Stage Name: Key (키) Birth Name: Kim Ki Bum (김기범) Birthday: September 23, 1991 Hometown: Daegu, South Korea Nationality: Korean Debut: May 25, 2008 Position: Vocalist, Rapper
Key is a vocalist and rapper in the SM Entertainment Kpop group SHINee. In 2006, Key successfully auditioned to become a trainee at SM Entertainment. Two years later, Key debuted as a member of SHINee alongside Jonghyun, Onew, Minho, and Taemin.
Since debuting with the group, Key has been individually active as a TV personality and musical actor. Key made his theatrical debut in 2012 as the character Frank in the musical Catch Me If You Can. He has since starred in the musicals Bonnie & Clyde, The Three Musketeers, Zorrow, and In the Heights.
In 2014, Key formed a unit duo called "Toheart" with Infinite member Woohyun. According to the two, they are close friends and it was originally their idea to join forces. The group only released one mini album with two singles, "Delicious" and "Tell Me Why".
For most of his life Key was raised by his grandmother, as his mother became ill after giving birth and his father was occupied with work. When she passed away in 2014 Key uploaded a heartfelt message to his Instagram, saying that it wouldn't feel right to announced her passing through a company representative. Key graduated from Myongji University with a degree in Film and Musical, and currently attends Woosuk University's graduate school for Culture and Education Contents Development.
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