SHINee's Jonghyun Featured Posthumously on SM Entertainment Charity Single 'Dear My Family'
On Friday (Dec. 29), SM Entertainment commemorated the passing of SHINee’s Jonghyun with the release of a new charity single, “Dear My Family.”
Recorded during the SM Town Live World Tour VI concert earlier this year, the song is the first posthumous release to feature the SHINee member, who died in an apparent suicide at the age of 27 on Dec. 18. All proceeds from the single will be donated to the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF), reports Korean news outlet Yonhap.
Beginning with Jonghyun’s emotive belt, the song highlights some of the most prominent vocalists under SM Entertainment before the entire roster in attendance joins in for the chorus of the R&B track.
The video features the SHINee member standing onstage alongside his labelmates while performing at the SMTown label-wide concert.
The song is part of SM Entertainment’s weekly digital song release project. “Dear My Family” was originally featured on a solo album from 2001 by Yoo Youngjin, one of SM Entertainment’s most prominent songwriters.
Jonghyun, born Kim Jonghyun but known by his given name publicly, was a prominent singer-songwriter signed to SM Entertainment as one-fifth of SHINee, a boy band popular since its inception in 2008 for its experimental music and awe-inspiring choreography. Prior to his passing, the artist was working on new music, and recently held two nights of solo concerts in Seoul.