Profile of Shinhwa’s Andy Lee: Age, Height, Wife, Net Worth, Mother, and Company

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Shinhwa debuted on March 24, 1998 with a six member lineup. The group consisted of Eric Mun, Lee Min-woo, Kim Dong-wan, Shin Hye-sung and Andy Lee. The group made their first appearance on KM Music Tank with “Resolver”. The song however did not receive much love and even faced scandals related to similarities with their senior group, H.O.T.

Their fame started with the coming release of their second album T.O.P (1999). The title track of the album, titled the same as the name of the album, was met with positive reviews from audiences. From then on, Shinhwa’s popularity only grew even more in size, placing their third album and title track “Only One” (2000) to the top of the charts as soon as it was released. The album Only One sold more than 423,000 copies and became the trigger that led them to winning three awards that year; SBS Gayo Popularity Awards, the KMTV song Bonsang Award, and the Popular Singers Award.

Up until the fourth album, Hey, Come On! (2001), Andy participated in each and every group schedule, including their first ever concert, First Mythology. Andy took a short leave to the US under the cover that he was leaving for his studies, but which was later revealed that he was taking care of his sick mother. The group received quite a lot of controversy during the end half of 2001 due to the scrutiny of Andy’s leaving and the plagiarism scandal from Taiwanese boy band, Energy.

In 2002, Shinhwa’s contract with SM came to its end and out of all the six members only Donghwan was not given the chance to renew his contracts. The members collectively resigned from SM Entertainment and collectively signed with Good Entertainment, causing a court battle to keep the name of their group. On December 30, 2003, Shinhwa released the compilation album Winter Story 2003-2004. In the same year they held their second concert, The Everlasting Mythology, and went on tour to promote their compilation album.

Shinhwa was mostly active under Good Entertainment from 2004 until 2006. They released albums, won awards such as Best Artist of The Year at the Seoul Gayo Daesang Awards, and received their second daesang at the 2004 SBS Gayo Daejun Awards. In 2007 however, Shinhwa took a hiatus from the entertainment industry and focused on their own individual activities.

In 2010, Andy enlisted for his mandatory military service, following the steps of his fellow members. He enlisted for 21 months of active duty at the Ministry of National Defense in Yongsan-gu, Seoul and was dismissed on October 21, 2011. In 2012, Shinhwa regrouped after their mandatory military service and became the first boy band to make a comeback after military service. They released The Return on March 23rd 2012.

In November 2013, an unfortunate thing happened to Andy as he was indicted with illegally gambling on soccer matches. Shinhwa apologized on his behalf On-Air and decided to cut off all Andy’s participation in the group’s activities, including pre-recorded apperances in Shinhwa’s Broadcast, their first exclusive variety program. In addition, he was also banned by MBC. The ban was lifted three years later in 2015 as soon as Shinhwa announced their comeback.

Recently for their 20th anniversary they released a re-recorded darker version of their song “All Your Dreams” from the album Only One. They also performed on KBS Music Bank’s twentieth anniversary alongside many current idols.

Shinhwa’s Discography

  • 1998: Resolver
  • 1999: T.O.P
  • 2000: Only One
  • 2001: Hey, Come On!
  • 2002: Perfect Man
  • 2002: Wedding
  • 2003: Winter Story 2003
  • 2004: Brand New
  • 2004: Winter Story 2004–2005
  • 2006: State of the Art
  • 2006: Inspiration #1 (Japan)
  • 2007: Winter Story 2006–2007
  • 2007: Winter Story 2007
  • 2008: Volume 9
  • 2012: The Return
  • 2013: The Classic
  • 2015: We
  • 2016: Unchanging Touch
  • 2018: All Your Dreams (Shinhwa Twenty Gift Single)

 

Solo Career 

After Shinhwa’s contract termination from SM Entertainment in 2002, the group immediately signed with Good Entertainment. Although the contract with Good Entertainment would only officially begin in 2004, the members of Shinhwa mostly started their solo debut in 2003, including Andy Lee.

Amidst the other members’ solo activities, Andy Lee opted to try his luck in the acting industry. He first starred in MBC’s sitcom titled Nonstop 4 in 2003. His first drama appearance was made through SBS’ Lovers in Prague (2005) and he surprised everyone with the role he took which showed his serious side. In the same year he also starred in Banjun Drama alongside Fin.K.L’s Lee Jin, occupying the show for six months and making them one of the longest and most popular couples on the show.

Other than rapping and acting, Andy has a knack for hosting. He took on his first MC job through SBS’ Beautiful Sunday in 2003. He once again took another try as an MC in 2005 through SBS’ famous music show, Inkigayo. He hosted the show for two years, from 2005 until 2007. Starting from 2006 he also hosted and became one of the main panelist for MBC’s Golden Fishery in the segment True Story Theatre.

In 2007, amidst Shinhwa’s hiatus, Andy started his own company, ND (New Dream) Entertainment, to focus on his solo career. In the same year he took on the role of a lead role in a musical titled Music In My Heart (Season 3), making him the first within the group to star in a musical. After his performance in the musical, he immediately released his first ever solo single, Irrelevant [or Extraordinary] Imagination. The lyrics to the rap was made by Park Jinyoung, CEO of JYP Entertainment and was rapped by Wonder Girls’ rapper, Yubin.

In 2008, Andy joined MBC’s We Got Married alongside singer Solbi. The couple stayed on the show from March until October before making their official exit on October 5, 2008.