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Nam Woo-hyun (Korean: 남우현; born February 8, 1991), 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.
Woohyun at a mini fan meeting at Show! Music Core, May 2019
|Born||February 8, 1991|
Seoul, South Korea
|Associated acts||Infinite, Toheart|
|Revised Romanization||Nam U-hyeon|
|McCune–Reischauer||Nam 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).
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. 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 along with two other agencies, one of which was YG Entertainment, 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.
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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. In September 2011, Nam joined Immortal Songs 2 as a fixed member. 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. He later made two more additional appearances on the show, once by himself in January 2012, and again with group mate Sungkyu in December 2012.
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. 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.
In February 2013, he released a duet song titled "Cactus" (선인장) with South Korean Indie Singer, Lucia. It is a cover of Epitone Project's song of the same, and was included as part of a special project album, Re;code.
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. Toheart debuted with their first mini album and title track Delicious on March 10 and made their live debut on March 12 through a MelOn Premiere Showcase. 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. Nam released a soundtrack "When Love Comes" for SBS drama Modern Farmer on October 24, 2014. In December, Nam directed the horror short film What Happened in Hong Kong.
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. He made his football debut with FC Men on May 17, 2015, in a charity match against Jeju United FC.
2016–present: Solo debutEdit
Nam debuted as a solo artist with his first EP Write.. on May 9, 2016. Nam made an appearance on Immortal Song. In that episode, he scored 439 points, the highest score among idols in the mentioned program. In 2017, Nam joins a sitcom titled Unusual Men and Women.
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. He was cast on a photography variety show Photo People 2. The show was filmed in Tokyo and was broadcast on June 11. Nam joined a musical titled Barnum:The Greatest Showman, which was held in Seoul, South Korea from August to October 28, 2018.
On September 3, 2018, Nam released his second EP, Second Write... The lead single is titled "If Only You Are Fine." Nam had been appeared on Happy together 4 as guest on Ep 563. He once again become a guest on Happy together 4 as special MC, showing his best MC-ing skills.
Nam held his first solo concert Arbor Day from November 2 to 4 at the Hannam-dong Blue Square and all the tickets sold out in two minutes. 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. On December 13, 2018, Nam also released a solo digital single "A Song for you", 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, a competitive survival program for female trot singers. Nam went on to release his third EP A New Journey on May 7. Also he will begin his Asian Concert tour from April 27, Taipei following Macau on June 2. Nam also joined the musical Mefisto a lead role scheduled to run from May 25 to July 28. 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.
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. He released his second digital single on November 3 as a gift for fans during his military service.
|A New Journey||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales
|"Still I Remember" (끄덕끄덕)||2016||11||—||
|"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"
|2019||—||—||N/A||A New Journey|
|"When Fall Comes" (가을이 오면 )||2019||—||—||N/A|
|When Love Comes (사랑이 올 때)||2014||—||—||N/A||Modern Farmer OST|
|"Tearfully Beautiful (눈물나게 아름다운)"
(as Dramatic BLUE)
||2012 SBS Gayo Daejun The Color of K-pop|
||Re;Code Episode II|
|One and a Half (일과 이분의 일)
(with Hwang Hye-young)
||Two Yoo Project Sugar Man Ep. 33|
Other charted songsEdit
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales
|"Time" (시간아)||2011||176||—||Over the Top|
|"Close My Eyes" (눈을 감으면)||2014||73||99||
|"Passerby" (그 사람)||68||—||
|"Stand by Me"||77||—||
|2014||"Close My Eyes" (눈을 감으면)||Season 2|
|"Together" (함께)||Grow OST|
|"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"
|A New Journey|
|2019||"When Fall Comes " ( 가을이 오면 )||Nam Woo-hyun||non-album single|
|2011||Tooniverse||Wara Store||Himself||Voice role|
|2012||MBC||The Thousandth man||Nam Woo-hyun||Supporting role|
|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|
|2012||Gwanghwamun Sonata||Ji-young (Main role)||Reprised role again in Japan from January 4 to 6, 2013.|
|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
|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
|Seoul, South Korea||Jamsil Student Gymnasium||August 10 and 11||2019|
|Tokyo, Japan||Toyosu PIT||September 19 and 20||2019|
|Seoul, South Korea||KBS Arena||October 19||2019|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2017||Write..||Disc Bonsang Award||Nominated|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2019||A New Journey||Male Popularity Award||Nominated|
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