Kangta (강타) (born October 10, 1979) is a South Korean singer, first known as the lead singer of legendary boy band H.O.T. (High-five of Teenagers). Kangta, his stage name, is the symbol for great hit in Hangul as An Chilhyun (안칠현) is his real name.
He has been a vigorous songwriter and composer, having written over 100 songs for H.O.T.'s albums as well as for other groups and singers like NRG and Fly to the Sky. When H.O.T. disbanded in March 2001, a legion of loyal fans was in rage. However a couple of months after the group disbanded, Kangta surprised many people by becoming the first member to debut solo. He released his first solo album "Polaris", which became a huge hit; it was followed by his second album "Pinetree" in 2002. His first solo concert took place on August 24, 2003.
In 2006, Kangta was chosen as a runner up for Best Korean Singer overseas, according to Arirang International Broadcasting. A poll was issued over the internet, allowing only foreigners to vote. Shinhwa's song "Once In A Lifetime" won by 60% of the vote, beating Kangta, who came in second with 20.3 percent
In 2007, he filmed two dramas and Love in the city 2 aired on October 1, 2007.
In 2008, Kangta was initially scheduled for military service at the beginning of the year, but SM Entertainment helped him defer it to April so he could release his last album "Eternity" as a memoir for his fans. The album was released on March 12, 2008 and was his first in three years. On March 29 and March 30, Kangta held his last solo concert at Yonsei University's main auditorium. His previous solo concert was five years ago. His concert, "Eternity", was aimed at looking back at his last twelve years as a singer and thanking his fans. On April 1, 2008, Kangta officially began his military duties in Euijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province. Kangta is currently enlisted in the Korean army for two years, which every male is required to service in. He is expected back in mid-2010.