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Kang Ta
Birth name Ahn Chilhyun
Also known as Kangta
Born October 10, 1979 (1979-10-10) (age 30)
Origin North Gyeongsang, South Korea
Genres K-pop, R&B
Occupations Singer, composer, actor
Years active 1996 - 2008
Labels SM Entertainment
Associated acts SMTown, H.O.T., Group S, Kangta & Vanness
Website Official Site
Hangul 안칠현
Hanja 安七炫
Revised Romanization An Chilhyeon
Stage name
Hangul 강타
Revised Romanization Gangta

Kangta (강타) (born October 10, 1979) is a South Korean singer, first known as the lead singer the boy band H.O.T. (High-five of Teenagers). Kangta, his stage name, is the symbol for great hit in Hangul as An Chil-hyeon (안칠현) is his real name.

He is an experienced songwriter and composer, having written over 100 songs[1] for H.O.T.'s albums as well as for other groups and singers like NRG and Fly to the Sky. When H.O.T. disbanded in March 2001, Kangta surprised many people by becoming the first member to debut solo. He released his first solo album "Polaris", which became a huge hit; it was followed by his second album "Pinetree" in 2002. His first solo concert took place in the summer of 2003.

In 2006, Kangta was chosen as a runner up for Best Korean Singer overseas, according to Arirang International Broadcasting. A poll was issued over the internet, allowing only people outside of Korea to vote. Shinhwa's song "Once In A Lifetime" won by 60% of the vote, beating Kangta, who came in second with 20.3 percent.

In 2007, he filmed two dramas and Love in the city 2 aired on October 1, 2007.

In 2008, Kangta was initially scheduled for military service at the beginning of the year, but SM Entertainment helped him defer it to April so he could release his last album "Eternity". The album was released on March 12, 2008.[2] On March 29 and March 30, Kangta held his last solo concert before enlistment at Yonsei University's main auditorium. His concert, "Eternity", was aimed at looking back at his last twelve years as a singer and thanking his fans.[3][4] On April 1, 2008, Kangta officially began his military duties in Euijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province.[5] Every male in Korea is required to serve for two years in the military, and Kangta is expected to complete his service period in mid-2010.


Pre-debut & H.O.T.

Kangta was discovered at Lotte World, a theme park, when he was only 13 years old. He debuted as a back-up dancer together with Moon Hee Jun (another H.O.T. member) for singer Yoo Young Jin. Kangta eventually decided to become a singer with Moon Hee Jun and three others, Jang Woo Hyuk, Tony An, and Lee Jae Won to form H.O.T. in 1996.

Group projects

S (Supreme)

After planning for years, Kangta worked with his celebrity friends Shin Hye Sung from Shinhwa and Lee Ji Hoon to form the project group "S", standing for "Supreme". They released their first solo project album called "Fr. In. Cl." or Friends in Classic. They have won several awards since then. Their title track, "I Swear" was written, composed, and arranged by Kangta while Shin Hye Sung wrote the English lyrics.

Kangta & Vanness

Early 2006, Kangta collaborated with Vanness Wu of F4 from Taiwan, and formed Kangta & Vanness. Their first debut was in Thailand ending the ceremony for the 2006 MTV Asia Awards. They released their single "Scandal" and have been busy promoting their single all over Asia. "Scandal" was a success over Asia and a repackaged version was released in mid-July. In September 12, they held a showcase in Malaysia , Berjaya Times Square and were shocked to see so many fans turning up. They sang a few songs live and it has made the fans happy and overjoyed. A total number of few hundred fans were very lucky and managed to get their album autographed by both Kangta and Vanness. It was a successful event. On Arirang TV's talk-show "Heart to Heart", Kangta announced that he would be entering the Army in early 2008, so he and Vanness will be putting their activities on hold.

Scandal is definitely a sexy and hot number as the first track. There are actually three versions of Scandal – Mandarin, English and Korean. Tend to be less focused on the lyrics while the English version is no less the same as the Chinese one…127日 is a sad ballad that tells about a boy who had broken up with his girlfriend but is still reminiscing over the loss. The chorus:- 127日的分手 就有127颗心在痛 127 ri de fen shou jiu you 127 ke xin zai tong [roughly translated as] 127 days of break-up equals to 127 pains in my heart; is simple yet enough to let you understand how hurt the persona is.

Scandal [album track] Track listings: 01 Scandal *Mandarin* 02 127日 (127 Ri / 127 Days) *Mandarin* 03 Good Vibration *Mandarin* 04 One Day *Mandarin* 05 Scandal *Korean* 06 127日 (127 Ri / 127 Days) *Korean* 07 Good Vibration *Korean* 08 One Day *Korean* 09 一步 (Yi Bu / One Step) *Korean* 10 Scandal *English*


Kangta received several offers and has accepted a drama offer in China. In 2004, he starred in a drama called Magic Touch of Fate together with Chinese actors and actresses, Ruby Lin and Alec Su. Kangta portrayed the role of the evil magician Jin-Xiu.

Soon afterwards, Kangta returned to Korea and released his much-awaited third album. In 2005, Kangta released "Persona", which included tracks that were very different from his previous two albums. The main single of the album, "Persona" had a similar melody to Babyface's "The Loneliness". Kangta surprised his fans when he said he wanted to become an actor. A month later, he starred in a KBS drama, Loveholic.

Kangta also acted in his second Chinese drama[6], Love In The City 2. In Love In The City 2 Kangta portrayed the life of a successful CEO with a dull life.


During the promotion events of Kangta's third album "Persona", he was contracted to become the spokesperson for a Korean MP3 player.

As group 'S', Kangta, Shin Hyesung, and Lee Jihoon were in a commercial for IVY Club.


  • 2002: Emergency Measures 19 (Cameo)



H.O.T. Albums

Solo albums


Joint discography

Related publications

  • Kang Ta Bromide 'A Letter to my Polaris' Photo Album (July 26, 2002)
  • Kang Ta Special Photo Album Vol. 2 - Dear Memories (December 29, 2002)
  • Kang Ta's Sentimental Journey Limited Edition Photo Album (October 12, 2005)


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