Kang Ji-young

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Kang Ji-young
Background information
Birth name Kang Jiyoung (강지영)
Born (1994-01-18) January 18, 1994 (age 20)
Paju, Gyeonggi, South Korea[1]
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2008-present
Labels DSP Media
Sweet Power
Associated acts Kara
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gang Ji-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Kang Chiyŏng

Kang Ji-young (born January 18, 1994) is a South Korean idol singer, is a former member of the Korean girl group Kara.


Kang Ji-young was born on January 18, 1994, in Paju, South Korea. She debuted at the age of 15 as a third grade middle school student. She is one of the 2 members that joined after member Kim Sung Hee left. She sang Girls' Generation's song "Kissing You" for her audition. Kang is the cousin of the Korean pop singer NS Yoon-G.

She attended Bongilcheon Middle School,Muhak Women's High School. She eventually graduated in February 2012 and currently attends Sungkyunkwan University's Department of Acting Arts.[2]


Kara (2008-2014)[edit]

Main article: Kara (band)

The group debuted on March 29, 2007. In 2008, Jiyoung joined the group after member Kim Sunghee decided to leave. At the time of her admission, she was only 14 years old making her the youngest member of the group which was previously Nicole Jung. The group eventually made their return with Rock U. Their comeback saw a change in the group's original "sexy and mature" image to a "cute and playful" appeal.

On December 4, 2008, the group started their comeback on M! Countdown with "Pretty Girl".[3] In February 2009, the group released their second mini-album "Honey". "Honey" became the group's first #1 single when it topped the M! Countdown and The Music Trend.[4]

In late July 2009, Kara revealed their second album named "Revolution".[5] Due to the popularity of their songs Wanna and Mister, Kara's overall popularity increased. In February 2010, Kara started promotions with their third mini-album "Lupin".[6] In August 2010, Kara officially debut in Japan with "Mister". After their successful debut in Japan, Kara released their fourth mini-album Jumping in November 2010.

In 2011, the group was ranked at #1 on the Recochoku favorite Korean artists in Japan poll.[7] More recently, JiYoung was the only Korean female singer to be featured on CDTV Japan's Favorite Female Artist Ranking for 2011, where she was ranked at #21.

She performed with the group for the last time at the 2013 MBC Gayo Daejejeon on December 31, 2013. The group performed a medley of their past hit singles along with "Damaged Lady", from the group's fourth album Full Bloom.[8]

On January 15, 2014, it was announced that she would leave the group once her contract expired in April 2014 to focus on her studies with acting and language skills in London.[9][10][11]

Acting (2014-present)[edit]

After leaving Kara, she signed with agency Sweet Power to resume her activities in Japan as an actress.[12]


Television drama/Variety Shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009-2010 Kara Bakery Herself Mnet
2011 Invincible Youth Season 2 Herself KBS
2011 Running Man Eps 61-62 Guest SBS
2012 Rainbow Rose Yuri Tooniverse
2013 Kara: Secret Love [13] So Yeol Drama Cube



Main article: Kara discography


  • "눈이부셔 (Nunnibusheo)" - Jumper (Feat. Kang Jiyoung) (2009)
  • "Merry Love" (Duet with Kim Sungje) (2010)
  • "My Love" (Duet with Park Gyuri, Soundtrack for Daemul) (2010)
  • "Wanna Do" - Kang Jiyoung (2012) - KARA Collection
  • "Mermaid Princess" - Mystic White (2012)


Year Award Category Result
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Upcoming 20's Nominated


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