Five K-Pop Artists Sing Songs About Their Faith

One of the most popular regional musical genres sweeping the Asian region is South Korean pop music, more popularly known as K-Pop. While many of our countrymen are enjoying the hypnotic beats, catchy melodies, and groundbreaking fashions of our Asian neighbors, a few K-Pop stars are taking steps forward with their faith.

Several Hallyu stars – Hallyu is the term given for the Korean wave that’s sweeping Asia – are admittedly Christian, including actor Kim Hyun Joong, Big Bang’s Daesung, 2NE1’s Park Bom, and most of the members of idol groups like Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, After School, and Shinhwa.

Here’s a selection of some of the K-Pop stars who aren’t afraid to sing about their Christian faith.

Super Junior’s Choi Siwon, “Who Am I”
Choi Siwon is arguably K-Pop’s most high-profile Christian singer. One of the most popular members of K-Pop super group Super Junior, Siwon regularly updates his fans on his discipleship activities, tweets Bible verses and prayers, and passionately defends his decision to stay pure until marriage. During Super Junior’s massive “Super Show 2” concert tour, Siwon did not hesitate to share his faith, choosing to sing Casting Crowns’ “Who Am I” for his solo stage, and sharing the gospel during the song’s bridge.

Super Junior’s Cho Kyuhyun, “You Raise Me Up”
Korean super group Super Junior boasts of at least six confirmed Christian members, including Ryeowook, Eunhyuk, Donghae, and Yesung. However, together with equally high-profile Christian member Choi Siwon, Cho Kyuhyun is arguably the most vocal Christian in Super Junior. There are several videos on YouTube of him singing at church, belying the “evil maknae (a Korean term meaning “youngest member”)” name given him by fans. In this video, Super Junior’s main vocalist sings a Korean version of the Josh Groban inspirational hit, “You Raise Me Up.”

Brian Joo – “Awesome God”
Brian Joo is one of Korea’s most high-profile Korean-Christian singers. An R&B singer known for his soulful voice, he is most recognized as one-half of K-Pop R&B duo Fly to the Sky. However, he is also known for his involvement in 3RD Wave, a collective of Korean-Christian artists, spearheaded by Johnny Lee, that strives to be a leader in Contemporary Christian Music in Asia. This video features Joo singing Rich Mullin’s classic, “Awesome God.”

U-Kiss’ Kevin Woo, “Above All”
Among K-Pop idol groups, U-KISS (Ubiquitous Korean International idol Super Star) may be one of the most popular in the Philippines; the group’s very first concert was held in the Philippines. Kevin Woo, a Korean-American who is one of the lead vocalists of the group, is one of the group’s two most vocal Christians; the other was former U-KISS member Alexander Eusebio, who has also done work with 3RD Wave.

TVXQ’s Changmin, “Above This Rock”
When they were a quintet, K-Pop super group Dong Bang Shin Ki or DBSK, best known outside Korea as TVXQ, was virtually untouchable, hitting number one several times and selling out concerts all around the world. When three of the members – Hero,Yoochun, and Junsu – chose to depart the group, leaving behind Yunho and Changmin, it sent shock waves throughout the K-Pop world. What got Christian maknae – the Korean term for “youngest member” – Changmin through it was his unshakeable faith in God. The charming baritone was so vocal about his faith that he was even given the rare opportunity, like Siwon, to sing a Christian song at TVXQ’s concert DVD, electing to sing the Sandy Patti chestnut, “Upon this Rock.”

Ganns DeenGanns Deen is a child of God, husband to Caths, and father to Nathan and Nicki. He is passionate about Christian music and tapping the power of the Internet to glorify God and spread the gospel. An award-winning songwriter in his own right, Ganns serves God full time in his capacity as online content supervisor for Victory Philippines. Follow him on Twitter (@ganns) or on his Christian music-themed blog, www.gannsdeen.com.


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81 Comments

  • Mhur Marco

    I have been a fan of DBSK/TVXQ ever since they debuted as a group in 2004 up until now. I was suprised when I read the write up about Shim Changmin because he is a self-confessed Buddhist. You might wanna triple check your resources. If you have hard facts though I will have to apologize. I might have missed about his conversion to Christianity. ☺

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  • Mhur Marco

    I have been a fan of DBSK/TVXQ ever since they debuted as a group in 2004 up until now. I was suprised when I read the write up about Shim Changmin because he is a self-confessed Buddhist. You might wanna triple check your resources.☺

  • Banitya M Tripura

    All praise to God. I was once so much moved by kpop but once it struck in my mind and thoughts as we are all child of God why most people are behind kpop I was one of them turning away from our Lord our God. And it came in my thoughts what if kpop stars turn to God and glorify His blessings and gift of salvation then many soul might be saved. On that night I just kneeled before God and I prayed for all kpop.But it is not because of us but it is always about Him, His grace not because of our work or deeds but it’s His gift for us.

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