape being disciplined for misbehavior, finally leaving home for good at age seventeen.[8][9] Son later stated that he had been living on the streets when he befriended future g.o.d bandmate Danny Ahn[8][10] and decided to pursue a career in the music industry. Having developed an interest in singing and dancing as a teenager, he eventually auditioned for a project group that Ahn's cousin Park Joon-hyung was forming[9] and only returned home almost three years later to reconcile with his father.[11][12][13] Son was elementary schoolmates with Kang Sung-hoon and Ko Ji-yong, both of whom went on to form Sechs Kies.[14][15][16]


1999–2005: Early years and g.o.d[edit]

Son, Danny Ahn, Shoo and Kim Hwan-sung were initially part of a mixed-gender project group but it fell through when Shoo signed with S.M. Entertainment; she went on to debut as a member of the girl group S.E.S. while Kim was recruited as the final member of NRG.[17][18] Ahn was recruited by his cousin Park Joon-hyung to join his project group and persuaded Son to audition.[10] Yoon Kye-sang and Kim Sun-a were also recruited but the latter left to pursue acting and was replaced by Kim Tae-woo.[19] With Park Jin-young as their producer and primary songwriter, the group eventually became a five-man boy band g.o.d, short for "Groove Over Dose", and made their debut in January 1999. Despite the lukewarm response to their debut performance, g.o.d would go on to be one of the most popular boy bands of the early 2000's.[20] Initially Son and the other original members were managed by SidusHQ. In 2003 he and Park Joon-hyung signed with Park Jin-young's agency JYP Entertainment while Yoon and Ahn remained with SidusHQ.[21][22]

2006–2013: Solo career[edit]

With Yoon having left the group in 2004, the four remaining members performed as g.o.d for the final time in December 2005 before going their separate ways. Son did not renew his contract with JYP Entertainment and signed with Lobe Entertainment, which was later absorbed into LOEN Entertainment.[13] He released his first album YES, which contained the singles "I Know", "Cry" (Hangul운다; RRUnda), "YES", and "Love Brings Separation" (Hangul사랑은 이별을 데리고 오다; RRSarang-eun ibyeoreul). The album won the Bonsang award for Best Artist (Judges' Choice) at the 21st Golden Disc Awards and "Love Brings Separation" placed #1 in the rankings for January 4, 2007 on Mnet's M Countdown and for January 14 on Inkigayo. Son has since re-released the album containing a DVD of the album's music videos. He continued to periodically collaborate with former bandmate Kim Tae-woo, often performing with one another or appearing on variety shows together.

In 2007, Son released a single album entitled Sweet Love; the lead song is "My Heart in Heaven" (Hangul하늘에 내 마음이; RRHaneure nae ma-eumi). He performed the song with Lee Min-woo of Shinhwa during the "Special Stage" segment of Music Bank, in which two singers or idol groups would cover one another's songs.[23] Under the Sea concert DVD was released the same year. In late 2008, Son released his second album, Returns.

Son performed as a soloist at the Korean Music Festival in 2008 and 2009 and was also MC for the 2009 and 2012 editions. During the 2012 edition he briefly reunited with three of his former g.o.d bandmates for a special performance.[24] He was also a regular participant in Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend. He won for the first time in episode 75 (broadcast on November 17, 2012).

On November 10, 2011, Son released his second mini album U-TURN. The promoted single "Pretty But Hateful" (Hangul예쁘고 미웠다; RRYeppeugo miwotda) featured rapper Bizzy, best known as a member of pioneer hip hop group Drunken Tiger, and peaked at #72 in the Gaon Digital Chart.[25] The music video starred Suzy of miss A.[26] The album was well-received critically and was featured on Mnet's Pick.[27][28] From November 25, 2011 to January 29, 2012, Son starred in the musical Fame along with Eunhyuk of Super Junior, Tiffany of Girls' Generation, Go Eun Seong, Kim Chan Ho, Shin Ui Jeong, Lina of The Grace, Choi Ju Ri, KoN and Kim Jung-mo of TRAX.[29][30]

In February 2013, Son participated and won in MasterChef Korea (celebrity edition) alongside other Korean celebrities, Fei, Henry, Tony, comedian Shin Bong-sun.

2014–present: g.o.d reunion and other activities[edit]

In early 2014, Son came back to the entertainment industry after a 1-year hiatus, joining O'live TV's Share House as his first appearance on TV since 2013. On July 24 he co-hosted the M Countdown 10th anniversary special with Moon Hee-jun and Lee Hong-gi.[31][32]

g.o.d was officially reunited as a five-piece when Yoon Kye-sang agreed to rejoin and a 15th anniversary nation-wide tour beginning on July 12, 2014 was announced.[33] They largely concentrate on releasing new material and holding live concerts rather than promoting on music programs to allow individual members to concurrently maintain their solo careers.

Son collaborated with Danny Ahn to record their version of "One Day" (Hangul하루만; RRHaruman), one of the soundtracks for the tvN drama series Marriage, Not Dating.[34] It was first played during the closing credits at the end of episode 8, which aired on July 26, and the accompanying music video uploaded later that week by CJ E&M. The single peaked at #33 on the Gaon Digital Chart.[35] In between g.o.d's reunion concerts, he made a guest appearance at his long-time friend Baek Ji-young's concert in Daegu and sang Taecyeon's part in "My Ear's Candy" (내 귀에 캔디).[36] He also featured in Natthew's single "Love Will Be Ok" and its music video, which were both released in November 2014.[37] The week after its release to little fanfare, the single immediately peaked at #25 in the Gaon Social Chart.[38] He was a guest judge on No.Mercy, a survival program launched by Mnet and Starship Entertainment in 2015; the seven of the remaining contestants would debut as Monsta X.[39][40]

In May 2016 Son released a teaser for his upcoming second solo mini album, entitled May, I, to mark his tenth year as a solo artist. The music video for the title track "My Weak Point" (Hangul나의 약점; RRNa-ui yakjeom) was uploaded on CJ E&M's YouTube channel.[41] It debuted at #8 on the Gaon Album Chart[42] and remained in the top 100 for the months of May and June.[43][44] The repackaged album, which included an additional new single "None Like You" (Hangul너 같은 사람 없어; RRNa gateun saram eopseo), was released in October.[45]

Son returned to musical theater for much of the latter half of 2016. He was double-cast as Dr. Rieux in Peste, the translated musical adaptation of Albert Camus's novel The Plague.[46] Featuring music by K-pop legend Seo Tai-ji, the musical premiered on July 20, 2016.[47] In December 2016 he was cast as the protagonist in the musical Geumgang 1894, which was based on the Donghak Peasant Revolution.[48]

Son renewed his contract with his current agency MMO Entertainment, a subsidiary label of CJ E&M in May 2017.[2] He was one of eight guest artistes featured in Kim Tae-woo's sixth solo album T-WITH, which was released in June 2017.[49] In October it was announced that Son was double-cast as Chad/Elvis in the jukebox musical All Shook Up, the third time he has taken the role. It will run from November 2017 to February 2018.[50]

Personal life[edit]

In 2000 Son and three of his bandmates were injured in a car accident on the Yeongdong Expressway. He was the most seriously injured and required treatment in hospital.[51]

Son's older sister is actress and VJ Son Jung-min (ko).[9] They also have a much younger half-sister from their father's second marriage. Son and his older sister both hold American citizenship as they were born in the United States to Korean parents who were naturalized American citizens.[3]

His citizenship became the subject of controversy when his father's estranged second wife revealed in 2005 at a press conference that the former had recently given up his Korean citizenship and claimed that he had done so to evade mandatory military service.[13] Son clarified that he had been given Korean citizenship due to an administrative error and had returned his passport at the request of the Immigration Office to correct the error. He was never eligible for Korean nationality due to the fact that he was born overseas to parents who did not hold Korean citizenship and thus did not meet the requirements.[3][52]

On May 21, 2013, police found the body of a woman in Son's car. They discovered that the woman was his girlfriend, who had borrowed his car and then committed suicide in it. The entertainment company that Son is currently under has stated that the suicide had nothing to do with her relationship to Son. Son Ho-young attempted to commit suicide following his girlfriend's death on the morning of May 24, 2013. According to the police, at 4:36 am, Son parked his car at a parking lot near Onnuri Community Church, Seoul and attempted to commit suicide in the same method as his girlfriend by lighting butane gas inside his car. The car caught on fire, and as the singer tried to back away from it, a passerby noticed the fumes coming out of the car and made a call to the police for help. He was then rushed to the hospital and was treated immediately, and is fortunately said to be fine with no damage to his health.[53][54][55]


Solo albums[edit]

# Title Album details Peak positions1 Sales
1 Yes 2[56] 14
2 Sweet Love (싱글앨범)
  • Released: July 27, 2007
  • Label:
  • Format: CD
3 Returns
  • Released: October 9, 2008
  • Label:
  • Format: CD
4 U-TURN 5 22
5 May, I 8 26
30[59] 82

Soundtrack and singles contributions[edit]

Year Track Album Notes
2010 "Thorn" (가시) Smile, Mom OST
2012 "I Only Wanted You" (너만을 원했다)
(feat. narration by Song Joong-ki)
The Innocent Man OST
"It's Strange" (이상해요) I Love Lee Tae-ri OST
2013 "Look at Me" (나를 좀 봐봐) Flower Boys Next Door OST
2014 "One Day" (하루만) (solo ver.) Marriage, Not Dating OST
"One Day" (하루만)
(feat. Danny Ahn)
"Senoya Senoya"
(with Kim Dong-jun)
Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend – Legendary Singer: Yang Hee-eun
2015 "Shaken by the Wind, Wet from the Rain" (바람에 흔들리고 비에 젖어도) Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend — Legends of Soul: Park Seong-hoon & Park Hyeon-jin
2016 "Moon Light" Please Come Back, Mister OST
"My Love" Immortal Songs: Singing the LegendLee Seung-chul and 6 Special Vocalists
"Fantastic Star" (판타스틱 스타) Fantastic OST
"Paper Crane" (종이학) Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend — Lee Beom-hee

As a featured artist[edit]

Year Track Album Notes
2006 친구란 이름으로
(Kim Tae-woo feat. Son Ho-young)
Solo Special
2007 다시 내 곁으로
(As One feat. Son Ho-young)
So Romantic (우리가 알고있는 사랑 이야기 다섯)[60]
"Fool" (바보야)[61]
(Kil Gun feat. Son Ho-young)
Born Again
Cho-ah feat. Son Ho-young)
예인 (霓人) (Yein) Vol.1
즐거운 인생[63]
(Tim feat. Son Ho-young and Danny Jung)
Volume 4 - Love Is...
2008 씻고 준비해야죠[64]
(Lee Hyun-wook feat. Son Ho-young)
non-album single
2009 기억과 추억
(Kim Tae-woo feat. Park Joon-hyung, Danny Ahn and Son Ho-young)
2010 "Raining" (비가)
(Kim Jin-woo feat. Son Ho-young)
non-album single
2014 "Love Will Be Ok" (잘할게)
(Natthew feat. Son Ho-young)
non-album single
2017 "Hungry for Love" (니가 고파)
(Kim Tae-woo feat. Mad Clown and Son Ho-young)
T-WITH [65]
"Mi manchi" (그대를 그리며)
(Jin Yoon-hee with Son Ho-young)
The Forest[66] [67]

Charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak Chart Positions Sales (DL)2 Album Notes
"You Fool" (이 바보야) (feat. Chiyoo) 2011 U-TURN
"Pretty But Hateful" (예쁘고 미웠다) (feat. Bizzy) 72 [25]
"I Only Wanted You" (너만을 원했다) 2012 83 The Innocent Man OST [71]
"One Day" (하루만) (solo ver.) 2014 33 77 Marriage, Not Dating OST [73]
  • ^1 Chart information is from the Gaon Digital Chart only.
  • ^2 Sales figures are from the Gaon Download Chart.

Lyrics and composition[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Note
1999 "Say g.o.d" g.o.d Chapter 2 lyrics
co-written with Park Jin-young, Park Joon-hyung, Yoon Kye-sang, Danny Ahn and Kim Tae-woo
2000 "g.o.d Party" Chapter 3
"Sky Blue Balloon" (하늘색 풍선)
2001 "Sad Love" (슬픈사랑) Chapter 4 lyrics
co-written with Park Joon-hyung, Yoon Kye-sang, Danny Ahn and Kim Tae-woo
2002 "Us" (우리) Chapter 5: Letter lyrics and music
2006 "Love Brings Separation" (사랑은 이별을 데리고 오다) Son Ho-young Yes lyrics
"Happy Virus" (해피바이러스) lyrics
co-written with Park Seon Ju
2008 "I Know"[74] Returns lyrics
"가시덤불" lyrics
co-written with Noru (ko)
"Beautiful Day" lyrics
2014 "Stand Up" g.o.d Chapter 8 lyrics
co-written with Black Eyed Pilseung and Danny Ahn



Year Work Role Notes
2010 Becoming a Billionaire Ha Joon-tae cameo
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows Kim Shi-hoo cameo
2013 Pure Love Son Dae-ri

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 Golden Disc Awards Disc Bonsang (Judges' Choice) YES Won
Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Awards Won
2008 Golden Disc Awards Popularity Award Won


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