Artist Of The Month - 4Men

Young Jae
Full name: Kim Young Jae
Born: July 23, 1983
Physique: 176cm, 69kg
Education: Cheonan High School
Career: Dance team “Gorilla” B-boy and instructor

Shin Yong Jae
Born: November 1, 1989
Physique: 176cm, 72kg
Education: Practical Arts, Music; University of Seoul
Debut: 2008 4Men [EP Album “First Kiss”]
Career: Group “Rejoice” vocalist

Kim Won Joo
Born: July 29, 1987
Physique: 178cm, 64kg
Education: Mechanical Engineering at Inha Univesity (Absence)
Debut: 2008 4Men [EP Album “First Kiss”]

Former Members:
J1 (lead vocals), Jeong Se Young (sub-vocals), Lee Jeong Ho (sub-vocals), Han Hyeon Hee (bass) and Yoon Min Soo (VIBE)

Soompi’s featured artist for the month of July is the talented vocal R&B group 4Men. Currently, they consist of 3; Young Jae, Shin Yong Jae and Kim Won Joo.

They first debuted in 1998 with 4 members, hence the group name 4Men. The first generation, or original members, of 4Men was the pioneer for R&B music in Korea. During the past years, the group has changed members and also released few albums.

They released a special album called “The 3rd Generation” as the re-introduction back to the industry. With a new line-up, the song “Can’t Do” become very popular in the online charts and was their first ever top 10 hit. The song was a pure R&B ballad that we haven’t seen for a while. It was written by Vibe’s Yoon Min Soo.

The secret to the trio’s appeal is the intricate balance of Yong-jae’s high, soft voice and Young-jae’s masculine voice. Won-joo is the one in the middle, keeping the balance between these two extremes. They have gone through many difficulties together to come out closer than ever, and their music shows their strong bond.

They released the highly anticipated fourth full-length album, “The Artist”. Despite having to going up against many young idol artists, it swept the music charts upon being released. Producer Yoon Min Soo again led the production of the album alongside members Young Jae, Kim Won Joo, and Shin Yong Jae. Since the three personally took part in the composing and creation of lyrics, “The Artist” truly marks their transformation from mere vocalists to artists.

Pianist Jin Bora and actors Kim Sung Oh and Jin Yi Han lent their support by acting in their three music videos.

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* Four Men First Album (1st album, 1998)

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* 이렇게 천일동안 모으면 이별이 사라진다고 했다 (2nd album, 2000-12-01)

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* Andante (3rd album, 2006-03-09)

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* 선물 / Gift (1st digital Single, 2007-05-21)

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* Melody (2nd digital single, 2008-01-07)

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* First Kiss (EP, 2008-10-07)

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* Voice Of Autumn (EP, 2009-11-03)

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* The 3rd Generation (Special Album, 2010-01-18)

* Baby Baby + 4Men (2010-03-04) : Baby Baby, First Love, First Kiss, etc.

* You (Single, 2010-08-26)

* Crying, Calling.. (Single, 2010-10-19)

* Sorry (EP, 2010-10-28)

* The Artist (4th album, 2011-06-07)




Source : KBS World + Daum/Melon + YesAsia/Youtube + Soompi

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