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Kangta in February 2012
Born Ahn Chil-hyun
(1979-10-10) October 10, 1979 (age 39)
Seoul, South Korea
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Composer
  • Record producer
  • Actor
  • Radio personality
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • Piano
Years active 1996–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Website kangta.smtown.com
Hangul 강타
Revised Romanization Gangta
McCune–Reischauer Kangt'a
Birth name
Hangul 안칠현
Hanja 安七炫
Revised Romanization An Chil-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer An Ch'irhyŏn

Ahn Chil-hyun (born October 10, 1979), known professionally as Kangta, is a South Korean singer, composer, songwriter, record producer, actor and radio personality. He is well-known as a member of South Korean boygroup H.O.T..


1996–01 H.O.T.

Kangta was discovered at Lotte World, a theme park, when he was only 13 years old. He debuted as a back-up dancer together with future band member Moon Hee Jun for singer Yoo Young-jin. Kangta eventually decided to become a singer with Moon Hee Jun and three others, Jang Woo Hyuk, Tony An, and Lee Jae Won to form H.O.T. in 1996. The group disbanded in 2001, after the group contract expired and they decided not to renew it.

2001–03: Solo debut

Soon after H.O.T. disbanded in March 2001, Kangta made his solo debut after renewing his contract with S.M. Entertainment. He released his first solo album "Polaris", which became a huge hit; it was followed by his second album "Pinetree" in 2002. His first solo concert took place in the summer of 2003.

2004–08: Acting roles and military service

Kangta received several offers and has accepted a drama offer in China. In 2004, he starred in a drama called Magic Touch of Fate together with Taiwanese actors and actresses, Ruby Lin and Alec Su. Kangta portrayed the role of the evil magician Jin-Xiu

Soon afterwards, Kangta returned to Korea and released his much-awaited third album. In 2005, Kangta released "Persona", which included tracks that were very different from his previous two albums. The main single of the album, "Persona" had a similar melody to Babyface's "The Loneliness". Kangta surprised his fans when he said he wanted to become an actor. A month later, he starred in a KBS drama, Loveholic.

In 2006, Kangta was chosen as a runner up for Best Korean Singer overseas, according to Arirang International Broadcasting. A poll was issued over the internet, allowing only people outside of Korea to vote. Shinhwa's song "Once In A Lifetime" won by 60% of the vote, beating Kangta, who came in second with 20.3 percent.[citation needed]

Kangta also acted in his second Chinese drama,[1] Love In The City 2. In Love In The City 2 Kangta portrayed the life of a successful CEO with a dull life. In March Kangta was announced to be starring in JTBC's 2012 drama Happy Ending as Kim So Eun's love interest.[2]

In 2007, he filmed two dramas and Love in the city 2 aired on October 1, 2007. In January 2007, Kangta took part in the Hallyu Festival in Osaka which also featured Jun Jin and Lee Min-woo of Shinhwa, SG Wannabe and actor Song Seung-heon at the Osaka Dome.[3]

Kangta enlisted for mandatory military service in April 2008 for 21 months of active duty. During which time he starred in military musical, Mine with rapper Yang Dong-geun. It is about the true life story of Lieutenant Lee Jong-myung, who lost his legs in a land mine explosion near the demilitarized zone, in June 2000, when he saved fellow soldier, Sul Dong-seob from the minefield.[4]

2010: Chinese debut

After two years and five months of hiatus from the entertainment industry due to Korean military service, Kangta released his first Chinese extended play, Breaka Shaka. The lead single was released on September 13[5] and the EP was released on September 14. The EP marked Kangta's entrance to the Chinese market.

2016: 'Home' Chapter 1

In October 2016, S.M. Entertainment announced that Kangta will be held concert for celebrate his 20th debut anniversary titled Coming Home, as a part of SM Entertainment's concert series The Agit. The concert will be held from November 4 till November 6 at SMTown Theatre.[6] On October 11, S.M. Entertainment confirmed that Kangta currently preparing his new album.[7][8] In the same day, it was confirmed that Kangta will be made appearance on JTBC's A Hyung I Know and will be aired on October 29.[9]Kangta released his first Korean extended plays 'Home' Chapter 1 on November 3. The album contains five tracks, with the lead single titled Diner.

Personal life

He is an experienced songwriter and composer, having written over 100 songs[10] for H.O.T.'s albums as well as for other groups and singers like NRG and Fly to the Sky.

Group projects

S (Supreme)

After planning for years, Kangta worked with his celebrity friends Shin Hye Sung from Shinhwa and Lee Ji Hoon to form the project group "S", standing for "Supreme". They released their first solo project album called "Fr. In. Cl." or Friends in Classic (2003). They have won several awards since then. Their title track, "I Swear" was written, composed, and arranged by Kangta while Shin Hye Sung wrote the English lyrics.

On 14 October 2014, it was announced that group 'S' would be making a comeback after over a decade with a new mini-album titled Autumn Breeze, scheduled to be released on October 27. SM Entertainment stated that "Kangta wrote and produced all the songs on the upcoming album. Kangta’s unique music style and the trio’s harmonious voices will create beautiful ballads that will satisfy the fans". On October 18, the group performed their new song Without You (하고 싶은 거 다) at SM Entertainment's agency-wide concert SM Town in Shanghai.The music video for the song Without You was released on October 24, starring Yuri of Girls' Generation. The group is slated to be on Korean singing program Immortal Songs 2 on November 3 as part of their promotions.

Kangta & Vanness

Early 2006, Kangta collaborated with Vanness Wu of F4 from Taiwan, and formed Kangta & Vanness. Their debut was in Thailand ending the ceremony for the 2006 MTV Asia Awards. They released their single "Scandal" and have been busy promoting their single all over Asia. "Scandal" was a success over Asia and a repackaged version was released in mid-July. On September 12, they held a showcase in Malaysia, Berjaya Times Square.

On Arirang TV's talk-show "Heart to Heart", Kangta announced that he would be entering the Army in early 2008, so activities have been put on hold.


Produced album

Songwriting and composing credits

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music Notes
Credited With Credited With
"Polaris" Yes Yes
"My Life" Yes Yes
"In Your Eyes" Yes No
"Still" Yes Yes
"Last Summer Night" Yes Yes
"Blue Moon" Yes No
"Polaris" Yes Yes
Pine Tree
"Happy Happy" Yes 이윤재 No
Pine Tree
"Memories" Yes Yes
Pine Tree
"Propose" Yes Yes
Pine Tree
"Summer" Yes No
Pine Tree
"The Best" Yes Yes
Pine Tree
"Autumn" Yes No
Pine Tree
"Memories#2" Yes Yes
Pine Tree
"Flower" Yes Yes
Pine Tree
"2032 in Cuba" Yes 윤효상 No
Pine Tree
"Nocturne" Yes Yes
Pine Tree
"One Snowing Day" Yes Yes 송광식
Pine Tree
"Pine Tree" Yes Yes 송광식
"Waiting" Yes No
"Beat It" Yes No
"Persona" Yes Yes
"Illusion" Yes Yes
"Agape" Yes Yes
"Paralysis" Yes Yes
"Just One Day" Yes Yes
"Blue Snow" Yes No
"Always" Yes No
"Prayer" Yes No
Girls' Generation
Kangta & Girls' Generation Taeyeon
"7989" Yes Yes
Breaka Shaka
"Remember" No Yes
Breaka Shaka
"Habit" No Yes
'Home' Chapter 1
"Diner" Yes Yes

Tour and Concert

  • Kangta 1st Concert : Pinetree (2002)
  • The Agit: Coming Home (2016)



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Emergency Act 19 Himself
Resurrection of the Little Match Girl Special Guest Star
2012 I AM. Himself Documentary of SMTown in New York
Secret Garden Oscar Chinese-language remake of the 2010 South Korean drama.
2015 SMTown The Stage Himself Documentary film of SM Town [11]
2016 Mad Monk Ji Gong TBA

Television dramas

Year Network Title Role Notes
2005 CCTV Magic Touch of Fate Jin Xiu (金修) Main role
KBS Loveholic Seo Kang Wook Lead role
2007 CCTV Love In The City 2 Zhang Wei Qi Lead role
2011 Pepper and Kimchi (辣椒与泡菜)
BTV Di Jin (帝锦)
2012 JTBC Happy Ending[12] Goo Seung Jae Supporting role
2016 TBA Circle of Friends
2017 TBA Tri-Path Journey

TV show

Year Title Network Role Notes
2012 The Voice of Korea Mnet Judges
2013 The Voice of Korea Season 2 Mnet

Radio Show

Year Title Role Note
2011 KBS 2FM 'Freedom Declaration' DJ Solo DJ
2016–2018 MBC Starry Night Solo DJ


Mnet Asian Music Awards

Year Category Work Result
2001 Best Male Artist "Polaris"[13][14] Won
Best Ballad Performance Nominated
2002 Best Male Artist "Memories"[15] Nominated
Best Ballad Performance Nominated
2005 Best R&B Performance "Persona"[16] Nominated
Overseas Viewers' Award "Mask"[17] Won


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  2. ^ "김소은, 드라마 '해피엔딩'서 최민수 딸로 활약 '기대' :: THE STAR". Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  3. ^ Lee Yong-sung "Osaka concert features Korean Wave stars" Korea Herald. 25 January 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-10
  4. ^ Lee, Eun-joo (2 October 2008). "Military musical mines true story of loyalty and sacrifice". Joongang Daily. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  5. ^ "KANGTA_愛, 頻率_Music Video". YouTube. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Kangta to hold a solo concert for the first time in 8 years! - allkpop.com". allkpop.com. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  7. ^ 11, A. Aspera October; 2016 (11 October 2016). "Kangta To Return With Brand New Album". soompi.com. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  8. ^ "SM announces Kangta's comeback after 8 years - allkpop.com". allkpop.com. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Kangta and Davichi to appear on a variety show together! - allkpop.com". allkpop.com. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  10. ^ "페이지를 찾을 수 없습니다". Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  11. ^ (in Korean) 'SM타운' 공연실황 다큐, 8월13일 국내개봉 확정
  12. ^ Hong, Lucia (5 April 2012). "Kangta confirms role in jTBC's upcoming TV series". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  13. ^ "2001 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list" Archived 2014-06-13 at Archive.is. MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  14. ^ "2001 MMF part 1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  15. ^ "2002 MMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
  16. ^ "2005 MKMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  17. ^ "2005 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.

External links

  • (in Korean) SM Entertainment's Official Site
  • (in Korean) H.O.T.'s Official Site
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