Nam Woo-hyun

Nam Woo-hyun (Korean남우현; born February 8, 1991),[1] also known mononymously as Woohyun, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actor. He is well known as a member of South Korean boy group Infinite.[2]

Nam Woo-hyun
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Woohyun at a mini fan meeting at Show! Music Core, May 2019
Born (1991-02-08) February 8, 1991 (age 29)
Seoul, South Korea
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active2010–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
LabelsWoollim Entertainment
Associated actsInfinite, Toheart
Korean name
Revised RomanizationNam U-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerNam U Hyŏn

Nam began his solo career in 2016 with released EP Write.., which charted at number two on Gaon Album Chart and number nine on the Billboard World Albums chart. He continued to be successful and went on to release two more EPs, Second Write.. (2018) and A New Journey (2019).

Early lifeEdit

Nam Woo-hyun was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated from Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts, majoring in Applied Music.[3] He has an older brother, Nam Boo-hyun who is the owner of BBQ restaurant Meok & Sam.

Nam initially aspired to be a soccer player. However, he could not pursue this dream and eventually realized his dream of becoming a singer when he was in high school, and auditioned at Woollim Entertainment[4] along with two other agencies, one of which was YG Entertainment,[5] to pursue a career as a solo singer. He passed the audition and was accepted into Woollim with a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Lately" and began training as an idol trainee. He admitted being a little disappointed but worked hard to practice dancing instead.



Prior to debuting with Infinite, Nam was a model for a shopping mall alongside Beast's Junhyung and T-ara's Jiyeon. He also competed in the 6th Hello Star Contest performing Lee Hyori's "U Go Girl". In one of his first broadcast appearances, he played the lead role in KooPD's music video for Guigamalo in 2007. Later in 2009, he appeared on Mnet's Girl Punch and sang Lee Seung-gi's "Words That Are Hard to Say".

2010–2013: Debut with InfiniteEdit

Infinite debuted on June 9, 2010.[6] In September 2011, Nam joined Immortal Songs 2 as a fixed member.[7] His first performance on the show aired on October 1. On November 1, it was announced that he would be leaving the show due to Infinite's upcoming Japanese promotions, and his final episode was aired November 5.[8] He later made two more additional appearances on the show, once by himself in January 2012,[9] and again with group mate Sungkyu in December 2012.[10]

In 2012, his career in musical theatre began with a supporting role in the musical Gwanghwamun Sonata. Nam and Sungkyu shared the role of Jiyong, the son of the female lead.[11] The musical ran in Korea from January 3 to March 11, 2012, and in Japan from January 4 to 6, 2013. Nam made his first foray into acting in August with a minor role in the drama The Thousandth Man.[12]

In February 2013, he released a duet song titled "Cactus" (선인장) with South Korean Indie Singer, Lucia.[13] It is a cover of Epitone Project's song of the same, and was included as part of a special project album, Re;code.[14]

2014–2015: Toheart's debutEdit

On February 20, 2014, SM Entertainment announced the formation of a special unit, Toheart, consisting of Nam and Shinee's Key.[15] Toheart debuted with their first mini album and title track Delicious on March 10[16][17] and made their live debut on March 12 through a MelOn Premiere Showcase.[18][19] In April, Nam was cast in a lead role for the KBS drama Hi! School: Love On alongside Kim Sae-ron and group mate Lee Sung-yeol, playing the character Shin Woo-hyun.[20][21] Nam released a soundtrack "When Love Comes" for SBS drama Modern Farmer on October 24, 2014.[22] In December, Nam directed the horror short film What Happened in Hong Kong.[23]

Nam currently plays as a striker for the South Korean celebrity football club, FC Men. Having previously played for FC One, he was recruited to FC Men in early 2015.[24] He made his football debut with FC Men on May 17, 2015, in a charity match against Jeju United FC.[25]

2016–present: Solo debutEdit

Nam debuted as a solo artist with his first EP Write.. on May 9, 2016.[26][27] Nam made an appearance on Immortal Song. In that episode, he scored 439 points, the highest score among idols in the mentioned program.[28] In 2017, Nam joins a sitcom titled Unusual Men and Women.[29]

In 2018, Nam joined a musical titled I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change in Osaka, Japan. The musical is a musical comedy with various show from youth to elder.[30] He was cast on a photography variety show Photo People 2. The show was filmed in Tokyo and was broadcast on June 11.[31] Nam joined a musical titled Barnum:The Greatest Showman, which was held in Seoul, South Korea from August to October 28, 2018.[32]

On September 3, 2018, Nam released his second EP, Second Write...[33] The lead single is titled "If Only You Are Fine."[34] Nam had been appeared on Happy together 4 as guest on Ep 563.[35] He once again become a guest on Happy together 4 as special MC, showing his best MC-ing skills.[36]

Woohyun at the 3rd Soribada Best K-Music Awards in August 2019

Nam held his first solo concert Arbor Day from November 2 to 4 at the Hannam-dong Blue Square[37] and all the tickets sold out in two minutes.[38] On October 26, 2018, the musical The Days release Nam to be join cast of musical, held at Bluesquare Interpark Hall in Seoul from February 22 to May 6, 2019 as Kang Moo-young, where he played a presidential bodyguard who went missing 20 years ago along with a mysterious female companion.[39] On December 13, 2018, Nam also released a solo digital single "A Song for you",[40] which he performed in his Solo Concert.

On February 12, 2019, Nam joined the judging panel of TV Chosun Trot Audition Program Tomorrow's Miss Trot as one of the masters,[41] a competitive survival program for female trot singers. Nam went on to release his third EP A New Journey on May 7.[42] Also he will begin his Asian Concert tour from April 27, Taipei following Macau on June 2.[42] Nam also joined the musical Mefisto a lead role scheduled to run from May 25 to July 28.[43] Nam concluded his second Solo Concert "Arbor Day 2" on August 10 and 11 in Seoul and will hold it on September 19 and 20 in Japan.[citation needed]

On October 24, Nam enlisted for his mandatory military service, serving as a public service worker; he was unable to serve as an active duty soldier due to his shoulder injury from 2014.[44] He released his second digital single on November 3 as a gift for fans during his military service.[45]


Extended playsEdit

Title Album details Peak
US World
  • Released: May 9, 2016
  • Label: Woollim, CJ E&M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 9
Second Write..
  • Released: September 3, 2018
  • Label: Woollim, Kakao M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
A New Journey
  • Released: May 7, 2019
  • Label: Woollim, Kakao M
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
KOR Gaon
KOR Billboard
"Still I Remember" (끄덕끄덕) 2016 11
  • KOR: 140,165[A]
"If Only You Are Fine" (너만 괜찮다면) 2018 92 N/A Second Write..
"A Song for You" (지금 이 노래) 2018 N/A
"Hold On Me"
(featuring Junoflo)
2019 N/A A New Journey
"When Fall Comes" (가을이 오면 ) 2019 N/A
Soundtrack appearances
When Love Comes (사랑이 올 때) 2014 N/A Modern Farmer OST
"Tearfully Beautiful (눈물나게 아름다운)"
(as Dramatic BLUE)
2012 16 14
  • KOR: 217, 382+
2012 SBS Gayo Daejun The Color of K-pop
Cactus (선인장)
(with Lucia)
2013 20 16
  • KOR: 129, 540+
Re;Code Episode II
One and a Half (일과 이분의 일)
(with Hwang Hye-young)
  • KOR: 10, 363+
Two Yoo Project Sugar Man Ep. 33

Other charted songsEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales

KOR Billboard
"Time" (시간아) 2011 176 Over the Top
"Close My Eyes" (눈을 감으면) 2014 73 99 Season 2
"Write.." 2016 109 Write..
"Passerby" (그 사람) 68
"Nostalgia" (향기) 71
"Gravity" 72
"Stand by Me" 77

Songwriting creditsEdit

Year Song Artist Album
2013 "Beautiful"[57] Infinite New Challenge
2014 "Close My Eyes" (눈을 감으면)[58] Season 2
"Together" (함께)[59] Grow OST
2016 "Everyday" Nam Woo-hyun Write..
"Scent" (향기)
"Stand by Me"
2018 "If Only You Are Fine" (너만 괜찮다면) Second Write..
"You're My Lady"
"I Love You" (사랑해)
2019 "Hold on Me"
(featuring Junoflo)
A New Journey
2019 "When Fall Comes " ( 가을이 오면 ) Nam Woo-hyun non-album single



Year Network Title Role Notes
2011 Tooniverse Wara Store Himself Voice role[60]
2012 MBC The Thousandth man Nam Woo-hyun Supporting role[61]
2014 KBS2 Hi! School: Love On Shin Woo-hyun Lead role
2018 MBC The King of Mask Singer Himself Panelist
2018 Naver TV & V-Live Photo People Season 2 Himself Cast Member
2019 TV Chosun Tomorrow's Miss Trot Himself Judge


Year Title Role Note
2012 Gwanghwamun Sonata Ji-young (Main role) Reprised role again in Japan from January 4 to 6, 2013.[62]
2018 I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Lead role Japanese Musical(Osaka from May 17 to 20, Tokyo from August 12 to 16)
Barnum: The Greatest Showman Amos Scudder (Main role) Large Scale Musical from August 9 to September 29, 2018
2018-2019 The Days Moo-young (Lead role) Large Scale Musical. Busan - Dec 24 and 25 Seoul - Feb 22 until May 6, also to perform in Daegu, Jinji and Iksan
2019 Mefisto Mefisto (Lead role) Kwanglim Arts Center's BBCH Hall in Seoul from May 25 to July 28.

Solo Concerts & toursEdit

Concert TourEdit

Arbor Day

City Venue Date Year
Seoul, South Korea Blue Square iMarket Hall November 2, 3 and 4 2018
Taipei, Taiwan TICC April 27 2019
Macau Broadway Theatre, Broadway Macau June 2 2019

Arbor Day 2

City Venue Date Year
Seoul, South Korea Jamsil Student Gymnasium August 10 and 11 2019
Tokyo, Japan Toyosu PIT September 19 and 20 2019

Fan MeetingEdit

City Venue Date Year
Seoul, South Korea KBS Arena October 19 2019

Awards and nominationsEdit

Golden Disc AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Write.. Disc Bonsang Award Nominated

Soribada Best K-Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 A New Journey Male Popularity Award Nominated
2019 Art-Tainer Award Won


  1. ^ Accumulation of "Still I Remember" sales per month: 117,923 (May 2016),[52] 22,242 (June 2016).[53]
  2. ^ Additional reference for peak position: "Write..".[54]


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