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|Associated acts||Verandah Project (2010-present), Carnival (1997-present), Exhibition (1993-1997)|
|Born||( 1974-03-15 ) March 15, 1974 (age 46) Seoul , South Korea|
|Genres||Pop , jazz , ballad|
|Instruments||Vocal , piano , guitar|
|Labels||Music Farm (2007-present) Woollim Entertainment (2004) Daeyoung AV (1993-2004)|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter , record producer , TV presenter , radio DJ|
|Website||www .kimdongryul .com|
Kim Dong-ryul is one of the most loved pop singer-songwriters in Korea. Musically, Kim is known for his multi-talent: He compose, writes lyrics, produces music for himself and has written songs for artists like, Lee Seung-hwan, Kim Won-Jun, Park Hyo-Shin, John Park, BoA and others. Kim was born and raised in a quite an affluent family background as the eldest with two younger siblings. His father is a well-respect dentist who is known to offer free-of-charge dental service for underprivileged senior citizens. Kim was studious at school and was head of the student committee while he was at elementary school. His parents didnt really encourage him to take up any hobbies but only allowed him to play piano, so music naturally became an escape for him. In 1993, Kim enrol into Yonsei University to major in Architecture. He and his close pal, Seo Dong-wook formed a musical duo call, Exhibition, while they were freshmen at school. Kim was in charge of composition and piano, while Seo played bass guitar. Two first encountered fame when they won grand prize at MBC University Song Contest in 1993. In 1994, their first album, Essay of Memory, which was produced by late, singer-songwriter and record producer Shin Hae-cheol, was release. Being perfectionists, Kim and Seo were both very hand-on with producing their debut album; they did all the composing, playing instruments and computer programming themselves. The album received favorable reviews from the public and was also acclaim by critics; record went on to sell over 600 000 copies. In 1994, Kim and Seo enlisted for military service simultaneously. After they were discharged in 1996, duo released their second album Strangers, which was also produced by Producer Shin Hae-cheol and received positive reviews,. However, plagiarism dispute regarding track call, Testament was soon arouse. The song had similarities to the soundtrack, Girl Who Fell from the Sky, in Studio Ghiblis animated film, Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Experts conclude that the melody and usage of instruments were very similar. To this day, Kim has never played Song in public. In 1997, Exhibition released their last album-Graduation-which included just five tracks and they announced their disbandment to the public. Seo go back to his studies and pursue goals outside of music and is currently an entrepreneur. Kim claims that the only thing he is capable of doing is music, so he created a project group call, Carnival with singer-songwriter and member of Hip hop duo, Panic, Lee Juck, whom he became close with through popular radio show, At Starry Nights. Kim and Lee were both 24-years-old and had different music styles from one another, They were able to connect musically as they worked with the world-famous brass session team, Jerry Hey, and Korean jazz pianist, Kwang-min to release the album, Carnival in 1997. The album became an instant hit and they were Award Golden Disc Award later in the year. Veteran singer, Insooni later remade one of their songs, Gooses Dream.
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