Stage Name: Onew (온유) Birth Name: Lee Jin Ki (이진기) Birthday: December 14, 1989 Hometown: Gyeonggi, South Korea Nationality: Korean Debut: May 25, 2008 Position: Leader, Lead Vocalist Onew is the leader and lead vocalist of SM Entertainment Kpop group SHINee. Onew was discovered in 2006, when Lee Soo Man asked him to sing on the spot. Onew apparently impressed Mr. SM, as he signed a contracted with the company the following day. In 2008 he debuted as a part of SHINee, alongside Minho, Taemin, Jonghyun, and Key. Following his debut with the group, Onew has actively promoted as an MC and television personality. He has also starred in multiple musicals and played supporting roles in various Korean dramas, including the wildly popular 2016 drama Descendants of the Sun. In 2014, Onew underwent surgery to reconstruct his vocal cord mucosa and remove vocal cord polyps, leaving him unable to sing for a number of months. He has since recovered and reportedly has improved vocal range as a result.
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