J (Korean singer)

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J performing live in 2005.
Background information
Native name 정재영
Birth name Chung Jae Young
Also known as J.ae

(1977-05-02) May 2, 1977 (age 37)

Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, R&B/Soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Radio DJ, Television Presenter, MC, Narrator, Restauranteur
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts As One
Hangul 제이
Revised Romanization Jei
McCune–Reischauer Chei
This is a Korean name; the family name is Chung.

Chung Jae Young (born May 2, 1977[1]), better known by her stage name J or J.ae, is a Korean R&B/Soul singer-songwriter.

Early life[edit]

J's parents immigrated to the United States in 1978 when she was only a year old.[citation needed] She grew up in San Francisco, California and later Springfield, Virginia where she attended high school at West Springfield High School.[1] She was discovered when she won the local title in a regional Miss Korea beauty pageant in Washington, D.C.[1] Her participation in the pageant, and specifically her singing in the talent portion, brought her to the attention of a music producer from Korea.[citation needed] At the age of 19, she left the United States to pursue a singing career in Seoul, South Korea.[citation needed] J is the third generation in her family to follow a career in music and is the niece of Chung Hoon Hee (ko).[citation needed]


Her first release, a double album entitled J-Gold and J-Blue debuted in 1998. It was not until her second album In L.O.V.E., that she achieved great success. The lead single, a mellow, mid-tempo R&B ballad number "어제처럼" (Like Yesterday) shot to #1 on various Korean TV network charts.[citation needed] J took part in the production of her third album, Beautiful Ones, which was released in the summer of 2001.

In 2002, J was invited to contribute her talent to the FIFA World Cup's Official Album. Her song "Gotta Get Love" was featured on The Official Album of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan Edition.[2][better source needed]

After releasing her fourth album, Dim the Lights, J went back to the U.S to take a break and improve her musical techniques. In 2004, J released her fifth album The Crush of Love. She wrote four tracks on the album. Despite the positive reception of critics, the album was not well received by the public.

After that, she was even "seriously considering retirement" but in her own words, her "infinite love for music" led her to continue her music career. In 2006, J sang the duet "Perhaps Love", the theme song for Princess Hours, with HowL. The drama's popularity had a spill-over effect and the original soundtrack album became popular as well.

In 2007, she released a Contemporary Christian Music album In My Lifetime. The album had a more R&B/Hip-Hop feel then her previous releases.[3] In the summer of 2007, a digital single "눈물로" (With Tears), which was featured Lee Jung, was released online. The song ranked #1 in "MELON" download chart for weeks, making a hit.

Her sixth album, In Love Again, was released in November, 2007. The lead single, "열흘만" (Just Ten Days), was a ballad that contrasted with her usual style. She followed up with "술과 순정" (Liquor and Naïveté), a more hip-hop-influenced song. Though the album had mass appeal, it did not earn J much success. She also performed with Yoo Seung-jun on songs like "Make Me Mine" and "My Baby".

Her 2010 album Sentimental was one of the first Korean pop albums to be featured on iTunes.

In July 2011, she released a single called "Superstar" and appeared on music performance programs to promote it. Since then J has released several singles through independent labels and performed and recorded for several charities.

J has branched out into other major Korean media as well. She worked in radio for the English-language radio station TBS-EFM in Seoul (101.3 FM), first as the DJ for the noon-2pm show "K-Popular" in 2009. For the next four years, she hosted one of the most popular programs on the station, the midnight-2am show "Music Planet with J". Before working in radio, she was one of the first hosts of Arirang TV’s premier long-running music video and weekly music charts program "Pops in Seoul", which has been in continuous production since 1998.

In 2012, J hosted Arirang TV's "The Sensation",[4] a music-focused series that introduced traditional Korean instruments, music, and dance through multiple venues including concerts, studio audience tapings, and award winning documentaries geared towards a world-wide English-speaking audience. She filled multiple roles in the production as documentary narrator and master of ceremonies for live performances, including the keystone concert given for the representatives of nations that attended the World Nuclear Summit held in Seoul, South Korea in September 2012

Personal life[edit]

In March 2013, it was reported that J planned to marry a U.S. soldier.[5] The wedding was scheduled for September 14, 2013.[5]


Title Date Released[3] Language Label
VOL. 1 - Blue/Gold (Double Album) November, 1998 Korean Seoul Records
VOL. 2 - In L.O.V.E. April 21, 2000 Korean Seoul Records
VOL. 2.5 - Chocolate December 1, 2000 English Seoul Records
VOL. 3 - Beautiful Ones June 20, 2001 Korean Pony Canyon
Best & Live (Greatest Hits) December 19, 2001 Korean and English Seoul Records
VOL. 4 - Dim The Lights April 11, 2002 Korean Seoul Records
VOL. 5 - The Crush of Love September 23, 2004 Korean Plyzen
Said I Love You (Digital Single) April 24, 2006 Korean
In My Lifetime (Contemporary Christian) January 15, 2007 Korean Seoul Records
Tears (Digital Single) June 18, 2007 Korean SBSi
VOL. 6 - In love Again November 7, 2007 Korean Sony BMG
Alcohol & Naiveté (Digital Single) January 29, 2008 Korean Sony BMG
Love Child (J Electro Project) August 26, 2008 Korean Kingpin Entertainment
French Toast (Digital Single) November 18, 2008 Korean Sponge Entertainment
Sweet Dream (Digital Single) February 24, 2009 Korean AINS Digital
Dream Catcher (Digital Single)* September 3, 2009 Korean Paragon Music Corporation
With Me (Contemporary Christian) October 5, 2009 Korean and English Daughters of Paul
Dream (Feat. Supreme Team) November 10, 2009 Korean Paragon Music Corporation
Sentimental* February 3, 2010 Korean Paragon Music Corporation and Sony Music
VOL. 7 - Superstar* June 30, 2011 Korean Sony Music
Good Day (Mini Album)* October 24, 2012 Korean and English KT Music
Blue Sky (Single) July 18, 2013 Korean Neowiz
Happy Person* November 25, 2013 Korean and English Nastar Entertainment and LOEN Entertainment
*Available on iTunes


Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2000 Best R&B Performance "As Yesterday" (어제처럼)[6][better source needed][7][not in citation given] Nominated
2001 Best Female Artist "The Saddest Words" (가장 슬픈 말)[8][better source needed] Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "J.ae (제이)". KBS World Radio. KBS. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "www.filmmusic.ru - 2002 FIFA World Cup Official Album - Songs of Korea/Japan (2002)". 
  3. ^ a b "사이좋은 사람들 싸이월드" (in Korean). Cyworld. (Google translation)
  4. ^ "Asia Heartbeat arirang". Arirang International Broadcasting Foundation. 
  5. ^ a b Lee, Sun-min (March 30, 2013). "Singer J to marry U.S. soldier". Korea Joonang Dail y. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "2000 MMF part 1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  7. ^ "2000 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  8. ^ "2001 MMF part 1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-07-23.

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