Henry Lau Biography

Henry Lau, also known as Henry, is a multitalented Canadian artist who has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry. With his impressive skills as a singer, rapper, beatboxer, music composer, dancer, record producer, and actor, Henry has captivated audiences around the world. Although he is mostly active in South Korea, his talent knows no boundaries. From a young age, Henry learned to play the piano and violin, showcasing his musical prowess. He is also a skilled dancer and has mastered various forms of dance. Henry’s journey to success began when he was selected from among 3000 contestants at the S.M. Entertainment Global Audition in 2006. This led to his debut as a member of ‘Super Junior-M’ in 2008. Not only has Henry contributed to the music industry as an artist, but he has also produced songs for TV dramas and other artists. His fans, lovingly referred to as his ‘Strings’, have been a constant source of support throughout his career. Henry is associated with ‘NoizeBank’ in its composing team, further showcasing his talent and versatility. In 2013, he made his solo debut with the EP ‘Trap’, which received widespread acclaim. This was followed by another successful EP titled ‘Fantastic’ in 2014. Henry’s talent extends beyond music, as he has also appeared in various variety programs, TV dramas, and films. From ‘Hello Counselor’ to ‘2 Days & 1 Night’, Henry has proven his ability to entertain in different mediums. With his undeniable talent and charismatic presence, Henry Lau continues to leave a lasting impression on the entertainment industry.

Quick Facts

  • Canadian Celebrities Born In October Age: 34 Years, 34 Year Old Males
  • Family: siblings: Clinton Lau, Whitney Lau
  • K-Pop Singers
  • Musicians
  • Height: 5’10” (178 cm), 5’10” Males
  • Ancestry: Taiwanese Canadian, Hong Kong Canadian, Chinese Canadian
  • City: Toronto, Canada

Childhood & Early Life

Henry Lau was born on October 11, 1989, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His father is from Hong Kong with a Teochew descent and his mother hails from Pingtung, Taiwan. At the age of five, he began to take piano lessons from his mother and at age six, he started learning violin. With time, he learned to play several other musical instruments including the electric violin. Later, he earned the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Regional Gold Medal for Level 10 for both piano and violin.

Brought up in Willowdale, a middle-class neighborhood in Toronto city, Henry studied in different schools at different points in time including in ‘Kenollie Public School’, ‘Steelesview Public School’, and ‘Zion Heights Junior High School’. In ninth grade, he attended ‘North Toronto Collegiate Institute’ and then joined ‘A.Y. Jackson Secondary School’ in Toronto where he undertook the rest of his high school studies. While in high school, he learned the boogaloo popping dance form and after a year of learning, he started taking part in dance (popping) contests and shows. He is also skilled in various other dance forms. Son participated in the 2006 S.M. Entertainment Global Audition at Toronto and he was selected as one of the two participants from a total of 3000 candidates. For a short while, he attended the University of Toronto with a Music Performance Major in 2007. He can speak English, French, Korean, Cantonese, and Mandarin language.

Career

On September 20, 2007, the R&B/rock song ‘Don’t Don’ was released by the Korean boy band ‘Super Junior’ for their second album ‘Don’t Don’. The violin part in the song was contributed by Henry. Starting from 2007, he has appeared in several Chinese and Korean variety TV shows including in ‘Star King’ (2007), ‘Hello Counselor’ (2013), ‘Happy Together’ (2014), ‘We Got Married’ (2015), and ‘I Live Alone’ (2017).

South Korean entertainment company S.M. Entertainment declared in October 2007 that in 2008 Henry would make his debut as a member of the Chinese-South Korean boy band ‘Super Junior-M’. It is a sub-group of Super Junior China that became the first international music group in the history of the Chinese music industry to have both members of Chinese and Korean descent. However, his debut as the “mystery violinist” in ‘Don’t Don’ added with rumors of Henry becoming the fourteenth member of ‘Super Junior’ stemmed up a controversy that saw fans of the group forming an “Only 13” campaign.

On April 8, 2008, ‘Super Junior-M’ made their debut at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards in Beijing while releasing their debut music video, ‘U’ on Sohu.com on that very day. The single that was a Chinese remake of the original ‘Super Junior’ song ‘U’ (2006) was included as the lead single in their April 23, 2008, released debut album ‘Me’. In 2009, he along with other Super Junior-M members featured in a cameo role in the CCTV2 Chinese drama ‘Stage of Youth’ that had ‘Super Junior’ member Han Geng in the lead role. The other dramas he featured included ‘My Sweet City’ (2013), ‘Persevere, Goo Hae-ra’ (2015), and ‘Oh My Venus’ (2015).

The first mini-album of ‘Super Junior-M’ titled ‘Super Girl’ that released on September 23, 2009, was successful in winning over music lovers and fetched the group a “Best Vocal Group” nomination at the 21st Golden Melody Awards, which is the Chinese equivalent to the Grammy Awards. ‘Super Girl’ peaked at #1 in several charts including in Taiwan, China, and the Philippines, thus bringing the members of the group including Henry to the limelight. In 2009, he also performed the song ‘Sick of Love’ during Super Show 2, the second Asia-wide live concert tour of ‘Super Junior’. The song that still remained unreleased was written, composed, and produced by him.

He composed the song ‘All My Heart’ along with Super Junior’s leader Leeteuk, which found a place in the repackaged version C of the group’s fourth studio album ‘Bonamana’ that released on June 28, 2010. Their next collaboration was the song ‘Andante’ included in the September 19, 2011, released fifth repackaged album of the group ‘A-CHa’. He then took a break to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Henry has appeared as a rapper in tracks of other artists like Zhang Li Yin and Jonghyun and Jino; rearranged the song ‘Baby’ by Justin Bieber and performed it for the Super Show 3 Tour. His only big-screen endeavor so far saw him playing one of the main roles of Mark starring along with Chin Han and Michelle Yeoh in the Gina Kim directed South Korean-Thai drama film ‘Final Recipe’. It premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival on September 21, 2013.

He along with Gen Neo, Neil Nallas, and Isaac Han formed a music production team ‘Noize Bank’. It produced and composed two songs ‘Go’ and ‘It’s You’ that were included in the January 7, 2013, released second studio album of ‘Super Junior-M’ titled ‘Break Down’. On June 7, 2013, S.M. Entertainment released Henry’s debut solo EP ‘Trap’ in South Korea. The Chinese version of the song was released on August 14, 2013. The album peaked at #2 in the Gaon Weekly album chart and at #5 in the Gaon Monthly album chart in South Korea while it peaked at #3 in the US Billboard World Albums chart.

His second EP ‘Fantastic’ was released by S.M. Entertainment in South Korea on July 14, 2014. His Japanese debut marked the release of the single ‘Fantastic’ in the Japanese language along with its music video in Japan on October 8 of that year under the record label ‘Avex Trax’. On March 18, 2017, he released his self-written and self-composed digital single ‘Girlfriend’ that garnered favorable responses and peaked atop many South Korean daily digital charts.

For the last few years, he has featured in several endorsements including for Sprite (2014), Innisfree-Play Green App (2016), Uniqlo Project (2017), and Kellogg’s cereal (2017) among others.

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