Young K

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Young K
2017 Young K Taiwan.jpg
Young k at Day6 Live & Meet in Taiwan, July 21, 2017
Native name
Kang Young-hyun

(1993-12-19) December 19, 1993 (age 25)
South Korea
Alma materDongguk University
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
Years active2015–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationKang Yeong-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerGang Yŏnghyŏn
Stage name
Revised RomanizationYeong K
McCune–ReischauerYŏng K

Kang Young-hyun (born December 19, 1993),[1] known professionally as Young K, is a South Korean musician, singer, songwriter and rapper. He is best known as the bassist, vocalist and rapper of South Korean rock band Day6.

Early life[edit]

Kang was born on December 19, 1993 in Ilsan, South Korea. He moved to Toronto, Canada to attend high school at York Mills Collegiate Institute. He went by his English name, Brian Kang, during that time. On October 5, 2017, he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Dongguk University. He graduated from University on August 23, 2018.


During his time in high school, Kang pursued music in a three-member band called "3rd Degree." They performed at various locations in Toronto and put up videos on YouTube (including some original songs composed by Kang).

In 2010, Kang and his bandmate, Don Lee, were contacted by JYP Entertainment for an audition and was accepted as trainees. Lee later left JYP to pursue medical studies. Kang went on to appear in the fourth episode of WIN: Who is Next?[2] as a part of JYP's rapping team with GOT7's Mark Tuan and Jackson Wang against the combined rapping teams of Team A and Team B, where he became known for the verse, "YG, get an attitude!" He was also a part of JYP's vocalist team alongside his eventual Day6 bandmates Junhyeok, Jae, Sungjin and Wonpil.

In 2014, Kang was selected as a member of five-member rock band 5Live under JYP, but their debut was cancelled. The band was reformed as Day6 after the addition of drummer Dowoon in 2015.[citation needed]

Kang has been credited with much of the songwriting in Day6's discography. In 2019, he composed and contributed lyrics to a track for the solo debut of B.A.P's Youngjae entitled "Hope". He has also been featured as rapper in various JYP label mates' singles, such as Baek A-yeon and Park Ji-min.[citation needed]



Title Year Peak chart position Sales
As featured artist
"Shouldn't Have" (Baek A-yeon feat. Young K) 2015 1
  • KOR: 2,500,000+[4]
Non-album singles
"Sky High" (Park Sae-byul & Likes, Likes feat. Young K) N/A
"Young해" (Park Ji-min feat. Young K) 2016 157 19 to 20
"—" denotes that the song did not chart in the region.


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 Dream High Jason backup dancer KBS2 Cameo, episode 3
2012 Dream High 2 I:dn backup dancer KBS2 Cameo, episode 1

Web series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2016 Touching You Naver TV Cast Cameo, episode 11


  1. ^ "Young K :: 네이버 인물검색". (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  2. ^ "Preview of YG vs JYP trainees on 'WIN' revealed |". Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  3. ^ Charted songs:
  4. ^ C., Daniel (September 12, 2018). "Gaon's 관찰노트" [Gaon's Observation Notes]. Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "2016년 35주차 Download Chart (see #97)" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart.

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