Tei (singer)

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Background information
Birth name Kim Ho-kyung
Born (1983-04-04) April 4, 1983 (age 34)
Ulsan, South Korea
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2004–present
Labels HIS Entertainment
Website Official website
Stage name
Hangul 테이
Revised Romanization Tei
McCune–Reischauer T'ei
Birth name
Hangul 김호경
Hanja 金鎬京
Revised Romanization Gim Ho-gyeong
McCune–Reischauer Kim Ho-gyŏng

Kim Ho-kyung (Chinese: 金稿京, Korean: 테이; born April 4, 1983), better known by his stage name Tei, is a South Korean singer. Originally discovered by a record company's karaoke website, he gained popularity and fame in South Korea as a TV presenter, promotional model, and actor. Tei is best known for his debut song, "Love Is a Fragrance".


"Tei": the name consists of "Te" and "i"; "Te" is a French character meaning "you". Tei, is meant as a wish for people to get closer through music.[1] Born in South Korea, Tei's performance on stage in his high school was recorded and uploaded to a popular Korean website where he won a prize.[2] He was invited to audition at JYP Entertainment Starlight Casting System and joined JYP Entertainment after he graduated from high school.[3] Hobbies include composing, movies, and writing.[4] Before fame intervened, Tei wanted to be an architect, and studied towards that goal at Gyeongnam University. Tei is a multi-talented person. He is the singer for his underground band and the guitarist as well.[5] In 2013, Tei finished his military service.

Career experience[edit]

While in high school, he led weekly performances with his underground band. Due to his singing abilities he became known as the Mr. Big in school. When he was ready to go to university, his composing talent and attractive vocal became known to a famous record company, JYP Entertainment, a company with strong market share and mature operations. With the opportunity allowed him by his association with the record company, Tei was turned into a trainee and debuted after a three trainee career.[6]

Original soundtracks[edit]

§ Love Is Hurt (Chinese: 坏爱情, Korean: 못된사랑) KBS drama in 2007.[7]

§ Aristocrat (Chinese: 食客, Korean:식객SBS{Seoul Broadcasting System} drama in 2008.[8]

Radio programs[edit]

§ 2007-2008: KBS Tei Music Island[9]

§ 2015- current MBC "Tei's Dreaming Radio" [10]

Korean drama[edit]

§ 2009: Can Anyone Love? ( Chinese: 不是谁都能爱[11]

Important events[edit]

•January 5, 2004. The First Journey.The first album.[12]

•February 1, 2005.UcuPraCacia.The second album.

•November 21, 2005.A Third Opinion.The third album.

•February 9, 2007.Lover.The fourth album.[13]

•September 9, 2009.The Shine.The fifth album.

•August 3, 2010. Tei.The sixth album.[14]


Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2004 Best New Male Video[15] "Love Leaves Its Scent" (사랑은 향기를 남기고) Nominated
2005 Best Ballad Performance "Love... Is The Only One" (사랑은...하나다)[16] Nominated
2008 Best OST "Time Of Dreams"[17] Nominated


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