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Biography

  • Born

    6 May 1992 (age 26)

  • Born In

    Bucheon, Gyeonggido, Korea, Republic of

Byun Baek-hyun (born May 6, 1992 in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea), better known monomously as Baekhyun, is a South Korean singer and actor under S.M. Entertainment. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO, its sub-group EXO-K, and it's sub-unit EXO-CBX.

Baekhyun began training to be a singer when he was 11 years old, influenced by South Korean singer Rain. He attended Jungwon High School in Bucheon, where he was the lead singer in a band called Honsusangtae (lit. "coma") and won a local music festival. He received piano lessons from Kim Hyun-woo, member of South Korean rock band DickPunks. In addition to musical activities, Baekhyun trained as a martial artist in his youth and has a dan 3 black belt in Hapkido.
Baekhyun was spotted by an S.M. Entertainment agent while he was studying for the entrance exams to the Seoul Institute of the Arts. He later joined S.M. Entertainment in 2011 through the S.M. Casting System.

Baekhyun was officially revealed to be Exo's ninth member on January 30, 2012. The group officially debuted in April 2012 and has since gained significant popularity and commercial success.

In February 2014, Baekhyun and fellow Exo member Suho became regular hosts for the SBS music television show Inkigayo. They left the position in November 2014 to focus on Exo's upcoming comeback. In July 2014, Baekhyun made his musical theatre debut, playing the main role of Don Lockwood in the South Korean production of the musical Singin' in the Rain by SM C&C.

In April 2015, Baekhyun released his first solo song since debut, titled "두근거려 (Beautiful)", as the soundtrack for EXO's web-drama EXO Next Door. The song became the first soundtrack single from a web drama to top digital charts. In May 2015, Baekhyun was announced to be starring in action film Dokgo alongside actor Yeo Jin-goo. However, production of the film was announced to have been cancelled in January 2016. In December 2015, Baekhyun paid tribute to the late South Korean singer Kim Hyun-sik by performing his song "Like Rain Like Music" at SBS's year-end music program Gayo Daejeon. The studio recording of his rendition was later released digitally.

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