Eric Nam

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Eric Nam
Birth nameEric Nam (에릭남)
Nam Yoon-do (남윤도)
Born(1988-11-17) November 17, 1988 (age 25)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
InstrumentsPiano, cello
Years active2011-present
LabelsB2M Entertainment
Associated actsHeo Young Saeng, Kim Kyu Jong, Spica
Websitewww.b2m-ericnam.com
 
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This is a Korean name; the family name is Nam.
Eric Nam
Birth nameEric Nam (에릭남)
Nam Yoon-do (남윤도)
Born(1988-11-17) November 17, 1988 (age 25)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
InstrumentsPiano, cello
Years active2011-present
LabelsB2M Entertainment
Associated actsHeo Young Saeng, Kim Kyu Jong, Spica
Websitewww.b2m-ericnam.com
Korean name
Hangul에릭남
Revised RomanizationErik Nam
McCune–ReischauerErik Nam

Nam Yoon-do (Hangul: 남윤도, born November 17, 1988), better known by his birth name Eric Nam (Korean: 에릭남), is a Korean-American soloist signed under B2M Entertainment alongside Lee Hyori, SPICA, Heo Young Saeng, and Kim Kyu Jong. He first appeared on Birth of a Great Star 2 in 2012 after being discovered in one of his cover songs on YouTube. He released his first album, "Cloud 9", on January 23, 2013.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Eric Nam was born and raised in Atlanta on November 17, 1988. He graduated from The Lovett School in 2007 where he played soccer and played in the orchestra. For his senior project, he recorded his own solo CD that was very popular with the student body. He then flew to Boston where he studied Bachelor of International Studies at Boston College. He also studied in Beijing for a year. He can speak Korean, English, Spanish, Chinese, and is currently learning Japanese. When he was younger, he became a part of the Atlanta Boy Choir and toured in Italy where he got to sing for mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.[1]

Pre-Debut[edit]

Before making it to the K-Pop industry, Eric Nam was already making cover songs and posting them on YouTube. The cover songs include Taeyang's "Wedding Dress" and "I Need A Girl", "End of the Road" by Boys 2 Men, and "Someone Like You" by Adele.[2] He also once auditioned in SM Entertainment when he was in high school, but he didn't get in. He didn't give up, though, and continued uploading YouTube videos.[1] One time, a JYP representative called him after watching his cover songs and suggested that he should go to a JYP audition in New York. However, he decided not to audition because during that time, he still had to focus on his studies.[3] On June 13 of 2011, he posted a cover song of Lonely by 2ne1, and soon discovered by a Korean broadcasting company, MBC.[4] After MBC watched his YouTube audition, he was flown out to Korea for an audition in person.[5]

2011-12: Birth Of A Great Star 2 and B2M Management[edit]

Eric Nam became a part of a talent search show, Birth of a Great Star 2 as a contestant in December, 2011. He stayed in the competition for about 8 months and made it to the Top 5.[5] During the competition, it was reported that Korean baseball legend, Chan Ho Park, gave his support to Eric.[6] After the show, he flew back to USA and performed at Kollaboration Boston 2 on April 21, 2012.[5] Kollaboration is a "nationwide talent competition that empowers Asian-Americans through entertainment."[1] He also started making cover songs again including Katy Perry's "Part of Me" with Megan Lee, Mike Choi and Hong Mayer,[7] and Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up",[8] after almost a year.

In June 2012, he headed back to Korea for his project group, Namaste's single, "제주도의 푸른밤" (The Blue Night of Jeju Island) and was released after a month.[9] He also became an MC at MBC Star Audition Season 3 that was held in August in New York.

On September 25, he officially joined B2M Entertainment company and became a solo artist. The company has said that they will fully support Eric Nam's growth as a musician.[10]

On December 14, B2M Entertainment confirmed that Eric Nam is planned to have a debut in January or February 2013.[11]

2013: Solo Debut "Cloud 9" Album[edit]

On January 14, B2M Entertainment hinted Eric Nam's debut through twitter. They tweeted: “We are now releasing the jacket cover of Eric Nam’s debut album ‘Cloud 9‘ which will drop on January 23.”[12] Two days after the tweet, Eric finally released a video teaser for his debut mini album. His title track was entitled "Heaven's Door", a song collaborated with Sweetune[13] On January 23, the official music video of "Heaven's Door" was released alongside his mini-album entitled Cloud 9.[14]

Other Work[edit]

Since 2013 Eric Nam has been the host of the Arirang TV variety show After School Club. He has also done guest spots on Eatyourkimchi performing skits with Simon and Martina.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbum TitleDetailsPeak positionsTracklisting
2013Cloud 9[15]22

Singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak positionsAlbum
KOR
Gaon

KOR
Billboard

2013"천국의 문 (Heaven's Door)"6660Cloud 9
2014"우우 (Ooh Ooh)"
(ft. Hoya of Infinite)[16]
48-Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other Singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak positionsAlbumNotes
KOR
Gaon

KOR
Billboard

2012"제주도의 푸른밤 (The Blue Night of Jeju Island)"137-Non-album singleProject Group from Star Audition, 남아스떼 (Namaste)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack[edit]

YearSongDrama
2013"Long Ago Goodbye"Love In Memory
"Eric's Logo Song"After School Club Show

Music videos[edit]

YearSongAlbumNotesMV on YouTube
2012"제주도의 푸른밤 (The Blue Night of Jeju Island)"남아스떼LOENENT
2013"천국의 문 (Heaven’s Door)"Cloud 9LOENENT
b2ment
"Heaven's Door English Version"LOENENT
2013"오래전 안녕 (Good-bye in once upon a time)"TBALOENENT
2014"우우 (Ooh Ooh) (feat. Hoya of INFINITE) "TBAFeatures Boa (SPICA), Kevin (U-KISS) and Brad Moore (Busker Busker)CJENMMUSIC
b2ment

TV Programs[edit]

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