1. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia
Eric was not born in Korea but rather in HOTLANTA or Atlanta, Georgia. In fact, he was a part of the Atlanta Boy Choir and traveled to Italy to perform!
2. He is the oldest of three children
Eric has two younger brothers, Eddie Nam and Brian Nam, who are frequently featured in his Instagram posts. Eddie works as Eric's manager, while Brian is currently a student at Columbia University.
3. He knows how to play both the piano and the cello
Eric is not just an amazing singer, but also a talented musician capable of playing multiple instruments. When he was younger, he participated in his school orchestra.
4. He can speak Spanish
Eric has shown fans that he can not only speak Korean and English, but can also speak Spanish. In some of the videos that he uploads, he can be seen talking to his fans in Spanish!
5. He graduated cum laude from Boston College
Did you know that Eric graduated cum laude from Boston College with a major in international studies? In fact, he even accepted a position as a business analyst in New York City before pursuing his musical career. In 2017, he visited students at Boston College and performed for them.
6. He auditioned for SM Entertainment when he was younger
Prior to joining Stone Music Entertainment, Eric auditioned for SM Entertainment. Can you imagine him as a member of an SM boy group?
7. His cover of 2NE1's Lonely went viral on Youtube
In 2011, Eric posted a cover fo 2NE1's "Lonely," which went viral. It even landed him a spot on the popular Korean program, "Birth of a Great Star 2." He frequently uploads covers of other artists' songs.
8. He participated in Birth of a Great Star 2, placing within the Top 5 contestants
After his cover went viral, he was invited to participate as a contestant on MBC's "Birth of a Great Star 2," which is a Korean program similar to the X Factor. He ended within the Top 5, which sparked his career as an artist in Korea.
9. He's friends with many K-Pop idols
Eric is close friends with many popular idol group members including Henry Lau and Amber from f(x). He occasionally does Instagram live videos with Henry and has released a single with Amber, "I Just Wanna."
10. He has been recognized by many major publications
In 2016, Eric was named GQ Korean Man of the Year and was listed on Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia list the following year. Forbes praised him not only for his artistry but for his international influence and work with the non-profit organization, Kollaboration.