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|Birth name||Lee Soon-Kyu (이순규)|
|Also known as||Aeygo Queen, Energy Pill, Danshin, SoonKyu, Sunny Bunny, Variety Show Queen, DJ Soon, Ssun, Choi Danshin, Shortie.|
|Born|| May 15, 1989
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Occupations||Singer, Dancer, MC, DJ, Model, Musical Actress|
|Years active||2007 – present|
|Associated acts||Girls' Generation
BiographySunny was born on May 15, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, and moved to Kuwait while she was still an infant. Her family moved to South Korea around the time of the Gulf War. She has two older sisters, who share the same birthday as her. She speaks fluent Korean, along with basic Chinese and Japanese. Her father was in the college band Hwaljooro with Bae Chul-soo. She is the niece of Lee Soo Man, the founder of SM Entertainment. In 1998, Sunny entered Starlight Entertainment and became a trainee for 5 years before transferring to Starworld where she became a member of a duet called "Sugar" which never debuted. One of her older sisters was the manager for Sugar, but when the group disbanded, she became active in other parts of the music industry.
In 2007, Sunny was recommended by the singer Ayumi, who transferred to SM Entertainment. After several months of training under SM Entertainment, Sunny debuted as a member of Girls' Generation that same year.
Singing careerSunny has contributed to a couple of soundtracks as a solo artist, singing the theme song "You Don't Know About Love" for the SBS drama Working Mom, "Finally Now" for IPTV's Story of Wine and "Your Doll" for the SBS's Oh! My Lady.
She featured on the Heading to the Ground soundtrack, singing a duet with Taeyeon in the song SarangInGulYo and another song titled Motion performed with the vocal line of the group.
She participated in the S.E.O.U.L. song project along with Super Junior's Kyuhyun, Leeteuk, Ryeowook, Sungmin, Siwon, Donghae and fellow group members Seohyun, Sooyoung, Jessica and Taeyeon.
Sunny featured in Brown Eyed Girls's Miryo's track "I Love You, I Love You" from her first solo mini album, Miryo A.K.A JoHoney .
Voice ActingSunny took part in voice acting for animated film Koala Kid: Birth of A Hero with fellow labelmate Taemin from SHINee.
TheatreSunny played the lead role of ‘Brenda Strong’ in the Korean production of Broadway musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’, which was opened on 28th March 2012 and with a scheduled run till 10th June 2012. Her performance received positive critical review and was nominated for Best New Actress in the 6th 'The Musical Awards', South Korea's equivalent of Broadway's Tony Award.
TV showsShe was a permanent member on the show Star Golden Bell until Girls' Generation's song Oh! came out.
Sunny alongside with Yuri was a part of reality show Invincible Youth in which they were a part of G7, consisting of 7 girls from idol groups. Due to Girls' Generation's Japanese debut and other activities, Sunny left the show, along with Hyuna and Yuri, in June 2010.
On October 17, it was confirmed that Sunny would be joining for the second season of Invincible Youth 2, a Korean reality show alongside with Hyoyeon. She is the only returning member from original G7.
On July 6, a representative from S.M. Entertainment reported to the media, that Sunny will no longer be a regular casting member anymore alongside the members of G6 from Invincible Youth 2. The unexpected leave will mean that the July 7th episode of Invincible Youth 2, will be the last episode that Sunny will be featured as a permanent member. Sunny's leave does not include fellow Girls Generation member 'Hyoyeon' who will continue as a member on the show.
Show HostingShe was a co-DJ of the radio show Chunji until the broadcast ended in July 2008.
She also co-hosted a music show called The M with Kim Hyung Jun of SS501 and Im Seulong of 2AM but had to leave the show due to her busy schedules. Her last appearance as an MC for the show was on April 4, 2010.
Sunny, along with other notable celebrities, is part of the star-studded cast on SBS MTV's “Music Island”, taking on the role of main MC. The first episode of “Music Island” was aired on February 24, 8PM KST.
Soundtrack appearances and Solo Performances
|2008||SBS Working Mom||"You Don't Know About Love"||03:33||Solo|
|2009||IPTV Story of Wine||"Finally Now"||04:11||Solo|
|MBC Heading To The Ground||"It's Love"||04:15||Duet with Taeyeon|
|2010||SBS Oh My Lady!||"Your Doll"||03:49||Solo|
|2012||Miryo A.K.A JoHoney||"I Love You, I Love You"||04:10||Duet with Miryo|
|SBS To The Beautiful You||"It`s Me"||03:42||Duet with Luna|
|2012||Koala Kid: Birth of A Hero||Miranda (voice-over)||Korean version|
|2008||Unstoppable Marriage||as BoolGwangDong (seven princess) (cameo)|
|2009||Tae-Hee, Hye-Kyo, Ji-Hyun!||Sunny (one episode)/Herself|
|2009||Flower Boys Generation||With Jessica and Hyoyeon|
|2009–2010||The M||Co-Hosted with SS501's Kim Hyung-jun and 2AM's Seulong|
|2009–2010||Invincible Youth||With Yuri|
|2011||Running Man||Guest Ep 39 Along with Yoona|
|2011–2012||Invincible Youth 2||Along with Hyoyeon|
|2012||Music Island||Main Host|
|2012||Catch Me If You Can||Brenda Strong (Lead Role)|
Music video appearances
|2008||"Cooking? Cooking!"||Super Junior-H||Herself|
|2009||"S.E.O.U.L."||Super Junior and Girls' Generation||Kindergarten Teacher|
|2008||Melon Chunji Radio||DJ|
Awards and Nominations
|2012||6th The Musical Awards||Best New Actress||Catch Me If You Can||Nominated|
- Invincible Youth, episode 15, aired 29 January 2010
- (Korean) '소녀시대' 써니, 이수만 SM이사 친조카. StarNews. November 30, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2010
- (Korean) 소녀시대 써니 SM 이수만 친조카 ‘슈가 후속 그룹 멤버 될 뻔’. asiae.co.kr. November 30, 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
- Miryo releases debut album, ‘Miryo AKA Johoney’ feat. Sunny
- Sunny to Voice-Act in Animated Movie
- Sunny, Key, Kyuhyun, Dana, & more to star in ‘Catch Me If You Can’ musical
- (Korean) '캐치미'의 다섯 색깔 공연(주인공 한 명에 엄기준·김정훈·박광현·규현·키 캐스팅)… 넘치고, 모자라고
- Sunny Finishes Her Final Performance of ‘Catch Me If You Can’, Nominated for Award
- (Korean) 걸그룹 멤버들, 또 뭉쳤다...시골 농가서 '1박2일' (Girl Group members, and ... the country united nonggaseo '1 Night 2 Days) Joy News. October 9, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- (Korean) ‘하차설 끝내 사실로..’ 유리-써니-현아 19일 ‘청춘불패’ 마지막 녹화, Newsen. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010
- (Korean) SS501 형준+소녀시대 써니, 음악프로 MC 발탁 (SS501 Hyung Joon + Girls Sunny, music, professional MC recruited) Money Today. February 4, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- Sunny to MC on SBS MTV’s ‘Music Island’
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