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J performing live in 2005.
|Birth name||Chung Jae Young|
|Also known as||J.ae|
May 2, 1977 Seoul, South Korea
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, Radio DJ, Television Presenter, MC, Narrator, Restauranteur|
|Associated acts||As One|
J's parents immigrated to the United States in 1978 when she was only a year old. She grew up in San Francisco, California and later Springfield, Virginia where she attended high school at West Springfield HS. She was discovered in a beauty pageant for Koreans in Washington D.C. Her participation in the pageant, and specifically her singing in the talent portion, brought her to the attention of a music producer from Korea. At the age of 19, she left the United States to pursue a singing career in Seoul, South Korea. J comes from a long line of musicians and performers; she is the third generation in her family to follow a career in music and is the niece of Jung Hoon Hee.
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. J took part in the production of her third album, Beautiful Ones, which was released in the summer of 2001.
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. 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", 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
|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|
|A Great 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|
|2000||Best R&B Performance||"As Yesterday" (어제처럼)||Nominated|
- Kbs World
- 사이좋은 사람들 싸이월드
- Lee, Sun-min (March 30, 2013). "Singer J to marry U.S. soldier". Korea Joonang Dail y. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
- J's Cyworld music page
- "2000 MMF part 1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- "2000 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.