CL – 씨엘
- Birth name: Lee Chaerin (이채린)
- English name: Faith Lee
- Position: Leader, Composer, Singer-Songwriter, Vocal, Lead Rapper, Dancer
- Date of Birth: February 26, 1991
- Star Sign: Pisces
- Blood Type: A
- Height: 162cm (5ft 3in)
- Weight: 45kg
- Specialties: Singing, Rapping, Dancing, Writing lyrics, Drawing
- Languages: Korean, English, Japanese, French
- Favorite Color: Black, White, Gold, and a bit of Sapphire Blue
- Favorite Flower: White Roses
- Current Pet: Donut (cat), Pudding (Cat) / Previous pet DdoChi (hedgehog ),
- Favorite accessories: Sunglasses // vintage accessories (Chanel/Versaces/etc)
- Favorite cake: Red velvet cake
CL was born in Korea (YG offcial profile said she’s from Seoul). Born to a family of scholars and raised as a Roman Catholic. CL’s father, Lee Kie Jin, works as a Physics professor at Seogang University ad he also writes children books, her mother is a potter, and she has a younger sister named, Harin. CL’s paternal grandfather is a physicist, her maternal grandfather is the CEO of a trading company, her aunt is a judge of the Seoul central District Court and another aunt runs a gallery, Gallery Jung. In her childhood, she traveled frequently with her family. CL stayed in Japan until she was 12 where she attended Tsukuba International School. (**CL attended a primary school in Japan and from elementary school she attended an American school for a year or two. After that she went to a French middle school for a while and then changed again to an American high school**.) Starting from elementary school CL got allowances and went to learn dancing. At the time the dance school used to invite famous foreign dancers and CL volunteered to translate for them. CL stayed in a homestay for approximately two years when she was in Paris. When she came back to Korea, she barely knew any Korean since she stayed abroad for a long time, but said in an interview shown on 2NE1 TV that she is now most comfortable speaking Korean.
The only celebrity that CL liked when she was young was Teddy of 1TYM. Through her admiration for Teddy, she came to know YG and then she saw YG on TV. Determined to sing and dance at YG entertainment, but it was not an easy road. CL sent in demo tapes since an elementary kid, CL sent a demo tape every three months for four years in a row in order to show us her improvements yet she never got a reply. At age 15, she went to YG entertainment and waited for YG CEO, Yang Hyun-Suk for a long time in the cold winter weather to give her demo tape to him. CEO, Yang Hyun-Suk finally came out and CL handed him her demo tape. An hour later, CL received a phone call to show up at YG entertainment. It was a friday, YG CEO, Yang Hyun-Suk brought about 30 people consisting of camera team and song writers and had CL sing in front of them. After the audition, CL was told to start practicing from Monday. She would practice until 3 or 4 in the morning and then go back to school.
CL got all three GEDs, elementary, middle and high school, with six months gap in between the exams, before her debut.
CL became a YG Trainee in late 2006. Before her very 1st feature Big Bang’s 2nd Mini Album, title song “Hot Issue”, in late 2007, she was only known as the “mysterious 16 year-old” YG trainee. One month later, CL made her official stage debut on SBS Music Award alongside her fellow artists of YG Entertainment. Her first credited appearance in a song was in 2008, with Uhm Jung Hwa’s “DJ”. CL’s rap mentor was P-Type from Brand New Music when she was a trainee.
CL was originally planned to debut as a solo artist. But now, CL is the leader of one of the hottest female group in Korea, 2NE1.
On May 6, 2009, two versions of their debut song “Fire”‘s Music Video were released, igniting the fire that would spread throughout the Kpop world. 2NE1 performed their debut stage on May 17th on SBS Inkigayo. Their song “Fire” topped charts for weeks, and 2NE1 hit the top spot again with their song “I Don’t Care” from their first mini-album. The song was released on July 1, 2009 and hit number one on the charts the same day.
CL was featured in Big Bang’s G-Dragon’s 1st solo album singing the song “The Leaders” which features the leaders of YG Entertainment – G Dragon from Big Bang, Teddy from 1TYM and CL from 2NE1. The song ranked top 10 in most of online and offline chart the moment it was release.
She is also featured in Dara’s Digital Single “Kiss.” The song was used for a Beer CF but became very popular despite of the lack of promotion.
On November 20th, 2009, CL and Minzy released their duet Digital Single “Please Don’t Go.” The song proven to be great success topping numerous charts, grabbing Mnet most popular song the last week of November 2009 even without the release of any Music video.
CL released her first solo single, “The Baddest Female” on May 28, 2013. CL took a active role in 2NE1’s 2nd Full album, the 10 songs that were included in this album, CL worked on a total of 5 songs that includes track 1, ‘Crush’, ‘If I Were You’, ‘Baby I Miss You’, ‘MTBD’, and ‘Scream’.
CL is the first Korean musician to grace the cover of ELLE Korea and also the youngest star to do so
CL’S NAVER STAR COLUMN PART 1 – A must read
Description of CL by YG Entertainment:
2NE1’s leader, rapper and vocalist. With her extraordinary charisma on stage, CL possess all the qualities that an entertainer should possess. Be it rap, vocals dance, performance etc, she is almost perfectly equipped with these skills. Not only is she adept musically, because she was lived in France and other countries in her youth, she speaks 4 languages, including Korean, English, Japanese and French. She is a versatile artiste with a global feel that will show you WOMAN POWER. Always ahead of the trend with her unique fashion style, she is also a fashion icon who inspires world-famous designers such as Jeremy Scott and Castelbajac as their muse. Her first solo song ‘나쁜 기집애’ has been released on May 2013, which is new music that only she can show the world.