넬 (Nell) is a South Korean band with an appealing power to music lovers with their unique sound and color accompanied with deep lyrics. The band is made up of 4 members who were all born in 1980. 김종완(Kim Jong-wan) is the vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist of the band who writes all the music and lyrics for the band. 이재경(Lee Jae-kyung) plays the guitar, 이정훈(Lee Jung-hoon) plays the bass guitar and 정재원(Jung Jae-won) plays the drums. First formed in 1999, the rock band re-named itself “Nell” after the title of a movie in which Jodi Foster starred.
Mainly performing in the clubs around the Shinchon area, Nell released two albums in the Indie music scene. The first one is “Reflection of Nell” released in January of 2001 and the other is “Speechless” released in September of the same year. Their hit numbers from the two albums are “Words That Shouldn’t Be Trusted,” “Already Said and Done,” “A Somewhat Sad Story” and “The Rain of Leaves.”
The turning point for Nell’s musical career was after the band participated in the rock festival designed by Seo Taiji, the 2002 ETPFEST and joined the Goesoo Indigene Label. The Goesoo Indigene Label was established by Seo Taiji in order to stir up a change in the local pop music scene dominated by a few genres of music. After preparing for more than a year with Goesoo Indigene, Nell released their major debut album “Let It Rain” in June of 2003. Recorded at the G.I. Studio specializing in rock music, the album was evaluated to display great sound along with beautiful lyricism that deliver a clear color of sorrow.
Nell also performed in various live stages including “Nell’s Private Room”, a unplugged concert held in November of 2003. The band also participated in the “2004 Live Wire” in January, 2004 and accompanied Seo Taiji in the concert held in Vladivostok, Russia in May, 2004. Nell’s annual Christmas concert, “Christmas in Nell’s Room”, is famous for selling out very quickly every year - usually in less than 5 minutes.
In 2006 they left Seo Taiji’s “Geosoo Indigene Label” and joined “Woollim entertainment”, where they released their 2-cd 3rd major album (5th in total) “Healing Process”. In 2007, they released “Let’s take a walk”, a re-arranged album consisting of 2 new songs and 8 re-arranged songs.
Reflection of nell (2001)
Let It Rain (2003)
Walk Through Me (2004)
Healing Process (2006)
Let’s Take a Walk (2007)
Separation Anxiety (2008)