Pop Singer

Kim Jong-hyun, known mononymously as Jonghyun, was a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer, radio host, and author under the SM Entertainment label. He was the main vocalist of the South Korean boy band Shinee for nine years, releasing twelve albums with the group in both Korean and Japanese.

Full Name
Kim Jong-hyun
Apr 8, 1990
Dec 18, 2017
5′ 7″
Net Worth


Jonghyun (real name Kim Jong Hyun) was born on April 8, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a pop singer, songwriter and radio host who rose to fame as the lead vocalist of the K-pop boy band SHINee. Jonghyun debuted with SHINee in 2008 and was quickly recognized for his powerful vocal range and strong stage presence. He also wrote and co-wrote many SHINee songs, including their popular singles “Replay” and “Ring Ding Dong."

In 2015 Jonghyun began his solo career with the release of his first full-length album Base. The album featured collaborations with artists such as Zion.T, Younha and Wheesung, and spawned the hit single "Deja-Boo." In 2016 he followed up with She Is, the title track from which won him a 2017 Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Song of the Year.

In addition to his music career, Jonghyun was an active participant in several charity activities throughout his life. In 2016 he released a compilation album titled Story Op.1 to benefit those affected by the Sewol Ferry disaster in 2014. He also organized a concert called The Agit to help raise funds for low-income students in collaboration with UNICEF Korea, donating all proceeds from ticket sales to charity.

On December 18th 2017 Jonghyun tragically passed away at age 27 due to suicide. His death shocked both fans and fellow celebrities alike, leaving behind a legacy of amazing music that continues to be appreciated today.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1990</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Jonghyun is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On April 8, 1990, Jonghyun was born in Seoul, South Korea.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2008</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Debuts as Lead Singer of SHINee</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Jonghyun debuted as the lead vocalist of the K-Pop group SHINee at the age of 18.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2011</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Debut Solo Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Jonghyun released his debut solo album "Base" to critical and commercial success.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2013</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Second Solo Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Jonghyun released his second solo album "She Is" which received positive reviews from critics.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2015</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Third Solo Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Jonghyun released his third solo album "Story OP.1" which was met with praise from fans and critics alike.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Final Album Before Death</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Jonghyun released his fourth and final solo album "Poet | Artist" before his death on December 18, 2017.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Memorial Concert Held</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On January 6, 2018, a memorial concert was held for Jonghyun in his honor.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He was a Talented Musician</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jonghyun was an incredibly talented musician and songwriter. He wrote some of the most memorable K-pop songs, and his music has touched so many people around the world. His talent continues to live on through his fans.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He was a Kind Person</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jonghyun was known for being an incredibly kind person who cared deeply about others. He always put the needs of those around him first and did what he could to make them feel better. This kindness will always be remembered.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He had a Unique Style</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jonghyun had a unique style that was all his own. From his fashion to his hair and makeup, Jonghyun had a look that reflected his personality and made him stand out from the crowd. His style was truly iconic.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Founded the Group SHINee</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jonghyun was the lead singer and lead songwriter of the popular K-Pop group SHINee. He founded the group in 2008 and they have since released multiple albums, singles, and music videos.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Released Two Solo Albums</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jonghyun released two solo albums, titled 'Base' and 'Story Op. 2', during his career as a solo artist.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Wrote Three Books</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jonghyun wrote three books during his career. The books were titled 'Skeleton Flower', 'I'm Not Going To Die', and 'Skeleton Flower: Things That Have Been Released And Set Free.'</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Received Multiple Awards</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jonghyun has been recognized with several awards, including the Melon Music Awards Best Artist Award in 2013, Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Male Solo Artist award in 2015, and the Seoul Music Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) in 2017.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Had a Radio Show</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jonghyun had his own radio show called "Blue Night", which aired from September 2014 to February 2017. During the show, he interviewed guests and shared stories about his life and music.</p></div>


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