Kim Hyung-soo (Hangul: 김형수, born December 30, 1981), better known by his stage name K.Will (Hangul: 케이윌), is a South Korean singer. He debuted in 2007 and has since become known for his chart-topping ballads. He has also been dubbed the “Prince of OST” for his frequent Korean drama soundtrack appearances.
K.Will has released four full-length albums: Left Heart (2007), Missing You (2009), The Third Album (2012–2013), and The Fourth Album (2017–2018).
After graduating from high school, he told his parents that he wanted to be a singer. He participated in auditions and looked for potential songwriters to collaborate with him. He worked as a vocal guide and developed friendships with now well-known artists like 8Eight, Lim Jeong-Hee, SG Wannabe and Sweet Sorrow.
During his work as a vocal guide, K.Will also was a part of an amateur a cappella group and performed at street concerts around the country for two years.
When K.Will was helping Rain produce his second album, he was noticed by producer Park Jin-Young, who wrote and composed the title track of K.Will’s first album Left Heart (2007).
During this time, videos of K.Will singing some of Mariah Carey’s songs surfaced online, which he sang so well that he was nicknamed the “male Mariah” in Korea. Soon more videos surfaced, notably of him singing the high notes in Celine Dion’s song “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie Titanic.
On December 2, 2008, K.Will released the digital single “Love 119”, a collaboration with the well-known rapper MC Mong. The single achieved #1 on online charts and ranked #2 on the KBS Music Bank K-Chart without any promotions.
Motivated by the popularity of “Love 119”, K.Will released a mini album titled Dropping the Tears on March 31, 2009. His deep, husky voice made the title track with the same name as the album full of emotion and it also reached #1 on online charts, though at a slower pace than “Love 119.” He worked with two members of Girls’ Generation, Yuri and Tiffany, for this album: Yuri appeared in his “Dropping the Tears” music video while Tiffany sang a duet with him called “Girl, Meets Love.” K.Will and Tiffany performed this on Music Core in July 2009.
During the album promotions, Lee Min-Ho, the lead actor of KBS Boys Over Flowers, asked K.Will for vocal training. With K.Will’s help, Lee Min-Ho was able to sing the song “My Everything.”
Not long before ending the mini album promotions, K.Will surprised audiences with his versatility by doing a special stage with Outsider, the fastest rapper in South Korea, rapping almost as fast as Outsider in the song “Loner”.
Because of the popularity of the Brilliant Legacy OST (in which he participated), he was invited to join the “Korean Music Festival 2009” in Japan, along with T-Max and Jo Sung-Mo.
He made his debut in acting in the “Soul Special: Music Drama” where he worked with Han Hyo-Joo. The drama “Soul Special” was a revolution in the entertainment business since all episodes were only released online.
In October 2009, a few weeks before the release of his second album, Missing You, K.Will was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. Though he recovered in less than a week, his second album was postponed until November 5, 2009.
The title track of this album, “Miss, Miss and Miss” was a moderate success and peaked at #8 on the KBS Music Bank K-Chart. He also collaborated with Outsider in this album after their success during the summer. However, their song “Hypnosis” was banned by KBS because it contained the word “mute” and so his follow-up promotions for “Miss, Miss and Miss” were cancelled.
On December 25, 2009, (Christmas Day) K.Will held his first solo concert. Tickets sold out faster than that of any other solo artist.
K.Will debuted in the U.S.A. on “THE THREE ROMANTICISTS” concert along with Kim Bum Soo and Yoo Seung-Chan on March 5, 2010. His single titled “Present” was released on March 10, 2010 and achieved #1 on many online music charts.
K.Will embarked on his first solo concert in Japan, “K.WILL Live Concert with Band in Tokyo” in May 2010 and “K.WILL Live Concert with Band in Osaka” in July 2010. On the July 31st, K.Will appeared on the music show “The MUZIT” as one of the main MCs along with upperclassmen singer Yoo Young Suk . On the first episode K.Will and Charice performed the duet “Endless Love.”
At the end of year, K.Will‘s two-day Christmas concert was completely sold out.
A year after his second album, K.Will released another digital single featuring Simon D and Hyorin of Sistar titled “Amazed” on January 21, 2011. The song rapidly reached to the top of the several music charts. Seven weeks later, K.Will’s second mini album was released and he held a live showcase, performance, and released the music video for “My Heart is Beating” in which Lee Joon (MBLAQ) and IU starred. The title track of this album was an all-kill on music charts. Five years since his debut, K.Will finally won the Mutizen on SBS Inkigayo.
K.Will successfully completed his third solo concert, “My Heart Is Beating” at the Olympic Park Hall on June 25, 2011. He has also participated several variety shows such as “We Got Married” with Kim Hyung Jun, the drama “Spy Myung Wol” and the reality show “Immortal Songs 2” nearly the end of the year.
As per tradition, he ended the year with a 3-day Christmas concert.
After joining KBS TV “Immortal Songs 2” in November 2011, K.Will left the show after winning three times, and set the new record, winning against 5 consecutive singers in the leaving episode on January 21, 2012.
On February 14 (Valentine’s Day), K.Will released his 3rd mini album I Need You two weeks after releasing a digital single of one of the songs from the mini album titled “I Hate Myself”. On the same day, K.Will also unveiled a music video for “I Need You” on Starship Entertainment’s official YouTube channel which features Sistar’s Bora and actors Ji Chang Wook and Yeo Jin Gu. “I Need You” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100, while “I Hate Myself” peaked at no. 6. The album marked the five-year anniversary of K.Will’s first debut as a singer-songwriter. His self-composed song, “I’ll Be With You” is also included and is dedicated to all his fans who believed in him. He was also the co-writer the lyrics of “I’m Will.” K.Will earned his first K-Chart award since his debut 6 years ago on KBS Music Bank for his track “I Need You.”
On October 7, Starship Entertainment revealed some photos of K.Will’s recent photoshoot for his upcoming album. The album Third Album, Part 1 was released on October 11 along with the MV for “Please Don’t…”, the title track. Promotions for “Please Don’t…” were the most successful in K.Will’s career to date. The music video starred Seo In-guk, Sistar’s Dasom, and Ahn Jae-hyun, and was praised for its originality. It was also notable for its twist ending involving Seo’s character revealing he is actually in love with Ahn’s.
On February 14 (Valentine’s Day again), Powerhouse Live (U.S.) presented K.Will in a Valentine’s Day solo concert in the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. He performed his hits, including “Please Don’t…”, “I Need You”, “My Heart is Beating”, and “Love 119”.
On April 3, K.Will released his new single, “Love Blossom.”
On October 19, K.Will released his new album, Will in Fall. The music video for the album’s single, “You Don’t Know Love”, starring EXO rapper Chanyeol and South Korean model Lee Ho Jung, came out two days later, on October 21.
On June 25, K.Will released his mini album, One Fine Day. The music video for the title track, “Day 1”, starred Sistar’s Soyou and Park Min-woo.
On March 25, K.Will released his mini album, . The music video for the title track, “Growing”, starred Son Ho-jun and Park Ha-sun.
On January 3, Starship Entertainment released music video teasers of K.Will’s single “You Call It Romance” featuring Davichi. The music video was released on January 6, starring Monsta X’s Hyungwon, actor Choi Won Myung, and actress Yoon Ye Joo.
On May 10, S.M. Entertainment revealed K.Will would feature on a duet with Baekhyun of EXO entitled “The Day”. The song was released on May 13.
On July 30, K.Will stated on his personal Twitter that he would be working on completing his next album. The album, titled The 4th Album Part.1 [Nonfiction], was officially announced on September 12 and released on September 26, along with an accompanying music video for the title track “Nonfiction”.
On May 10, K.Will released The 4th Album Part.2 #1 ‘Will Be a Start’ as the first of a trilogy of three singles that will lead up to the release of the full The 4th Album Part.2. He also released the music video for “My Star (너란 별)” on the same day.
On October 28, 2018, K.Will revealed the tracklist for The 4th Album Part.2 [想像; Mood Indigo], and an album teaser was released three days later. The album was released on November 6, with K.Will co-producing each song.