Eric Nam

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Eric Nam
Eric Nam in KCON, 2014.jpg
Eric Nam at KCON 2014
Background information
Birth nameEric Nam (에릭남)
Nam Yoon-do (남윤도)
Born(1988-11-17) November 17, 1988 (age 26)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
InstrumentsPiano, cello
Years active2011-present
LabelsB2M Entertainment
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial Website
 
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This is a Korean name; the family name is Nam.
Eric Nam
Eric Nam in KCON, 2014.jpg
Eric Nam at KCON 2014
Background information
Birth nameEric Nam (에릭남)
Nam Yoon-do (남윤도)
Born(1988-11-17) November 17, 1988 (age 26)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
InstrumentsPiano, cello
Years active2011-present
LabelsB2M Entertainment
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial Website
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]

2014[edit]

On December 10 Eric pre-released "Melt Your Heart" (녹여줘), a song from his upcoming new album in January. He produced and co-wrote it with music publishing and production company, Iconic Sounds.[15]

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[16]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)[17]
48-Non-album single
"녹여줘 (Melt My Heart)"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

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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]

YearTitleRoleNetworkNotes
2012Star Audition: Birth of A Great StarHimselfMBCGuest along with Park Shin-hye and Lee Seung-hwan
2013–presentAfter School ClubHimselfArirang TV
Permanent cast member (Episode 1 - present)
2014We Got MarriedHimselfMBC(Season 4)
2014Take 511HimselfMBC Every 1Host
2014Hello CounselorHimselfKBSGuest
2014Ailee and Amber's One Fine DayHimselfMBC MusicGuest

Radio[edit]

YearTitleChannelNote
2014MBC FM4U Younha's Starry NightMBC140925
KBS “Super Junior’s Kiss the Radio”KBS141117

Awards[edit]

YearAwardCategoryResult
2013Eatyourkimchi AwardsRookie of 2013
(with Brad ofBusker Busker)[18]
Won
2014Eatyourkimchi AwardsBest Solo ArtistWon
Catchiest Song(OohOoh)Won
International K-Music AwardsBest Solo ArtistPending

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "[Exclusive] Interview with Eric Nam: The Unexpected K-Pop Artist". Soompi. 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  2. ^ "Eric Nam's YouTube Channel""YouTube". Retrieved. 2013-02-20
  3. ^ "Eric Nam from 'Birth of a Great Star 2' turned down offer from JYP". Allkpop. Money Today. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Eric Nam - 에릭남 - 2NE1 - Lonely! Male Version Cover""YouTube" Retrieved. 2013-02-20.
  5. ^ a b c "Eric Nam's Official Facebook Account""Facebook". Retrieved. 2013-02-20
  6. ^ "'위탄2' 에릭남, 박찬호와 인증사진 '미친 인맥'" [Birth of a Great Star 2 Eric Nam, Park Chan Ho and confirmation photo 'Crazy Personal Connections']. Nate.com (in Korean). TV Daily. 2012-03-08. 
  7. ^ "Katy Perry - Part of Me (Cover) Megan Lee Feat.위대한탄생2 (Mike-Eric-Mayer)"YouTube Retrieved. 2013-02-20
  8. ^ "Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up (Cover) - Eric Nam - 에릭남)""YouTube" Retrieved. 2013-02-20
  9. ^ http://www.melon.com/cds/album/web/albumdetailmain_list.htm?albumId=2138401&MAIN=MAIN_NA
  10. ^ "'Birth of a Great Star 2' contestant Eric Nam signs with B2M Entertainment". Allkpop. OSEN. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  11. ^ "'Birth of A Great Star 2' finalist Eric Nam to make his debut early next year". Allkpop. 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  12. ^ "B2M Entertainment's Official Twitter Account"Twitter"
  13. ^ "'Birth of a Great Star's Eric Nam reveals video teaser for debut". Allkpop. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  14. ^ "[Updated] Eric Nam releases MV for debut track "Heaven's Door" + 'Cloud 9' mini album". Allkpop. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  15. ^ "[Video] Eric Nam ′Melts Hearts′ in MV for Winter Single". Mnet America. 2014-12-09. Retrieved 2014-12-11. 
  16. ^ "Cloud 9 album info" YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
  17. ^ "Eric Nam Releases Second "Ooh Ooh" MV Teaser Featuring Infinite’s Hoya". Soompi. 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  18. ^ "'EYKA 2013 Winners List". tumblr. 

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