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PROFILE

Native name : 김석진
Born : December 4, 1992 (age 26) Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Residence : Hannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Other names : Jin
Education : Konkuk University
Occupation : Singersongwiter
Years active : 2013–present
Labels : Big Hit
Associated acts : BTS

Early life and education

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

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. 

He initially intended to be an actor, attending Konkuk University and graduating with a degree in art and acting on February 22, 2017. 

He is currently enrolled in graduate school at Hanyang Cyber University, pursuing studies in areas other than music.

2013–present: BTS

Kim was scouted by Big Hit Entertainment for his looks while walking down the street. At the time Kim was studying acting and had no background in music. 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. Kim released his first co-produced track, a solo single from the album Wings titled “Awake”, in 2016. The song peaked at number 31 on the Gaon Music Chart and six on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart. In December 2016, he released a Christmas version of “Awake” on SoundCloud.

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. The full version of the song was eventually released as a track on Answer, peaking at number 30 on the Gaon Music Chart and four on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart. 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.

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. 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. 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. They were released on SoundCloud on May 7, 2015, December 3, 2015, and June 7, 2018, respectively. He has also made several appearances as a co-host for Korean music award shows, such as Music Bank and Inkigayo.

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. 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, are inspired by Kim’s relationship with his pets. The track was met with generally positive reception, with praise directed towards Kim’s vocals and the song’s calming atmosphere.

BTS

Artistry

Kim is a tenor and can play the guitar. 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. 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.

Hong Hye-min of The Korea Times described Kim’s voice as “tender, sorrowful, [and] free-spirited” and considered it to be the “standout element” on the solo ballad “Epiphany”. 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[d] [the song’s] effectiveness”.

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