The Story of Oh Won-bin: Former F.T. Island Member Who Went Solo

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Get To Know F.T. Island’s Won-bin

Surely, you already know about the legendary K-rock band from South Korea named F.T. Island! However, in this article, Channel-Korea will not be talking about the group as a whole, but about one of the former members of F.T. Island, namely Oh Won-bin. So, stay tuned and keep reading.

F.T. Island’s Won-bin’s Full Profile

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Name: Oh Won-bin (오원빈)

Stage Name: Wonbin (원빈)

Birthday: March 26th, 1990

Birthplace: Incheon, South Korea

Height: 180 cm

Weight: 63 kg

Zodiac: Aries

Chinese Zodiac: Horse

Blood Type: O

Nationality: Korean

Company: JIHO Entertainment, FNC Entertainment

Occupation: Singer & Actor

Group: F.T. Island (2007–2009)

Years Active: 2007–present

Twitter: @osh_yoru

YouTube: Oh Won-bin

F.T. Island’s Won-bin’s Facts

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  • Wonbin doesn’t have siblings, he just lives with his parents.
  • He has another nickname, which is Mischievous Wonbin.
  • Wonbin used to study with another F.T. Island member, Jonghun, at Suwon University and majored in Digital Music.
  • Wonbin is good at playing the harmonica and guitar.
  • Reading, listening to music, and playing sports are Wonbin’s hobbies.
  • When he became an F.T. Island member, he got the position of main rapper and guitarist.
  • After he left the group and began his career as a solo singer, he immediately changed his name to Oh Seung Hyun (오성현). The reason why he changed it was because his name was similar to Korean actor, Won Bin.
  • Wonbin participated in the official soundtrack of Lee Hong-ki’s drama You’re Beautiful.
  • The You’re Beautiful OST, a song he sang alongside Miss $ is “Descend From the Sky”.
  • Wonbin officially left F.T. Island in early 2009, or precisely on January 28th, 2009.

Debut with F.T. Island

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F.T. Island is a Korean rock band (K-rock) that was formed by FNC Entertainment in 2007. This band consists of Lee Hong-gi as a vocalist, Lee Jae-jin as a bassist, Choi Min-hwan as a drummer, Choi Jong-hoon as a keyboardist, and also Oh Won-bin as a guitarist.

Wonbin and his group made their debut and appeared on television for the first time when they performed on a television music program titled M! Countdown on June 7th, 2007. F.T. Island debuted in that program singing their first single titled “Love Sick” from the album titled Cheerful Sensibility.

Immediately upon the group’s debut, Wonbin and the group won an award in the category for Best New Male Group at the Mnet Music Asian Music Awards and also won an award at the Golden Disk Awards in the category for Rookie of the Year. Wonbin and the group made their debut showcase and performed live at Rolling Hall, Live House Melon-AX, Gwangjang-do in Seoul on May 27th, 2007.

Maybe you want to revisit the moments when Wonbin debuted with F.T. Island, so here are some videos that show him when he performed with his group.

Left F.T. Island and Decided to Pursue a Solo Career

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After two years with F.T. Island, in 2009, Oh Won-bin decided to leave the band. Wonbin’s departure from the band made his fans confused and shocked. Then on January 28th, 2009, FNC Entertainment suddenly announced the news of Oh Won-bin’s departure from F.T. Island. The agency revealed that the news of Wonbin’s departure from the group was a final decision. The reason is because Wonbin always conflicts and has a different opinion about the music taste.

Wonbin also talked about his reason for leaving the group in an interview with OSEN in 2010. He said:

“I left the group (F.T. Island) and it was something that I have been thinking about for a long time. Since our 2nd album, I’ve always thought of trying different genres of music and started discussing this with the other members. They supported me a lot even after I left. This isn’t a rash decision, and it has been discussed with the members as well as the agency.”

After leaving the band, Wonbin decided to debut as a solo singer in 2010 and he promptly changed his name to Oh Seung-hyun. He officially debuted as a solo singer with the release of his first digital single in 2010, Saranghae To Saranghae. 

F.T. Island’s Won-bin’s Latest News

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After becoming a solo singer and starring in several dramas, Oh Won-bin’s current activities haven’t been heard from, especially regarding the latest projects of the latest schedule as a singer. However, Wonbin updates his daily activities through his personal Instagram @osh_yoru. Here are some of the most recent photos that he has uploaded on Instagram.

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That’s the story of Oh Won-bin, a former member of F.T. Island who is currently a solo artist. After reading this article, what do you think about his decision to leave the band and his current activities? Don’t forget to kindly share your thoughts in the comment section below!