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J performing in 2005.
|Birth name||Chung Jae Young|
|Also known as||J, J.ae|
|Born||May 2, 1977|
|Labels||Seoul Records, Sony BMG, Pony Canyon, Plyzen, Kingpin, Sponge, Paragon Music|
Chung Jae-Young (born May 2, 1977), better known by her stage name J, is a Korean R&B/Soul artist who is known for her soft unique voice tone. She attended Northern Virginia Community College. She was discovered in a beauty pageant for Koreans in Washington D.C. The contest allowed her to get the attention of a music producer from Korea. Her first album J-Gold and J-Blue R&B/Hip-hop came out in 1998.
It was not until her second album In L.O.V.E., that she achieved success, with her lead single, a mellow mid-tempo R&B ballad number "어제처럼" (Just like Yesterday) ranking #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 contains good qualified R&B/Hip-Hop tracks. 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), a ballad, contrast with her own style. She followed up with "술과 순정" (Liquor and Naïveté), a hip-hop-influenced song. Though the album had mass appeal, it did not earn J much success. She also performed with Yoo Seung-jun in songs like "Make Me Mine" and "My Baby".
J has been working for the English-language radio station TBS-EFM in Seoul (101.3 FM) as the DJ for the midnight-2am show, Music Planet. She also worked as the noon-2pm DJ presenting K-pop music. Before working at the radio station, she worked for the English-language cable station Arirang-TV in Seoul presenting the program Pops in Seoul.
In July 2011, she released a single called "Superstar" and appeared on music performance programs to promote it.
|VOL. 1 - Blue||November, 1998||Korean||Seoul Records|
|VOL. 1 - Gold||November, 1998||Korean||Seoul Records|
|VOL. 2 - In L.O.V.E.||April 21, 2000||Korean||Seoul Records|
|VOL. 2.5 - Chocolate||2000||English||Seoul Records|
|VOL. 3 - Beautiful Ones||June 20, 2001||Korean||Pony Canyon|
|VOL. 4 - Dim The Lights||April 11, 2002||Korean||Seoul Records|
|VOL. 5 - The Crush of Love||September 23, 2004||Korean||Plyzen|
|Special - In My Lifetime||January 15, 2007||Korean||Seoul Records|
|"In Tears"||June 18, 2007||Korean||Unknown|
|VOL. 6 - Inlove Again||November 7, 2007||Korean||Sony BMG|
|alcohol Genuine (Digital Single)||January 29, 2008||Korean||Unknown|
|Love Child||August 26, 2008||Korean||Kingpin Entertainment|
|French Toast (Digital Single)||November 18, 2008||Korean||Sponge Entertainment|
|[OST] Sweet Dream||February 24, 2009||Korean||Unknown|
|Mini Album - Sentimental||February 3, 2010||Korean||Paragon Music Corporation|
|With Me||June 10, 2010||Korean and English||Unknown|
|VOL. 7 - Superstar||June 30, 2011||Korean||Unknown|
|Mini Album - A Great Day||October 24, 2012||Korean and English||Unknown|
|Blue Sky (Single)||July 18, 2013||Korean||Unknown|