Kang Seungyoon 강승윤 is the leader, maknae, and lead vocal of Winner.
Seungyoon was born on Friday, January 21, 1994, in Busan.
He was born in the Chinese Year of the Rooster and his zodiac star sign is Aquarius. He's 178 cm or 5'10" tall and his blood type is B. He's Winner's maknae, and the age gap between him and the oldest member, Jinwoo, is 2 years, 3 months, and 26 days.
He speaks Japanese. He learned to play the guitar in the eighth grade. When he was in his last year of junior high, he took lessons in both classic guitar and billiards, going on to become the regional representative for billiards.
In 2010, Seungyoon was a contestant on the Mnet reality TV singing contest "Superstar K2." He finished in fourth place, having released two singles, "I'll Write You a Letter" and "Instinctively." "I'll Write You a Letter" peaked at number 24 on the Gaon Chart after its release on the "Superstar K2": Top 6 (My Story) album, while "Instinctively" became a number one single in Korea and one of the top 100 songs of the year. It was released on its own as a digital single later in the "Superstar K2" compilation album, Superstar K2 Up to 11. He also released "Life is Tab" along with three other contestants to promote the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
After that initial success with "Superstar K2," CEO Yang Hyunsuk signed Seungyoon to YG Entertainment on January 12, 2011.
He released a single, "You Are Heaven," for the soundtrack of the Korean drama "Midas."
Seungyoon graduated from Busan High School of Arts with a major in classic guitar in 2012.
He appeared on MBC's sitcom "High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged." He played a young man with a heavy southern-Korean accent who arrives in Seoul dreaming to become the President. The series aired from September 19, 2011 to March 29, 2012.
On June 20, 2013, YG announced on YG Life that Seungyoon would be debuting as a solo artist with the single "Wild and Young" composed by Teddy Park. On July 15, it was announced that Seungyoon's debut would be postponed and the following day, another single from his upcoming mini-album titled "It Rains" was released instead. "It Rains" achieved an all-kill by placing at number one on all nine major real-time charts in Korea. Seungyoon thanked the YG Family and his fans for their support. On July 31, "Wild and Young" was released with two more tracks set to be promoted in August and September. Live promotions of the single commenced on August 4 on "Inkigayo."
On August 14, Seungyoon's second single, "Stealer 맘도둑," was released. The music video, starring rookie actress Yoon Jinyi, was filmed secretly and released without promotions so as not to disrupt the promotions for "Wild and Young."
Seungyoon then participated in the survival reality program "WIN: Who Is Next." The program involved two teams of YG trainees (A and B) that competed against each other for the chance to debut at the end of the series. In the seventh episode, Seungyoon replaced Song Minho as the leader of Team A. On October 25, it was announced that Team A had won the series and would debut as Winner. The group performed as the opening act of Big Bang's Japan Dome Tour which started on November 15, and made their own official debut on August 12, 2014.
In 2015, Seungyoon appeared as the male lead in the web drama "We Broke Up," alongside label-mate Sandara Park. The 10-episode drama was aired from June 29 to July 17 via Naver TV Cast. He then made a cameo appearance in KBS's "The Producers" together with Sandara and label-mate Jisoo of Black Pink.
In November 2016, it was announced that Seungyoon would be starring in the web drama "Love for a Thousand More" alongside fellow Winner member Kim Jinwoo. The web drama was a joint production of CJ E&M, YG Entertainment, and YGKPlus. The same month, he joined the cast of SBS' variety show "Flower Crew" as a regular host.
He chose to train under YG Entertainment because he thought that they’d offer the best potential in helping him to “hone his craft.” His favorite musical genres are R&B, rock, classical music, and anything that sounds soulful.
- Going to the pool
- Playing the guitar
- Playing billiards
- Imitating Shin Seunghoon