March 28 marks Infinite Hoya’s 26 birthday (25 internationally) so let’s take the time today to wish him well!
Lee Ho Won (born Lee Ho Dong – he changed his name in order not to share a name with famous comedian Kang Ho Dong) was born in Busan in 1991. He started to dream about becoming a singer at a very young age and decided to drop out of high school during his first year. He took and passed his high school qualification exam receiving his high school certification at the age of 16. However, his father strongly opposed his decision what caused Hoya to leave home. After auditioning for various agencies, he ended up in his current agency Woollim Entertainment.
Hoya debuted as a main rapper, vocalist and main dancer of Infinite in June, 2010. Two years later, Hoya teamed up with his fellow member Dongwoo for Infinite’s first official sub-unit Infinite H and released their first mini album ‘Fly High.’
Hoya has collaborated with many well-known Korean artists, including Eric Nam, Henry and Zion. T to name a few.
In 2015, Hoya opened up his own YouTube channel Real Hoya where he uploads his covers of popular songs as well as dance practice videos.
Apart from being a successful singer and rapper, Hoya made his name known as an actor as well. He made his acting debut through tvN’s TV drama ‘Reply 1997’ which gained a massive praise from both viewers and critics. In 2014, Hoya was casted in a movie ‘Hiya’ where he played a high school student who only dreams of becoming a singer. The movie had its premiere on March 10, 2016.
Officially KMusic would like to wish Hoya a very happy birthday!