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Kang Daniel (강다니엘; or Daniel) is a South Korean singer, lyricist and actor under his own label, KONNECT Entertainment. He is a former member of the project boy group Wanna One.

As a soloist, he also goes by the name Daniel K. He made his solo debut on July 25, 2019 with his first special album Color On Me.[5][6]


2022: "Ready to Ride", The Story, Japanese debut

On April 22, 2022, KONNECT confirmed that Kang Daniel would be coming back with a new album in May.[7]

On April 29, 2022, he released the single "Ready to Ride" as the 19th release of the UNIVERSE Music project.

On May 2, 2022, a trailer titled "The Story" was released.[8] It was later announced that he would be releasing his first full-length album, The Story, on May 24.[9][10][11]

On June 1, 2022, Kang Daniel opened his official Japanese website and announced that he will be making his Japanese debut in the summer.[12]

Personal life


On August 5, 2019, local news source Dispatch reported that he and TWICE's Jihyo were dating. Later that day, the reports were confirmed by both agencies. Also, it was revealed the two were introduced to each other through 2AM's Seulong.[13][14]

On November 9, 2020, JYP Entertainment confirmed that the couple had broken up due to busy schedules.[15][16]


On December 4, 2019, KONNECT Entertainment released a statement stating that Daniel visited the hospital due to poor health caused by a weak immune system and psychological anxiety starting from the first half of the year.[17] He was then diagnosed with depression and panic disorder after a detailed examination and treats it through psychotherapy and medication.[17] As he had been expressing more severe symptoms of anxiety, he will be taking a temporary break from activities to focus on his recovery.[17]

On February 10, 2020, KONNECT announced that he has been fully recovered and that he would resume scheduled activities.[18]


Studio albums

Mini albums

Special albums

Digital singles



  • Inverness - "State of Wonder" (with Anthony Russo) (2021)


Writing credits

  • All credits adapted from KOMCA, unless stated.[19]
Artist Song Album Type
Wanna One (Triple Position) "Kangaroo" 1÷x=1 (Undivided) Writing
Kang Daniel "Color" Color On Me Writing
"What Are You Up To"
"I Hope"
"Adulthood" "Touchin'"
Kang Daniel "Flash" Magenta Writing
"Who U Are"
Kang Daniel "Paranoia" Writing
"Digital" Yellow
"Save U"
Kang Daniel "Ready to Ride" Writing
"The Story" The Story
"Upside Down"
"Don't Tell"
"Ride 4 U"
"How We Live"



Reality shows

  • Produce 101 Season 2 (Mnet, 2017) - contestant
  • Produce 48 (Mnet, 2018) - special MC (ep. 1)
  • It's Dangerous Beyond the Blankets (MBC, 2017–18) - seasons 1 and 2
  • Hello, Daniel (SBS F!L and SBS MTV, 2020)
  • Street Woman Fighter (Mnet, 2021) - MC[20]
  • Street Dance Girls Fighter (Mnet, 2021) - MC[21]

Music video appearances


  • Think Nature (2017–2018)
  • The Spring Home (2017–2018)
  • LAP Korea (2018)
  • Hite Beer Extra Cold (2018)
  • Bokuk (2018)
  • Kissing Heart Sunglasses (2018)
  • KT / Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G Aura Red (2019)
  • Subway Korea (2019)
  • Calvin Klein Jeans (2019)
  • Rimowa (2019)
  • Givenchy Beauty (2019–2021)
  • Mexicana Chicken (2019–2021)
  • Pepsi (2020)
  • Puma Korea (2020)
  • Kakao Friends (2020)
  • Icepray (2021)
  • Mernel (2021)

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Kang Daniel


  • Him and fellow member and label mate Jisung were once back-up dancers for Cao Lu and Sihyun during their trainee years.[22]
  • He has a maternal aunt who lives in Canada where he learned to speak English.
  • He had been B-boying since junior high school and was the first B-boy in the rookie battle in the Busan scene.[23]
  • He changed his name to Kang Daniel because he was worried that it will be hard to pronounce his birth name Eui Geon.[24]
  • He has four cats named Rooney, Peter, Ori and Zhang-ah.[25]
    • Daniel initially thought that the former two were male but actually female.
  • It was revealed that his fan cafe donated ₩1.1 Million Won (Approximately $980) to Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA), an animal protection organization, in wishes to get him to the Top 11 and because he loves animals.[26]
  • It was revealed that him, fellow member Woojin, and BTS's Jimin were in a dance competition called Busan City Kids.[27]
  • He has trained for 2 years and 1 month, if including Produce 101 Season 2, it would be 2 years and 5 months.[24]
  • He sometimes has the habit to grind his teeth while asleep.[28]
  • His role models are SEVENTEEN, BTS and EXO.


Main article: Kang Daniel/Gallery


  1. Hellokpop: Kang Daniel Sets Up His Own Agency And Adds "CEO" Title To His Name In Preparation For Solo Debut
  2. Kang Daniel And Yoon Ji Sung Sign With New Agency
  3. Wanna One’s Kang Daniel And Yoon Ji Sung Set Up Independent Label Under MMO Entertainment
  4. Soompi: Kang Daniel Announces Official Fanclub Name
  5. The Korea Times: Kang Daniel's solo debut set for July 25
  6. Hellokpop: Kang Daniel Paints Colorful Teaser For Upcoming Solo Debut
  7. Soompi: Kang Daniel Confirmed To Be Making Comeback In May
  8. 강다니엘 KANGDANIEL on Twitter: 강다니엘(KANGDANIEL) - 'The Story' Trailer #강다니엘 #KANGDANIEL #TheStory (May 2, 2022 tweet)
  9. 강다니엘 KANGDANIEL on Twitter: 강다니엘(KANGDANIEL) [The Story] Note # 1/3 Release On 2022.05.24 (KST) #강다니엘 #KANGDANIEL #TheStory (May 3, 2022 tweet)
  10. 강다니엘 KANGDANIEL on Twitter: 강다니엘(KANGDANIEL) [The Story] Note # 2/3 Release On 2022.05.24 (KST) #강다니엘 #KANGDANIEL #TheStory (May 4, 2022 tweet)
  11. 강다니엘 KANGDANIEL on Twitter: 강다니엘 (KANGDANIEL) 1ST FULL ALBUM [The Story] Pre-Order Notice 예약 판매 : 2022.05.04 (수) 2PM ~ 공식 팬카페 애플리케이션 - Notice에서 확인해주세요. #강다니엘 #KANGDANIEL #TheStory (May 4, 2022 tweet)
  12. KANGDANIEL_JP on Twitter (June 1, 2022 tweet)
  13. Soompi: TWICE's Jihyo and Kang Daniel are Dating
  14. Soompi: TWICE's Jihyo And Kang Daniel Reported To Have Met Through Im Seulong
  15. 트와이스 지효 측 “본인확인 결과 강다니엘과 최근 결별”(공식입장)
  16. Soompi: JYP Confirms That TWICE's Jihyo And Kang Daniel Have Broken Up
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Soompi: Update: Kang Daniel To Take Break From Activities + Agency Releases Statement On His Mental Health
  18. Soompi: Kang Daniel Prepares To Return To Activities With New Show + Agency Makes Statement
  19. KOMCA: Searching Works (search 10018507 under Writers & Publishers)
  20. Soompi: Kang Daniel To Host Mnet’s Upcoming Female Dance Crew Competition Show
  21. Soompi: Kang Daniel Confirmed To Host “Street Woman Fighter” Spin-Off
  22. Koreaboo: 5 Famous Idols You Never Knew Started Out As Back Up Dancers
  23. Soompi: Wanna One’s Kang Daniel Talks Difficult Trainee Life And Clarifies Rumors
  24. 24.0 24.1 Produce 101 Season 2
  25. Allkpop: Kang Daniel talks about how he adopted his 4 cats + plan to adopt more cats
  26. (KR) Topstarnews: ‘프로듀스101 시즌2’ 강다니엘, 동물보호단체에 기부…‘집사의 작은 선물’
  27. Soompi: BTS’s Jimin, Produce 101’s Kang Daniel and Park Woojin Spotted In Same Dance Competition
  28. It's Dangerous Outside The Blanket

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