South Korean singer Crush is a sophisticated performer whose infectious R&B touches upon '70s soul, hip-hop, and acoustic balladry. He first emerged with the single "Sometimes" off his 2014 debut album, Crush on You. Following a series of popular EPs, he released his Top 20-charting sophomore album, From Midnight to Sunrise, in 2019.
Born Shin Hyo-Seob in 1992, Crush grew up in Seoul where he discovered hip-hop and R&B at a young age. Inspired by artists like Dynamic Duo, he began writing and recording his own demos while still in middle school. He eventually graduated from Hoseo University, where he'd studied music. It was while at school in 2012 that he formed the hip-hop crew VV:D with fellow performers Gray, Loco, and Elo. That same year, he released the single "Red Dress" with TakeOne. He then signed with Amoeba Culture and in 2014 released his debut album, Crush on You, which included the song "Sometimes." The album landed at number six in South Korea and helped build Crush's fan base. That same year, he collaborated with Gaeko on the track "Hug Me" and contributed the song "Sleepless Night" to the soundtrack to the SBS television drama It's Okay, That's Love.
In 2015, he scored a number one single with Zion. T on "Just." The following year, he issued his debut EP, Interlude, and collaborated with Girls' Generation singer Taeyeon for the song "Don't Forget." Two more EP's followed with Wonderlust arriving in 2016 and Wonderlost appearing in 2018. Both albums cracked the Top 20 of the South Korean charts. In 2019, he parted ways with Amoeba and signed to PNation. That same year, he released his sophomore full-length album, From Midnight to Sunrise, which included the track "Alone." He also appeared on "Y," the debut track from his group Fanxy Child with Zico, Penomeco, Dean, and Millic. ~ Matt Collar