Kim Jong-Hyun, better known by his mononym Jonghyun, was a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer, radio host, and novelist who worked for the SM Entertainment label. He was born on April 8, 1990. For nine years, he was the lead singer of the South Korean boy band Shinee, with whom he released twelve albums in both Korean and Japanese. In addition, he was a member of SM Entertainment’s project group SM the Ballad, which released two EP albums.
Kim Jong debuted as a solo artist in January 2015, with the release of Base, his first EP album. Both the Billboard World Album Chart and the Gaon Album Chart had it at number one. On September 17 of the same year, Jonghyun released Story Op.1, a compilation album. She Is, his first studio album, was published on May 24, 2016, followed by Story Op.2, his second compilation album, on April 24, 2017. On October 2, 2015, Jonghyun launched his first solo concert tour, The Story by Jonghyun.
Jonghyun continued to perform as a solo artist and as the primary vocalist of Shinee until his death on December 18, 2017, when he died of a carbon monoxide overdose. On January 23, 2018, his final album, Poet | Artist, was released posthumously.
Before the album’s release, it was reported that all album revenues will be handed to Jonghyun’s mother and utilized to form a charity foundation. Jonghyun’s family created the Shiny Foundation in September 2018 to assist struggling young artists.