Yoo Hee-yeol at the LG Optimus LTE showcase event, on October 10, 2011
|Born||April 19, 1971|
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Labels||Antenna Music (1997–present)|
|Website||antenna - Yoo Hee-yeol|
|Revised Romanization||Yu Hui-yeol|
You Hee-yeol (Hangul: 유희열; Hanja: 柳喜烈 ; born April 19, 1971) 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").
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, and Byeon Jae-won.
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. Besides songwriting, You has worked as a radio DJ, appearing on MBC FM4U's Yoo Hee-yeol's Music City (1999–March 2001), 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. 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)
- 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)
- 2015 MelOn Music Awards: Top 10 Artist (2015)
- 9th KBS Entertainment Awards: Radio DJ Award (2010)
- 6th Korean Music Awards: Musician of the Year (2009)
- 6th Korean Music Awards: Best Pop Song - 뜨거운 안녕 (A Passionate Goodbye) (2009)
- 4th Yoo Jae-ha Music Contest: Grand Prize (1992)
Music show awards
|2014||November 28||"Three People"|
- He intentionally spells his family name as 'You', not 'Yoo'. See his album cover Toy6
- Yoo Jae Ha Music Scholarship Foundation
- Toy (You Hee-yeol) KBS World.
- Reason for joining SNL Korea
- 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.