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Birth name Kim Hyung-Soo
Also known as HyungKnight
Born December 30, 1981 (1981-12-30) (age 29)
Seoul, South Korea
Origin South Korea
Genres R&B, soul
Occupations Singer, vocal coach, dancer, composer, actor
Instruments Piano, beatboxing, rapping
Years active 2006 – present
Labels Big Hit Entertainment
(2006 – 2007)
Starship Entertainment
(2008 – present)
Associated acts 8Eight
Baek Ji Young
Brown Eyed Girls
Dynamic Duo
E Sung
Eun Ji Won
Epik High
Fly to the Sky
Girls’ Generation
Hye Mi
JP Kim (Kim Jin-pyo)
Kim Tae-woo
Lim Jeong-Hee
MC Mong
Mighty Mouth
SG Wannabe
Sweet Sorrow
Uhm Jung-Hwa
Hangul 케이윌
Revised Romanization Keiwil
McCune–Reischauer K‘eiwil
Birth name
Hangul 김형수
Revised Romanization Kim Hyeong-su
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hyŏng-su
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Kim Hyung-Soo (Hangul: 김형수; born December 30, 1981), better known by his stage name K.Will (Hangul: 케이윌) is a South Korean ballad singer, vocal coach,[1] dancer, composer, and actor. K.Will first became known in South Korean through his single called “Dream” in “A Love to Kill” OST, released in 2006. A year after his single and 5 years after as a trainee and a vocal coach, he released his first album “Left Heart” in 2007. Then, after two years, he came back with a successful single, “Love 119,” in December 2008. This was followed by a mini album “Dropping the Tears” in April 2009 and his second (and latest) album “Miss, Miss and Miss” in November 2009.

K.Will has a great deal of collaborations and drama soundtracks to his name, and can even rap and dance.[2][3][4]



[edit] Beginnings

[edit] Childhood

K.Will loved singing since he was little, and he began by singing along with his mother while she was playing the guitar. He has even been kicked out of a class once, because he was humming in reading class.[5] After graduating from high school, he finally determined that he was going to become a singer, and told his parents. However, they opposed that idea and tried to compromise with him so that he could do music along with another work. It was too difficult for him to do two jobs at once, so he decided to just do music.

[edit] Pre-Debut

K.Will participated in lots of auditions and looked for potential composers to be able to sing more.[6] When he was a trainee, he would do anything to sing, such as performing at street concerts, singing backup, or singing the chorus for more famous artists. During that time, his friendships with today well-known artists–8Eight, Lim Jeong-Hee, SG Wannabe, Sweet Sorrow, etc.–started.

During his work as a vocal guide (guide vocalist), K.Will also was part of an amateur a cappella group and performed at street concerts around the country for two years.[7]

K.Will is frequently mistaken as the songwriter for TVXQ’s “Hug” and it was clarified by an interview on KBS World.[8]

[edit] Career

[edit] 2006-2007

When K.Will was helping Rain produce his second album, he was noticed by Park Jin-Young, an influential producer in the Korean music industry. Park Jin-Young wrote and composed the title track of K.Will’s first album “Left Heart”. K.Will’s first album, titled “Left Heart” was released on March 6, 2007. Though “Left Heart” is noted as K.Will’s debut album, he had already got a debut stage before with Lim Jeong-hee (Street Dive also known as J-Lim) in the year 2006.

During this time, streaming videos of K.Will singing some of Mariah Carey’s songs surfaced. K.Will sang “Without You,” “My All,” and “I Still Believe”. He performed them so well that he ended up getting the name “Male Mariah” in Korea.[9] Soon more videos surfaced, notably of him singing the high notes in Celine Dion’s song “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie Titanic.[10]

[edit] 2008-2009

On December 2, 2008, K.Will released a digital single “Love 119”. The single achieved #1 on online charts and ranked #2 on the KBS Music Bank K-Chart without any promotions.[11]

Thanks to the popularity of “Love 119”, K.Will released a mini album titled “Dropping the Tears” on March 31, 2009. His deep, husky and beautiful voice made the song full of emotion and it also reached #1 on online charts, though at a slower pace than “Love 119.”[12] He also worked with two members of Girls’ Generation, Yuri and Tiffany. Yuri appeared in his “Dropping the Tears” music video while Tiffany sang a duet with him called “Girl, Meets Love”.

During the album promotions, Lee Min-Ho, the lead actor of KBS Boys Over Flowers, asked K.Will for vocal training. Thanks to K.Will’s help, Lee Min-Ho was able to sing the song “My Everything”.[13]

Not long before ending the mini album promotions, K.Will surprised many with his versatility. He did a special stage with Outsider the fastest rapper in South Korea, and K.Will rapped almost as fast as him.[14]

Because of the popularity of the Brilliant Legacy OST (in which he participated), he was invited to join the “Korean Music Festival 2009” in Japan, along with T-Max and Jo Sung-Mo.[15]

He made his debut in acting in the “Soul Special: Music Drama”[16] where he worked with Han Hyo-Joo. The drama “Soul special” was a revolution in the entertainment business since all episodes were only released online.[17]

In October 2009, a few weeks before the release of his second album, K.Will was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. Though he recovered in less than a week, his second album was postponed until November 5, 2009.[18]

His title track, “Miss, Miss and Miss” was a moderate success and reached its peak at #8 on the KBS Music Bank K-Chart. He also collaborated with Outsider in this album, after their success during the summer. However, their song, “Hypnosis” was banned by KBS because it contained the word “mute”. This was unfortunate as Starship Entertainment had planned to promote this song after “Miss, Miss and Miss”.[19]

K.Will is also a dancer, and as a result, netizens name him as a multi-talented artist.[20][21]

On December 25, 2009, (Christmas Day) K.Will held his first solo concert. Tickets sold out faster than any other solo artist.[22]

[edit] 2010

K.Will debuted in the U.S.A. on “THE THREE ROMANTICISTS” concert along with Kim Bum Soo and Yoo Seung-Chan on March 5, 2010.[23][24] His new single titled “Present” was released for this spring on March 10, 2010 and achieved #1 on many online music charts.[25][26]

[edit] Discography

[edit] Albums

Bold at the space of “Tracks” means promotional singles in each album.
Album # Album Information Tracklisting
1st Left Heart

  • Released: March 6, 2007
  • Language: Korean
  1. 사랑할 때마다 – Everytime We Love
  2. Day & Night (Feat. Baek Ji-Young)
  3. 왼쪽 가슴Left Heart
  4. 나 나쁘죠 (Feat. Kim Tae-Woo) – Aren’t I Bad
  5. 하리오Will Do
  6. 사랑은 좋은 거 (Feat. Common Ground) – Love Is Good
  7. 낡은 사랑 – Worn Love
  8. 버릇 – Habit
  9. You (Feat. Sweet Sorrow)
  10. 천일동안 – For 1000 Days
2nd Miss, Miss and Miss

  • Released: November 5, 2009
  • Language: Korean
  1. 바람 – Wind
  2. 그립고 그립고 그립다Miss, Miss and Miss
  3. 반복일 뿐이야 – Just a Repeat
  4. 최면 (Feat. Outsider) – Hypnosis
  5. 눈물연못 – Pond of Tears
  6. 사랑해 반대말 – Antonym of I Love You
  7. 끊었던 담배 – Once Quit Smoking
  8. 필름이 끊겼다 – The Film Stopped
  9. 이별 몰랐던 날 – The Day I Didn’t Know Farewell
  10. 초콜릿 (Project: Color Chocolate) – Chocolate
  11. My Last Love
  12. 사랑 후유증 – The After effects of Love
  13. 다시 사랑하면 안되니 – Can’t We Love Once Again?
  14. 사랑한단 말을 못해서 (소울 스페셜 OST) – They Can’t Love (Soul Special OST)
  15. 나무 – Tree
  16. 소원 (대왕세종 OST) – Wish (The Great King Sejong OST)
  17. 내 가슴이 운다 – My Heart Cries
  18. 그립고 그립고 그립다 (Inst.) – Miss, Miss and Miss (Inst.)

[edit] Mini albums

Bold at the space of “Tracks” means promotional singles in each album.
Album # Album Information Tracklisting
1st Dropping the Tears

  • Released: March 31, 2009
  • Language: Korean
  1. The Present
  2. 1초에 한방울 (Feat. Dynamic Duo) – One Drop Per Second
  3. 눈물이 뚝뚝Dropping the Tears
  4. 소녀, 사랑을 만나다 (Feat. Girls’ Generation Tiffany) – Girl, Meets Love
  5. 쇼핑 – Shopping
  6. Love 119 (Feat. MC Mong)
  7. 눈물이 뚝뚝 (Inst.) – Dropping the Tears (Inst.)
  8. 소녀, 사랑을 만나다 (Inst.) – Girl, Meets Love (Inst.)
2nd My Heart beating

  • Released: March 10, 2011
  • Language: Korean
  1. 분다 – Blow
  2. 입이 떨어지지 않아서Speechless
  3. 가슴이 뛴다ㅡMy Heart beating
  4. 증상 – Symptoms
  5. 기가 차 (Feat. Supreme Team & Sistar) – Amazed
  6. 선물 (Feat. Eun Ji Won) – Present
  7. 입이 떨어지지 않아서 – Speechless (Inst.)
  8. 가슴이 뛴다 (Inst.) – My Heart beating (Inst.)

[edit] Singles

Album # Album Information Tracklisting
1st Hario

  • Released: June 6, 2007
  • Language: Korean
  1. 하리오 (Sweet Mix) – Will Do
  2. 하리오 (Club Mix) – Will Do
2nd Love 119

  • Released: December 2, 2008
  • Language: Korean
  1. Love 119 (Feat. MC Mong)
  2. 나무 – Tree
  3. Love 119 (Inst.)
  4. 나무 (Inst.) – Tree (Inst.)
3rd 1 Drop Per Second

  • Released: June 4, 2009
  • Language: Korean
  1. 1초에 한방울 A Mix (Feat. Dynamic Duo) – 1 Drop Per Second A Mix
4th Present

  • Released: March 10, 2010
  • Language: Korean
  1. 선물 (Feat. Eun Ji Won) – Present
  2. 선물 (Inst.) – Present (Inst.)
5th Amazed

  • Released: January 21, 2011
  • Language: Korean
  1. 기가 차 (Feat. Supreme Team & Sistar) – Amazed

[edit] Soundtracks

Album Information Tracklisting
A Love to Kill OST

  • Released: November 11, 2005
  • Language: Korean
  • 꿈 – Dream
  • 꿈 (Ballad Ver.) – Dream (Ballad Ver.)
Syndrome OST

  • Released: September 4, 2006
  • Language: Korean
  • 바보처럼 (Intro) – Like a Fool (Intro)
  • 바보처럼 – Like a Fool
War of the Money OST

  • Released: June 4, 2007
  • Language: Korean
  • 혼자 지는 달 (獨自月落) – Moon Setting Alone
The Great King Sejong OST

  • Released: June 13, 2008
  • Language: Korean
  • 소원 – Wish
Boat OST (Japanese Movie)

  • Released: June 4, 2009
  • Language: Korean
  • 1초에 한방울 A Mix (Feat. Dynamic Duo) – 1 Drop Per Second A Mix
Shining Inheritance OST

  • Released: June 15, 2009
  • Language: Korean
  • 사랑은 벌이다 – Love is a Punishment
Soul Special: Music Drama OST

  • Released: September 22, 2009
  • Language: Korean
  • 사랑한단 말을 못해서 – They Can’t Love
Wedding Dress OST

  • Released: Jan 5, 2010
  • Language: Korean
  • 눈물연못 – Pond of Tears
Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors OST

  • Released: February 4, 2010
  • Language: Korean
  • 사랑까진 안돼요 – Not So Far as My Love
The President OST part. 6

  • Released: November 24, 2010
  • Language: Korean
  • 태양 – Sun
  • 태양 (Inst.) – Sun (Inst.)
The Greatest Love OST Part.1

  • Released: May 4, 2011
  • Language: Korean
  • 리얼러브송 – Real Love Song
  • 리얼러브송 (Inst.) – Real Love Song (Inst.)

[edit] Collaborations

Album Information Tracklisting
Lim Jeong-Hee – Vol.2 Thanks

  • Released: March 22, 2006
  • Language: Korean
  • 운명 – Destiny
Uhm Jung-Hwa – Vol.9 Prestige

  • Released: October 28, 2006
  • Language: Korean
  • Come 2 Me
Music Is My Life (Part 2)

  • Released: May 7, 2007
  • Language: Korean
8Eight – Vol.1 The First

  • Released: August 24, 2007
  • Language: Korean
Lim Jeong-Hee – Vol.3 Before I Go

  • Released: October 4, 2007
  • Language: Korean
  • 들어요 (Feat. 8Eight, K.Will) – Listen
Hye Mi – Vol.1 Smoothy

  • Released: October 10, 2007
  • Language: Korean
  • You’re My Everything (Feat. K.Will)
Suho – To. U (Single)

  • Released: November 5, 2007
  • Language: Korean
  • 그냥 이렇게.. (Feat. K.Will) – Just Like This..
MBC Music Travel LaLaLa Live Vol.5

  • Released: June 18, 2009
  • Language: Korean
  • 지금 이 순간 – This Is The Moment
  • Over The Rainbow (K.Will, Shin Moon-Hee)
Project: Color Chocolate

  • Released: August 25, 2009
  • Language: Korean
  • 초콜릿 (K.Will, Mario) – Chocolate
Mighty Mouth – Love Class (EP)

  • Released: September 16, 2009
  • Language: Korean
  • Why (Feat. K.Will)
Taw – I Introduce My Girl Friend (Single)

  • Released: November 25, 2009
  • Language: Korean
  • 내 여자 친구를 소개합니다 (Feat. Bae Soo-Youn, K.Will) – I Introduce My Girl friend
Snow Village (Single)

  • Released: December 21, 2009
  • Language: Korean
E Sung – Yeo Chin So (Single)

  • Released: April 28, 2010
  • Language: Korean
  • 여.친.소 (With Taw, Kim Hyung Jung) (Feat. K.Will) – Yeo Chin So
Blue Brand Vol.2 Trauma Part 2

  • Released: May 12, 2010
  • Language: Korean
  • 아무 말도 하지마 (JP Kim Feat. K.Will) – Don’t Say Anything
After The Bus Left

  • Released: May 13, 2010
  • Language: Korean
  • 버스가 떠난 뒤에 (Feat. Miryo – Brown Eyed Girls) – After The Bus Left
Navi – We Really Loved Each Other (Single)

  • Released: June 21, 2010
  • Language: Korean
  • 나비 (NAVI) – 우리 정말 사랑했어요 (With K.Will) – We Really Loved Each Other
Gilme – Love Actually

  • Released: July 29, 2010
  • Language: Korean
  • 길미 (Gilme) – 미안해 사랑해서 (With K.Will) – Sorry, I Loved You
Zia – Difference (Mini Album)

  • Released: August 6, 2010
  • Language: Korean
  • 지아 (Zia) – 사랑을 가르쳐 주세요 (Feat. K.Will) – Please, Show Me Your Love
Road for Hope ‘Gifts’

  • Released: November 5, 2010
  • Language: Korean
  • Road for Hope – 선물 – Various Artists – Gifts
The Name – Barely Alive (Single)

  • Released: June 28, 2011
  • Language: Korean
  • The Name – 겨우 살아 (Feat. K.Will) – Barely Alive
Zia – Hope It is You

  • Released: September 9, 2011
  • Language: Korean
  • 지아 – 그대이길 바래요 (With 케이윌) – Hope It is You

[edit] Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Soul Special

  • release date : September 28, 2009 – November 5, 2009
Park Ju-ho Online music drama (12 episodes, 5 minutes each) released on TVon (see References below).

[edit] Reception

When he released his first album, he got a lot of compliments from today’s superstar Rain, who said “I believe he’s one of the best vocalists of 2007.” and “K.Will has a voice that I really like. His talent is amazing, plus he has even refined it for such a long time. He exerts himself incessantly.”[27]

Rain’s mentor and songwriter Park Jin-Young once mentioned “People say the songs I wrote are really difficult for other singers to sing in their own style, as they have too much of my personality. But “Left Heart”, people don’t even know that it’s my song because K.Will perfectly interpreted the song in his style.” He also said “This is the perfect singer which I’m looking for.”

Lee Min Ho expressed: “I’m very touched. I listened to the songs repeatedly. K.Will’s unique grief voice blended well with the lyrics. This main theme song is really good.” According to Lee Min Ho’s company representative, Lee Min Ho has been persuading people around him to listen to K.Will’s song ‘Miss, Miss, Miss’. Lee Min Ho actively help to promote K.Will’s song.[28]

[edit] Awards

  • 2007 Top Rookie Singer Award: TV Writers Association[29]
  • 2009 Photogenic Awards: The 10th Korea Visual Arts Festival[30]
  • 2009 Top 10 Artists: The First Melon Music Awards[31]
  • 2010 Male Ballad Singer Award: The 16th Republic of Korea Entertainment Arts Awards[32]

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