Choi HweeSung (최휘성) born February 5, 1982,better known by his first name Wheesung, is a South Korean R&B singer.
Wheesung began his career in 1999 with the short lived Korean boy band, A4. He left after the band’s first album debut, citing musical differences between himself and the other members of the band.
After being released from A4, he signed onto M Boat, a former sister company to YG Entertainment. He underwent a few years of vocal training under the label and released his first solo album Like A Movie in 2002. The album became very popular after receiving praise from many well-known artists, including Seo Taiji and Shin Seung Hun.
In 2003, he released his second album, It’s Real. It proved to be as popular as his first, making him the best selling artist of 2003 in Korea. Unlike his debut album, It’s Real wasn’t restricted to R&B and it included different musical elements like pop and hip-hop.
Wheesung left YG Entertainment after his contract expired in March 2006. He signed a new contract that is reportedly worth 1.5 million won with his new company Orange Shock Agency. It was stated that he will be composing and producing more with his new company giving him more freedom to do so.
In late 2008, Wheesung was asked by British R&B artist Craig David to record the Korean version of his hit single “Insomnia”. The music video was released on February 17, 2009 and Wheesung’s comeback performance was broadcast by Mnet on February 19.
On November 7, 2011, Wheesung enlisted and started his 2-year military service.