Lee Jinki (이진기), born December 14, 1989 , better known by his stage name Onew (온유) was born in the city of Gwangmyeong,Gyeonggi-do. The leader, one of the main vocalists and oldest member in the group, he was discovered at the "2006 S.M. Academy Casting". Onew collaborated with Lee Hyun Ji, former member of project group Banana Girl, for his song "Vanilla Love" and with label-mate, Jessica of Girls' Generation for the song "Il Nyeon Hu" ("One Year Later") (Korean: 일년後" (One Year Later)")
Kim Jonghyun (김종현), born April 8, 1990 , commonly known as Jonghyun, is one of the main vocalists in the group.] He was born and raised in Seoul. He was discovered at the "2005 S.M. Casting System". Before debuting with Shinee, Jonghyun sang a duet, "Wrongly Given Love" (交错的爱), with Zhang Liyin for her debut Chinese album I Will.
Kim Kibum (김기범), born September 23, 1991 , better known by his stage name Key (키), is one of the rappers and vocalists in the group. He was born and raised in Daegu. He was a gifted varsity water-skier at Dae Gu Young Shin Middle School.] He was discovered at the "2005 S.M. National Tour Audition Casting". Before debuting with Shinee, Key appeared in Super Junior's Wonder Boy MV as an extra dancer. Key was featured in label-mate Xiah's solo "Xiahtic".[ In 2010 Key was featured in the song "치유 (Healing)" on label-matesTRAX's first mini album "Trax Mini Album Volume 1".] Later, it was also announced that Key would have a small part in Girls' Generation's song "Hwaseongin Virus (Boys & Girls)" (Korean: "화성인 바이러스 (Boys & Girls)") on their second studio album Oh!.
Choi Minho (최민호), born December 9, 1991 , commonly known as Minho, is the other rapper in the group. He was born and raised in Incheon. He was discovered at the "2006 S.M. Casting System". Before debuting with Shinee, Minho modeled for Ha Sang Baek's "Seoul Collection F/W 08-09" in March. He has appeared in Girls' Generation's music video "Gee". Minho is also a permanent cast member in KBS's Dream Team Season 2.
Lee Taemin (이태민), born July 18, 1993 , commonly known as Taemin, is the lead dancer of the group. He was born and raised in Seoul. He is the youngest member in group. He was discovered at the "2005 S.M. Open Weekend Audition Casting ". Taemin debuted as an actor in the sitcom Taehee-Hyegyo-Jihyun! (Korean: "태희혜교지현이!").[