J (South Korean singer)

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J performing in 2005
Background information
Birth nameChung Jae-young
Also known asJ.ae
Born (1977-05-02) May 2, 1977 (age 42)
GenresK-pop, R&B/soul
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, television presenter
Years active1998–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Jae-yeong
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Chaeyŏng

Chung Jae-young (Korean정재영; born May 2, 1977),[1] better known by the stage names J and J.ae (Korean제이), is a Korean-American singer based in South Korea. She debuted in 1998 with the album, J: Gold.[2]

Early life[edit]

J grew up in San Francisco, California, and later Springfield, Virginia, where she attended West Springfield High School.[3] She was discovered when she won the local title in a regional Miss Korea beauty pageant in Washington, D.C.[3]


In 2002, J was invited to contribute her talent to the FIFA World Cup's official album. Her song "Gotta Get Love" was featured on The Official Album of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan Edition.[4][better source needed]

In 2007, she released a contemporary Christian album In My Lifetime. The album had a more R&B/hip-hop feel than her previous releases.[5]

In 2012, J hosted Arirang TV's The Sensation,[6] a music-focused series that introduced traditional Korean instruments, music, and dance through multiple venues including concerts, studio audience tapings, and award-winning documentaries geared towards a world-wide English-speaking audience.

Personal life[edit]

On September 14, 2013, J married a U.S. soldier who was based in South Korea.[7] Following their marriage, the couple moved to the United States. They have one daughter, born on June 28, 2016.[2]


Title Date Released[5] Language Label
VOL. 1 - Blue/Gold (double album)[3] 1998 Korean Seoul Records
VOL. 2 - In L.O.V.E.[3] April 2000 Korean Seoul Records
VOL. 2.5 - Chocolate[3] November 2000 English Seoul Records
VOL. 3 - Beautiful Ones[3] June 2001 Korean Pony Canyon
Best & Live (Greatest Hits)[3] December 19, 2001 Korean and English Seoul Records
VOL. 4 - Dim The Lights[3] April 12, 2002 Korean Seoul Records
VOL. 5 - The Crush of Love[3] September 23, 2004 Korean Plyzen
Said I Love You (digital single)[citation needed] April 24, 2006 Korean
In My Life[3] March 19, 2007 Korean Seoul Records
Through Tears (digital single)[3] June 18, 2007 Korean SBSi
VOL. 6 - In Love Again[citation needed] November 7, 2007 Korean Sony BMG
Alcohol & Naiveté (digital single)[citation needed] January 29, 2008 Korean Sony BMG
Love Child (J Electro Project) August 26, 2008 Korean Kingpin Entertainment
French Toast[citation needed] November 18, 2008 Korean Sponge Entertainment
Sweet Dream (digital single)[citation needed] February 24, 2009 Korean AINS Digital
Dream Catcher (digital single)[citation needed] September 3, 2009 Korean Paragon Music Corporation
With Me[citation needed] October 5, 2009 Korean and English Daughters of Paul
Dream (Feat. Supreme Team)[citation needed] November 10, 2009 Korean Paragon Music Corporation
Sentimental[citation needed] February 3, 2010 Korean Paragon Music Corporation and Sony Music
VOL. 7 - Superstar[citation needed] June 30, 2011 Korean Sony Music
Good Day (mini-album)[citation needed] October 24, 2012 Korean and English KT Music
Blue Sky (single)[citation needed] July 18, 2013 Korean Neowiz
Happy Person[citation needed] November 25, 2013 Korean and English Nastar Entertainment and LOEN Entertainment


Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2000 Best R&B Performance "As Yesterday" (어제처럼)[8][better source needed][9][failed verification] Nominated
2001 Best Female Artist "The Saddest Words" (가장 슬픈 말)[10][better source needed] Nominated


  1. ^ "제이". Daum Encyclopedia (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2018-11-08. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  2. ^ a b Kwon, Nam-yeong (2016-06-29). "제이, 결혼 3년 만에 득녀…'미군 남편과 미국 생활'". Kukmin Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "J.ae (제이)". KBS World Radio. KBS. Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  4. ^ "www.filmmusic.ru - 2002 FIFA World Cup Official Album - Songs of Korea/Japan (2002)". Archived from the original on 2014-03-28.
  5. ^ a b "사이좋은 사람들 싸이월드" (in Korean). Cyworld. Archived from the original on 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2007-06-14.(Google translation)
  6. ^ "Asia Heartbeat arirang". Arirang International Broadcasting Foundation.
  7. ^ Lee, Sun-min (2013-03-30). "Singer J to marry U.S. soldier". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  8. ^ "2000 MMF part 1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  9. ^ "2000 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list" Archived 2014-08-03 at the Wayback Machine. MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  10. ^ "2001 MMF part 1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-07-23.

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