The K-pop music industry is one of the most respected in the world, not as a result of its highly profitable market, but because it boasts of a large number of talented fame-seeking acts, thus, piling extra pressure on already established acts to remain focused and productive as no one is immune from dethronement. Owing to the flexibility of the K-pop industry, it’s an outstanding achievement when a band survives for more than a decade despite the numerous factors plaguing the industry. One such that has stood the test of time as far as K-pop is concerned is the six-member boy band called Shinhwa. The Shinhwa members are widely loved and here are all the facts you need to know about them.
Meet The Shinhwa Band Members
Mun Jung-hyuk popularly referred to as Eric Mun is a rapper and leader of the Shinhwa band. He was born on February 16, 1979, in Seoul, South Korea and had his elementary school education at Daechi Elementary school in Seoul. After moving to the USA with his parents at a tender age, Mun attended John Burroughs Middle School in Los Angeles, California, as well as Parks Junior High School and Sunny Hills High School. At the age of 16 Mun moved back to South Korea to pursue a career in music. His musical prowess caught the attention of SM entertainment – the label that would later sign him as a trainee. Mun on July 1, 2017, married his longtime girlfriend Na Hye-mi in a private wedding ceremony.
Clearly a man of parts, Lee Min Woo is a singer who also equals as an actor and businessman. Born on the 28th of July, 1979, Min-woo is the first member of the Shinhwa band to debut as a solo artist; a feat which he achieved in 2003. Arguably the best dancer in the group, Min-woo was scouted while dancing with a group called Dicky Ducky at Jeonju Fine Arts School. As an actor, he has appeared in a couple of movies and TV shows, most notably Nonstop and Nonstop 5.
Shin Hye Sung
Ask any fan of Shinhwa who has got the sweetest voice in the band, and their answer would be Shin Hye. He was born on November 27, 1979, in Seoul, South Korea. Unknown to most people, Shin was the first member drafted into Shinhwa following his audition with Brothers entertainment in the USA. His talent at singing has seen him occupy the position as Shinhwa lead vocalist for years.
Park Choong-Jae, popularly known by his stage name Jun Jin, is a South Korean singer, dancer, and actor. He was born on August 19, 1980. His father Park Young-Chul was a reputable singer and Songwriter in South Korea. Despite having made his Shinhwa debut as a rapper, Jin has gone on to become more of a singer than a rapper following Shinhwa’s ship hop from SM entertainment to Good Entertainment. As an actor, he is credited with several roles in movies and TV shows such as Emergency Act, Nonstop 4 and Forbidden Love.
Kim Dong-wan was born on November 21, 1979, in Seoul, South Korea. As a child Dong-wan was highly interested in acting, leading him to become a regular at school plays to the point most people thought he would pursue a career in acting. Fate, however, had other plans for him as he was cast during his teens by SM Entertainment, hence, his rise to stardom. When asked which career he would pursue if he had the chance, he simply said “he would have preferred acting to singing” before going on to state his contempt with his current profession.
Lee Sun-ho often referred to as Andy Lee was born on January 21, 1981. He spent his formative years in Los Angeles where he was raised by his parents who were very decisive in his career. Their biggest decision happens to be their refusal for him to join H.O.T for reasons best known to them. Despite being the least popular among the Shinhwa members, it might interest you to know that Andy was the second person to become a member of the group after Shin Hye Sung.
Details About Shinhwa’s Formation
The group was launched by popular Korean music label SM entertainment on March 24, 1998. That same year Shinhwa released their debut album titled Resolver which underperformed commercially and as a result almost led to their disbandment. Thanks to astute decision making by SM entertainment the band was allowed to carry on and has since attained legendary status as far as K-pop is concerned.
Having been together as a band for 21 years (and counting), Shinhwa is currently the oldest running boy band in K-pop history.