Samuel Kim Arredondo (born January 17, 2002; formerly known as Punch), better known by his stage name Samuel, is an American-born South Korean singer who was a part of the short-lived hip hop duo 1Punch in 2015.
In April 2017, he participated in the reality television series Produce 101 Season 2 during the first half of 2017. On the final episode, he ranked 18th and was not able to join the show’s project group. One month after the show ended, he began his solo career as Samuel, with the release of his first EP Sixteen on August 2.
Samuel made his first appearances to the public aged eleven, when he appeared in the live broadcast series Seventeen TV as a trainee under Pledis Entertainment. In 2013, he left the agency.
In 2015, Samuel debuted as a part of hip-hop duo named 1Punch (with rapper One) under a collaboration between Brave Entertainment and D-Business Entertainment, taking ‘PUNCH’ as his stage name. They debuted on January 23 with the release of “Turn Me Back”, which is the title track of their album The Anthem. Eight months later, One was scouted by YG Entertainment, leading to the disbandment of the duo. Under the name PUNCH, Samuel collaborated with Silentó to release the single “Spotlight” in 2016, for which they won the 26th Seoul Music Award for Global Collaboration. He later joined Silentó on tour in the US.
In April 2017, Samuel participated in the second season of the popular survival show Produce 101 under his own name, representing Brave Entertainment. During the first elimination he was ranked 2nd, but did not make the final cut for the 11-member team, finally ranking 18th overall. The result was met with surprise from many viewers, who had expected Samuel to become part of the lineup of Wanna One.
Samuel debuted as a solo artist on August 2. His debut mini album, Sixteen, was released on August 2, with the title track “Sixteen” featuring rapper Changmo.
Samuel’s first full-length album, Eye Candy, was released on November 16, 2017, with a total of ten tracks including the lead single “Candy”.
In December 2017, it was announced that Samuel had signed contract with ‘Pony Canyon’ for his Japanese promotion.
Samuel was scheduled to officially debut in Japan on February 7, 2018 with his first Japanese single, “Sixteen (Japanese Ver.)”. The music video of “Sixteen (Japanese Ver.)” was released on January 18.
In March 2018, Samuel released his second mini album, One, with the title track “One” featuring BtoB member Jung Il-hoon.
In April 2018, Samuel would release his second Japanese single, “Candy (Japanese Ver.)” on May 16. The music video of the track was released on May 2.
In early May 2018, it was announced that Samuel would be releasing his repackaged album Teenager, featuring Lee Ro Han who was a runner-up to MNet’s “School Rapper Season 2” on May 30.