Lee Ki-chan

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Lee Ki-chan
Born (1979-01-10) January 10, 1979 (age 42)
Origin South Korea
Genres R&B, pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actor
Years active1996–present
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Gi-chan
McCune–Reischauer I Kich'an

Lee Ki-chan (Hangul: 이기찬; born January 10, 1979) [1] is a South Korean singer and actor. He debuted as a singer in 1996, and began acting in 2006. He has appeared in several Korean dramas, as well as the American TV series Sense8 . [2] [3]



Lee Ki-Chan made his debut as a singer when he was a high school student. [4] In 1996, Lee took part in a talent contest held during a radio show and won the grand prize. Since then, Lee developed his career as a professional singer. At the time of Lee's debut, the Korean pop music world was dominated by dance music, but Lee Ki-Chan received attention for his soft ballads. Having undergone musical training by Han Yong-Jin, a renowned re-mix DJ, Lee Ki-Chan released his first album entitled "Na Na Na Na Nineteen." In three months after its release, 220 thousand copies were sold. The song "Please" was the most popular among its tracks. In November of the same year, Lee released his second album entitled "Indelible Impression." In his third album, Lee Ki-Chan took it upon himself to produce his own songs. As a result, the album reflected Lee's own personality and characteristics. One of Lee's most successful songs came later in his fifth album, released in 2001. This song, "Another Love Goes Away," was written by Park Jin-Young.

Lee continued to produce hit songs on his next two albums. The song "Cold" (sixth album) spent many weeks on top of the chart, and the song "Repeatedly" (seventh album) was considered one of his very best songs. However, Lee Ki-Chan suffered a financial setback on his eighth album in 2004, when he tried to venture into more high-tempo songs. He selected the dance song "I'm Nothing Without You" as the title song and did not see much success. After that, Lee spent three years on hiatus. He decided to go back to ballads as in his ninth album, "Para Ti." The title song "A Beauty" was again a hit.

He attended the Seoul Arts College and Kyunghee University.


Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales
Na Na Na Na Nineteen
  • Released: December 27, 1996
  • Label: Cino Records, m-people
  • Formats: CD, cassette
No dataNo data
Indelible Impression
  • Released: October 25, 1997
  • Label: A.R. Media (Anam Records)
  • Formats: CD, cassette
The Theme of BY
  • Released: April 8, 1999
  • Label: A.R. Media (Anam Records), Rock Records Korea
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • KOR: 20,209+ [6]
One Man ShowN/A
New Story
  • Released: August 30, 2001
  • Label: Yuri Entertainment, YBM Seoul Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • KOR: 359,019+ [7]
New Story II
  • Released: November 12, 2002
  • Label: Yuri Entertainment, YBM Seoul Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • KOR: 128,748+ [8]
  • Released: September 29, 2003
  • Label: Yuri Entertainment, YBM Seoul Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • KOR: 40,472+ [9]
I'm Nothing Without You
(그대없이 난 아무것도 아니다)
  • Released: October 4, 2004
  • Label: WMF Entertainment, YBM Seoul Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Para Ti
  • Released: February 2, 2007
  • Label: How Entertainment, Manine Media, Manwalldang Music Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
Singing All My Song For YouNo dataNo data

Compilation albums

Soundtrack appearances



South Korean
Real School2011 MBC Every 1 Teacher [12]
Pretty! Oh Man-bok2014 KBS Han Joon
Into the Flames TV Chosun Ahn Seung-joo
Twenty Again 2015 TVN Radio DJ (cameo)
Ready for Start2016 Naver TV Cast Song Chi-sam
Still Loving YouKBSSin Jae-min
How Are U Bread 2020Naver TV CastJo Yeon-chul
My Holo Love Netflix Yeon Gang-woo
HyenaSBSKwon Yong-Woon
Sense8 2015–17 Netflix Joong-Ki [2]


South Korean
Like Father, Like Son2008Byeong-tae [13]

Awards and nominations

2007 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Ballad Performance [14] "Beautiful Woman"Nominated

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