Kang Min-hyuk is a South Korean musician, singer, and actor who began his career as a drummer for the rock band CNBLUE in South Korea. The trio was created in 2009, and their musical journey began with the publication of their debut mini album, ‘Now or Never,’ in Japan. The next year, the group made their South Korean debut with ‘Bluetory.’ The title single from their album, ‘I’m a Loner,’ was a hit in South Korea, and the group gained rapid popularity as a result of its release. Kang subsequently made his acting debut in 2010 with the film ‘Acoustic,’ and later that year he joined the cast of the hit drama ‘It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl.’ ‘My Husband’s Got a Family’ was the most popular show of the year in 2012, and all of the cast members, including Kang, benefited from the show’s success. Kang received a Rising Star Award at the K-Drama Star Awards that year for his performance. Kang is known for his hosting skills and has been a part of several successful variety shows in addition to music and acting.
Childhood and Adolescence
Kang Min-hyuk was born on June 28, 1991, in Chulsandong, South Korea. Kang considers Ilsan to be his home town because his family moved there shortly after he was born. Kang was his parents’ youngest kid and so the most adored. That pampering turned him into a restless and mischievous child, and he became a danger to his family and teachers at school. Despite his bad behavior, he did well in school and received above-average grades. Music was his greatest passion as a child. His mother, who was also a music lover, instilled in him a passion for music. Kang began taking piano and flute lessons from his mother, and he immersed himself in classical music as he grew older.
However, when he was introduced to Maroon5, an American band, his love for music began to alter, and he began dreaming of forming a band as successful as Maroon5. He made some nice buddies, who also happened to be musicians. He witnessed them play on stage and believed he was destined to follow in their footsteps, so he intensified his music training. Kang developed an interest in athletics when he was in middle school, and he began to spend more time playing basketball and football.
When it came time to choose a profession, Kang decided on law and began preparing for his future as a lawyer. But fate had other plans for the gifted young man, and he found himself in the midst of forming a band. By that time, he had trained himself to play the drums, and he gathered a few of his musician friends to form the rock band CNBLUE, with Kang as the drummer.
Career of Kang
CNBLUE debuted in 2009 at an event in Tokyo, Japan, among 20 other bands, and afterwards began performing on the streets and in live events. The members were able to release their debut album, ‘Now or Never,’ in Japan, but it was not very successful due to the fact that it was in English. In late 2009, the band returned to South Korea, and in January 2010, FNC Entertainment issued a series of teasers to expose the band to South Koreans, and the album ‘Bluetory’ was formally released on January 14, 2014, to critical acclaim. The album debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart and remained there for two weeks.
Meanwhile, the members of the band grew in popularity in South Korea, and they began receiving rich offers to appear in films and television series. Kang had his acting debut in the film ‘Acoustic,’ followed by a role in the television series ‘It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl,’ both in the same year. Kang began to receive more offers for roles in TV dramas, but he was picky about his choices because he also had his band to consider. He made his acting debut in the drama ‘Heartstrings’ in 2011, in which he played a group of young people who fall in and out of love with one another. Kang portrayed a drummer, a comic relief character that is always hungry in the episode.
He then starred in his most successful career role in ‘My Husband’s Got a Family,’ which went on to become the highest-rated show in South Korea in 2012 and made Kang a household celebrity. The program and its cast members also dominated award season, with Kang winning the Rising Star Award at the K-Drama Star Awards for his role as a prominent supporting character. Kang was nominated for a New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards in 2013 for his portrayal in ‘The Heirs,’ which received widespread critical acclaim.
Kang participated in several variety shows back-to-back in 2015, including ‘Brave Family,’ ‘I Live Alone,’ and ‘Crime Scene 2,’ and after a brief hiatus from television, he returned in 2016 with ‘Entertainer,’ for which he received the SBS Drama Awards’ ‘Top Excellence Award.’ He starred in the film ‘Hospital Ship’ in 2017 and is expected to star in the film ‘Marital Harmony’ in 2018. Kang has given his music career equal emphasis since the foundation of his band, which has recorded a total of nine albums. Seven of the albums are in Japanese, while the other two are in Korean.
The band worked independently in Japan until being signed to Warner Music Japan, where they released their first single, “In My Head,” under a major label. The song was a huge hit, and it was even picked as the theme music for the animated series ‘Supernatural: The Animation.’ As the band’s popularity grew, they began to acquire traction in the west as well. They performed around 20 songs in front of over 3000 fans at a big performance in the UK in September 2012 at the IndigO2 venue in London.
The show was a huge hit, and the stadium was packed to the rafters. In December, their show in South Korea drew a similar response, with tickets selling out in under 10 minutes. In 2013, the band embarked on their first world tour, which was a huge success once again. Until present, the band has performed more than a dozen gigs in Japan, as well as a number of shows in South Korea and other adjacent countries.
Personal Experiences of Kang
Kang is a foodie who claims that when he is unhappy, he eats large meals and then goes on a diet for the next few days to maintain his weight. Kang, like most South Korean stars, has been urged by his publicist to keep his dating life private. However, his name has been linked to Jung Hye-sung on numerous occasions, despite neither party’s confirmation.
Estimated Net Worth
Kang Min-hyuk is one of the wealthiest drummers and one of the most popular. Kang Min-net hyuk’s worth is estimated to be $5 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.