Zhong Chenle, born on November 22, 2001, is well-known as Chenle, who is a part of one of the biggest boy bands in Korean pop, N.C.T. He started his career as a singer at a very young age, impressively making appearances at various events and concerts worldwide. Before his debut with N.C.T., he had released his own albums. In N.C.T., he is most active as one of the main vocalists in the sub-unit, N.C.T. Dream, which has gained massive success worldwide and earned them record-breaking album sales and international charts. We’re here to invite you to celebrate his special day!
Zhong Chenle, known for his stage name and mononym Chenle, is part of N.C.T. — one of the biggest boy bands in the Korean pop industry to date. However, his music career started before he became a part of N.C.T. Chenle was born on November 22, 2021, in Shanghai, China, growing up with his parents and older brother. It is known that he studied at Beijing Contemporary Music School, showing his immense interest in music at a young age. When he was five, he entered the Shanghai Ying Siu Sing School and began taking dance classes. In 2008, he started studying vocal music with Huang Jing and entered the Shanghai Little Flute Art Troupe.
Chenle released his first solo album in 2010, titled “Tomorrow.” The next year, he was invited to sing at the Golden Hall of Vienna. Accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Chenle performed ‘Memory’ from Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ musical, “Cats.” He garnered massive attention since he was the youngest singer to ever perform a solo there, and his music experience became more advanced from there. He released two more albums after that, “My Wings” (2011) and “You Are There” (2014). Not only that, but he also participated in singing competitions and uploaded song covers on YouTube throughout the years. Chenle also represented China as a young cultural diplomat in the World Organization of Child Ambassadors of Peace, founded by the renowned pianist and award-winning producer Ezekiel Elkin. Through this, he sang in their international multicultural show that took place in Buenos Aires in 2014. He also started acting by doing a minor role in the Chinese drama “The Queen of SOP 2.” Chenle then began his Korean pop idol career in 2016, when he debuted as a member of N.C.T. Dream.
He was one of the four members that had not been introduced in the pre-debut documentary organized by S.M. Town called “S.M. Rookies,” garnering surprise from fans. His first discography with N.C.T. Dream was the single ‘Chewing Gum,’ featured later in their first single album “The First,” released in 2017 with the lead single ‘My First and Last.’ Chenle continues to promote music in N.C.T. Dream and later with sub-units N.C.T. U and N.C.T. 127 as part of NCT 2018.
It was not until 2019 that N.C.T. Dream finally had its domestic breakthrough by winning digital sales in music shows and, later, Bonsang Awards at the 34th Golden Disc Awards. Not only through this, but N.C.T. Dream’s success also continues to flourish after opening their YouTube account, CHANNEL N.C.T. DAILY, garnering attention from worldwide fans. In 2020, Chenle became a part of the Korean radio show Yuedong Seoul as their main D.J. He then departed a year later. Chenle’s impressive success in the music industry made fans and netizens alike highlight his wealthy family background. It was mainly shown through his pre-debut pictures, where we can see him posing in front of large houses, massive courtyards, and in front of luxury cars. Reportedly, he’s the grandson of a Chinese conglomerate that was a part of the 20 most successful entrepreneurs in China.
Chenle releases his first solo album titled “Tomorrow.”
He gets an invitation to perform ‘Memory’ along with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, making him the youngest singer to ever perform there.
Chenle holds a solo concert at the Shanghai Concert Hall after his continuous success in the Chinese music scene.
He debuts in South Korea with N.C.T. Dream’s first single ‘Chewing Gum,’ starting his career as a K-pop idol from thereon.
N.C.T. Dream’s third extended play, “We Boom,” charts internationally and earns them awards in both television music shows and major ones.
Chenle becomes the main radio D.J. for the South Korean nightly radio show Yuedong Seoul, which goes on for a year.
Why We Love Chenle
He has bravery for taking risks
Even though he already attained many achievements since he was young, he didn’t stop reaching further heights by being an idol. He worked hard and made a name for himself in the K-pop industry.
He has a cheerful and lively demeanor
We can see this during variety shows, where Chenle appears to be very cheerful and entertaining. With his infectious laugh and smile, he brings great energy that can cheer the room up.
Hw has impressive talents and skills
Chenle continuously impresses fans by improving his skills in every comeback, with his singing, dancing, and overall stage presence. This goes with his skill in speaking Korean too. He was able to become fluent in the language after several months of living in Korea.
5 Surprising Facts
His shortest training period
Among his fellow idols in N.C.T. Dream, Chenle has the shortest training period, with no more than two months of training before he debuted.
He doesn’t stay in a dormitory
Unlike most idols who dorm together with their fellow band members, Chenle stays in a house in Seoul that his mother bought.
His love for chocolate
Chenle is known for liking anything chocolate and was once caught ordering both a chocolate frappe and a sweet potato latte at a cafe for himself.
He met Jisung before his debut
Both of them met in a Chinese program in 2013, not knowing that they would debut together in the same group.
He is nicknamed ‘Dolphin’
Zhong was notably known among fans for his high-pitch laugh and screams during variety shows, earning him the nickname ‘Dolphin.’
Is Chenle still in N.C.T?
Yes, he is. He does promotions with the sub-unit N.C.T. Dream, which recently released its second studio album, “Glitch Mode.”
Is Chenle injured?
Chenle sprained his left ankle while working on the band’s second full-length album in 2022.
What is N.C.T. Dream’s Chenle’s favorite color?
His favorite color is green.
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