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Lee Seung-Gi was born in Seoul, South Korea on January 13, 1987. He grew up in a family that consists of his parents and one younger sister. During his school years, Seung-Gi was an exemplary student, receiving good grades and becoming elected as President of his school's student council. He also formed an interest in music from an early age and started playing in a band in his teens.
During his freshman year in high school, Seung-Gi's band performed at a small theater owned by a popular 1980's singer Lee Sun-Hee (이선희). After Sun-Hee heard the band's music she asked Seung-Gi to pursue music professionally, but at the time, Seung-Gi did not know who Seon-hee was and declined her offer. When he got home and told his mother about Lee Sun-Hee, his mother explained how popular she was in the 1980's and Seung-Gi decided to work with her.
During Seung-Gi's senior year in high school, he released his first album “Nabangui Ggum” (“Dream of a Moth”) and its title track “Neoneun Nae Yeojanigga?” (You're My Girl?) - written by Psy – became popular, especially among female fans. The following year, in 2005, Seung-Gi expanded into acting by appearing as himself in the MBC sitcom “Nonstop 5.” In 2006, he appeared as Tae-ja Hwang in the KBS2 weekend drama “Famous Chil Princesses.” This further fueled his reputation as an actor. In 2007, Seung-Gi appeared in the variety show “1 bak 2 il” - which travels to different locations in Korea and conducts games. Going by his nickname “Heo Dang,” Seung-Gi was able to cut loose from his image as a cerebral person and act goofy, which increased his popularity even further. Seung-Gi still appears on the show regularly.
Seung-Gi's breakthrough as an actor came in 2009, with his leading man performance as Woo-hwan Seon in the SBS drama “Brilliant Legacy.” The drama series regularly received ratings near 40% and became the most watched drama series for the first half of 2009.
On June 18th, 2009, Lee Seung-Gi released his digital single “Will You Marry Me?” (결혼해 줄래) which has received strong response among his fans.
- Lee Seung-Gi began his mandatory military enlistment on February 1, 2016 and discharged October 31, 2017. Lee Seung-Gi released a new song on January 21, 2016, translated as “I Enter the Military.”
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