Zhong Chenle

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Zhong Chenle
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Zhong Chenle on the red carpet of the 9th Gaon Chart Music Awards, January 8, 2020.
Born (2001-11-22) 22 November 2001 (age 18)
Shanghai, China
  • Singer
  • actor
  • songwriter
Musical career
  • Vocals
Years active2009–present
Associated acts
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Korean name

Zhong Chenle (Chinese :钟辰乐; born 22 November 2001), [1] known professionally by the mononym Chenle (Hangul : 천러 ), is a Chinese singer, songwriter, and actor currently based in Seoul, South Korea. Chenle started his career as a child singer, having performed in various concerts and television shows in China and abroad. At age 9, he was the youngest singer in the world to be invited to sing at Golden Hall of Vienna with a solo performance. [2] By age 14, Chenle had released three solo albums and hosted one solo concert in China. In 2016, Chenle came to South Korea to join South-Korean boy group NCT, debuting as a part of their youth sub-unit NCT Dream and has since been active in NCT Dream activities, so far releasing three Korean EPs and conducted one Asia tour together with the group. [3] [4]


Early life

Chenle was born in Shanghai, China on 22 November 2001. He studied at Beijing Contemporary Music School. In 2006, he entered the small television station Shanghai Ying Siu Sing School and went to dance classes. In 2008, he was admitted to Shanghai Little Flute Art Troupe and studied vocal music with Huang Jing.[ citation needed ]


2009–2015: Solo activities

In 2009, Zhong participated in the Hajj children's channel held by Yueyue Elf Vs Season Trial and won the runner-up and Elf Genie Award[ citation needed ].

In 2010, he participated in the National Chinese Young Talent Selection activities and won the vocal group a gold medal. On 16 June 2011, as a part of the starring actress Xiao Jiabin attending the second Nie Er Music Week opening ceremony (Shanghai Grand Theater), Zhong led the audience of thousands to sing the national anthem.[ citation needed ]

In January 2011, at age 9, Zhong was invited to perform the song Memory from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Cats, at the Golden Hall of Vienna - at the time he was the youngest singer to have ever held a solo performance there. [2]

In July 2011, his second solo album, My Wings, was released with a total of 12 songs. On 31 July 2011, Zhong participated in the opening ceremony of Shanghai International Children's Art Festival on the Shanghai Grand Stage and also the Closing Ceremony of Shanghai International Children's Art Festival at Shanghai International Convention Center on 4 August 2011.[ citation needed ]

Zhong began his professional career as a singer after competing in singing competitions such as China's Got Talent . [5] He has released 3 albums. [6] He used to do cover songs and upload them to YouTube. Many of his covers are of former child star Declan Galbraith. [7] He is part of the World Organization of Child Ambassadors of Peace with HQ in Washington, DC, founded and presided by pianist, songwriter, and producer, Ezekiel Elkin, representing China as a young cultural diplomat around the world. He was the Chinese Ambassador at The Musical Summit, an international multicultural show created by Elkin which took place in Buenos Aires City in August 2014 where he performed "The Dragon's Romance", a song Elkin wrote especially for him.

In December 2012, Zhong participated in the First Plenary Session of the Huangpu District of Shanghai and elected the district chief with the highest votes. His first known acting minor roles were in 2013 when he was 11 years old, he was featured in Chinese Drama, The Queen of SOP 2 . In 2014, he held a solo concert at the Shanghai Concert Hall. [8]

2016–present: Debut with NCT and NCT Dream

In August 2016, he started doing activities in South Korea by debuting as a member of the sub-unit NCT Dream, a rotational unit of NCT consisting of teenage members. He is one of the two members in the entire group alongside Renjun (the other Chinese member of NCT Dream) who was not introduced as a part of SM Rookies before the group's debut. He debuted in NCT after only 4 months of training. [9]

On 30 April 2020, it was announced via Beijing Contemporary Music Academy's official Weibo.com account that Chenle, alongside fellow bandmate Renjun, officially graduated from the school with the class of 2020. [10]




2011Yellow Maple LeaveShanghai Art Humanities Channel "Time Song" Premiere
2012Strong ChildrenA sound of a guitar accompaniment solo
Do Not Be AfraidMovie: "Monster Wanted Order" theme song
Amazing GraceShenzhen Satellite TV "Beware 00" Opening Remarks
An AngelShenzhen TV "The Mysterious Baby Mid-Autumn Festival Concert with Rice" Premiere
Childhood Companion"Jade Qiaolin Story" OST
Travel The Wind"Jade Qiaolin Story" theme song
BenCover Song
Eyes on Me
Can You Feel The Love TonightMovie: "The Lion King" Theme Song
2014龙月情缘 (The Dragon's Romance)Wunderkindz by "Zeke & The Kiddos" (The Musical Summit) in Buenos Aires City, Argentina
2020新的开始 (A New Beginning)Graduation song with Renjun



YearTitleTitle in MandarinNotes
2013Soul Rhythm靈魂的節奏Pre-debut
2014A Candy for Mother (A Short Film)掌心的糖果Pre-debut

Television Series

YearTitleTitle in MandarinNotes
2013The Queen of SOP 2勝女的代價2Pre-debut
Bund Police外滩警事

Variety Shows

YearTitleTitle in MandarinNotes
2010 China's Got Talent 中国达人秀Pre-debut
Sunday My Biggest周日我最大Performing the song "Tomorrow"
2011Happy Blue Sky快乐蓝天下Performing the song "Memory"
We Have a Set我们有一套Performing the song "Memory" and "You Raise Me Up"
Day Day Up 天天向上Performing the song "Memory"
2012Red Star红星闪闪
Talented Children's Voice天才童声
Innocence Hit the Earth童心撞地球
Table Plan同桌计划Performing the song "Memory"
Sound One Team天声一队Performing "Memory", "Tell Me Why" and other songs.
The Mysterious Baby Mid-Autumn Festival Concert with Rice饭没了秀之魔力宝宝中秋演唱会Performing the song "Tell Me Why"
Beware 00小心00后Performing the song "Amazing Grace"
2013Flash World闪天下Performing the songs "My Songs", "Tell Me Why" and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight"
I Love My Motherland我爱我的祖国Performing the song "You Raise Me Up"
Super Voice超级童声Judge
China New Voice Generation中国新声代Performing "Amazing Grace" and "Snail"
2014Wunderkindz by "Zeke & The Kiddos"神童们Performing the song "The Dragon's Romance" (El romance del dragón - 龙月情缘)


2009Yueyue Elf Vs Season Trial "Elf Genie Award"Won
2010National Outstanding Students CompetitionWon
2010National Award For Young Talents in ChinaWon

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