You Hee-yeol

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You Hee-yeol
You Hee-Yeol.jpg
Yoo Hee-yeol at the LG Optimus LTE showcase event, on October 10, 2011
Background information
Born (1971-04-19) April 19, 1971 (age 47)
OriginSeoul, South Korea
  • Singer-songwriter
  • television host
Years active1992–present
LabelsAntenna Music
Websiteantenna - Yoo Hee-yeol
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYu Hui-yeol
McCune–ReischauerYu Hŭi-yŏl

You Hee-yeol (Hangul유희열; Hanja柳喜烈; born April 19, 1971)[1] is a South Korean singer-songwriter, radio DJ, and the host of You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook. He is the founder of the record label Antenna Music and the sole member of the project band Toy.


You Hee-yeol was born in Seoul and attended Kyungbock High School. He graduated from Seoul National University's College of Music with a major in composition. He first appeared in the local pop music scene by winning the grand prize at the fourth You Jae-ha Music Contest held in 1992 with the song "달빛의 노래" ("The Moonlight Song").[2]

In 1994, he started the band Toy as a duo with Yoon Jeong-oh. But after releasing Toy's first album, Yoon left the band to study overseas and You joined the navy for his mandatory military service. Since 1996, Toy has continued as a one-man band with You as the sole member. After his discharge from military service, Toy's second album Fairy Tales for Adults was released, with the title song "Remember I Was Next to You" sung by Kim Yeon-woo becoming a big hit. Since then, You has rarely sung the songs in his albums and instead features guest vocalists such as Kim Yeon-woo, Kim Hyung-joong, Lee Jang-woo, Yoon Jong-shin, Kim Jang-hoon, Jinu(Also known as Hitchhiker), and Byeon Jae-won.[3]

You has also produced many albums for K-pop musicians including Lee Seung-hwan, Yoon Jong-shin, Lee Sora and Lee Moon-se. In 1997, he founded the record label Antenna Music, then known as Toy Music.

In July 1999, You published a book of illustrations titled In Front of a Familiar House. The album of the same title contained instrumental tracks in a range of genres.[3] Besides songwriting, You has worked as a radio DJ, appearing on MBC FM4U's Yoo Hee-yeol's Music City (1999–March 2001),[3] MBC FM4U's All That Music (October 2, 2002–April 25, 2004), and KBS 2FM's You Hee-yeol's Radio Heaven (2008–Nov 11, 2011).

Since 2009, You has hosted the major K-pop live music program You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook on KBS 2TV. He was also a member of the judging panel for K-pop Star 3 (2013–14) and joined the cast of Saturday Night Live Korea in September 2013.[4] In 2015, he appeared in the music video for Psy's single "Daddy".


  • In Front of a Familiar House (익숙한 그 집 앞) (1999)
  • A Walk Around the Corner (유희열이 초대하는 새로운 음악세계) (2002)
  • Summer Days (여름날) (2008)


  • "Mother's Sea" (엄마의 바다) (2014)

Music video[edit]

  • IU _ The Red Shoes (분홍신) (2013)
  • Unnies (언니쓰) _ Shut Up (2016)


  • You Hee-yeol Illustrations - In Front of a Family House (유희열 삽화집 - 익숙한 그 집 앞)[5]


Music show awards[edit]

KBS Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 November 28 "Three People"


  1. ^ He intentionally spells his family name as 'You', not 'Yoo'. See his album cover Toy6
  2. ^ "가비아 호스팅 서비스:웹호스팅,웹메일호스팅,쇼핑몰호스팅,단독서버,동영상호스팅".
  3. ^ a b c Toy (You Hee-yeol) KBS World.
  4. ^ "SNL 코리아 유희열 "합류 결정한 진짜 이유는…?"".
  5. ^ You Hee-yeol (1999). 유희열 삽화집 - 익숙한 그 집 앞 [You Hee-yeol Illustrations - In Front of a Familiar House] (in Korean). Random House Korea. ISBN 978-89-8375-286-4.

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