Lee SoonKyu also known as Sunny Lee (born on May 15, 1989) is a Korean-American singer, radio DJ, dancer, music show host, model, musical actress and member of the Korean girl group Girls' Generation. The group was formed by SM Entertainment in 2007.
Sunny was born on May 15, 1989 in Horn Lake, and moved to Kuwait when she was an infant. Her family moved to South Korea around the time of the Gulf War. She has two older sisters, who share the same birthday as her but born in different years. She speaks fluent Korean, along with basic Chinese and basic Japanese. Her father was in the college band Hwaljooro with Bae Chul-soo. She is the niece of Lee Soo Man, the founder ofSM Entertainment. In 1998, Sunny entered Starlight Entertainment and became a trainee for 5 years before transferring to Starworld where she became a member of a duet called "Sugar" which never debuted. One of her older sisters was the manager for Sugar, but when the duo disbanded, she became active in other parts of the music industry.
In 2007, Lee was recommended by the singer Ayumi, who transferred to SM Entertainment. After several months of training under SM Entertainment, Sunny debuted as a member of Girls' Generation that same year.
Lee has contributed to a couple of soundtracks as a solo artist, singing the theme song "You Don't Know About Love" for the SBS drama Working Mom, "Finally Now" for IPTV's Story of Wine and "Your Doll" for the SBS's Oh! My Lady.
She featured on the Heading to the Ground soundtrack, singing a duet with Taeyeon in the song SarangInGulYo and another song titled Motion performed with the vocal line of the group.
She participated in the S.E.O.U.L. song project along with Super Junior's Kyuhyun, Leeteuk, Ryeowook, Sungmin and Donghae and fellow group members Seohyun, Sooyoung, Jessica and Taeyeon.
She also sang the theme song for Caribbean Bay with her fellow members Taeyeon, Seohyun, Jessica, Tiffany and k-pop boy group 2PM.
Sunny featured in Brown Eyed Girls's Miryo's track "I Love You, I Love You" from her first solo mini album, Miryo A.K.A JoHoney .
Sunny will take part as voice actress in an upcoming animated film called: “Koala Kid: Birth of A Hero” with fellow labelmate, SHINee's Taemin.
The Korean production of Broadway musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’ has revealed that Girls’ Generation‘s Sunny, was included in the all-star cast. The musical will be put on through March 28 through June 10. Sunny & Dana will be playing the role of the ‘Brenda Strong’.
She was a permanent member on the show Star Golden Bell until Girls' Generation's song Oh! came out.
Sunny alongside with Yuri was a part of reality show Invincible Youth in which they were a part of G7, consisting of 7 girls from idol groups. Due to Girls' Generation's Japanese debut and other activities, Sunny left the show, along with Hyuna and Yuri, in June 2010.
On October 17, it was confirmed that Sunny would be joining for the second season of Invincible Youth 2, a Korean reality show alongside with Hyoyeon. She is the only returning member from original G7.
She was a co-DJ of the radio show Chunji until the broadcast ended in July 2008.
She also co-hosted a music show called The M with Kim Hyung Jun of SS501 and Im Seulong of 2AM but had to leave the show due to her busy schedules. Her last appearance as an MC for the show was on April 4, 2010.
Sunny, along with other notable celebrities, will be part of the star-studded cast on SBS MTV's “Music Island”. She will be the main MC of this show. The first episode of “Music Island” is set to air on February 24, 8PM KST.