Kim Kyoungjae(born March 13, 1991), popularly known asEli Kim, is a Korean-American singer and one of the seven-member Korean boyband, U-KISS under NH Media Entertainment. Eli is very well known as a trainee for Taekwondo and Kung Fu . He is main rapper of the group and one of the three English -speaking members of UKISS along with AJ and Kevin (and ex-member Alexander).
Eli (short for Ellison) was raised in Washington, D.C. by his Korean parents, but spent most of his years in Virginia . He has a younger sister and an older sister .He attended Ni River Middle School and Riverbend High School in Virginia.After dropping out of high school, he went alone to Beijing, China to pursue his studies where he also learned Mandarin . He studied the techniques for Taekwondo and Kung Fu for 12 years, opening an opportunity for him to cast as an extra-artist in a Chinese movie.
Eli is the fourth addition to a Korean boyband, U-KISS which was formed by NH Media Entertainment in 2008.They were launched in Power of Atamix in Japan along with other Korean boyband such as Paran.They also debuted in South Korea days later. They released their first mini-albumN-Generationand first music video,Not Young.
On January 2010, Eli and ex-member Kibum starred in a Thai-Korean drama,Autumn Destinywith Thai actor, Mario Maurer .Eli and Kibum's voices were dubbed since they could not speak Thai.
Eli is a member that had not appeared much on variety shows. He act as one of the hosts for a variety show,Raising Idolalong with co- U-KISS member Shin Dongho , MBLAQ 's Thunder and Shinee 's Key.He appeared on MBC'sWe Are Datingon December 24, 2010 where he showed his Casanova type of being a man.He also appeared as an emcee at the segmentAll About Youon the show"Pops In Seoul"on Arirang TV, along with fellow U-KISS members, Alexander and Kevin .He also act as an emcee in the new showFusionwith Park Myung-soo under MBC which premiered on April 1.
Eli is also known asThe Pigeonbecause of his good imitation of the bird. This was featured on the groups reality show,UKiss Vampirewhere he tried to copy how a pigeon eats through its beak.
In April 18, 2011 Eli was injured during a rehearsal.He fractured his right hand,and underwent surgery.The hospital stated that it would not be difficult for Eli to perform. He managed to performed with a cast on his right arm.
In April 27, 2011 Eli and Kevin went to Hong Kong for a special street date with their Hong Kong fans for their show “Star Date with U-KISS in Hong Kong” special. This has been sponsored byBinggrae, which aims to connect the fans all over the world to Hallyu stars to encourage cultural exchanges. The special was aired through Arirang TV on May 3.
Eli, with co-members Dongho and Kiseop were casted in an MBC sitcom titled,Real School.The trio acted in a 40-episode series, transforming into high school students who reside at an ‘English Village’ in an attempt to face and crack their fear of speaking English .
As a member of Korean boyband , U-KISS . The group launched their first mini album, N-Generation with their hit singleNot Youngin August 2008.They have a cute image, with Dongho having his mushroom hair. Their second mini album, Bring It Back 2 Old School was released on the 11th of February, 2009 with their carrier single, "I Like You". It features the members sporting old school hairstyles, dancing to Korean pop in the late 1990s, which was really the concept of the second mini album.The second promoted track is"Talk To Me", although it had no links to the Old School concept.
On November 5, 2009, U-KISS returned with a manly get-up on their third mini album, ContiUkiss . The title trackMan Man Ha Ni (Am I That Easy?)helped raise their popularity in South Korea .
Their first full length album, Only One , was released on February 3, 2010. This heightened their popularity outside Korea such as Philippines , Singapore , Malaysia and Indonesia . Promotional tracks include"Bingeul Bingeul (Round and Round)", and"Mworago (What)".
On October 4, 2010, the fourth mini album Break Time further support their manly image.It features the title track," Shut Up! ".The group also released their fifth mini album entitled Bran New Kiss in March 30, 2011.On the same day, their music video for their carrier single," 0330 "was released and gained positive reviews.It is the first album of the group with the new members, AJ and Hoon joined the U-Kiss family after the release of Alexander and Kibum .
Their second full-length album,Neverland, was released on September 1, 2011 along with the music video. It was preceded by the teaser which was released on August 25, the promotional singleSomedaythe next day, August 26. Majority of the tracks on the album was produced by MARCAN Entertainment, a multi-mega hit producer team.
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