Kim Kyu Jong is a South Korean entertainer and former member of boyband SS501. He made his musical debut in Goong: Musical, playing the lead role of ‘Lee Shin’ and debut as a solo artist in September 2011 with mini album Turn Me On.
Kim debuted as a member of SS501 on 8th June 2005. He started his acting career with a role in Mnet hip-hop music drama Break on 11th May 2006. Kim along with members of SS501, except for Young Saeng who was recovering from the surgery, lent their voices to the Korean version of 2006 animated film Pi’s Story.
On 21st August 2006, he took over as DJ on radio programme SS501’s Youngstreet on Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), when fellow member Heo Young Saeng left due to a throat condition requiring laryngeal surgery. He continued to host the programme with fellow member Park Jung Min.
On 21st November 2008, Kim joined as one of the regular hosts on Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) God Of Cookery Expedition.
In 2008, with Jung Min, who’s performing in the lead role of ‘Danny Park’ in musical Grease and Hyun Joong on Boys Over Flowers; Young Saeng together with Kyu Jong and Hyung Jun formed ‘SS501 Project Group’ with Young Saeng as the leader. They released a project album named U R Man in November 2008, with high tempo dance title track “UR Man”. They also contributed to the Boys Over Flowers soundtrack with Because I’m Stupid, and appeared in episode four in a cameo performance of “U R Man”. The track won Song of the Month for February at the 32nd Cyworld Digital Music Awards on 28th March 2009.
In the project album, Kyu Jong wrote the lyrics for his solo track, “Never Let You Go”. He also wrote the lyrics for his part of Green Peas, a song written for their fans, released in their album Rebirth.
In June 2010, upon the expiration of Kim’s contract with DSP Media, he along with fellow band member Heo Young Saeng, signed with B2M Entertainment, the agency of former DSP Media songstress Lee Hyori, to embark on his solo career. To launch his solo career, Heo along with Kyu Jong held a joint fanmeeting, Kyu Jong & Young Saeng Story In Seoul on 4th December, which continued in Hong Kong, Japan and countries across Asia.
Kim made his theatrical musical debut in Goong: Musical, a spin-off of the television drama, in Korea. He took over the role of male lead Lee Shin, from U-Know Yunho of TVXQ. He also performed it in Kyoto, Japan from 11th June to 1st July.
On 27th September 2011, he released his debut solo mini album, Turn Me On with “Yesterday” as its title track. It also features rap by fellow member Heo Young Saeng in dance track “My Love”.
In October 2011, Kim was cast in a 36-part weekend drama titled Go! Mrs. Go! to be shown on cable channel CSTV at the end of 2011. Where he will play an aspiring musical actor named Nicky to mark his acting debut. On 9th November 2011, Kim will perform along with other Korean and Japanese artists, at the Seoul Tokyo Music Festival 2011 at Saitama Super Arena, Japan.