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Background information
Birth name 서주현 (Seo Joo-hyun)
Born (1991-06-28) June 28, 1991 (age 23)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar[1][2]
Years active 2004 – present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts Girls' Generation
SM Town
Girls' Generation-TTS

SM Town (Girls' Generation) - Twitter

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Signature of Seohyun
Korean name
Hanja [3]
Revised Romanization Seo Ju-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Sŏ Chu-hyŏn
Stage name
Hangul 서현
Revised Romanization Seo-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Sŏ-hyŏn

Seo Joo-hyun (born June 28, 1991), better known by the stage name Seohyun, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. She is the youngest member of both the South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation and its subgroup TTS.


Seohyun was born on June 28, 1991, in Seoul, South Korea. As an elementary school student, Seohyun was discovered by a talent staff while riding in a subway train, who encouraged her to audition for SM Entertainment. In 2003, Seohyun auditioned and joined the company under the SM Casting System. She is known for singing children's songs for her audition unlike other applicants who usually sing pop and dance songs.[4] She attended Seoul Middle School and Daeyoung High School, then transferred and graduated from Jeonju Arts High School on February 9, 2010. On August 21, 2014, she graduated from Dongguk University,[5][6] receiving a degree in acting and an Achievement Award at the University's graduation ceremony.[7][8] Her Girls' Generation's bandmate Yoona also attended the same university.

In 2010, Seohyun was appointed by the Seoul Metropolitan Office as Korea's Goodwill Ambassador for Student Fitness.[9] In 2012, Seohyun was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nation 2012 Yeosu Expo.[10] On October 11, 2011, Seohyun was inaugurated as a UNICEF envoy at Changseong-Dong, Seoul. In the past, Seohyun has worked with UNICEF for the “Help Children in Africa” project.[11]

Music Career[edit]

Girls' Generation[edit]

Main article: Girls' Generation

Seohyun started her training under SM Entertainment after joining the agency. In 2007, she was chosen to be a member of the girl group Girls' Generation. The 9-member girl group debuted on August 5, 2007.

Subgroup: TTS[edit]

Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun formed a subgroup called TTS in 2012, releasing their first mini-album titled Twinkle during the same year. The subgroup has a different musical direction and style concept from the 9-member Girls' Generation,[12] placing their focus on each member's vocal ability while the latter group emphasizing more on the overall songs and uniformed group performances.[13]

Solo releases[edit]

Seohyun released various singles with Jessica and Tiffany — the first called Oppa Nappa (Korean: "오빠 나빠", Bad Older Brother)[14] and the second titled Mabinogi (It's Fantastic!), a theme song for a video game.[15]

On February 17, 2009, Seohyun sang a duet with trot singer Joo Hyun-mi called JjaRaJaJja (Korean: "짜라자짜").[16] The song earned a nomination at the 2009 Asian Music Awards for Trot Music of the Year.[17]

She sang the song S.E.O.U.L with Super Junior's Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, Sungmin and Donghae and fellow Girls' Generation members Taeyeon, Jessica, Sooyoung and Sunny. She also sang the promotional song for Caribbean Bay with her fellow members Taeyeon, Jessica, Tiffany, Sunny, and members of the boy band 2PM.

She sang MBC drama Kim Soo Ros official soundtrack, entitled, It's Okay Even If It Hurts (Korean: 아파도 괜찮아요), which was released on June 25, 2010.[18]

In October 2010, Seohyun was one of the twenty idols from different South Korean groups that recorded the song, "Let's Go", for the purpose of increasing public participation in the 2010 G-20 Seoul summit. She provided vocals along with labelmates Sungmin, Jonghyun and, Luna.[19]

In 2011, she was a featured artist for TVXQ's fifth studio album, Keep Your Head Down with the song Journey. The song Journey also became the official soundtrack for the drama series Paradise Ranch.[20] On October 11, Seohyun released a digital single "Dreams Comes True" together with Donghae for 2011 Asia Song Festival. This was a project by UNICEF, as the profit was donated to East Africa .[21] On October 25, 2011, Seohyun released a digital single together with Kim Hyun Joong entitled The Magic of Yellow Ribbon, which became the theme song of the commercial The Face Shop.

On February 13, 2012, Seohyun and Brown Eyes' singer Yoon Gun released a duet called Don't Say No.[22][23] On April 16, 2012, Seohyun sang the soundtrack for the SBS drama Fashion King, which starred fellow Girls' Generation member Yuri, with the song entitled I'll Be Waiting.[24]


Seohyun co-wrote two songs from their 4th Korean Studio album, I Got a Boy. She co-wrote "Baby Maybe" with fellow group members Yuri and Sooyoung and "XYZ" with Yuri. She is the fifth member of her group to write songs which have been released as official album tracks after Yuri, Sooyoung, Tiffany and Jessica.[25] She also wrote the lyrics of "Only U" which is from the 2nd mini album of Girls' Generation-TTS, Holler.

Acting and TV Show Career[edit]

Seohyun made her acting debut in the drama Passionate Love in which she had a supporting role. Seohyun played the role of Han Yoo Rim, the first love of the male lead, portrayed by actor Sung Hoon. The drama premiered on September 28, 2013.[26]

Seohyun made her musical theatre debut in the recent musical, Moon Embracing the Sun, which was adapted from a novel of the same name. She played the lead role alongside Kyuhyun of Super Junior. The production began in 2014.[27]

Voice acting[edit]

Seohyun and Taeyeon served as voice actors for the Korean version of the animation Despicable Me. Seohyun dubbed the character Edith, while Taeyeon's role was Edith's older sister Margo.[28] She reprised her voice acting role as Edith for Despicable Me 2.[29]

Seohyun and Sunny are going to lend their voices for the new MBC variety show Real Men as the show's narrators.[30]

Television appearances[edit]

Apart from her appearances with other Girls' Generation members on various shows, she partnered with singer and actor Jung Yong Hwa, who is the main singer of the idol band CN Blue, as a virtually married couple for MBC's TV show We Got Married. The two became known as the YongSeo Couple. The couple first met on 11 February 2010, and filmed their final episode on White Day, 14 March 2011, and left the show on April 2, 2011, when their final episode aired.

Seohyun, along with fellow Girls' Generation members Tiffany and Taeyeon, is an MC on MBC's Show! Music Core since February 4, 2012.[31] She was also an MC for 2012 Gayo Daejun together with Lee Joon, Boom and Lee Hwijae.[32]

Charity works[edit]

In 2013, Seohyun donated 100 million Korean won to the Dongguk University, as an effort to help less-fortunate students with their studies. She expressed, “I learned many things while studying at Dongguk. I wished to be of help to students who have a big dream, and yet don’t have a choice but to give up education because of family matters.”[33] In 2014, she then participated in the charity concert “Happy Day,” donating some of her possessions in order to raise funds in support of Syrian refugee children.[34][35]


Solo discography[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2007 SBS Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son "Touch the Sky" 03:49 With Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny and Tiffany
2008 Roommate "Love Hate" 03:45 With Jessica and Tiffany
It's Fantastic "It's Fantastic" 03:40 With Jessica and Tiffany
KBS Hong Gildong OST "The Little Boat (작은 배)" 03:27 With Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny and Tiffany
N/A "Haptic Motion" 01:31 With Taeyeon, Jessica and Sunny
2009 Jjarajajja "Jjarajajja" 02:58 With Joo Hyun-Mi and Davichi
MBC Heading to the Ground OST "Motion" 04:06 With Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny and Tiffany
N/A "S.E.O.U.L." 03:47 With Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny and Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Donghae and Leeteuk of Super Junior
N/A "I Can't Bear Anymore (Bear Song)" 02:43 With Taeyeon, Jessica and Sunny
2010 N/A "Cabi Song" 03:19 With Taeyeon, Tiffany, Jessica, Sunny, Yuri, Chansung, Junsu, and Taecyeon
N/A "Cooky" 02:50 With Tiffany, Jessica and Sunny
My Friend Haechi "Haechi Song" (해치송)[36] 03:26 With Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany
Kim Soo Ro OST "It's Okay Even If It Hurts" 04:37 Solo
Let's Go "Let's Go" 03:31 With Various Artists
2011 N/A "Dreams Comes True" 03:26 With Lee Donghae
N/A "The Magic of Yellow Ribbon" 02:42 With Kim Hyun-joong
Keep Your Head Down "Journey" 04:33 With TVXQ
2012 N/A "Don't Say No" 03:25 With Yoon Gun
SBS Fashion King OST "I'll Wait for You" 04:46 Solo
2013 N/A "T'PLE Couple Song" 02:44 With Cho Kyuhyun
SBS Gayo Daejun: Friendship Project "You Are A Miracle" 06:11 With Various Artists
2014 Make Your Move "Cheap Creeper" 03:01 With Jessica, Taeyeon, Tiffany & Sunny



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Despicable Me Edith Voice-over for the Korean-dubbed version
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Biographical film of SM Town[37]
2013 Despicable Me 2 Edith Voice-over for the Korean-dubbed version
2014 My Brilliant Life Herself Cameo along with Taeyeon and Tiffany[38]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Network
2008 Unstoppable Marriage Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang Cameo KBS
2013 Passionate Love Han Yoo-rim Supporting role SBS

Variety shows[edit]

Aside from television appearances with Girls' Generation, Seohyun also appeared in the following television shows.

Year Title Role Network Notes
2009 We Got Married (Season 1) Herself MBC Episode 42, 45, 47, 49
2010–2011 We Got Married (Season 2) Herself MBC YongSeo
2011 Running Man Herself SBS Episode 63, 64
2012–2013 Show! Music Core Presenter MBC Host (Along with Taeyeon and Tiffany)
2013 Star King Herself SBS Episode 300
Strong Heart Herself SBS Episode 165, 166
Beatles Code Season 2 Herself Mnet Episode 47, 48
Real Men Narrator MBC With Sunny
2014 The TaeTiSeo Herself OnStyle With Taeyeon and Tiffany

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Notes
2008 "Oppa Nappa" Seohyun, Jessica, Tiffany
2009 S.E.O.U.L." Super Junior and Girls' Generation
2010 Caribbean Bay" 2PM and Girls' Generation
"Oh! My Goddess" TRAX
"Let's Go" Group of 20 Korean & English Ver.
"Banmal Song" Seohyun, Jung Yong Hwa

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Moon Embracing the Sun Heo Yeon-woo Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Category Nominated Work Result
2009 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards Trot Music of the Year "JjaRaJaJja" (Shared with Joo Hyun-Mi and Davichi) Nominated[17]
2010 South Korea Ministry of Culture Recognition Award Herself Won[39]
2010 Yahoo! Buzz Awards Female Top Buzz Star Nominated[40]
Chungdamdong Hush Cosmetic Surgery Poll Best Natural Beauty Won[41]
MBC Entertainment Awards 2010 Most Popular Couple YongSeo (Shared with Jung Yong Hwa) Won[42]
2011 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Campus Goddess Herself Nominated[43]
Mnet Media Awards Most Cute and Gorgeous Lady Nominated[44]
2013 Seoul Drama Awards Best Song from a Series "I'll Wait for You" Nominated[45]


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