강승윤 / スンユン / 姜昇潤
WINNER‘s Leader, Singer – Songwriter, Composer, Actor
Stage Name: Yoon (윤)
Birthday: January 21, 1994
Solo Debut: July 16, 2013 with ‘It Rains‘
WINNER Debut: August 17, 2014 with 2014 S/S
Education: Busan High School of the Arts, 2012
Photography Account: @y8n_l8ks_at
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“In the past, I once saw the audience crying while laughing at a singer’s performance. They were tears of happiness. If someone can feel comforted about their life or hope because of me, I think the job called singer is really nice”Kang Seungyoon, 2013
Kang Seungyoon is a South Korean singer, songwriter, composer and the leader of the popular boy group WINNER. He was discovered at the young age of only 16, in a singing audition program Superstar K2 in 2010. He placed 4th on the program and rose to fame with his music charts topping single ‘Instinctively‘, which won him the 2010 Gaon Charts Award for the ‘Best New Artist’ even without an official debut! Seungyoon’s deep, powerful baritone voice and charisma which belied his young age fascinated the public and even today he is recognized as the Instinctively boy.
Seungyoon signed with YG Entertainment in 2011 and officially debuted as a solo artist with on July 16, 2013 with the hit single ‘It Rains‘, which achieved an All-Kill on all nine major real-time music charts and earned multiple nominations for the Rookie of Year. He debuted again as the leader of the YG boy group WINNER on August 17, 2014 with their immensely popular studio album 2014 S/S which swept the 2014 music awards, winning ‘Best New Artist’ at the Golden Disc Awards, Gaon Charts Awards, QQ Music & Youku Awards. He is also the main songwriter and composer of WINNER’s music.
His accolades don’t stop here – Seungyoon is also a very successful actor and has even won the ‘Best Actor Award’ for his lead role in We Broke Up (2015) at the 2015 K-Web Fest Awards. He is also an avid photographer with a dedicated Instagram account for it, a radio jockey, enjoys fashion, skateboarding and has even played billiards professionally at national level!
This profile below is an attempt at describing in short some of Seungyoon’s many, many facets – all of which shine so brightly!
Soloist Kang Seungyoon – Part 1 (2010-13)
Seungyoon’s first round of audition for Superstar K2 is so memorable: A 16-year old school outcast, relayed his many dreams and hopes with just a guitar in hand and a heartfelt cover of Jonathan Meyers’s ‘This Time‘ ~Tonight the sky above… I’ve been sitting, watching life pass from the sidelines… been waiting for a dream to seep in through my blinds~ He believed he was destined to be a star and he made that dream a reality by working tirelessly, belying all expectations by placing 4th on the show and then hitting it big with Instinctively! The rocker boy had become a household name with brands, events and entertainment agencies vying to sign him up.
It is remarkable that at this point, when he had big splashy debut opportunities, he chose to join YG as a trainee. He felt he needed to train & hone his skills. 2.5 years later, he would debut with the all-kill hit ‘It Rains‘, followed by the release of ‘Wild & Young‘ on July 31, 2016, which was promoted on various broadcast stations. Two weeks later he released ‘Stealer‘, the last of his solo activities for the time and turned his focus towards WINNER.
WINNER’s Kang Seungyoon – Part 1 (2013-16)
“Over the last 3 years I have trained as a group. It was not about my solo debut. I’m proud of what we can do as a team now. Now I want to play my role as a member of my team. I want to mesmerize people on stage not as solo singer Kang Seungyoon, but as the WINNER’s Vocalist Kang Seungyoon. That is what I want the most. This is my goal and dream.Kang Seungyoon, WIN: Who is Next, 2013
WINNER was formed through the brutal reality show WIN: Who is Next to decide the next YG boy group in 2013 between Team A & Team B of YG trainees. Team A which won and was given the name ‘WINNER‘ was made up by the 5 talented members: Kang Seungyoon (Leader & Vocals), Kim Jinwoo (Vocals), Nam Taehyun (Vocals), Song Minho (Rapper) and Lee Seunghoon (Rapper).
WINNER debuted with 2014 S/S, which received unprecedented success for a newly formed group and swept the 2014 Music awards and were given the moniker ‘Monster Rookies‘. Their next release was EXIT:E in 2016 which was also well received. However, soon after Nam Taehyun left the group, which led to WINNER entering a period of hiatus & great uncertainty. The members decided to continue as a FOUR-member group and Seungyoon took charge as the main composer for the group.
WINNER’s Kang Seungyoon – Part 2 (2017-20)
“The four of us really are very different, right down to the little habits. Nevertheless, when we come together under the name ‘WINNER’, we create harmony and balance, no matter what it takes. I want to say we’re these soft, squishy beings meshing together, rather than puzzle pieces that try to fit with one another. It’s interesting, and I feel grateful. I think it’s only possible because each member sacrifices at least one thing when they come together to become WINNER.”Kang Seungyoon, Elle Korea 2020
After 14 months of hiatus, on April 4, 2017, WINNER made a comeback with a completely new, fresh and youthful concept in the album – FATE NUMBER FOR which was a runaway hit. The title track ‘Really Really‘ even set a record by surpassing 100 million streams while charting-in! Needless to say, the reformed WINNER was back in action. They followed it up with more hit albums spanning various genres: OUR TWENTY FOR (2017), EVERYD4Y (2018), MILLIONS (2018), WE (2019) and CROSS (2019). In 2020, the older members of the group – Kim Jinwoo & Lee Seunghoon enlisted for mandatory military service. The album REMEMBER marked their last release before hiatus until all four members return after completing their mandatory enlistment & WINNER begins it’s next chapter!
WINNER is an important identity for Seungyoon. He has often shared how much the group & members mean to him, calling them brothers/family many a times.
“I asked myself who I am right now? I’ve been thinking a lot. The Kang Seungyoon right now is WINNER. That was what was on my mind while taking the portrait ”Kang Seungyoon, Dingo Bingo Trip, 2019
Soloist Kang Seungyoon – Part 2 (2020-Present)
With WINNER on hiatus, Seungyoon has turned his focus to his Solo ventures in 2020. He started his second chapter of his soloist career with a bang! By winning the King of the Masked Singer crown 6-times, making him one of the longest reigning kings in the show’s history. A loud proclamation of his intent that Soloist Seungyoon is here for serious business! The king was invited on War of Villains to collaborate with the legendary K-Pop representative singer, Song Changsik. So well-received was the collaboration, that they were invited to guest on Yoo Heeol’s Sketchbook on June 26, 2020.
They say there is no stopping a juggernaut in motion~! At the time of updating this profile, there is news of him being invited back on War of the Villains to further collaborate with the Trot Queen, Song Gain & the Rock King, Yoon Dohyun. We cant wait to fill up this section with all the amazing music to come from Soloist Kang Seungyoon! =)
Actor Kang Seungyoon
Seungyoon made his acting debut with the popular TV sitcom High Kick: Revenge of the Short-Legged (2011), where he played the sweetest, zaniest, cutest kid who believed the earth was square! He followed it up with lead roles in the web drama series, We Broke Up (2015) and Love for a Thousand More (2016). We Broke up, co-starring label mate Sandara Park, did very well, becoming the 4th most viewed web-series of 2015 and earned him the ‘Best Actor Award’ at the 2015 K-Web Fest Awards.
Seungyoon was cast in a supporting role in the tvN hit production Prison Playbook (2017). His role as the kleptomanic repeat convict was much appreciated. He is currently filming for the upcoming MBC drama Kairos to be broadcast in October 2020. He has also guested in numerous Variety shows.
Photographer Kang Seungyoon
Seungyoon enjoys photography as a hobby which helps him relax and capture precious moments. Introduced to the hobby by bandmate Song Minho, he really likes vintage-style film photography and often shares his developed pictures on his Instagram account (y8n_l8ks_at) dedicated to photography.
Mino & Yoon exhibited their art and photos respectively at the ADIDAS Day & Night exhibit on April 11, 2019. In Feb 2020, their work was to be exhibited in the PLAC_by_You S/S 2020 collaboration, but due to the COVID pandemic, the showing was cancelled. A digital photo-magazine, named YOON looks at ALWAYS, full of lovely pictures taken by him of the WINNER Japan Tour 2019 was released in March 2020.
Special Radio DJ Kkang
Seungyoon is popular stand-in Radio DJ not only due to his deep voice and soothing tone, but also due to his excellent MC-ing skills! Many guests have noted how comfortable he makes them feel, steering the conversation with just the right amount of curiosity and enthusiasm. His first special DJ stint was to fill for Tablo at MBC FM4U Dreaming Radio in 2013. What a memorable show that was ~ Mino & Seunghoon came by support him and his Yoon-notes are still so precious and thoughtful! He has done many more special DJ stints over the years at various stations like: KBS Cool FM Kiss the Radio, SBS Power FM Youngstreet Radio and MBC Idol Radio.
Endorsements & Fashion
Seungyoon enjoys fashion and ensures he dresses up everyday. Wearing smart outfits helps focus his working attitude & state of mind. His tall, lean figure is well-fitted for fashion & was often called a ‘coat-hanger’ during his guesting in Trend Reports since everything he wore looked good on his frame! You must check out his Instagram and Twitter account for his awesome OOTDs ! He has regularly been featured solo and as part of WINNER in various top fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle Korea, Vogue Girl, CeCi and Beauty+. He has also walked the runaway at the Seoul Fashion Week S/S 2015 for Beyond Closet.
Seungyoon has endorsed many brands right from his Superstar K2 days. His earliest solo commercials were for LG‘s international calling card, the MMORPG game – Grand Chase and Teams Polham (with the cutest M/V release of him covering ‘Have you ever Fallen in Love?). His notable commercials over the years include Samsung Galaxy Tab, CJ Media Group, Fanta (such a fun concept of an Idol group with Lee Kwangsoo & Baek Jin Hee) and 8seconds.
For a full list of his various activities, please refer to the pages below: