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JeA in 2018
Kim Hyo-jin

(1981-09-18) September 18, 1981 (age 39)
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesJeA
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Musical career
Years active2006–present
Associated actsBrown Eyed Girls
Korean name
Revised RomanizationKim Hyojin
McCune–ReischauerKim Hyochin
Stage name
Revised RomanizationJe-a

Kim Hyo-jin (Hangul: 김효진; born September 18, 1981) better known by her stage name JeA[1][2] is a South Korean singer and songwriter. She is best known as the leader of South Korean girl group Brown Eyed Girls.[3] As a solo artist, she has contributed numerous songs to various soundtracks.[4][5][6]


JeA in 2013

Brown Eyed Girls[edit]

JeA is the one responsible for the creation of Brown Eyed Girls and was actively involved in the selection of the other members besides herself. The four members – JeA, Narsha, Ga In and Miryo – performed several small shows under the name "Crescendo" before officially debuting as Brown Eyed Girls in 2006. JeA is the leader and main vocalist of the group.

Solo career[edit]

JeA released her first solo album, "Just JeA", in 2013. She is the last of the members of Brown Eyed Girls to release a solo album. Aside from being a singer she's also a composer and producer. She started composing for her group with their second album and later on wrote songs for other artists also. She expanded her resume by trying her hand on producing with the Brown Eyed Girls' The Original and her solo album.

Song writing[edit]

JeA is an avid songwriter, and has written many songs for herself, Brown Eyed Girls and other artists.

List of songs written by JeA[edit]

Year Artist Title Lyrics Composition
2006 Brown Eyed Girls "Far Away (feat. MC Mong)" Yes No
2007 "최면" (Hypnosis) No Yes
2009 "잘할게요" (JeA's Wedding Song) Yes Yes
Gain, Jo Kwon "우리 사랑하게 됐어요" (We Fell in Love) No Yes
2010 Miryo, JeA "Love Is..." No Yes
2011 Brown Eyed Girls "불편한 진실" (An Inconvenient Truth) Yes Yes
2012 "한 여름 밤의 꿈" (A Midsummer Night's Dream) No Yes
B1A4 "Be My Girl (Jinyoung solo)" Yes Yes
2013 JeA "안아보자 (feat. Jeong Yeop)" (Let's Hug) No Yes
Ailee "열애설" (Scandal) No Yes
Brown Eyed Girls "After Club" No Yes
"날아갈래" (I'm Going to Fly) No Yes
M&N "오늘밤" (Tonight) No Yes


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Just JeA
  • Released: January 4, 2013
  • Label: Nega Network
  • Format: CD, Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
As lead artist
"The Day"
(with Kim Yeon-ji)
2006 N/A N/A To My Lover (single)
"Because You Sting" (니가 따끔거려서)
(with G.O of MBLAQ)
2010 12 Non-album single
"Let's Hug" (안아보자)
(with Jeong Yeop of Brown Eyed Soul)
2012 5 5 Just JeA
"While You're Sleeping" (그대가 잠든 사이) 2013 28 36
(with SAT)
Non-album single
"Just One Day" (하루만이라도)
(feat. Baro of B1A4)
2015 60 N/A Apgujeong Boangwan Project (single)
"Bad Girl" (나쁜 여자)
(with Jeong Yeop of Brown Eyed Soul)
2016 94 Non-album single
"Winter, It's You" (겨울 너야) You o'clock (single)
"You're Different" (그댄 달라요)
(with Ra.D)
2017 Non-album singles
"Only Without Me" (나만 없다면)
"An Ordinary Christmas" (크리스마스 별거 없어)
(with Kim Young-chul)
"Dear. Rude"
(with Cheetah)
2019 Newself (single)
(feat. Moonbyul)
2020 Non-album singles
"With A Song"
(with Cheetah, Hayoung, Eunkwang, and Parc Jae-jung)
As featured artist
"Do You Know" (알고 있나요) (Duet version)
(Someday feat. JeA)
2009 N/A N/A Someday
"La La Land" (랄라랜드)
(Cho PD feat. JeA and Narsha)
2010 22 Part 2: Art of Business

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album

Credited as Kim Hyo-jin
"Please Stay by My Side" (내 곁에 남아달라고)
(with Guk Tae Ha)
2003 N/A Escape from Unemployment OST
"I Told You I Love You" (사랑한다고 말했잖아요) Bodyguard OST
"Feeling of Love" (사랑느낌) 2004 Lovers in Paris OST
Credited as JeA
"Have Sorrow" (애상가) 2007 N/A The King and I OST
"Hateful Love" (미운 사랑)
(with Black Pearl)
2008 East of Eden OST
"Much Love" (다애/多愛) The Kingdom of the Winds OST
"Harmony" (하모니)
(with Lee Young Hyun of Big Mama)
2010 24 Harmony OST
"Stray Child" (미아) 26 The Slave Hunters OST
"Poison" The Fugitive: Plan B OST
"Fool For You" (그대 바보) 2011 10 Padam Padam OST
"Because of You" (너 때문에) 2012 23 History of a Salaryman OST
"Secret Note" (비밀노트) 2013 97 When a Man Falls in Love OST
"Want it" (원해)
(with Cho PD)
2016 Sweet Stranger and Me OST
"Alone" 2018 Ms. Ma, Nemesis OST
"I Know It's You" (알 것 같아) 2019 Welcome 2 Life OST
"Because I Miss You" (보고 싶은 그대니까요) 2020 Born Again OST

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album

"Love Is..."
(with Miryo)
2010 18 Blue Band Trauma Part 1
"Be My Girl"
(Jinyoung of B1A4 feat. JeA)
2012 86 In the Wind


Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2015 Hello Counselor KBS2 Episode 249 (with Brown Eyed Girls)
2016 Produce 101 Mnet Trainer
Happy Together KBS2 Episode 453
King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as "Bangkok Friends Fan" (episodes 69 and 70)
Girl Spirit JTBC Episode 8
2018 Mimi Shop JTBC Herself (episodes 12–13)
2019 Hon-Life: Satisfaction Project JTBC Cast
Studio Vibes tvN MC
2020 My Life's Traveling Cut SBS Cast With Lee Chang-min , Lee Chi Hyun , Won Mi Yeon


  1. ^ (in Korean) 아걸 가인-제아 동시 생일파티 사진 대방출 “민낯가리기 개성넘쳐” (Brown Eyed Girls Members Gain and Jea Joint Birthday Party Pictures Released, "Covered Faces Overflow with Personality"). The Chosun Ilbo. September 21, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  2. ^ (in Korean) 8월 25일 앨범 발매, 소녀시대, 카라와 정면 승부! (Album Release Date August 25, Duking it Out with Girls' Generation and Kara!). Mydaily. August 8, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Brown Eyed Girls' Ga-In signs solo album deal. Channel NewsAsia. December 23, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  4. ^ (in Korean) 브아걸 제아, 추노OST `미아`로 뜨거운 인기몰이 (BEG's Jea Earns Hot Popularity with "Mia" from Chuno Soundtrack) Archived December 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Korea Economic Daily. February 18, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  5. ^ (in Korean) Lee, Jun-bae. '트러블메이커' 아이유 꺾고 정상 ("Troublemaker" Beats IU to the Top). Kyeongin Ilbo. December 28, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  6. ^ (in Korean) Jo, Eun-yeong. `도망자 PlanB` OST 13일 발매 (The Fugitive: Plan B OST Released on the 13th). Maeil Business Newspaper. October 5, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  7. ^ Gaon Album Chart positions:
    • Just JeA: "2013년 2주차 Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  8. ^ "2013년 01월 Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c Gaon Digital Chart positions:
  10. ^ K-Pop Hot 100 chart positions:
  11. ^ Cumulative sales of "Let's Hug":
  12. ^ "2013년 01월 Download Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  13. ^ "2013년 49주차 Download Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "2015년 6주차 Download Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  15. ^ "2016년 16주차 Download Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  16. ^ "2012년 47주차 Download Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved December 28, 2020.

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