‘Legend Of Rock’ Kim Kyung-ho: Full Profile, Discography, Awards, Marriage

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The Korean ‘Legend of Rock’ Kim Kyung-ho

Notorious for his four-octave vocal range and long silky hair, Kim Kyung-ho (Korean: 김경호) is a South Korean singer who is often referred to as the “legend of rock” for his efforts in making rock music popular in South Korea. Amidst all the other more popular music genres, this singer born on June 7th, 1971, stands out with his distinctive music choice. The legendary singer has been in the industry for 31 years and he makes frequent appearances on South Korean variety shows.

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Full Profile

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Born on June 7th, 1971, in a small city called Mokpo, South Korea, Kim Kyung-ho is best known as the charismatic National Rock Star with a strong stage presence. Later on, he stole the public attention with his long hair and feminine look that would eventually grant him a new nickname: Rock Unnie or National Sister.

He first appeared on Korea’s music scene in 1989 on an annual competition for talented youths hosted by KBS. In his college years, he also joined the MBC University Music Festival in 1991 where he got a bronze award for his self-composed song “Long Goodbye” (which was later included on his first-ever album).

In 1995, he released his self-titled debut album, Kim Kyung Ho. While the album was not commercially successful, it earned him some recognition among Korean rock music fans. Two years later, in 1997, he embarked to release a more novel second album, still with his name attached, Kim: Kyungho 1997. The second album was received much better by the public, to the point that one of the songs “People Who Make Me Sorrow” rose to the top of music charts and became the stepping stone that made him popular. After the success of the second album, he began to rise to mainstream success and released numerous hit songs such as “Forbidden Love,” “Heartless,” “Until the Day We Love Beautifully,” “My Love,” “Even in the Haven,” “Though I Love You,” “Wine,” “Father,” etc., as well as a special album.

His success is not limited to his released albums. In 2002, he also collaborated on the soundtrack of the Korean drama series Empress Myeongseong and 2004 (of which he covered Within Temptation’s song “Mother Earth”).

Unfortunately, after several years of popularity and public success, things took a downturn for Kim Kyung-ho in 2003 when he was diagnosed with cord nodules, which affected his singing. He was also diagnosed with Avascular necrosis in 2007.

After battling with his sickness, Kim Kyung-ho finally regained his popularity back through many participations in several variety shows, as well as numerous appearances in televised singing competitions as part of an entourage of industry-veteran vocalists. He joined the hit Show I Am a Singer 1 in September 2011 which contributed to his restored popularity. He even began to gain the title Rock Unnie due to his long hair and charming dance moves. He was the fifth artist to graduate from the show, doing so in the final round.
After that, his popularity continued to rise as he carried on appearing in variety shows such as Hidden Singer, Happy Together, Running Man, etc. In 2014, he joined the panel of Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend where he won the trophies for several times and gained the title Grim Reaper for making his opponent’s lights-off. In 2016, he also appeared and had quite the powerful performances in the May 15th and the May 22nd episode of King of Mask Singer (episodes 59–60).
Kim Kyung-ho got married on November 8th, 2014, to a Japanese woman working in finance whom he met through mutual friends back in 2011. Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last for long and had to end. In 2018, he announced his divorce to the public from his wife of 4 years in August stating they have been divorced since June 2018.

Background information:

  • Name: Kim Kyung-ho (Hangul: 김경호, Revised Romanization: Gim Gyeong-ho, McCune–Reischauer: Kim Kyŏngho)
  • Date of Birth: June 7th, 1971 
  • Origin: Mokpo, South Korea
  • Genres: Hard rock, Korean ballad
  • Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter, producer
  • Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano
  • Years active: 1989–present
  • Spouse: 2014-2018
  • Website: kimkyungho.com

 

Discography

Studio Albums

  • Kim Kyung Ho (Release Date: December 1st, 1995)

Tracklist:

  1. Last Prayer (마지막 기도)
  2. Long Separation (긴 이별)
  3. Freeman (자유인)
  4. First Separation (첫 이별)
  5. Being A Man (남자라는 건)
  6. Life (목숨)
  7. For the First Time (나 이제서야)
  8. The Worst Day (최악의 날)
  9. A Boy Under the False Accusation (누명쓴 아이)
  10. Fall Asleep on the Raining Road (비가 오는 거리에서 잠든다)
  • Kim:kyungho 1997 (Release Date: June 30th, 1997)

Tracklist:

  1. Dracula
  2. Fate
  3. Aria of the Sad Soul (for Elise)
  4. The Lord of All Creation
  5. AID & AIDS
  6. People Who Make Me Sorrow
  7. Our Son
  8. Late Regret
  9. Forbidden Love
  10. Last Prayer
  11. To Pinocchio
  12. Waiting for You
  • Kim Kyung Ho III – 00:00:1998 (Release Date: August 31st, 1998)

Tracklist:

  1. Shout
  2. Fly High to Follow Your Dreams
  3. Grief of Farewell
  4. The Name That I’d Call Out with My Last Breath
  5. The Voice of Conscience
  6. Unfulfilled Love
  7. The Castle of Eternity
  8. Exodus
  9. Vesuvius
  10. My Love, Even in the Heavens
  11. Higher to the Top
  • Kim Kyung Ho IV – For 2000 AD (Release Date: April 30th, 1999)

Tracklist:

  1. For 2000 AD
  2. Through It Away! (버려!)
  3. Inerasable Trace (화인)
  4. Love Sadder than the Separation (이별보다 슬픈 사랑)
  5. 1052
  6. Non-Stop
  7. When My Love Calls You (내 그리움 널 부를 때)
  8. Love That We Can Never Achieve (이룰 수 없는 사랑)
  9. Come To Me (내게로 와)
  10. Heartlessness (비정)
  11. Rock ‘N Roll
  12. Till I Beautifully Love You (To You; Forbidden Love)
  • Kim Kyung Ho V – 와인 (Release Date: July 1st, 2000)

Tracklist:

  1. escape
  2. Wine (迗 人)
  3. Blood
  4. Delete
  5. Dear Freddie
  6. Asparagus
  7. Masquerade
  8. Always Waiting For You
  9. Shadow of My Passionate Affections
  10. Good-bye to my love
  11. Tragedy
  • Kim Kyung Ho VI – The Life (Release Date: August 13th, 2001)

Tracklist:

  1. Survival Game
  2. Shout
  3. To you precious
  4. The Life
  5. Rock The Night
  6. sacrifice
  7. Yesterday
  8. My All
  9. I loved it but
  10. Sacrifice (Instrumental)
  11. Sacrifice (music video)
  • Kim Kyung Ho 7 – Open Your Eyes (Release Date: August 11th, 2003)

Tracklist:

  1. OASIS
  2. Father
  3. Now
  4. Wisdom for you
  5. Time Is Up
  6. Open Your Eyes
  7. Break Free
  8. I would rather
  9. To the last one (To You)
  10. Hi
  11. Now (Club Remix Ver 1.0)
  • Kim Kyung Ho 7.5 – 시작: How (Release Date: July 12th, 2004)

Tracklist:

  1. Man On The Silver Mountain (Remake)
  2. How?
  3. Please Forgive Me
  4. Leave it
  5. I’ll give you my love (Remake)
  6. Everybody
  7. I can not talk. (Remake)
  8. Night at night (Remake)
  9. Judgment Day
  10. Come to me (Live)
  11. Oasis (Live)
  12. I love you (Live)
  13. Now (Live) With Park Sang Min
  14. Father (Remix)
  15. Wisdom for you (Remastering)
  16. Remastering
  17. My All (Remastering)
  • Kim Kyung Ho 8 – Unlimited (Release Date: February 23rd, 2006)

Tracklist:

  1. Rock And Light
  2. Warrior
  3. Love, in pain
  4. I believe you loved it.
  5. Guardian Angel
  6. Summer Candles
  7. Party
  8. My farewell
  9. A breathing love
  10. Working For The Weekend
  11. Season of Loss
  12. Road Movie
  13. Summer Candles (Radio Version)
  • Kim Kyung Ho Vol. 9 – Infinity (Release Date: November 30th, 2007)

Tracklist:

  1. Poison
  2. As if it were you
  3. Habit
  4. Portrait of a young day
  5. Sad Song
  6. I, Who Cannot Forget You
  7. Insomnia
  8. Rain is Who You Are and Flow
  9. Nanana
  10. Make It Go Away
  11. Tunnel

Mini-Albums

  • Kim Kyung Ho – Another Story (Release Date: February 29th, 2008)

Tracklist:

  1. 마치 너인 것처럼
  2. 널 잊지 못하는 내가 (Live)
  3. 독 (毒) (Live)
  4. 마치 너인 것처럼 (Live)
  5. 마치 너인 것처럼
  • Kim Kyung Ho – Chapter Zero (Release Date: April 10th, 2009)

Tracklist:

  1. Still Wanting You
  2. People Who Make Me Sorrow
  3. Reach for the Sky
  4. Too Hard Too Furious
  5. Come to Me
  • Kim Kyung Ho 9.5 – Alive (Release Date: June 22nd, 2009)

Tracklist:

  1. Face to Face
  2. I want to bring her back (데려오고 싶다)
  3. Promise U
  4. Misty Rain (는개비)
  5. The Story of Rain And You (Featuring Park Wan-kyu) (비와 당신의 이야기)
  6. Rush (질주)
  • Kim Kyung Ho 10 – 공존 (Release Date: February 22nd, 2013)

Tracklist:

  1. If you can hear love
  2. I wait for you
  3. Promise
  4. Sunset
  5. Tears of the Moon
  6. Get On Your Feet
  7. If you hear love (Inst.)

 

Single Albums

  • Kim Kyung Ho -너를 지켜줄 거야 (Release Date: September 19th, 2008)

Tracklist: 너를 지켜줄 거야 (법무부 캠페인 광고 삽입곡)

  • Kim Kyung Ho -질주 (Release Date: October 9th, 2008)

Tracklist: 질주

  • Kim Kyung Ho 10 – Part 2 공존 (Release Date: May 15th, 2017)

Tracklist:

  1. 시간의 숲
  2. Don’t Be Quiet
  • FOURever: Kim Kyung Ho, Kim Jong Seo, Kim Tae Won and Park Wan Kyu (Release Date: March 22nd, 2018)

Tracklist: Promise

 

Live Albums

  • Kim Kyung Ho: Live (Release Date: Late 1997)
  • Kim Kyung Ho – Best & Live (Release Date: January 2002)
  • KIMKYUNGHO 20th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM (Release Date: October 2014)