The American with a Korean Descent Singer of Many Korean Drama Soundtracks
Eric Nam is popular as an American singer, songwriter, and also television host under CJ E&M. He is of Korean descent, so his ethnicity is Korean but born and living in the United States. He started his career after joining the singing competition Star Audition: Birth of a Great Star 2 in 2011. Let’s get to know Eric Nam better through his profile, pre-debut, career, Instagram, Awards, and more. Keep reading!
Eric Nam’s Profile
Stage Name: Eric Nam (Hangeul: 에릭남)
Birth Name: Nam Yoon Do (Hangeul: 남윤도)
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia United States
Birthday: November 17th, 1988
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Height: 175 cm (5’9″)
Weight: 64 kg (141 lbs)
Blood Type: O
Facebook: Eric Nam Official
YouTube: Eric Nam
51 Eric Nam Fun Facts
1. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
2. Eric Nam has two younger brothers named Eddie and Brian.
3. His manager is his brother, Eddie.
4. Eric Nam graduated from Boston College in 2011 in International Studies and as a Cum Laude student.
5. He was even studying abroad at Peking University in Beijing, China.
6. He admired BoA and Lee Hyori when he was young.
7. Eric Nam can speak English and Korean fluently, and also has an intermediate level of Spanish and Mandarin.
8. He is learning Japanese.
9. Eric Nam has auditioned for SM Entertainment but he didn’t pass.
10. He loves food and traveling.
11. Eric Nam loves cleanliness.
12. He loves to watch Shinhwa along with his brother and they try to impersonate their dance choreography.
13. Eric Nam is also even called the ‘Nation’s boyfriend’.
14. He can’t eat apples.
15. He loves the color red.
16. He used to play soccer and was part of the orchestra in high school.
17. He has faith in God.
18. Eric Nam has the ability to play the piano and the cello.
19. He visited India before going to South Korea for the audition.
20. Eric Nam loves trying food, meeting strangers, and going to new places.
21. He has sung at a mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome when on a tour in Italy and was also a part of the Atlanta Boy Choir.
22. Eric Nam has visited Latin America: Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, and Bolivia to explore and understand their culture and economy.
23. His spare time is usually spent in songwriting, staying at home, and watching TV while eating and getting a massage.
24. He is friends with the American singer Khalid.
25. Eric Nam began his career with YouTube videos, uploading his cover songs.
26. If he wasn’t a singer, Eric Nam would take the path of a business analyst.
27. He went viral when he did a YouTube video of 2NE1‘s “Lonely”.
28. After going viral on YouTube, he got invited to take part in Birth of a Great Star 2 on MBC.
29. Eric Nam got to the Top 5 contestants in Birth of a Great Star 2.
30. Eric Nam debuted on January 23rd, 2013, with the mini-album Cloud 9, with the lead track “Heaven’s Door”.
31. He has appeared in a television show of Arirang TV in the program The After School Club, and the spin show version, The ASC After Show from 2013 to 2016.
32. In April 2014, Eric Nam released the digital single “Ooh Ooh” (우우).
33. In February 2015, he collaborated with Amber Liu for the mini-album Beautiful and the song “I Just Wanna”.
34. He released the single “I’m OK” in March 2015.
35. Eric Nam also released the single “Dream” in May 2015.
36. He signed a contract with CJ E&M in December 2015.
37. He made a duet with Wendy from Red Velvet for the song “Spring Love” released on March 4th, 2016.
38. Eric Nam released the mini-album Interview with the title track “Good For You” on March 24th, 2016.
39. Eric Nam made a collaboration with the band KOLAJ as his first single in the US titled “Into You” on June 10th, 2016.
40. When performing in SNL Korea, he received the highest rating in the season on April 16th, 2016.
41. He joined We Got Married in April 2016 and his partner was Solar of Mamamoo.
42. He released the digital single “Can’t Help Myself” written by Tablo from Epic High, in July 2016.
43. Eric Nam was even a host with Yang Se-hyung of the talk show Yang and Nam Show in November 2016.
44. He released the single “Cave Me In” with Gallant and Tablo on January 26th, 2017.
45. He went to the same college with pH-1 and they are still in contact with each other.
47. Eric Nam has a podcast named K-pop Daebak Show with Eric Nam.
49. His English album titled Before We Begin came out on November 14th, 2019.
50. Eric Nam’s ideal type is someone who has a good character and is suitable to him. He likes a woman who has pretty big eyes and he doesn’t look at age.
51. Eric Nam likes MinAh from Girl’s Day‘s appearance and Solar from Mamamoo’s personality.
Eric Nam Pre Debut
Eric Nam was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the USA in 1988. He spent his childhood and part of his adult years there. He spent his education in the Lovett School in 2007 and also Boston College in International Studies (Asian Studies).
As a boy who loved singing and adventure, he joined the Atlanta Boy Choir and went to Italy to perform. He even spent a year studying abroad at Peking University, Beijing, China. Then, he was offered a business analyst position at Deloitte Consulting in New York City but he decided to pursue his passion in the entertainment industry.
Before becoming popular, he consistently displayed his talent in singing by uploading videos on his YouTube channel. Later on, he got invited to South Korea for an audition and appeared in many singing shows and competitions in South Korea.
Eric Nam’s Career
In 2011, he joined Star Audition: Birth of a Great Star 2 on MBC. Eric Nam surprisingly got into the TOP 5. Cool! His YouTube cover of “Lonely” by 2NE1 also became a big hit. Since then, his popularity has continuously increased and he got into another show, Birth of a Great Star 2 on MBC, a kind of singing competition like X-Factor.
In 2012, Eric Nam signed a contract with B2M Entertainment and made a solo debut with the single “Heaven’s Door” from the album Cloud 9. He has done many jobs including a TV host of After School Club from 2013 to 2016.
In 2015, he joined King of Masked Singer as Hello Mr.Monkey. Cool! He also teamed up with Amber, former f(x) member, to release the single “I Just Wanna”. Later, he left B2M and signed a new contract with CJ E&M.
In 2016, he joined the reality show We Got Married Season 4 with his television wife Solar from Mamamoo. Interesting show!
Eric Nam’s Awards and Achievements
Eric Nam is a huge seize opportunities person which has led him to many awards and achievements. In 2016, he was appointed as the 2016 Man of The Year by GQ Korea. Next in 2017, Eric Nam entered the 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 by Forbes, and also YouTube Music’s Global Trending Artist on the Rise.
Moreover, for his work in the entertainment industry, he received the Best Couple Award at the MBC Awards in 2017 with Solar from Mamamoo. Later, in 2018, Eric Nam succeeded in being appointed Honorary Ambassador of the South Korean Winter Olympic 2018.
Eric Nam’s Instagram
Eric is active on his personal Instagram with more than 3.3 million followers. He often uploads his work. However, look at his smile, so charismatic!
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