Stage Name: Daesung (대성) Birth Name: Kang Dae Sung (강대성) Birthday: April 26, 1989 Hometown: Incheon, South Korea Nationality: Korean Debut: August 19, 2006 Position: Vocalist
Daesung is a main vocalist in the YG Entertainment Kpop group BIGBANG. Though his parents were initially against him becoming a singer, Daesung pursued his passion and successfully passed his audition at YG Entertainment. He debuted with BIGBANG on August 19, 2006 alongside Taeyang, G-Dragon, T.O.P, and Seungri.
Soon after his debut with BIGBANG Daesung developed vocal chord nodules, which led him to struggle with his voice and develop stage fright. With the help of then-label mate Gummy, who suffered the same condition, Daesung eventually overcame his condition. Along with various group activities with BIGBANG, Daesung also pursued a solo career, interestingly enough, as a trot singer. He released his first trot single, "Look at Me, Gwisoon" in 2008 followed by "Big Hit" in 2009.
In August 2009, Daesung was injured in a car accident while returning to Seoul from filming a reality show. The accident occurred when the van hit the guard rail and skidded in the pouring rain. Daesung, who was sitting in the passenger seat, suffered a broken nose, a back injury, and sustained minor contusions on his arms and legs. Daesung was fully covered by October 2009, and rejoined BIGBANG for promotions starting then.
On May 31, 2011, Daesung was involved in another car accident, this time while at the wheel. The accident occurred while Daesung was driving home at approximately 1:30am one night. An intoxicated motorcyclist crashed his bike on Yanghwa Bridge, and while the car immediately in front of Daesung swerved to avoid the man laying in the street, Daesung did not have time to react and ran over him and hit a parked taxi that had seen him and pulled over. The motorcyclist had a high blood-alcohol content level of 0.18, likely the cause of his crash. For some time time it was unsure as to whether or not he was already dead when Daesung hit him. However, after a long period of deliberation and an extensive autopsy, forensic specialists found that the motorcyclist was indeed alive before Daesung hit him, and that Daesung was responsible for his death. Despite this, the investigation cleared Daesung of all charges, finding that the accident was not his fault as he was not intoxicated, though he was speeding.
Following the accident, Daesung remained underground for 6 months, making no appearances and releasing no new material. He made his first public appearance at the MTV European Music Awards in November 2011, and made a comeback with BIGBANG in March 2012 with their new mini album, Alive.
Daesung released his first Japanese solo album in February 2013, and has been consistently successful in Japan since. He has released 3 solo albums (two of which peaked at #1 on the Oricon chart) and headlined multiple Japanese tours as a solo artist over the past three years.
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