March 24, 1998
Lee Min Woo
Shinhwa is a six-member Kpop boy band from South Korea. They are the longest-running boy band in their genre. Having been active for over 20 years, their discography is quite extensive. Shinhwa has also accumulated a long list of awards to go with their music catalog. The word “shinhwa” means legend or myth. It seems they live up to their name as the group has been referred to as legendary.
The group originally signed with SM Entertainment. When the contract expired in 2003, SM offers a new contract to all members except Dongwan. Instead, they went with Good Entertainment agency. However, SM Entertainment would not allow the group to use the name Shinhwa. After years of legal battles and lawsuits, they won the rights to Shinhwa and named their agency Shinhwa Company.
Shinhwa’s debut album Resolver was released in 2008, and it received a luke-warm reception. They were accused of lacking originality and replicating other groups’ music. The album did not do well on the charts and there was even talk of disbanding. However, they did not want to give up.
Their next few albums released in 1999 were better received. They went mainstream after that and have since released 15 studio albums, 3 live albums, several singles, and compilation albums.
Discovery: Songs & Albums by Shinhwa
All songs and albums released by Shinhwa.
Release date: February 26, 2015
White Shirts (lyrics)
Don’t Cry (lyrics)
Bad 4 U (lyrics)
Give It 2 Me (lyrics)
I’m In Love (lyrics)
Never Give Up (lyrics)
UNCHANGING, PART 1 – EP
13TH UNCHANGING: TOUCH
Release date: January 2, 2017
Super Power (lyrics)
Bye Bye Bye (lyrics)
She Said (lyrics)
Like A Star (lyrics)
Heart (Special Album)
Mun Jung Hyuk
Leader, Main Rapper
February 16, 1979
180 cm (5’11”)
71 kg (156 lbs)
Eric was born in Seoul, South Korea. He is the leader and rapper of the prolific Kpop group Shinhwa. He comes from a family of five. Eric went to elementary school in Seoul but moved to the U.S. after that. He lived in Fullerton, California, and attended high school there.
In 1996, Eric returned to South Korea. He was scouted and signed with SM Entertainment. After their debut, he performed and toured with Shinhwa for several years.
Eric was also pursuing an acting career. He made cameos and appeared in many television series. In 2006, Eric was injured when a stunt went wrong on the show “Wolf.” He was hit by a car during a scene and suffered a back injury.
Eric enlisted in the military for his mandatory service in October 2008. Due to his back injury, he served on non-active duty. He was discharged in October 2010. The group went on hiatus for four years while the members fulfilled their military service.
In 2011, Eric, along with bandmate Lee, became CEOs of Shinhwa Company, with the rest of the members being shareholders. The company manages the group as a whole, while the members use different agencies for their solo projects.
Shinhwa returned after a four-year hiatus to release their tenth studio album The Return, and launch their comeback tour. Eric and the group returned to touring and releasing more music.
Eric also returned to acting. He has appeared in numerous television series, films, and variety shows, winning awards along the way for his acting. He also has his own Youtube channel, agu TV.
Lee Min Woo
Lee Min Woo
Lee Min Woo
Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer
July 28, 1979
174 cm (5’9″)
64 kg (141 lbs)
Lee Min Woo Bio
Lee Min Woo is a South Korean singer and dancer with the successful Kpop group Shinhwa.
He was scouted by SM Entertainment as the fourth member of Shinhwa. They debuted in 1998. Although slow to start, the group gained popularity as they released more music over the years.
In 2003, Lee was the first member of Shinhwa to debut as a solo artist under the stage name “M.” His first album Un-Touch-Able, sold over 100,000 units. He reunited with his bandmates in 2004, to work on more music.
Over the next years, Lee toured and released music as a solo artist and also with Shinhwa. There were more television appearances. He was very aware of his image and liked to be seen as somewhat of a sex-symbol. His liner notes included pictures of him partially clad and showing off his new muscular body.
In 2011, Lee and bandmate Eric formed their own agency, Shinhwa Company, to manage the group. The two were CEOs and the other members were shareholders.
The group went on hiatus while the members served in the military. On February 25, 2010, Lee enlisted and he was discharged on March 2, 2012.
Shinhwa made a comeback in 2012 with their new album The Return. They began touring again and promoting new music. Lee took up acting again and appeared in various reality and variety shows.
Kim Dong Wan
November 21, 1979
174 cm (5’9″)
68 kg (149 lbs)
Dongwan is a South Korean singer and actor. He was born in Seoul, South Korea and is an only child. He is a member of the Kpop group Shinhwa and is also a solo artist.
Dongwan started acting as a child and appeared in several television series as a teenager. He was later scouted by SM Entertainment and began his training.
Dongwan became a member of the Kpop group Shinhwa, and they debuted in 1998, with their first album Revolver. Although the first album did not do as well as expected, their subsequent albums and singles helped them go mainstream and they became more popular as time went on.
Dongwan was a vocalist with the group, but he is also a songwriter and composer for some of their music. He continued touring and promoting Shinhwa’s new music over the next years.
In 2007, Dongwan made his solo debut with his album Kimdongwan Is. It contains collaborations with members of Shinhwa. It was successful and topped out at 19th in album sales for that year. He released another solo album in 2008.
Dongwan enlisted for his military service in November 2008, and he was discharged on December 17, 2010.
In 2011, he acted in musicals, television series, and films. He then reunited with his bandmates in Shinhwa after four years, and they released The Return album. He worked under the management of Shinhwa Company, which was started by the group to keep control of their music. He’s also done more acting in films and television.
Dongwan is also known for his philanthropic activities. He donated thousands of dollars to the relief fund for the earthquake in Nepal.
Jung Pil Kyo
November 27, 1979
179 cm (5’10”)
65 kg (143 lbs)
Hyesung is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He is a member of the Kpop boy band Shinhwa and is also a solo artist. Hyesung is fluent in English having graduated from college with an English major. He comes from a family of four.
Hyesung auditioned in the U.S. through Brothers Entertainment. He was later signed with SM Entertainment and was the first member of Shinhwa. The group debuted in March 1998. Though the group started out slow, they have since become one of the longest-lasting Kpop groups. Shinhwa released multiple albums and singles over the years. They also toured extensively while promoting their music. Hyesung composed many of Shinhwa’s songs.
In 2005, Hyesung debuted as a solo artist under Liveworks Company, releasing his album Love of May. It ranked number one in pre-order sales in Japan selling over 180,000 copies. He has since released one solo album a year through 2017. Hyesung won awards for his solo music.
In 2012, Hyesung reunited with his Shinhwa bandmates under their new agency Shinhwa Company. Lee and Eric are CEOs with the other members being shareholders.
They released a comeback album and went on tour to promote it. Unfortunately, during an encore performance on one of the shows, Hyesung severely injured his knee when a stunt did not go as planned. It required surgery and six months of rest. He was exempt from military service due to his injury.
Hyesung has acted in a few variety and music shows but has mostly stuck with music for his career.
Park Choong Jae
Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Lead Dancer
August 19, 1980
182 cm (165 lbs)
75 kg (165 lbs)
Junjin is a South Korean singer, dancer, and actor. He is best known as a member of the successful boy band Shinhwa. Junjin is also a solo artist.
Junjin’s high school friends encouraged him to audition for SM Entertainment. He passed the audition and made it into the group Shinhwa. He debuted as their rapper in 1998. The group was not an immediate hit but became more mainstream as they released more and more music.
In 2006, Jinjun debuted as a solo artist. His first album was Love Doesn’t Come. It included five songs and did fairly well. He later filmed some videos and collaborated with other singers.
Junjin left the Shinhwa Company to set up his own called JF Story Entertainment, so he could focus on his solo projects. He continued releasing music and also acted in television series, variety shows, and films.
Junjin enlisted for his mandatory military service on October 22, 2009, and was discharged on November 14, 2011.
In 2012, all the members of Shinhwa reunited after their military service was done. The group was managed under their own company Shinhwa Company. Eric and Lee are CEOs and the other members are shareholders.
They released their comeback album titled The Return. They also launched a comeback tour and promoted it throughout Asia.
Lee Sun Ho
January 21, 1981
175 cm (5’9″)
62 kg (136 lbs)
Andy is a South Korean rapper, singer, and actor. He is best known as a member of the Kpop boy band Shinhwa. He is also a solo artist. Andy was raised in Los Angeles, California. He moved to Seoul to finish high school.
Andy was originally going to join the boy band H.O.T., but his parents said he was too young and they would not support him. Once he got older, he was approached by SM Entertainment to join the group Shinhwa. His parents gave him their support this time.
Shinhwa debuted in 1998 with the album Resolver. It did not chart well and the group was not sure if they would continue. However, as they released more music in the next year, they became more mainstream and they are now the longest-running Kpop group. Andy stayed with the group as they toured and released more music.
In 2003 while the other members of Shinhwa were pursuing solo careers, Andy instead focused on his acting. He was in television series, variety shows, and films. He also played the lead role in the musical “Music In My Heart.”
Andy left the group’s management company in 2007, to set up his own company, ND Entertainment. He released his first digital single “Irrelevant,” which included collaborations with other singers.
He continued acting and also produced a two-member boy band called Jumper under his own label. They’ve since released two singles.
Andy enlisted for his military service on January 11, 2010, and he was discharged on October 31, 2011.
In 2012, Andy joined the rest of his bandmates and Shinhwa returned after being on hiatus for four years. They released their tenth studio album “The Return,” and launched their comeback tour.
In 2013, Andy was indicted for gambling illegally on soccer matches. He was given a fine, and he withdrew from his individual and group activities. He was edited out of filmed appearances and was banned from the MBC broadcasting network.
On October 20, 2014, Andy announced he would be returning to Shinhwa for a Chinese concert. It was broadcasted in Seoul on a different network. Soon after that, Shinhwa announced the release of another comeback album. MBC also lifted the ban and Andy was able to appear on MBC.