ZE:A (Hangul: 제국의 아이들), also known as Children of Empire, is a South Korean 9-member boy band formed under Star Empire Entertainment. The group released their debut EP, Nativity, and lead single, "Mazeltov" on January 7, 2010, alongside their showcase performance five days later. The group debuted on KBS's Music Bank on January 15, 2010.
Kevin (born February 23, 1988 (age 23)) Korean name Kim Ji Yeop (Hangul: 김지엽) is the lead vocalist, sub rapper and dancer . His mother, Yoon Ae, was also a musician. At the age of 13, he made his musical debut in Australia where he was raised. At the time, he was in the same agency as Russell Crowe. He also has acting experience. He is fluent in English and Korean.
Kwang Hee (born August 25, 1988 (age 23)), full name Hwang Kwang Hee (Hangul: 황광희) is the sub-vocalist and visual of the group. Kwang Hee is also well-known for being a popular star in the variety show scene. He is the only member who has gotten plastic surgery for his nose. He is also the bestfriend of Siwan.
Siwan (born December 1, 1988 (age 23)), birth name Im Woong Jae (Hangul: 임웅재) from Busan is a vocalist of the group. In 2004, he made his CF debut Like the First Time. He is the bestfriend of KwangHee. He's passionate about fashion. Before his debut, he managed an online clothing shop. He's the one who came up with Level Up's concept. He is considered as the brain of the band because he is always teaching things to the other members, and attended Engineering school in Busan. He also plays the violin.
Jun Young (born February 9, 1989 (age 22)), full name Moon Jun Young (Hangul: 문준영) is the leader and one of the main vocalists of the group. He appeared on Mnet's Flower Boy Terror. In 2010, he appeared in Mnet Scandal with member Kim Dong Jun. He is also known for his similar resemblance to JYJ's Yoochun.
On 2011/03/30 (During 'Here I Am' Promotions) Jun Young has injured his face which has forced him to take a break from his group activities, according to his agency Star Empire Entertainment. He suffered an orbital fracture to his left cheekbone by slipping in the bathroom after a shower and hitting his face on the sink. At first, it was considered a slight injury, but a day after Jun Young was rushed to the hospital when the pain persisted. Trough examination, it was told to have to undergo surgery for the fracture. He also had a short cameo in the KBS drama Poseidon.
Tae Heon (born June 18, 1989 (age 22)), full name Kim Tae Heon (Hangul: 김태헌) is the main rapper of the group. Both his parents had passed away due to cancer when he was younger. His older sister is his only close family member.
Hee Chul (born December 9, 1989 (age 22)), full name Jung Hee Cheol. (Hangul: 정희철) is the lead rapper of the group. He is the first member of the group to be cast in a musical. He made his musical debut in Lunatic Dream Team with labelmate, Kim Kyung Rok of V.O.S. He is the only idol from Jeju Island.
Min Woo ( born September 6, 1990 (age 21)), full name Ha Min Woo (Hangul: 하민우) is the lead dancer, rapper and a vocalist of the group. He first appeared on television as a friend of a guest on MBC's Introducing A Star's Friend. He has been passed the audition of JYP Entertainment that he auditioned before he became a trainee of Star Empire Entertainment, but he chose to stay, not moving to JYP Entertainment.
Hyung Sik (born November 16, 1991 (age 20)), full name Park Hyung Sik (Hangul: 박형식) is the main vocalist of the group. He appeared in labelmate Jewelry S's "Date" music video, as the male-lead actor. He has worked as a model for school uniforms. He also made his musical debut through "Temptation of Wolves".
Dong Jun (born February 11, 1992 (age 19)), full name Kim Dong Jun (Hangul: 김동준) is the maknae (youngest) and the main vocalist. Dong Jun is from Busan, South Korea. His members has given him the name "scary maknae". He is known for having a resemblance to actress Han Ga In. Currently, he is a student at Digital Seoul Arts Management University.
On December 22, 2009, Dong Jun and singer Sori released a collaborative digital single "Toast".
In 2010, he appeared in Mnet's Mnet Scandal with member Moon Jun Young. Kim Dong Jun made his acting debut in KBS2's New Year drama special Crossing the Youngdo Bridge. He is also a cast for CJ CGV's blockbuster TV movie Girl K.
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