(born February 18, 1988) also known as Max
is a Korean singer, songwriter and occasional actor best known as one-fifth of South Korean musical group DBSK. He is managed under music labels SM Entertainment in South Korea and Rhythm Zone in Japan.
Max was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He has two younger sisters, Shim Sooyeon and Shim Gi-yeon. He joined SM Entertainment by winning the best singer and best artist award in SM Entertainment's 6th Annual Youth Competition, a talent search conducted annually by the talent agency. He debuted with TVXQ in 2003 performing the group's debut song "Hug" on SBS network's BoA and Britney Spears showcase special.
Apart from his contribution in musical activities with TVXQ, Max has also participated in solo projects. In 2007, he wrote the lyrics to the track "Evergreen" which was composed by fellow band member Micky and included in SM Town's compilation album 2007 Winter SMTown - Only Love
. In 2008, he wrote the Korean lyrics to "Love In The Ice" for the group's 4th Korean album Mirotic
. In the same year, Max also sang his Japanese solo track "Wild Soul" for TVXQ's 17th Japanese single of the TRICK project, Two Hearts/Wild Soul.
In 2006, Max starred with TVXQ in the miniseries Vacation
which had a special premiere and screening at the main auditorium of Yonsei University. He appeared in the episode "Beautiful Life" alongside Xiah. They also participated in a number of episodes of Banjun Drama
, a popular minidrama series aired on SBS network. He was also the first choice in the drama Snow Flower, but was replaced by Kim Ki Bum due to the hectic schedule of the TVXQ members. In 2009, Max was cast in the drama series "Paradise Ranch".
Max graduated from Gaepo High School in 2006. Accordingly, he was accepted into Seoul's Kyung Hee University. As of 2009, he is enrolled as a student of Kyung Hee University majoring in postmodern music.
2011 - Paradise Ranch (SBS)
2006 - Vacation
2005 - Banjun Drama (SBS)
6th Annual Best Competition SM Entertainment Awards: Best Singer
6th Annual Best Competition SM Entertainment Awards: Best Artist