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For the name, see Young-jae (name).
This is a Korean name; the family name is Yoo.
Birth name Yoo Young-Jae
Born (1994-01-24) January 24, 1994 (age 21)
Uijeongbu, South Korea
Origin Republic of Korea
Genres R&B, Hip hop, K-pop
Occupation(s) Lead Vocal, dancer, radio dj, emcee
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–Present
Labels TS Entertainment
Associated acts B.A.P, Bang Yong Guk, Kim Himchan, Jung Daehyun, Moon Jong Up, Zelo, Secret, Han Sun Hwa

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Korean name
Hangul 유영재
Revised Romanization Yu Yeong-jae
McCune–Reischauer Yu Yǒng-chae

Yoo Young-Jae (Hangul: 유영재; born January 24, 1994), known mononymously as Youngjae, is a South Korean singer and dancer. He is best known as the lead vocalist of South Korean K-pop group, B.A.P.[1]

Life and career

1994–2011: Early life and career beginnings

Yoo Youngjae was born in Uijeongbu, South Korea, on January 24, 1994.[1][2] Youngjae has one older brother.[3] He studied at the Balgok elementary school and Balgok middle school. In 2008, Youngjae placed first in a JYP audition and was a JYP trainee. Yoo contacted TS Entertainment and got accepted as a trainee after his audition. When asked how he became a singer, Youngjae commented, "At a field trip, there was a talent show. At that time I sang on stage, my friends cheered loudly and it was surprising. That was the start. My dream to stand on stage is the career I want so I thought “I’ll become a singer.” I dreamt of becoming a singer, and started to study music, rapidly becoming attached to the attraction of music. I love music, concentrating on that passion, I became a B.A.P member, and that’s that. I prepared at another company for a year, but when I saw that I couldn’t debut, I was contacted by this company and debuted about a year later. My life as a trainee wasn’t especially hard. Instead, in order to become a pro, I had to prepare my true abilities and individuality and I thought “This is my responsibility I have to carry” and feel pressure because of this."[4] In 2011, he also appeared in the music video of Secret’s "Starlight Moonlight" and performed with Secret during the promotional period. And also appeared in the music video of Bang&Zelo’s "Never Give Up".[2][3][5]

2012–Present: B.A.P

Main article: B.A.P (band)

In March 2011, TS Entertainment already signaled that they will debut a boy band in 2012. Bang Yong Guk was the first member to be revealed in TS Entertainment's upcoming boy band with singles such as "Going Crazy" and "I Remember".[6][7] In August 2011, TS Entertainment introduced its second member, Kim Him Chan and revealed that he will be an emcee in MTV's The Show.[8] In November 2011, TS Entertainment stated that they will debut a sub-unit group for their upcoming boy band previously known as "TS Baby" featuring Bang Yong Guk and another member.[9]

On January 18, 2012, TS Entertainment released the jacket photos for Youngjae and Himchan.[10] B.A.P debuted in January 2012 with their lead single "Warrior". On January 28, 2012, the group held its debut showcase concert in Seoul, South Korea with over 3,000 people attended the show.[11] Their debut single met them critical acclaim as various media outlets dubbed the song and its music video, "powerful and charismatic".[12][13]

Artistry and influences

Yoo Youngjae is the main vocalist of the group along with Jung Daehyun.[1] Youngjae is influenced by R&B and Neo Soul music, cites Musiq Soulchild and Jay Park as his musical influences.[14][15]


For Youngjae's work with B.A.P, see B.A.P's discography.


Year Title Peak positions Album
Billboard K-pop Hot 100
2012 "Everything is Pretty" (with Han Sunhwa) 22 18 Digital Single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Television series

Year Network Show Role Notes
2012 SBS MTV Ta-dah It's B.A.P Himself[2] Regular cast
2012 Mnet B.A.P's Killing Camp Himself Regular cast

Music Video appearances

For Youngjae's work with B.A.P, see B.A.P's music videos.

Year Music video Artist Role
2011 "Shy Boy" Secret Passerby
"Starlight Moonlight" Secret Extra
2012 Everything Is Pretty Han Sunhwa and Yoo Youngjae Male Lead / Vocalist

Music shows

Year Network Title Role Notes
2012 Mnet M! Countdown Guest MC With B.A.P, RT M! Countdown (2012-02-23)
Mnet MNET Wide News Guest MC With Him Chan,(2012-09-13)[17] (2012-09-27)
2013 MBC Music Show Champion Guest MC With Dae Hyun, RT Show Champion (2013-03-13)
MBC Music Show Champion Guest MC With Him Chan, RT Show Champion (2013-09-04)[18]


  1. ^ a b c "B.A.P Profile". KBS World. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  2. ^ a b c "Naver - Search - Youngjae Profile" (in Korean). NHN. Corp. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  3. ^ a b Hwang Yo-Jin (2012-03-09). "(INTERVIEW) B.A.P Young-jae, Dae-hyun". 10asia. ⓒ 10아시아. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  4. ^ Choi Se-Jung (2012-02-23). "「B.A.P」を探れ!~アナザー・エピソード 1~". Korean Pia News (in Korean). PIA Corporation. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  5. ^ "B.A.P's Youngjae" (in Korean). NHN. Corp. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  6. ^ Park, HyunMin (December 19, 2011). "Bang Yong Guk & Zelo to Debut with B.A.P". enewsworld (CJ E&M). Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ Lee, Ellie (January 3, 2012). "WHO IS B.A.P?". MTVK (Viacom International Inc.). Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Xu, Tina (August 25, 2011). "SECOND MEMBER OF TS BABY REVEALED THROUGH MTV KOREA’S THE SHOW!". MTVK (Viacom International Inc.). Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ Xu, Tina (December 1, 2011). "PROJECT DUO BANG & ZELO REVEALS "NEVER GIVE UP" MV FEATURING SECRET’S HYOSUNG!". MTVK (Viacom International Inc.). Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ Heo, Seol-Hui (2012-01-18). "BAP 힘찬-영재 공개 ‘국악고 얼짱 vs 브레인’ 데뷔 임박". Newsen. Newsen. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  11. ^ Park, HyunMin (January 30, 2012). "B.A.P Brings in Big Crowds for Its Debut Showcase". enewsworld (CJ E&M). Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ 2012년 빛낼 아이돌 출격 임박..'신고 합니다!' (in Korean). Star News. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Xu, Tina (January 25, 2012). "B.A.P MAKES LONG AWAITED DEBUT WITH "WARRIOR"". MTV Korea. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  14. ^ Hwang Hyo-Jin (2012-03-07). "B.A.P - My name is 영재, 대현". 10asia News (in Korean). 10asiae. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  15. ^ "120413 B.A.P Diary. 박재범V.S.부모님V.S.베이비분" (in Korean). TsAsian2. 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  16. ^ "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
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