Jung in May 2016
April 18, 1989
San Francisco, California, United States
|Other names||Jung Soo-yeon|
|Relatives||Krystal Jung (sister)|
|Website||Blanc & Eclare|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Su-yeon|
|Revised Romanization||Jesika Jeong|
Jessica Jung (born April 18, 1989), known professionally as Jessica, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, and businesswoman currently based in South Korea. Jung was born and raised in San Francisco, California. At the age of eleven, she was discovered by South Korean entertainment agency S.M. Entertainment and subsequently moved to South Korea. In 2007, Jung debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation. The group later became one of the best-selling artists in South Korea, and one of South Korea's most popular girl groups nationwide and worldwide.
As an actress, Jung portrayed Elle Woods in the Korean-language version of Legally Blonde in 2010, and played a role in the drama Wild Romance in 2012. In early 2014, she established a fashion brand, Blanc & Eclare. Later that year, she was dismissed from the group Girls' Generation due to conflicts between the group's schedule and her own business activities. Following the dismissal, Jessica ended her contract with S.M. Entertainment and signed with Coridel Entertainment in 2016, prior to the release of her debut solo album, With Love, J.
Jessica was born in San Francisco. While on vacation in South Korea, she and her sister, Krystal, were spotted in a shopping mall by a member of S.M. Entertainment; she later joined the company in 2000. She spent seven years as a trainee before debuting as part of the Korean girl group Girls' Generation. Jessica attended Korea Kent Foreign School during her teenage years. Her younger sister, Krystal, is a member of the Korean girl group f(x). The sisters later had a reality TV show called Jessica & Krystal. Jessica is a native speaker of American English and gained fluency in Korean after moving to South Korea at the age of 11 to pursue her entertainment career.
2007–14: Girls' Generation
Jessica was the first member of what would become Girls' Generation to sign with S.M. Entertainment in 2000. In 2007, she was chosen as a member of the 9-member girl group that debuted on August 5, 2007. In addition to her group activities, Jessica released two singles with Seohyun and Tiffany: "Love Hate" (Hangul: "오빠 나빠", lit. Bad Older Brother) and "Mabinogi (It's Fantastic!)". Jessica collaborated with 8Eight for the song "I Love You" from their second album, Infinity, which was released on March 3, 2008. Though she was the one singing the harmony and adlibs, she is not seen in the music video. In addition, she had various duets — one with Shinee member, Onew, called "One Year Later", and one with Park Myung-soo, "Naengmyeon". She sang the "Seoul Song" with Super Junior's Leeteuk, Sungmin, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun and fellow group members Taeyeon, Sunny, Sooyoung and Seohyun. Jessica made her musical theatre debut in the South Korean production of Legally Blonde, alongside Lee Ha-nui and Kim Ji-woo; the production opened on November 14, 2009. The same year, she took a special part on the show Infinity Challenge for their summer special, in which she was chosen to sing a duet entitled "Naengmyun" with Park Myung-soo, one of the MCs.
In March 2010, she had a cameo role on SBS's Oh! My Lady. In May 2010, Jessica became a regular guest on the show Happy Birthday until she withdrew on June 7, 2010, due to Girls' Generation's overseas activities. She was also a regular guest on the show Star King with fellow member Yuri. Jessica released a digital single titled "Sweet Delight" on October 13, 2010. In 2011, Jessica participated on the soundtrack of the KBS drama Romance Town with the song "Because Tears Are Overflowing" (Korean: 눈물이 넘쳐서). Jessica made her acting debut in Wild Romance in 2012. In the same year, Jessica returned to musical theatre once again with Legally Blonde, alongside Jung Eun-ji and Choi Woori. Her first performance was on November 28. In the same year, Jessica sang "What To Do" (featuring Kim Jin-pyo) for the drama Wild Romance, "Butterfly" (featuring Krystal) for To The Beautiful You, "Heart Road" for The King's Dream, as well as "My Lifestyle", a Hyundai i30‘s commercial song. In 2013, she had "The One Like You" for Dating Agency: Cyrano.
In 2014, Jessica released "Say Yes"' for the Make Your Move soundtrack, featuring her sister, Krystal, and EXO's former member, Kris. In August, Jung launched her own fashion line, Blanc, which was later renamed Blanc & Eclare. There are now sixty stores located around the world. Jessica and her sister Krystal starred in their own reality television show Jessica & Krystal. It premiered on June 3 and consisted of ten episodes. On September 30, 2014, Jessica announced on her personal Weibo account that she had been "forced out" of the group. S.M. Entertainment later confirmed this, stating that Jung would no longer be a member of Girls' Generation due to continuing scheduling conflicts. The company also stated that Girls' Generation would continue to promote with eight members while it would still manage her solo activities. Jessica also released a statement of her own through her fashion company, Blanc Group, explaining that she had been asked to leave Girls' Generation by the agency and the other members of the group. Jessica's final song with Girls' Generation was "Divine", which was included in the repackaged version of their Japanese greatest hits album, The Best.
2015–present: Solo career
In 2015, Jessica was confirmed to be the female lead in the Chinese romantic comedy film titled I Love That Crazy Little Thing, alongside William Chan and Nicholas Tse. The film was released in August 2016, and Jessica collaborated with Chan on the theme song "Love! Love! Aloha!". On August 6, 2015, S.M. Entertainment released an official statement stating that the company and the former member of Girls' Generation had officially parted ways. The following year, Jessica was confirmed to be the female lead in the autobiographical film about Stephon Marbury titled My Other Home, alongside Marbury himself. She was also cast in the short action comedy Two Bellmen Three alongside Ki Hong Lee. She took a part in Chinese sport's variety show YES! Coach as well, where she participated in a swimming competition after being trained by professional swimmer Sun Yang. Jessica then became the main host of the beauty show Beauty Bible, alongside Kim Jae-kyung.
In February, Jessica announced that her first solo album would be released under her new agency, Coridel Entertainment. In April 2016, representatives announced that Jung would release her first album in May. On April 30, Coridel Entertainment released the track list which included the title track "Fly" featuring Fabolous. Jung wrote and composed four of the six tracks. The name of the extended play was revealed to be With Love, J, and was released on May 17, 2016, along with the title track, "Fly". The music video for "Fly" amassed over 2 million views within 24 hours of its release. A video for the second single, "Love Me The Same," was released the following day on May 18, 2016. With Love, J topped eight music charts, and also ranked first on the Hanteo Weekly Chart and Gaon Weekly Album Chart.
In December, Jung made a comeback with a Christmas EP called Wonderland, composed of six songs, all of which she took part in writing. The album, and its eponymous title track, was released on December 10. It also has an English-language version, with four of the six original Korean tracks.
On April 14, 2017, Coridel Entertainment released a series of teaser pictures confirming that Jessica was set to make her first comeback of the year with a digital single titled "Because It's Spring", on April 18, 2017. In the same month, Forbes included Jessica in their 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 list which comprises 30 influential people under 30 years old who have made substantial effect in their fields. The song was later included on her third EP My Decade, released on August 9, 2017 to celebrate her 10th anniversary since debuting. The lead single "Summer Storm" and its music video were released on the same day.
During a mini concert at Taiwan in July 2017, Jung revealed that her birth name, as on her passport, is "Jessica Jung", whereas her Korean name "Soo-yeon" was only obtained on a later date due to necessity.
Concerts and tours
|2012||I AM.||Herself||Biographical film of SM Town.|
|2016||I Love That Crazy Little Thing||Qian Qian|
|2017||Two Bellmen Three||Mi-na Kim|
|My Other Home||Yang Chen||Biographical film for Stephon Marbury.|
|2008||Unstoppable Marriage||Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang||Cameo|
|2009||Tae-hee, Hye-kyo, Ji-hyun!||English teacher||Cameo|
|2010||Oh! My Lady||Herself||Cameo|
|2012||Wild Romance||Kang Jong-hee||Supporting role|
|2014||Jessica & Krystal||Herself||Lead cast member (with Krystal Jung).|
|2016||Beauty Bible||Herself||Main host (with Kim Jae-kyung).|
|2017||Mix Nine||Herself||Coridel Entertainment representative|
|2009–10; 2012–13||Legally Blonde||Elle Woods||Lead role|
Awards and nominations
|2012||Barbie & Ken Awards||Korean Barbie Award||Herself||Won|||
|2nd SBS MTV Best of the Best||Best Cameo||Sherlock||Nominated|||
|2013||7th The Musical Awards||Popularity Award||Legally Blonde||Won|||
|8th Seoul International Drama Awards||Most Popular Drama OST (with Krystal Jung)||"Butterfly"||Nominated|||
|2014||7th Style Icon Awards||Top 10 Style Icons (with Krystal Jung)||Jessica & Krystal||Nominated|
|Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am 2014||Popularity Award||Herself||Won|||
|Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards||Most Searched Korean Female Artist||Won|||
|Sohu Fashion Awards||Asian Fashion Icon||Won|||
|2015||Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards||Asian Popularity Award||Won|||
|2016||YinYueTai 4th V Chart Awards||Hot Trend Artist of Korea Award||Won|||
|2017||2017 Fashionista Awards||Global Icon||Nominated|||
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