Chen at April, and a Flower showcase in April 2019
September 21, 1992
Siheung, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Gim Jong-dae|
Kim Jong-dae (born September 21, 1992), better known by his stage name Chen, is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He debuted in 2012 as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo, its sub-group Exo-M and its sub-unit Exo-CBX, as well as SM Entertainment's ballad group SM the Ballad. He is predominantly known for his role as the main vocalist in Exo. Apart from his group's activities, Chen also recorded original soundtracks for various TV series, notably "The Best Luck" for It's Okay, That's Love (2014) and "Everytime" for Descendants of the Sun (2016). He made his solo debut on April 1, 2019, with the EP April, and a Flower.
2011–2014: Career beginnings
Chen became a trainee through SM Entertainment's Casting System in 2011 when he was 19 years old. On December 29, 2011, he was formally introduced as the fourth member of Exo. He made his first public appearance as an Exo member alongside Luhan, Tao, and Kai at the 2011 SBS Gayo Daejeon.
In 2014, Chen joined the ballad group SM the Ballad, initially formed by SM Entertainment in 2010. On the group's second album Breath, he sang the Chinese version of the lead single "Breath" with Zhang Liyin. He also sang a duet with f(x)'s Krystal titled "When I Was... When U Were...", and "A Day Without You" with Shinee's Jonghyun. Chen performed his duets with Krystal and Jonghyun live at the SM the Ballad Joint Recital on February 12.
In July 2014, Chen released his first solo song since debut titled "The Best Luck" as an original soundtrack for the SBS drama It's Okay, That's Love, which stars his fellow Exo member D.O.. "The Best Luck" was awarded the "Best OST by a Male Artist" and "Best OST Song" at the 5th So-Loved Awards and the 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival respectively. Chen was also invited as a special performer at the 3rd APAN Star Awards on November 11, 2014, where he performed the track live.
2015–present: Solo activities and Exo-CBX
In June 2015, Chen co-wrote the lyrics for "Promise," a song from the reissued edition of Exo's second studio album Exodus, along with fellow members Chanyeol and Lay. In August 2015, he made his musical theatre debut playing the role of Benny in the SM C&C production In the Heights. He also participated in and became the runner-up in the eleventh round of the music television show King of Mask Singer under the alias "Legendary Guitar Man".
In January 2016, Chen performed John Lennon's song "Imagine" with world-renowned pianist Steve Barakatt at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, as part of UNICEF's "Imagine Project." In February 2016, Chen and South Korean singer Punch released a duet titled "Everytime" as a soundtrack for the KBS drama Descendants of the Sun. The song debuted at number one on Gaon's weekly digital chart.
In April 2016, Chen and South Korean rapper Heize released "Lil' Something", a song produced by Vibe member Ryu Jae-hyun, as the ninth weekly single of SM Entertainment's Station music project. In August 2016, Chen collaborated with fellow Exo members Xiumin and Baekhyun on an original soundtrack titled "For You" for the SBS drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. In October 2016, he collaborated with DJ Alesso on another song for the Station project titled "Years". Later in October, together with Baekhyun and Xiumin, Chen became a member of Exo's first sub unit Exo-CBX. The group made their debut with the extended play Hey Mama!.
In January 2017, Chen collaborated with Dynamic Duo in a song titled "Nosedive", becoming the first artist to be featured in the group's collaboration project "Mixxxture". The song reached number two on the Gaon Digital Chart.
In July 2017, it was revealed that Chen participated in co-writing the lyrics for "Touch It" and "Ko Ko Bop", two songs from Exo's fourth studio album, The War. In November 2017, Chen collaborated with South Korean singer 10cm on a song titled "Bye Babe" for the second season of SM Entertainment's station project. In December 2017, Chen wrote the lyrics for "Lights Out" for Exo's EP Universe, which he performed alongside fellow members Suho, Baekhyun, and D.O..
On October 16, 2018, Chen released an original soundtrack titled "Cherry Blossom Love Song" for the drama 100 Days My Prince, in which his fellow Exo member D.O. played the lead role. He also revealed that he and Chanyeol had participated in writing lyrics for "Love Shot", the title track from the reissued edition of Exo's fifth studio album, Don't Mess Up My Tempo.
On March 8, 2019, SM Entertainment confirmed that Chen is preparing for his first solo album, which is set to be released in April. The title of the album is April, and a Flower that consisted of six songs. The album was released on April 1 with the title song "Beautiful Goodbye (사월이 지나면 우리 헤어져요)"
- Extended plays
- April, and a Flower (2019)
|Exo Next Door||2015||Naver TV Cast||Chen||Web drama; minor role|
|King of Mask Singer||2015||MBC||Contestant||Episodes 21 and 22; Stage Name : Legendary Guitarman|
|Travel without Manager||2016||Cookat TV||Main cast||Episodes 1-8|
|"Dear My Family" (as part of SM Town)||2012|||
|"The Best Luck"||2014|||
|"Everytime (with Punch)||2016|||
|"Lil' Something (with Vibe and Heize)|||
|"Beautiful Accident" (with Suho)|||
|"Imagine" (as part of UNICEF)|||
|"Bye Babe" (with 10cm)||2017|||
|"Dear My Family (Live Concert Ver.)" (as part of SM Town)|||
|"May We Bye" (with Lim Han Byul)|||
|"No.1" (remake; BoA)||2014|||
|In the Heights||2015||Benny||Main Role|
Awards and nominations
|2014||16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival||Best OST by a Male Artist||Won|
|2017||19th Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Collaboration with Dynamic Duo||Won|
|Qoo10 Song of The Year||Nominated|
|9th Melon Music Awards||Best Rap/Hip Hop Award with Dynamic Duo||Won|
|2018||7th Gaon Chart Music Awards||Song of the Year – January||Nominated|
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