Hwang Chi Yeol is no doubt the representative “zero to hero” star of the last couple of years in the Korean music industry. He was a nameless singer on Mnet’s “I Can See Your Voice,” and through that, had the opportunity to let his name be known through KBS’s “Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend.” He is now also a huge Hallyu star in China.
His first mini album since his debut 10 years ago sold an amazing 100,000 copies. He also had his first win ever on KBS’s “Music Bank.” About this, he said, “I think a miracle happened. It already makes me happy that I went on a music program for the first time in 10 years, but to win it – I’m still confused. I know that this didn’t happen on my own. The people who were the biggest source of strength to me are my fans. I will work hard so that I become a singer that they can be proud of.”
Hwang Chi Yeol sold 100,000 copies of his mini album, which is the first time that a male solo artist achieved this feat since Cho Yong Pil in 2013. He said, “I was surprised too. I didn’t know if this was a dream or real life, I didn’t know what was happening to me. It was a great honor for me to go on singing competition shows at all. The fact that I’m receiving so much love for my album as well is a miracle.”
Although he always has a good-natured smile on, he also has a long, painful past as a nameless singer. He said, “I could never imagine myself like this back then. My goal was to make a living. It hurt that I couldn’t do music because I didn’t have money. So I started working as a vocal trainer. Teaching students, I learned even more too. Everything just feels like a miracle.” He added, “When I was 31 years old, I wanted to quit because I didn’t know if I was walking the right path but I became even stronger mentally during that time.”
Hwang Chi Yeol said that this mini album is the first step in laying the foundation of his music. He is now excited to live his dream as a singer. He said about his future, “Humans are animals of greed, so I want to take the top spot on the digital music charts and I want to try singing dance songs too. I said that I would fly high so that those who are cheering me on could be proud of me so I now have the responsibility and duty to show everything that I have. I would like to continue collaborating with other artists too. If possible, I would like to collaborate with a talented male actor because actors have a different way of communicating their emotions.”