Hoya (singer)

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File:Hoya at the OGS in Taipei 01.jpg
Hoya in 2013
Native name 이호원
Born Lee Ho-dong[1][2]
(1991-03-28) March 28, 1991 (age 30)
Busan, South Korea
Other names Hoya
Lee Ho-won
Alma mater Daekyung University
Musical career
Years active 2010–present
Labels Woollim Entertainment
Associated acts
Website Infinite
Hangul 호야
Revised Romanization Hoya
McCune–Reischauer Hoya
Birth name
Hangul 이호동
Revised Romanization I Ho-dong
McCune–Reischauer I Ho-tong
Hangul 이호원
Revised Romanization I Ho-won
McCune–Reischauer I Ho-wŏn

Lee Ho-won (Hangul이호원; [1][3] Born on (1991-03-28)March 28, 1991[4]), better known by his stage name Hoya (호야) is a South Korean singer, rapper, dancer and actor. He is a rapper, vocalist and lead dancer of South Korea boy band Infinite, which debuted under Woollim Entertainment in 2010.[5]


Hoya was born in Busan, South Korea. He dropped out of high school during his first year to pursue his dream as a singer. His father was against the decision causing Hoya to leave home. After dropping out, he took and passed his high school qualification exam, thus receiving his high school certification at the age of 16.[6] Later his father accepted him and now supports Infinite wholeheartedly. Hoya auditioned after he dropped out and ended up in his current agency, Woollim Entertainment. He was a former JYP Entertainment trainee.[7]

On March 10, 2014 he announced that his real birth name is Lee Hodong, not Howon as he had previously told the public, and that he changed it in order not to share a name with comedian Kang Hodong.[8] Kang Ho-dong acted as a fool in a comedy show when Hoya was nine years old. As a result Hoya's friends teased him about it and thus having to change his name to Lee Ho-won in the end.

Hoya graduated from Daekyung University, majoring in Applied Music with fellow members Sungkyu, L, Sungyeol and Dongwoo.[9]

Music career


Hoya made his debut as member of South Korean boyband Infinite in 2010. Hoya was first introduced as rapper, vocalist and main dancer of Infinite. The group official debuted in June 10, 2010.[10]

Infinite H

Hoya and fellow Infinite member Dongwoo debuted as Infinite H, the first official sub-unit of Infinite formed in 2012. They released their first mini album Fly High.[11]

Other activities

He briefly participated in a one team unit, Dynamic Black, which performed the song "Yesterday" on SBS Gayo Daejun in December 2012.[12][13]

On April 8, 2014, he was featured in Eric Nam's song "Ooh Ooh". The music video was released on the same day, where he appeared as well. He wrote the lyrics of the rap part and also helped write the song's lyrics.

On July 14, 2014, he was featured in Henry Lau's song "Need You Now" from Lau's mini album "Fantastic".

On September 12, 2015 Hoya has created his own youtube channel entitled Real Hoya, he uploaded his first video with a cover of Zion.T's song titled "Kiss Me" in September 14 and shared the link via Instagram.[14]

Acting career


In September 24, 2014, Hoya confirmed will be cast in movie Hiya. Hoya, playing a high school student who only dreams of becoming a singer, Jin-ho. In early 2016, it was confirmed that the movie will be premier in March 10.


On April 30, 2012, it was briefly announced that Hoya would be make his debut as an actor through tvN's new television drama. It was initially denied by his agency, but weeks later, Hoya confirmed himself that he would be acting in the drama Reply 1997.[15][16] He played the role of Kang Joon-hee who harbors a secret crush on an unexpected character. The show gained a massive praise from both viewers and critics.

Voice Acting

Hoya and other members of Infinite dubbed children's cartoon Wara Store from December 27, 2011 to March 27, 2012 as themselves.


Soundtrack appearances and solo performances

Year Song Album Notes
2012 Yesterday 2012 SBS Gayo Daejun The Colors Of K-Pop With Dynamic Black
2014 Ooh Ooh Non album-single With Eric Nam
Need You Now Fantastic With Henry Lau
Pretending I'm Okay Non album-single 4 Things Show Special Single
2015 Not Tomorrow but Right Now Non album-single DMZ Peace Concert Special Stage with Eunji, L and Namjoo


Year Album Song Notes
2014 Season 2
  • Artist: Infinite
Last Romeo Co-lyricist
Non album-single
  • Artist: Hoya
Pretending I'm Okay Composed music and lyric



Year Title Role Notes
2012 INFINITE Concert Second Invasion Evolution The Movie 3D Himself Documentary film of Infinite encore concert
2014 Grow: Infinite's Real Youth Life Himself Documentary film of Infinite
2016 Hiya Lee Jin-ho Lead role

Television drama

Year Network Title Role Notes
2012 tvN Reply 1997 Kang Joon-hee Supporting role
2013 tvN Reply 1994 Kang Joon-hee Cameo [17]
2014 SBS My Lovely Girl Kang Rae-hoon Supporting role
2015 SBS Mask Byun Ji-hyuk Supporting role

Television series

Year Title Network Role
2011 Wara Store Tooniverse Himself

Variety Shows

Year Title Network Role Notes
2010 Children of the Night MBC Guest Episode 01-04
2011 Director's Cut Mnet with Kim Sung-kyu and L
2012 Weekly Idol MBC Special Host with Kim Sung-kyu (Episode 64)
Miss and Mr. Idol Korea Chuseok Special MBC Guest
2014 Cool Kiz On The Block KBS Episode 46-51
Running Man SBS with Sung-kyu, Sistar's Bo-ra, 2PM's Chansung, B1A4's Jin-young, CNBLUE's Kang Min-hyuk and Shinee's Min-ho (Episode 201)[18]
Vitamin KBS Episode 539
2015 4 Things Show Season 2 Mnet Episode 5

Music video Appearances

Year Artist Title Video
2013 Zia & Davichi If You Loved Me 1theK (원더케이)
2013 Tasty MAMAMA woolliment
2014 Eric Nam Ooh Ooh CJENMMUSIC Official
2015 Lovelyz Ah-Choo woolliment


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  2. "'예체능' 호야 개명 "본명 이호동, 강호동 때문에 놀림 받아 개명"". Chosun News. March 12, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  13. "SBS'가요대전', 영화 '어벤져스' 같은 케이팝 대표 아이돌의 만남 "시청자가 직접 정한다"" (in Korean). DongAh News. October 23, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2015.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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