Kang Gary is one of the accomplished rappers, record producers and songwriters in the Korean music industry, he is best known as the lyricist of the famous rap music group, Leessang that he established with his friend, Gil. The music duo who has had many megahit albums including, ‘Unplugged’ and ‘Asura Balbalta’ has achieved several incredible feats in the music industry such as having their song, ‘Turn Off The TV’ from Asura Balbalta album occupy No. 1 spot on the MelOn chart for 25 consecutive days. The talented rapper is also known for his title song, ‘Shower Later’ from his Mr. Gae album that rose to No.1 on 8 real-time music charts.
Prior to forming Leessang, Kang Gary had been a fellow of many musical groups such as X-Teen, Honey Family and Leessam Trio. The young singer has worked with many prominent musicians including Dynamic Duo, Psy, and Lee Hyori.
Kang Gary Biography (Age)
The renowned Korean singer-songwriter was born as Kang Hee-gun in South Korea on 24th February 1978. The details of his parents are unknown to the media. Kang who adopted the stage name “Gary” has equally not disclosed any information regarding his siblings.
Following his graduation from high school, Kang Gary enrolled at Yong In University where he studied how to be a bodyguard from the Department of Security Services. He went on to become an amateur boxer for a decade. Prior to his enrollment into the University, he competed in a dancing tourney against the likes of Moon Hee Jun and Jang Woo Hyuk and emerged victoriously.
Kang Gary kick-started his music career by joining a rap music group, X-Teen in 1997. After the release of their album the following year, the group laid off Gary and his friend, Gil. Subsequently, the duo adjoined another music group, Honey Family and after releasing two albums with them in 1999 and 2000, they parted ways with the group and formed their own hip-hop band, Leessam in the year 2000 with another member of Honey Family, Diggity.
Following Diggity’s departure in 2002, Kang Gary and Gil renamed the group to Leessang and that was the stepping stone for his now-successful music career as the group went on to release 8 albums for which three became megahits. In addition, Gary launched a solo album titled, Mr. Gae in January 2014. His song, ‘Shower Later’, despite banned by three main broadcast stations in Korea, attained 8 real-time music charts No. 1 spot. The accomplished rapper has further collaborated with many eminent musicians like Park Myung-ho Double K, Deepflow, Dynamic Duo, among many others.
Kang Gary’s Family – His Wife and Son
Kang Gary is stingy when it comes to revealing information about his personal life as he has kept details of his marriage and the identity of his wife away from the prying eyes of the media. However, the details of his wife were later disclosed by a reliable source which cited her name as Miss Kim and also went on to reveal that Gary is ten years older than her. Prior to their wedding, Miss Kim used to work in Gary’s label company, Leessang kept their affair under the wrap for five years that she worked with the company.
The eminent record producer walked down the aisle with the love of his life, Miss Kim in a private ceremony held in April 2017 and the union was blessed with a son seven months later. Gary who made the news known to his fans through his Instagram account likewise made the news of his son’s birth known to the public by posting the picture of his son’s leg on his Instagram page.
Facts About the Korean Rapper
1. Kang Gary’s TV Show Appearances
Kang Gary became the co-host of the successful theatrical entertainment show, Running Man in 2010, joining the other cast members which include Lee Kwang-soo, Haha and Song Ji-hyo. He was a frequent fellow of the show from 2010 to October 2016 when he left the show to concentrate on his music career. He has also been featuring in the TV show, Kang Ceremony since 2017.
2. His Movie Appearances
Gary has made guest appearances in many movies and television series including Emergency Couple, Wonderful Radio and The Girl Who Sees Smells.
3. Gary’s Career Achievements
Kang Gary’s works as a musician have been highly recognized as he has won many awards which includes, 2002 Mnet Music Video Festival Hip-Hop Artists of the Year, 2009 Best Collaboration of the Year, 2011 MelOn Music Awards Top 10 Artists, 2014 Youku Nights Awards Entertainment Spirit Awards and many others.
4. Kang Gary’s Net Worth
The skilled songwriter has garnered a huge fortune for himself as his net worth is reportedly estimated at $9 million as of 2019.
5. His Height
The multi-award winning music artist is 5 feet 8.5 inches (1.74 m) tall and weighs 70 kg (154 lbs).