Eric Nam, born on November 17, 1988, is an American artist, musician, singer, songwriter, and businessman of Korean descent. So far, he has released two studio albums, and four extended plays, and has appeared in over 10 music videos and songs. Nam’s style mostly combines jazzy funk and upbeat electro-pop. Still, he doesn’t limit himself and experiments with many different genres, including alt-synth-pop and R.&.B. Nam has also worked with other singers and artists in his field. However, he has not undergone the typical K-Pop singer training we frequently see. Today we celebrate him and his accomplishments.
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November 17, 1988
Eric Nam was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 17, 1988. From a very young age, he had a deep affinity for music and would learn entire Korean folk tunes by heart. While still in school, he performed in Rome at the St. Peter’s Basilica mass during a Europe tour with the Atlanta Boy Choir. Later, he began listening to K-Pop music in middle school, and his first approach to the genre included timeless artists like BoA, Shinhwa, and Fly to the Sky. As a teenager, he made cover songs and uploaded them to YouTube. He got discovered by a J.Y.P. official, who contacted him, extending an invitation to take part in an audition for the label in New York. Still, he chose to complete his studies first, graduating from The Lovett School in 2007. Nam earned his degree in International Studies from Boston College in 2011 and spent a year as a student at Peking University in Beijing, China.
After completing his studies, Nam was hired as a Business Analyst by Deloitte Consulting in New York City. The Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation invited him to Seoul to participate in the competition program “Birth of a Great Star 2” after one of his YouTube covers went viral. He finished in the top five competitors, showcasing tremendous talent. When the show ended in April 2012, he received an offer from a music label to launch his career in South Korea. Then, Nam relocated to Asia in June 2012, after quitting his job in New York. During this time, he collaborated with the project group Namaste to release the digital song “Blue Night in Jeju Island.” Three months later, he got a solo artist contract with B2M Entertainment, a South Korean management company. With them, he released his debut mini-album, “Cloud 9,” in 2013, and it’s only been onward and upward from there.
Currently, Nam is planning on making his acting debut with “Transplant,” a psychological thriller by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang.
Nam gets an offer to start his music career in South Korea.
“Cloud 9,” his debut mini-album, sees the light in January.
Nam’s first digital single is released.
Nam’s song ‘Cave Me In’ launches internationally on Zayn Lowe's Beats 1 Radio Show, immediately trending on social media.
Why We Love Eric Nam
He is into charity
Nam cares about his community and is a committed person. In his youth, he spent a lot of time in a rural village in Panama and later in a soup kitchen in Guatemala.
He put his education first
Nam could’ve joined the entertainment industry sooner but ultimately decided to finish his studies. He prioritized his education.
He is an advocate for mental health
Nam has openly spoken about the importance of caring for one's mental health. He wants to break down taboos in Asia.
5 Surprising Facts
The 2016 Man of the Year
He was named 2016’s Man of the Year by “G.Q. Korea.”
He featured in “Forbes”
Nam was listed in “Forbes” ‘30 Under 30 Asia,’ in 2017.
A YouTube Award
In 2019, he was appointed as one of YouTube Music's Global Trending Artists.
He is multilingual
Nam speaks Korean, English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
He used to play cello
When he was a kid, Nam also used to play the piano.
Eric Nam FAQs
Is Eric Nam in a K-Pop band?
No, he is a solo artist.
What are Eric Nam’s fans called?
They are called Nam Nation.
How long are Eric Nam concerts?
They last around two to three hours.
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