Stage Name: Max Changmin (최강창민) Birth Name: Shim Chang Min (심창민) Birthdate: February 18, 1988 Hometown: Seoul, South Korea Nationality: Korean Position: Lead Vocalist, Maknae Changmin debuted as one of the original members of TVXQ in 2003. He has since participated in the release of 15 studio albums, 5 international tours, and 8 Japanese tours, all under the group name TVXQ. Changmin was scouted by SM Entertainment at the age of 14 when a talent scout overheard him singing while playing badminton. Initially, Changmin had no interest in attending the auditions at SM, but his mother convinced him to attend the audition in hope that she might get to meet BoA, of whom she was a fan. Changmin passed the first two rounds of auditions, and went on to sign onto SM as a trainee. Changmin debuted with TVXQ in December of 2003, and beginning in the late 2000s the group experienced a great deal of success in Korea and Japan. Soon after, members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu left TVXQ in 2009. Following an extended hiatus, Changmin and remaining member Yunho returned under the name TVXQ as a duo in 2011, reclaiming their position as top idols in the music industry. Changmin also pursued a career in acting, and starred in the Korean dramas "Paradise Ranch" (2011), and "Scholar Who Walks the Night" (2015). On July 7, 2015 Changmin enlisted in the Korean military police to fulfill his mandatory two years of service. He will be discharged from the Korean military on August 18, 2017.
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