Get to Know INFINITE’s Sunggyu Better: From Rock Band Vocalist to Leader of INFINITE

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Learn More About the Leader of INFINITE – Sunggyu

INFINITE is a group that consists of six members, they are Sunggyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, L, Sungyeol, and Sungjong. They have one ex-member, Hoya, who decided to leave the group and agency on August 30th, 2017. They received many recognitions with their album Over The Top with the title track “Be Mine” in 2011. They kept climbing up the fame ladder by releasing the album New Challenge and holding their first world tour in 2013.

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Aside from their group activities, some of the members have started to shift their focus on solo activities and release their own albums a while ago. The first member who did it was none other than their leader, Sunggyu. He has released several albums since and has proven his vocal skills through his songs.

In this article, we will provide you with a rundown of the details about Sunggyu and his solo activities.

Full Profile of Sunggyu

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Kim Sung-gyu was born on April 28th, 1989, in Jeonju, South Korea. His parents actually didn’t approve of him being a singer and would rather see him living a normal life. This is why he continued to practice in secret and made his way to Woollim Entertainment with a little threat, “If you don’t pick me, you’re going to regret it.” He passed the audition and trained for years. He later debuted with six other members in a group called INFINITE, on June 9th, 2010, and released their first mini-album First Invasion with the title track “Come Back Again.” He was entrusted to be the leader and the main vocalist due to his outstanding singing skills. On February 15th, 2013, he graduated from Daekyung University majoring in Applied Music, along with Ho-ya, L, and Sung-yeol.

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Nicknames: Grandpa, Leader, Hamster, Kkulgyu (loser Gyu), Gyujiji
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Height: 178 cm (5’10”)
Blood Type: A
Instagram: @gyu357
Twitter: @kyuzizi

Fun Facts

  • Before coming to Woollim Entertainment, he auditioned twice in 2008 and 2009 at SM Entertainment but got rejected.
  • He went to Woollim Entertainment after getting a recommendation from Nell’s manager whom he met at the café where he worked as a part-timer.
  • He and Hoya appeared as MCs with Defconn in the variety show Weekly Idol.
  • He, Woohyun, L, Seungyeol, and Sungjong appeared in Epik High’s “RUN” music video.
  • He won the Courage King Award and the Lucky King Award at their own variety show, INFINITE Ranking King.
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  • Sunggyu, with Sungyeol and Sungjong, were entrusted to become special DJs for Super Junior’s Kiss the Radio when the original DJs (Super Junior’s Leeteuk and Eunhyuk) were away from October 24th to October 30th, 2011.
  • He has sensitive skin and is allergic to metal.
  • He was the fastest member to learn scorpion dance from Hoya.
  • He went to audition at Woollim even though he had a stomachache. After the audition, he rushed to the hospital for his appendectomy. When he was released, he got the notification that he had passed the audition.

Obsessed With Becoming a Rock Band Member?

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Every INFINITE fan will know that Sunggyu really likes rock. Back in high school, he was in a school rock band called Coma Beat. They mostly played hard rock music like Pia, Linkin Park, and Limp Bizkit. He auditioned with the intention of being a rock band member but got trained as a boy band member instead. Although his friends criticized him for it, he believed that it might be a good opportunity for him.

In Inkigayo Magazine, Sunggyu shared his thoughts about rock music. His love for rock music started when he was in fourth grade. He watched Seo Taiji on TV and immediately fell for the rock genre. He started to listen to many rock songs in a wide range, from modern rock, brit pop, to hardcore like Korn and Linkin Park. When he entered middle and high school he realized his dream to become a real singer. In his first grade of high school, he heard one of Nell’s albums on his friend’s MP3. He was amazed by the songs and became a fan of Nell ever since, up until now. Not to mention he actually auditioned at Woollim hoping to get their autographs.

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He also included rock and acoustic sounds in his first solo album Another Me with the title track “60 Seconds.” In the making of the album, he got the help from his favorite rock band, Nell. Nell’s Jongwan even gave his composed Shine as a gift for Sunggyu’s pre-release. Sunggyu showed his admiration towards Nell by singing one of their songs on Yoo Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook when he was promoting his second album 27. The two of them have become close now.

Solo Discography

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He officially debuted as a solo singer by releasing his first EP Another Me on January 19th, 2012. He composed the title track “60 Seconds” with Sweetune and wrote the lyrics of the song “41 Days.” The album became the Top Selling Album of the Month of November on the Gaon Chart 2012 with 62,958 copies sold. He also released a music video for the title track starring his fellow member, L. He manages to do his solo career while doing INFINITE activities until now. Let’s check out his solo discography!

Studio Album

Release Date Album Format
February 26th, 2018 10 Stories CD, Digital download


Extended Plays (EP)

Release Date Album Format
November 29th, 2012 Another Me CD, Digital download
May 11th, 2015 27 CD, Digital download

 

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Live Album

Release Date Album Format
August 24th, 2018 Kim Sunggyu First Solo Concert Live – SHINE DVD, Blu-ray


Singles

Year Album Title
2011 Over The Top Because
2012 Another Me
I Need You
Shine
60 Seconds
2014 Season 2 Light
2015 27
The Answer
Kontrol
2018 10 Stories True Love
SHINE Live Don’t Move (Shine Live Ver.)

 

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Year Artist Album Title
2013 Kanto ft. Sunggyu Non-album What You Want
2014 Yoon Sang duet with Sunggyu The Duets Part 1 RE: Me
2017 Primary Pop Drama


Songs Written

Year Album Title
2012 Another Me 41 Days
2014 Season 2 Light
2018 10 Stories City of Angels

Acting Career and Appearances in Variety Shows

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Besides singing, Sunggyu has often appeared in dramas and has been cast in many musical theaters. Let’s check out his filmography!

Movies

Year Title Role
2012 INFINITE Concert Second Invasion Evolution The Movie 3D Himself
2014 Grow: INFINITE’s Real Youth Life


Dramas

Year Station Title Role
2012 MBC The Thousand Man Himself Cameo
2013 KBS Pure Love Lee Hoon (young)

 

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TV Shows

Year Station Title Role
2011 Tooniverse Wara Store Himself (voice)
2013 JTBC High Society Regular cast
tvN The Genius: Rules of the Game Himself (contestant)
2015 KBS2 Exciting India Regular cast
2016 JTBC Girl Spirit Main host
2016-2017 Channel A Singderella Main host
2017-2018 MBC Living Together in Empty Room Regular cast


Theaters

Year Title Role
2012 Gwanghamun Sonata Ji-young Main Role
2014 Vampire Count Dracula
2015 In The Heights Benny
2016 All Shook Up Elvis
2016-2017 In The Heights Benny
2017-2018 Gwanghamun Sonata Myung-woo (young)
2018 Amadeus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Shinheung Military Academy
(military musical)
Ji Chung-chun

 

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Other than that, Sunggyu, along with other INFINITE members are known to be invited in a lot of variety shows. Here is a list of variety shows he has appeared in.

Year Station Title Episode Role
2011 Mnet Sesame Player
1-9 INFINITE Main host
MBC Weekly Idol 4, 20 INFINITE Guest
KBS Birth of a Family
1-13 INFINITE Main host
2012 KBS Hello Counselor 
56 Sunggyu, Woohyun, Sungyeol Guest
101 Sunggyu, L Guest
Mnet Ranking King 1-15 INFINITE Main host
MBC Weekly Idol
47-48, 56
INFINITE Guest
64
Sunggyu, Hoya MC
75 Sunggyu Guest
2013 Mnet Beatle’s Code   Sunggyu, INFINITE H Guest
KBS Happy Together 284 Sunggyu Guest
KBS Hello Counselor 133 Sunggyu, Woohyun Guest
MBC Infinity Challenge 329 INFINITE Guest
341 Sunggyu Guest
Barefoot Friends 12-14 INFINITE Guest
MBC Weekly Idol 93, 94, 107  INFINITE Guest
KBS The Sea I Wanted 1-3 Sunggyu Guest
SBS Running Man 162 Sunggyu, L Guest
2014 Mnet This is INFINITE 1-8 INFINITE Main host
KBS Happy Together 337 Sunggyu Guest
KBS Hello Counselor 175 Sunggyu, Dongwoo, Sungyeol Guest
MBC Weekly Idol 152-153, 207 INFINITE Guest
SBS Running Man
179-180 Sunggyu Guest
201 Sunggyu, Hoya Guest
2015 KBS Hello Counselor 224 Sunggyu Guest
MBC We Got Married Global Edition 2 5-6 Sunggyu
MBC Weekly Idol
199 Sunggyu Guest
227-228 Sunggyu MC
2015-2016 MBC Showtime 1-12 INFINITE Main host
2016 tvN SNL8 INFINITE Guest
MBC Weekly Idol
260 Sunggyu Guest
269 INFINITE Guest
2017 Olive Island Trio 23-24 Sunggyu Guest
MBC Weekly Idol 325, 337 INFINITE Guest
2018 MBC Radio Star 553 Sunggyu Guest

 

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As we can see, INFINITE themselves have been invited to Weekly Idol for a total of 21 episodes! Sunggyu has been known as the ‘remarkable’ member and left the duo MC Doni-Coni speechless about him. He and INFINITE members have won many awards at the Weekly Idol Award, an event that as held for the last episode of the year. In 2012, he won three awards in the It’s Your Song But Why Can’t You Dance, Sorry But You’re Too Easy For Meand Brave Guys category. In 2013, he won two awards in the It’s Your Song But Why Can’t You Dance and Captured Doni-Coni category. In 2015, he won another, Writer Award or Best Entertainer.

Check out the video cuts of him on Weekly Idol!

Other than that, Sunggyu also appeared many times in KBS’ Hello Counselor, SBS’ Happy Together, and Olive Island Trio. Check out the clips below!