The RISE of WONHO: How Lee Hoseok became an unstoppable force to be reckoned with

Published on Jan 05, 2021 05:40 PM IST  |  4.3M
   
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The RISE of WONHO: How Lee Hoseok became an unstoppable force to be reckoned with
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One of the most talented, soulful and precious vocalists of K-Pop, a masterful dancer with abs of steel and a heart of gold had to go through several adversities to get to where he is now. Wonho or Lee Hoseok, started his musical career as a part of the Starship Entertainment project group called Nu Boyz before debuting in MONSTA X upon winning an idol survival reality show called ‘No Mercy’. He was a vocalist for the group and also largely participated in writing, composing and arranging songs for the same. Getting to MONSTA X was hard enough but having to leave the group following a series of false accusations was unbelievably difficult. Especially considering how a huge part of MONSTA X’s success was owed just as much to Wonho as the rest of the members, leaving what was not only a group or a team but a family was perhaps one of the most traumatic and selfless decisions he could have ever taken. However, despite the heartbreak and the ostracization that the South Korean media subjected him to for a while after the news broke, Wonho did not give up on his own dreams. It takes immense strength to build something up but it takes even more courage to start afresh and rebuild it from the ground up after a hurricane blows over it, ruining everything in its wake. Wonho exhibited extraordinary bravery, resilience and power when he finally made his debut as a solo artist on September 4, 2020.

Losing You

WONHO came back stronger than ever before, setting up a beautifully strong foundation for his solo career through the pre-release English track ‘Losing You’. Wonho had not only written the song but also composed and produced it. His musicality came through in this track clearer than ever before and the innate focus closing in on Wonho’s voice alone, devoid of any distraction whatsoever was what brought out his incredible musical genius in its true form. The music video only adds to the emotional quotient of the song which, by virtue of its existence alone, elicits a tear. One of the most prominent emotions that stands out in the song is his sincerity and keeping in mind just how his world got turned upside down and he chose to make a decision simply for the sake of the greater good of his group rather than hiding behind passive silence, the lyrics of the song seem much deeper than they appear. Being able to express himself for the entirety of a song is also bringing out something in Wonho that has never been seen before. He always had passion and intensity in his voice but it feels as though he’s finally letting all his artistic faculties take over. Dare one say, he’s the brightest shining star now more than ever.

Open Mind

Nothing screams Lee Hoseok more than the title track for Wonho’s debut EP, ‘Open Mind’. Safe to say, Wonho went viral immediately following his debut and the traces of that breakthrough success still surround him. ‘Open Mind’ is vastly different from the forlorn piano ballad which was ‘Losing You’ and in this track, Wonho reinvents the electro-funk, retro-synth groove, bringing a new colour to the K-Pop industry. This has always been Wonho’s speciality and being able to put in on full display feels like a strange newfound liberation. It is obvious that Wonho has discovered and mastered his original sound and there’s no stopping him anymore. He is fearless while experimenting with genres and he does so in an artful manner, smoothing over every single edge. Wonho wasn’t just re-debuting with Open Mind but despite what the lyrics seem to convey, the sheer power and intensity of the track is a challenge to the system instead. Without a doubt, complete creative liberty is bringing forth a whole new side to Wonho and all we need to do is keep an open mind.

Flash

Immediately after his debut, Wonho held his very first solo music concert on September 27, 2020. His live vocals and performances were always a thing of wonder but getting the entire stage to himself, Wonho could truly open up. His mettle as an artist in his own right regardless of his musical past was proved without an iota of hesitation at this concert. It was here that Wonho pre-released a song called ‘Flash’  from his upcoming album. ‘Flash’ takes us back to the ballad genre, backed perfectly by the most gorgeous piano. What stands out in this song and its performance is the fact that Wonho successfully makes a solo song feel like a group effort. His vocal tone and pitch keep changing according to the demands of the song ever so subtly and he switches from honey-like vocals to a deep-voiced rap with such ease that it fees implausible that the song is being performed by one single individual. Wonho alone holds the power and versatility of a whole band in his voice alone and his touching lyricism is just the cherry on the cake. It is common knowledge among WENEES that Wonho is an especially sensitive and empathetic person and the fact that he almost choked up by the end of his performance shows just how much heart he pours into his music. The one thing that resounds throughout this new beginning for Wonho is that his truth is expressed through his music. That is something which is very rarely found in artists of this generation and that is precisely why this artist right here, deserves to be cherished.

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Comments
Anonymous : Wonho is a true inspiration. He has been through so much yet he never gives up. He deserves all the success & happiness in the world. It was an honor to be part of the Wonho Movement & we will never ever give up on him.
REPLY 4 8 months ago
Anonymous : Thank you so much for this article! It seems that you really research about all his life as an artist and we Wenee and mbb really appreciate it, this is what being good at what you do is, Wonho is such an amazing artist and he deserves everything good
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : He is Amazing! Wish he was still able to return to MonstaX though.
REPLY 3 9 months ago
Anonymous : River of Tears is a new favourite of mine.
REPLY 0 9 months ago
Anonymous : I love this article OMG thank you so much! Its beautiful and so true
REPLY 1 9 months ago
Anonymous : This article is the best! Thank you!
REPLY 1 9 months ago
Anonymous : Thank you so much for writing such an article! Wonho for sure has a great future ahead of him! Can't wait for his next comeback as a solo artist! ❤️
REPLY 3 9 months ago
Anonymous : Great article! indeed Wonho is such a talented young man and beautiful person inside and out. He deserve the world and I will always support him.
REPLY 4 9 months ago
Anonymous : There's no person that I've ever called beautiful, but Wonho. Lee hoseok is indeed a masterpiece! I love him for his crazy big heart! May he find all the happiness. Honestly, he deserves this article and a lot more!!!
REPLY 4 9 months ago
Anonymous : Woonhoooo and here go down another tanker full of girls hearts
REPLY 2 9 months ago
Anonymous : I am so happy that Wonho (Lee Hoseok) is finally getting the worldwide attention that he so richly deserves...this young man is, has, does everything...he is a beautiful talented singer, song writer, soul and person...many many more years of success to you WONHO ! Thank you for sharing a little of yourself and making our days better ! <3 <3 <3
REPLY 5 9 months ago
Anonymous : He Is perfect in many ways and I love him.
REPLY 5 9 months ago
Anonymous : Grande WONHO...eres maravilloso ❤️❤️❤️
REPLY 0 9 months ago
Anonymous : Lo amamos ❤❤❤❤
REPLY 0 9 months ago
Anonymous : Amo a WONHO es el mejor del mundo
REPLY 0 9 months ago
Anonymous : Wow what a beautiful article! Wonho is indeed an unstoppable force. I love & respect him with all my heart. Wonho fighting! ♥️
REPLY 4 9 months ago
Anonymous : I and Wenee are very proud of our Wonho and love him with all my heart. Thank you for a great article
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : This article truly captured the type of person Wonho is. Thank you so very much for writing this wonderful piece. I really hope Wonho sees this someday if he ever feels down. He is an amazing man and an amazing artists and his fans, we love him so much and are so excited to see him flourish into the wonderful artist we know he is
REPLY 8 9 months ago
Anonymous : Thank you so much for this article . I hope that wonho would be recognized more in this world
REPLY 9 9 months ago
Anonymous : Thank you for the article! Love Wonho and Monsta X!
REPLY 5 9 months ago
Anonymous : This is an amazing article! Thank you so much!
REPLY 3 9 months ago
Anonymous : Thank you very much for this wonderful article
REPLY 3 9 months ago
Anonymous : Wonho is cherished by his fans and we will forever stand with him. We will always love and fight for him, he is an amazing artist and a person with a truly beautiful soul.
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : Thank you so much for writing this amazing article. Wonho is such an amazing person with a beautiful soul. I will always support him in whatever way I can.
REPLY 12 9 months ago
Anonymous : Beautiful article about Wonho ♡♡ thank you for writing it Pinkvilla!
REPLY 8 9 months ago
Anonymous : What a wonderful, positive, and well written article about such a fantastic human being. He is a very special person who puts all of himself into everything he does. Love you Wonho
REPLY 10 9 months ago
Anonymous : It so beautiful and the article too... It such a good word for a good talented artist like Wonho ❤
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : Welcome back King
REPLY 4 9 months ago
Anonymous : Pinkvilla thank you. Hope more beautiful article about Wonho. Love you.
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : I really love the article!! Thanks! Wonho such a king❤️
REPLY 7 9 months ago
Anonymous : Thank you for the article is beautiful!!!
REPLY 5 9 months ago
Anonymous : Thanks for this wonderful article about wonho
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : Ive been following Wonho since his NuBOYZ days I must say that you captured him totally and completely in this article. Thank you so much for writing this. I have no words. WENEEs truly love Wonho who is our everything. I truly believe that Wonho will go far as a solo artist. Wonho's future is so bright I need my shades! Wonho's Loyal WENEEs will be right by his side each and every step of the way. WENEEs + WONHO = ALWAYS AND FOREVER LOVE
REPLY 9 9 months ago
Anonymous : Love the article but here are a few things you should know. When Wonho was accused of those things Monbebe never believed it. We waited and we kept him trending and filled with love. We know our bunny and we knew that he needed us. When he was shown to be innocent and when he was prepping to go solo we gave him love even more. When he debuted with Losing You he said he wrote that for us because he could not lose us. He felt that it may be easier for us if we lose him but would not be easy at all for him if he lost us that's why he says losing me is better than losing you. The song is a thank you, a love song to Monbebe and Wenee so when you listen to that song understand where he's coming from. That is the man that we love.
REPLY 14 9 months ago
Anonymous : Beautiful
REPLY 3 9 months ago
Anonymous : Well I hope he leaves us with something when he goes off to fulfill his military duties soon.
REPLY 2 9 months ago
Anonymous : This is the kinda article that Wonho truly deserves. Such a well written heart article. Thank you so much. As a WENEE I am really happy and thankful for appreciating truly precious soul Wonho
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : Thanks for this wonderful article ! WONHO is an incredible artist and a great person, that's why the fans his Monbebe fought for his return and today we are also his Wenee We will continue to accompany his path He deserves the best in the world!
REPLY 8 9 months ago
Anonymous : i fr loved this article !! thank u sm for writing it :D
REPLY 4 9 months ago
Anonymous : As a Indian Wenee and Monebebe. I really love this article. Hope it spreads the beautiful words around the world.❤
REPLY 5 9 months ago
Anonymous : Amazing article on an amazing man ❤️❤️
REPLY 4 9 months ago
Anonymous : I love wonho so much ❤️
REPLY 3 9 months ago
Anonymous : Amazing article :D we're so proud of Wonho <3
REPLY 3 9 months ago
Anonymous : Great article about an amazing artist!
REPLY 4 9 months ago
Anonymous : What a great article... thank you
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : This article was so beautifully written! I really appreciate all the research the writer made! Wonho really is a precious gem, can't wait for his next comeback!
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : You have expressed everything I wanted to say. Thank you.
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : I Love you wonho
REPLY 7 9 months ago
Anonymous : Love, love,love him. So talented. Can't wait to hear more from him!
REPLY 8 9 months ago
Anonymous : WONHO IS MY BABY im so proud of this man and seeing how much he grew during the 3 years i stan him... its crazy. im so happy for him and hope he grows even more as an artist!
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : Wonho you are the only one who are amazing in all sides ♡
REPLY 7 9 months ago
Anonymous : Thank you for the wonderful article. I hope that the people who read this article will understand Wonho's greatness and become a new fan. There are many words to describe him, such as gorgeous and sexy, but he is a singer with a multifaceted charm that cannot be expressed in words.
REPLY 4 9 months ago
Anonymous : This articles is amazing !!! Thanks you so much
REPLY 5 9 months ago
Anonymous : There's only one Wonho, I'm so happy to be a Wenee.I will always love and support Wonho. I loved reading this beautifully written article. Thank you so much
REPLY 5 9 months ago
Anonymous : We are proud of WONHO. Thank you for this amazing article.
REPLY 5 9 months ago
Anonymous : This article is so well written. We are super proud of Wonho. Thank you for the article.
REPLY 5 9 months ago
Anonymous : This article is written so amazing. We are truly proud of him for his courage. Thank you for the article.
REPLY 5 9 months ago
Anonymous : Thank you for the great article. Wonho is an amazing person and I hope he gets more and more recognize for his talent and pure heart.
REPLY 5 9 months ago
Anonymous : Beautifully written so much praise for our Wonho! It's what he deserves. Thank You so much
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : Great article. The only thing media needs to know publishing false articles can destroy someone life and dream . Dispatch who published false rumors about him need to sued.
REPLY 5 9 months ago
Anonymous : Wonho I Love You, You're The best 당신을 너무 사랑해요. I'm sure there's no one like you☆☆ ♥♥
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : WONHO IS KING
REPLY 6 9 months ago
Anonymous : This article is Amazing! Thank you so much for this...Wenee are extremely proud of WONHO! He truly exemplifies the qualities of strength, courage & love!
REPLY 8 9 months ago