Kevin Woo

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Kevin Woo
KCon 2017 LA Kevin Woo (cropped).jpg
Woo at KCON 2017 LA in August 2017
Born Christopher Thomas Woo[1]
(1991-11-25) November 25, 1991 (age 26)
Danville, California, United States
Other names Woo Sung-hyun
Occupation
  • Singer
  • Actor
  • Television host
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
Years active 2006–present
Labels XING Entertainment (2006–2008)
NH Media (2008–2017)
Coridel Entertainment (2018–Present)
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 우성현
Revised Romanization U Seong-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer U Sŏnghyŏn
Stage Name
Hangul 케빈우
Revised Romanization U Kebin
McCune–Reischauer U Kebin

Christopher Thomas Woo (born November 25, 1991),[1] known professionally as Kevin Woo or Kevin, is an American singer, actor and television host currently based in South Korea. Born and raised in California, he was discovered by South Korean entertainment agency XING Entertainment at the age of 15 and subsequently moved to South Korea. After a few months of training, Kevin debuted as a member of boy group XING in 2006 and left the group two years later. In August 2008, he re-debuted as a member of boy group U-KISS. In March 2017, he left U-KISS after his contract expired.[2]

Life and career[edit]

1990–2012: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Kevin was born and raised in Danville, California,[3] where he lived with his parents and elder sister. His father is a CF director while his mother is a fashion model. His paternal uncle is Emmanuel Woo,[4] who is an actor and classical singer in Germany. At the age of 15, Kevin was initially discovered through an XING Entertainment audition when he was his holiday trip in South Korea. After accepted as a trainee, Kevin with her mother moved to South Korea.

After a few months of training, Kevin debuted as a first member generation of boy group XING in December 2006. After releasing three singles with the group, Kevin decided left from the group in April 2008. Following the departure, Kevin signed with NH Media and re-debuted as a member of boy group U-KISS in August 2008

In February 2009, Kevin joined Arirang TV's[5] radio show Pops in Seoul as an host of segment "All About You" alongside co-host Kim Isak. In December 2009, Kevin with U-KISS member Alexander released a single "Finally", which composed by Brave Brothers.

In July 2010, Kevin with U-KISS members Soohyun, Kibum, Kiseop and Dongho became a part of the drama I Am Legend,[6] acting as a rock band. In August 2010, Kevin with fellow members Alexander were selected as the new MC's for Arirang TV's music show The M-Wave.[7]

On January 5, 2011, Kevin participated in the musical On Air Live as the lead actor. He acted in a total of 26 shows, his last stage coming on February 14, 2011. On March 17, Kevin with U-KISS members Eli and Alexander quit MCing for Arirang's Radio School due to the loss of U-KISS members Alexander and Kibum from the group. On October 12, Kevin with U-KISS members Eli announced that would be makes collaboration with Japanese singer JAMOSA from Avex label for her single "Together". The single was released on December 7 and the trio held release events at Lazone Kawasaki Plaza (December 9), Osaka Senri Selcy (December 10) and Asunal Kanayama (December 11).[8] The song "Together" was then selected as the theme song for BeeTV's "sweetTV".[9] In November 2011, Kevin and bandmate Eli were selected as MC's for Mnet's English-language version of M!Countdown, US MCountdown.[10]

In 2012, Kevin and Soohyun remaked UN's Remember for the drama Syndrome.[11]

2013–2017: U-KISS uBEAT and television roles[edit]

In April 2013, a U-KISS subgroup named uBEAT was formed with Kevin and fellow members Eli and AJ debuted as uBEAT, the first U-KISS sub-unit. The sub-unit debuted with releasing EP I Should Have Treated You Better with a title track of the same name, which was composed by hit-maker Brave Brothers. uBEAT made their debut stage at Mnet M!Countdown's special global edition in Taiwan.[12] Kevin alongside bandmates Soohyun, Eli and Kiseop participated in the drama KPOP The Ultimate Audition, having small cameo appearances in three episodes as a senior idol group to the main cast.[13] Kevin and Soohyun were selected to appear in the Korean adaptation of the musical Summer Snow alongside Super Junior's Sungmin, Supernova's Sungjae, SS501's Heo Young-saeng and FT Island's Seunghyun. Their appearances lasted from April 2013 to June 2013. This was Kevin's second musical.[14]

On May 1, 2014, Kevin was a guest on popular music talk show After School Club and started from episode 43, he became a co-host alongside Eric Nam and Park Jimin. On April 4, 2018 Kevin announced will be graduated from the program as MC and his final episode will aired on April 10.[15]

On March 1, 2017 NH Media announced that Kevin would officially leave U-KISS following the expired of his contract on March 31, 2017 and decided to continue his promotion with U-KISS until mid-April.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In a Japanese survey through popular fortune-telling site Cocoloni, Kevin was ranked as the number one luckiest Hallyu star for 2012. 100 fortune-tellers participated in the survey, predicting the stars' fortunes through zodiac, blood type and other methods. When Kevin received the news, he stated: "I'm honored to be ranked first. I want to make this really happen this year. U-KISS will go on a Japanese tour and we will also release our album. Please keep supporting us and help us rank first on the Oricon chart." [17]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
JPN
[18]
Japanese
"Make me/Out of my life" (feat. K) 2016 7

Filmography[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2010 I Am Legend SBS Kiss band member Supporting
2015 About Love Naver TV Cast Kevin Web-drama; Main role
Let's Eat 2 tvN Himself Cameo
2016 One and Only You TV Chosun Hong Suk Main role

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2010 The M-Wave Arirang TV Host
2011 US MCountdown Mnet Host
2014—2018 After School Club Arirang TV Co-host Left to focus on music career.

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 On Air Live
2013 Summer Snow
2014 On Air Live

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Birth of Christopher Thomas Woo
  2. ^ KBS World. U-KISS. March 13, 2008. Retrieved September 3, 2008.
  3. ^ Song Woong-ki (March 30, 2010). "U-Kiss to bring back `80s kitsch". The Korea Herald. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Emmanuel Woo". IMDb. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Arirang. Arirang. February 8, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2009.
  6. ^ Nate News. U-KISS become acting idols, 5 members to debut in drama. July 27, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  7. ^ MSN News. Alexander & Kevin chosen to be Arirang TV Music Show's MC's. August 2, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2010
  8. ^ oricon. JAMOSA, U-KISS First Collaboration. October 12, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  9. ^ musicman-net.com. JAMOSA+KEVIN&ELI(U-KISS), "Together" Selected as BeeTV's Theme Song. December 19, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  10. ^ @US_MCountdown. US_Mcountdown.
  11. ^ korea.com. U-Kiss releases a beautiful ballad, “Remember”. February 29, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  12. ^ "유키스 유닛 유비트, 오는 25일 대만서 첫 무대 '기대↑'". m.news.naver.com. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  13. ^ news.nate.com. "KPOP Ultimate Survival" U-KISS. April 22, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  14. ^ http://u-kiss.jp/news/20130220.html
  15. ^ https://www.soompi.com/article/1150221wpp/kevin-woo-leave-mc-position-school-club-4-years
  16. ^ "[공식입장 전문] 유키스 측 "케빈, 계약종료로 팀 탈퇴..5인조 재정비"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  17. ^ korea.com. Japan predicts luckiest Hallyu stars for 2012. January 18, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  18. ^ "Make me/Out of my life". Oricon. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  19. ^ "2016 Orion Chart - July Week 2". Oricon Chart. Retrieved July 24, 2016.