Andy Lee biography
Andy Lee (Korean: 이선호, Hanja: 李先皓, born January 21, 1981) is best known as a rapper in the Korean six-member boy band Shinhwa. He is the youngest of the group. Besides rapping for his band, Andy has ventured out to be an actor, getting successful roles in many banjun dramas, as well as popularity. His real English name was actually Jason, but SM Entertainment persuaded him to change it before his debut.
Andy Lee is the first member to join Shinhwa. He originally planned to be a member of H.O.T. (another Korean boy band) with his friend, Tony An. However, his parents pulled their support for him joining H.O.T. because they thought he was too young. Nevertheless, he continue to stay with the management of H.O.T. and was even featured as a rapper on female group S.E.S.'s single I'm Your Girl along with Eric Mun (Mun would later join Lee in Shinhwa as lead rapper).
When Lee was older, his parents let him join Shinhwa. Lee would continue with Shinhwa until the group's fourth album when Lee took some time out to study in U.S.. He later return for their fifth album, Perfect Man and has since then been with the group, releasing with them their later albums and singles.
In 2003, when the members of Shinhwa began doing solo activities, Lee surprised everyone by being an actor on various dramas, most notably the drama Lovers In Prague. Although he had a very minor role in the drama, it gained many viewers because of his role as a completely different, serious person. He began appearing in many banjun drama as well alongside former Fin.K.L member Lee Jin. The two acted together in numerous other banjun dramas as well as a couple for 6 months, longer than any other couple or actors/actresses did on the show segment for which they gained a lot of popularity due to their perfect match and chemistry. Lee was also an MC on SBS Inkigayo and MBC Goldfish, though in January 2007, he step down from being MC on both SBS Inkigayo and MBC Goldfish in a period of 3 days (SBS Inkigayo on January 28 & MBC Goldfish on January 31).
In 2007, Lee left his group's management to set up his own company, ND (New Dream) Entertainment, concentrating on his solo career. As Shinhwa was on hiatus, Lee return to acting in September 2007 to act as the lead role in a musical "Music In My Heart (Season 3)", a type of project that none of the Shinhwa members have tried to pursue yet. After finishing performances for the musical, Lee released his very first digital single, titled "Irrelevant [or Extraordinary] Imagination" on November 30, 2007, a cover from the group Rollercoaster's song. Due to the help of Park Jin Young (also known as JYP; CEO of JYP Entertainment) and Yoobin of Wonder Girls, Lee was able to have a successful single. Yoobin rapped while JYP wrote the lyrics for the rap part in the song. With the help, Lee was able to attract a lot of attention for the single. By releasing the digital single as well, Lee became the 5th member in Shinhwa to go solo behind Lee Min Woo, Shin Hye Sung, Jun Jin, and Kim Dong Wan, leaving Eric Mun as the only member to have not yet pursue a solo singing career.
Currently, Andy is in an MBC reality show We Got Married where he is a couple with singer Solbi to act out the lives of newlyweds.
As of August, he will be performing in his new musical Polaroid.