Kim Seok-jin
Kim Seok-jin (Korean: 김석진; born on December 4, 1992), also known by his stage name Jin, is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He is a member and vocalist

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South Korean singer This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim. Kim Seok-jin김석진Kim on the set of the "Boy with Luv" music video, March 2019Born (1992-12-04) December 4, 1992 (age 27)
Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, South KoreaOther namesJinEducationKonkuk UniversityOccupationYears active2013–presentAwards Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit (2018)Musical careerGenresInstrumentsVocalsLabelsBig HitAssociated actsBTSKorean nameHangul김석진Hanja金碩珍Revised RomanizationGim Seok-jinMcCune–ReischauerKim Sŏkchin Signature

Kim Seok-jin (Korean: 김석진; born on December 4, 1992), also known by his stage name Jin, is a South Korean singer and songwriter.[1][2] He is a member and vocalist of the South Korean boy group BTS.[2]

Contents Early life and education

Kim Seok-jin was born on December 4, 1992, in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.[3] His family consists of himself, his mother, his father and an older brother.[4]

While in junior high school, Kim was scouted by South Korean K-pop agency SM Entertainment off the street, but he rejected the offer at the time.[5] He initially intended to be an actor, attending Konkuk University and graduating with a degree in art and acting on February 22, 2017.[6][7] He enrolled in graduate school at Hanyang Cyber University, to pursue studies in areas other than music.[8]

Career 2013–present: BTS Main article: BTS (band)

Kim was scouted by Big Hit Entertainment for his looks while walking down the street.[9] At the time Kim was studying acting and had no background in music.[2][7] Subsequently, he auditioned for Big Hit as an actor before becoming an idol trainee.[10] On June 13, 2013, Kim made his debut as one of the four vocalists in BTS with their debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool.[11] Kim released his first co-produced track, a solo single from the album Wings titled "Awake", in 2016.[2] The song peaked at number 31 on the Gaon Music Chart and six on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart.[12][13] In December 2016, he released a Christmas version of "Awake" on SoundCloud.[14]

On August 9, 2018, the second solo by Kim, "Epiphany", was released as a trailer for BTS' then-upcoming compilation album Love Yourself: Answer. The song was described as a "building pop-rock melody" by Billboard and contains lyrics discussing self-acceptance and self-love.[15] The full version of the song was eventually released as a track on Answer,[16] peaking at number 30 on the Gaon Music Chart and four on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart.[17][18] In October, he was awarded the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by South Korean president Moon Jae-in along with other members of the group.[19]

2015–present: Solo activities

Kim collaborated with fellow BTS member V on the song "It's Definitely You", released as part of the Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth original soundtrack.[20][21] He also joined BTS member Jungkook to sing and release an alternate version of "So Far Away", a song from BTS member Suga's self-titled mixtape Agust D.[14] Kim's solo covers include "Mom" by Ra.D, "I Love You" by Mate, and "In Front Of The Post Office In Autumn", originally by Yoon Do-hyun in 1994.[22][23][24] They were released on SoundCloud on May 7, 2015,[25] December 3, 2015,[23] and June 7, 2018,[14] respectively. He has also made several appearances as a co-host for Korean music award shows, such as Music Bank and Inkigayo.[26]

On June 4, 2019, Kim released his first independent song "Tonight" as part of the 2019 BTS Festa, a yearly event celebrating the anniversary of the band's debut.[27] The acoustic ballad was composed by Kim, alongside Big Hit Entertainment record producers Slow Rabbit and Hiss Noise. The lyrics, written by Kim and BTS leader RM,[28] are inspired by Kim's relationship with his pets.[29] The track was met with a generally positive reception, with praise for Kim's vocals and the song's calming atmosphere.[30]

Artistry Kim at the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards on October 24, 2018.

Kim is a tenor and can play the guitar.[31][32] Critically, his singing voice has received a generally positive reception. In Kim Young-dae's 2019 novel BTS: The Review, members of the Grammy panel stated that his voice has stable breath control and a strong falsetto, calling it a "silver voice".[33] Journalist Choi Song-hye, writing for Aju News, wrote that BTS singles such as "Spring Day" and "Fake Love" displayed Kim's vocal stability, while the b-side "Jamais Vu" did so for his emotional range.[5] Hong Hye-min of The Korea Times described Kim's voice as "tender, sorrowful, free-spirited" and considered it to be the "standout element" on the solo ballad "Epiphany".[34] Critic Park Hee-a, when discussing "Epiphany", stated that Kim "sings the most sentimental emotions" of the solo tracks on Love Yourself: Answer. In a review of "Fake Love", Park said that Kim's belting "prove effectiveness".[35]


In 2018, he was ranked as the 11th most well-known idol in South Korea, via data collected by analytics company Gallup Korea.[36]


In December 2018, Kim donated various supplies to the Korean Animal Welfare Association to celebrate his birthday, purchasing food, blankets, and dishes for the organization.[37] That same day, he donated 321 kilograms of food to the Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA), another Korean animal welfare non-profit.[38]

Since May 2018, Kim has been a monthly donor to UNICEF Korea, requesting that his donations be private at the time. They were eventually publicized following his induction into the UNICEF Honors Club in May 2019 for donating over ₩100 million (about US$84,000).[39]

Personal life

As of 2018, Kim lives in Hannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea.[40] In 2018, Kim purchased a luxury apartment in South Korea worth US$1.7 million.[41] Despite owning an apartment, he continues to live with the members of BTS in Hannam-dong.[42] Additionally, he and his older brother opened a Japanese-style restaurant in Seoul called Ossu Seiromushi in 2018.[43]

Awards and nominations Main article: List of awards and nominations received by BTS Name of the award ceremony, year presented, nominee(s) of the award, award category, and the result of the nomination Award ceremony Year Category Nominee(s)/work(s) Result Ref. Melon Music Awards 2017 Best OST "It's Definitely You" Nominated [44] Discography Main article: BTS songs discography See also: BTS albums discography Charted songs Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album KOR US World
[45] UK Dig.
[46] SCT
[47] FRA Dig.
[48] HUN
[49] Gaon
[50] Hot 100
[51] As lead artist "Awake"[A] 2016 31 — 6 — — — — Wings "Epiphany"[A] 2018 30 5 4 54 60 61 30 Love Yourself: Answer Soundtrack appearances "It's Definitely You" (죽어도 너야; Jugeodo neoya)
(with V) 2016 34 — 8 — — — — Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth OST "—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region. Other songs Year Title Format Other Notes Ref 2013 "Adult Child" Digital download, streaming with RM and Suga [56] 2016 "Awake" (Christmas ver.) holiday Christmas remix of "Awake" from BTS album Wings [14] 2017 "So Far Away" with Suga, featuring Jin and Jungkook; re-release of the original track with Suran [14] 2019 "Tonight" (이 밤; I bam) Released as part of the 2019 BTS anniversary event Festa [27] Writing credits

All song credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association's database, unless otherwise noted.[57]

Year Artist Album Song 2013 BTS 2 Cool 4 Skool "Outro: Circle Room Cypher" 2015 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 "Outro: Love Is Not Over" "Boyz with Fun" 2016 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever "Love Is Not Over" Wings "Awake" 2019 Jin Non-album release "Tonight"[27] Filmography Kim at a fanmeet in Ilsan-gu on March 1, 2014. See also: BTS videography Trailers and short films Year Title Length Director(s) Ref. 2016 "Awake #7" 5:19 Yong-seok Choi (Lumpens) [58] 2018 "Epiphany" 4:21 [59] Television Year Network Program Role Note(s) Ref. 2016 SBS Inkigayo Host with RM, Kei, and Mijoo [60] Mnet M Countdown with Jimin [61] 2017 with Jimin and J-Hope [62] SBS Law of the Jungle in Kota Manado Himself Episodes 247–251 [63] KBS KBS Song Festival Host with Sana, Chanyeol, Irene, Solar, Mingyu (Seventeen), Yerin (GFriend), and Kang Daniel [64] 2018 Music Bank with Solbin (Laboum) [26] KBS Song Festival with Dahyun and Chanyeol [65] Notes
  1. ^ a b Although credited under BTS, the song is a solo by Jin.[52]
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