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16 Reasons You Need To Know Korean-American Singer Eric Nam

Born and raised in the U.S., Eric says that "being able to release music and actively promote in what I consider my first home would be a dream come true."

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So who is Eric Nam, you ask? THIS GUY.

1. Eric Nam's not your typical K-pop star. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Boston College, where he graduated from in 2011 and thereafter accepted a job in management consulting.

Just look at his adorable toddler self!!!
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Just look at his adorable toddler self!!!

2. This cover of 2NE1's song "Lonely" (original here) earned him a spot on MBC's Star Audition (think Korean version of American Idol), where he finished in the top five.

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Eric was doing nonprofit work in India when he heard back about the in-person audition, having deferred his start date at his post-grad job. In an unexpected turn of events, he competed on Star Audition for eight months and subsequently signed with B2M Entertainment as a solo artist in September 2012. He released his first mini-album titled Cloud 9 in January 2013 with the lead single "Heaven's Door."

3. Singles you can't get out of your head like: "Ooh Ooh," which features major jazz vibes and guest raps from Infinite's Hoya.

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๐ŸŽบ Ooh ooh, oh pretty baby ๐ŸŽบ

4. This recent collaboration with Red Velvet's Wendy on a track titled "Spring Love" that'll make your heart do a few flips.

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๐ŸŽถ "Maybe itโ€™s crazy / Can I call you my baby?" ๐ŸŽถ

5. This soothing and uplifting song, "Good for You," which feels like a big 'ol hug from Eric.

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"Good For You" is the title track off of Interview, which was released this past March and is Eric's first mini album (EP) in three years. He tells BuzzFeed, "A lot of people came to know me as the guy who was interviewing a lot of top stars. Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Amanda Seyfried, Chloe Moretz, etc. Those interviews, though they really got my name out to the general public, overshadowed my work as a new singer trying to get my music out there. This latest album was my chance to brand the term 'interview' as a new start musically and to tell my own story."

English version of this song here.

๐ŸŽต "Iโ€™m your sun thatโ€™ll shine through the rain / And Iโ€™ll be your coffee that gets you through your day, yeah"๐ŸŽต

6. His covers of popular English songs, like JBieb's "Love Yourself."

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So swanky. Here's another cover โ€” Shawn Mendes' "Stitches."

7. Aside from being a singer, he also hosted a live web series for three years called "After School Club," which allows K-pop idols to connect with their international fans.

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Aside being a cute, dorky, and generally awesome host, he also sang the occasional cover on the show, like Bruno Mars' "Treasure."

8. He's tight with lots of fellow Americans in the K-pop biz, like Ailee, f(x)'s Amber, GOT7's Mark, and BTOB's Peniel. And Ken Jeong!*

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*Ken Jeong is not in fact a K-pop star. Had you fooled, huh.

9. He takes enviable selfies with some of Hollywood's brightest stars.

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Selfie game strong. ๐Ÿ“ท

10. But he's also not immune to the wonders of Snapchat filters.

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His Snapchat is ericnam if you're so inclined.

11. He's a good sport when it comes to photo shoots.

Examples include sticking his hand into a fishbowl.
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Examples include sticking his hand into a fishbowl.

12. He's always relatable.

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13. And of course, incredibly intelligent.

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In addition to majoring in International Studies! What a smart cookie.

14. He reminds us to take time in life to ~smell the flowers.~

Get all up in nature's space.
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Get all up in nature's space.

15. And to never take yourself too seriously.

16. He also just released his first official English single, a collaboration with LA-based electronic duo KOLAJ called "Into You."

He told BuzzFeed, "'Into You' showcases a completely different sound and genre from what I've done in the past. A complete departure. First of all, it's in English. Music I've released up until this point has largely been in Korean because that's where I am active and that's the market and country that gave me a chance. However, I think I sound very different singing in Korean and English so I'm excited to have my fans listen to me sing in English as well."
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He told BuzzFeed, "'Into You' showcases a completely different sound and genre from what I've done in the past. A complete departure. First of all, it's in English. Music I've released up until this point has largely been in Korean because that's where I am active and that's the market and country that gave me a chance. However, I think I sound very different singing in Korean and English so I'm excited to have my fans listen to me sing in English as well."

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On why he chose to work with KOLAJ: "I came across their song 'The Touch' and immediately was a fan. They're doing something that's different, but not too different that it throws people off. Their stuff is GREAT. Teesa and Mike are both incredible musicians and talents. Teesa has a beautiful voice and I think her delivery is really unique. Mike's production really just blows me out of the water."

Fallen in love with Eric?

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Yeah, I thought so.