Jessica Sooyoun Jung (born April 18, 1989), known professionally as [1 ] Jessica, is an American singer, actress, and businesswoman currently based in South Korea. She is a former member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation. In 2014, she established her apparel fashion brand, Blanc & Eclare. She is currently contracted under S.M. Entertainment. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Jessica is fluent in English and also Korean after moving to South Korea at the age of 11.
Early life [ edit ]
Jessica was born in
San Francisco, California. [1 ] While on vacation in South Korea, she and her sister were spotted in a shopping mall by [2 ] S.M. Entertainment and joined the company in 2000. She spent seven years as a trainee before debuting as part of the Korean girl group [3 ] Girls' Generation. Jessica attended Korea Kent Foreign School during her teenage years. [2 ]
Her younger sister
Krystal is a member of the Korean girl group f(x). She had a TV programme with Jessica called . Jessica & Krystal
Music career [ edit ]
Girls' Generation (2007–2014) [ edit ]
Jessica performing as part of
at the 2012 LG Cinema 3D World Festival
Jessica was the first member to be signed with
SM Entertainment in 2000. In 2007, she was chosen as a member of the group Girls' Generation. The 9-member girl group debuted on August 5, 2007.
On September 30, 2014, Jessica announced on her personal
Weibo account that she was "forced out" of the group. [4 ] SM Entertainment later confirmed this, stating Jessica would no longer be a member of Girls' Generation due to constant conflicts with the group's and Jessica's schedules, and Girls' Generation would continue to promote as eight members while the company would still manage Jessica's solo activities. [4 ] Jessica also released a statement of her own, through her fashion company Blanc, explaining she was one-sidedly asked to leave Girls' Generation by the agency and members. [5 ] Jessica's last released song with Girls' Generation is "Divine", released as a part of the repackaged version of their first Japanese greatest hits album, [6 ] . The Best
Solo singing career [ edit ]
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!)". [7 ] Jessica collaborated with [8 ] 8Eight for the song "I Love You" from their second album, Infinity, which was released on March 3, 2008. She is not the one in the music video, but is the one singing the harmony and adlibs. 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 released a digital single titled "Sweet Delight" on October 13, 2010. In 2011, Jessica participated in the soundtrack of
KBS drama Romance Town with the song "Because Tears Are Overflowing" ( Korean: 눈물이 넘쳐서 ). In 2012, Jessica sang "What To Do" (feat. [9 ] Kim Jin-pyo) for the drama , " Wild Romance Butterfly" (feat Krystal) for , To The Beautiful You "Heart Road" for [10 ] , The King's Dream as well as " [11 ] My Lifestyle", a Hyundai i30‘s commercial song. In 2013, she had " [12 ] The One Like You" for . Dating Agency: Cyrano In 2014, Jessica released "Say Yes"' for the [13 ] soundtrack, featuring her sister, Krystal, and EXO's former member, Kris. Make Your Move
Acting career [ edit ]
Jessica made her
musical theatre debut in the South Korean production of , alongside Legally Blonde Lee Ha-nui and Kim Ji-woo; the production opened on November 14, 2009. [14 ] [15 ]
In March 2010, she had a cameo role on
SBS TV . Oh! My Lady [16 ]
In 2012, Jessica appeared in
, playing the role of Kang Jonghee, who is Wild Romance Park Mu-yeol's first love. She appeared in approximately eight episodes. In the same year, Jessica returned to [17 ] musical theatre once again with , alongside Jung Eun-Ji and Choi Woori. Her first performance was on November 28. Legally Blonde
Variety show appearances [ edit ]
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. [18 ]
She was also a regular guest on the show
Star King with fellow band member Yuri.
In 2009, she took a special part on the show
for their summer special, in which she was chosen to sing a duet entitled "Naengmyun" with Infinity Challenge Park Myung-soo, one of the MCs.
In 2014, Jessica and her sister Krystal were featured in their reality television show
. It premiered on June 3 and consisted of ten episodes. Jessica & Krystal [19 ]
Other ventures [ edit ]
Blanc & Eclare [ edit ]
In August 2014, Jessica launched her own fashion line, Blanc, which was later renamed Blanc & Eclare.
Discography [ edit ]
Singles [ edit ]
Guest appearances [ edit ]
SBS Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son "Touch the Sky"
Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
Roommate "Love Hate"
Seohyun and Tiffany
It's Fantastic "It's Fantastic"
Seohyun and Tiffany
Infinity "I Love You"
N/A "Holding Hands"
Super Junior, SS501, Jewelry, Brown Eyed Girls, Lee Hyun and T.G.U.S
Hong Gildong OST "The Little Boat (작은 배)"
Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
N/A "Haptic Motion"
Taeyeon, Seohyun and
Olympic Duet Song Festival "NaengMyun"
Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) "
One Year Later" 04:00
Heading to the Ground OST "Motion"
Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and
Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Donghae and Leeteuk of Super Junior
N/A "I Can't Bear Anymore (Bear Song)"
Taeyeon, Seohyun and Sunny
Sweet Delight "Sweet Delight"
N/A "Cabi Song"
Taeyeon, Tiffany, Seohyun, Sunny,
Yuri, Chansung, Junsu, and Taecyeon
Tiffany, Seohyun and Sunny
My Friend Haechi "Haechi Song" (해치송)
[22 ] 03:26
Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany and Seohyun
Romance Town "Because Tears Are Overflowing"
Wild Romance "What To Do"
SBS To the Beautiful You "
The King's Dream "Heart Road"
PYL Younique Volume 1 "
My Unique Lifestyle" 03:06
Dating Agency: Cyrano "
The One Like You" 04:15
Make Your Move (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) "Say Yes"
Krystal and Kris
Filmography [ edit ]
I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself
Biographical film of SM Town
Television drama [ edit ]
Variety shows [ edit ]
Happy Birthday All
Jessica & Krystal 1-10
Krystal, featuring daily activities of the two sisters
Musical theatre [ edit ]
Legally Blonde Elle Woods
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
2nd SBS MTV Best of the Best
7th The Musical Awards
Legally Blonde Won
8th Seoul International Drama Awards
Most Popular Drama OST
[26 ] "Butterfly"
7th Style Icon Awards
Top 10 Style Icons
(with Krystal Jung)
Jessica & Krystal Nominated
Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards
Most Searched Korean Female Artist
Sohu Fashion Awards
Asian Fashion Icon
References [ edit ]
^ a b "Person details for Jessica Sooyoun Jung, 'California, Birth Index, 1905-1995. '" FamilySearch . Retrieved . February 26, 2015
^ a b Factory Girls: Cultural technology and the making of K-pop Newyorker.com (October 8, 2012). Retrieved on January 12, 2015.
^ (Korean) Chosun.com: 제시카, "관객 앞에서의 제 목소리에 감동했어요", February 18, 2009
^ a b SM states that SNSD will promote as eight without Jessica Mwave.interest.me (September 30, 2014). Retrieved on September 30, 2014.
^ SMTown's Official Statement SM Entertainment (September 30, 2014). Retrieved on October 1, 2014.
^ Jessica releases a statement of her own Mwave.interest.me (October 1, 2014). Retrieved on February 27, 2015.
^ (Korean) Kim Hyeong-wu. 소녀시대 티파니 “‘오빠나빠’ 활동 당시 성대 결절 고생” (. Girls' Generation's Tiffany: "'Bad Older Brother' Activities Were Difficult on Vocal Nodules") / JoongAng Ilbo Newsen. February 16, 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
^ (Korean) 소녀시대 티파니 제시카 서현 게임 주제가 신곡 발표 ( Girls' Generation's Tiffany/Jessica/Seohyun Announce Game Theme Song as New Single). / IS Plus Newsen. August 1, 2008. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
^ "제시카 로맨스타운 OST 공개, 네티즌 "너무 달콤하다 (in Korean). Financial News. May 18, 2011 "" . Retrieved . May 20, 2015
^ "Jessica and Krystal releases 'Butterfly', an OST of 'To the Beautiful You '" . Retrieved . 13 October 2014
^ Jessica sings for KBS drama Korea JoongAng Daily (September 6, 2012). Retrieved on January 12, 2015.
^ "Jessica sings "My Lifestyle" (ft. Dok2) for Hyundai’s ‘PYL Younique Album’" . Retrieved . 13 October 2014
^ "Girls' Generation's Jessica lends her voice for OST of Sooyoung's starring drama 'Dating Agency: Cyrano '" . Retrieved . 13 October 2014
^ (English) Chung Ah-young. 'Legally Blonde' Sparkles With Starry Cast. . September 16, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2010. The Korea Times
^ (English) 3 Starts to Share Lead in 'Legally Blonde' Musical. . October 31, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2010. The Chosun Ilbo
^ (Korean) 소녀시대, 최시원과 의리 지키며 '오 마이 레이디'서 카메오 출연 (. SNSD Makes Cameo Appearance on "Oh! My Lady", Showing Loyalty to Choi Siwon) asiae/ Newsen. March 7, 2010. Retrieved on April 9, 2010
^ Park, Young Woong (February 15, 2012). "Violent Romance, SNSD’s Jessica and Lee Dong Wook have a romantic date". StarNews . Retrieved . February 28, 2015
^ (Korean) Bae Sunyoung: 제시카 ‘해피 버스데이‘ 5주 출연 끝, 7일 하차 (, Newsen.com. June 5, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010. Jessica, After Five Weeks of Appearances in 'Happy Birthday', Will be Withdrawing on 7th)
^ Jessica and Krystal's reality show . Allkpop.com (April 16, 2014). Retrieved on April 16, 2014. Jessica&Krystal
^ "Jessica Renames Fashion Brand To "Blanc & Eclare. "" KBS. October 6, 2014 . Retrieved . February 28, 2015
^ "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart.
^ "내친구 해치 (My Friend Haechi) [Original Soundtrack] – Single". iTunes US Apple . Retrieved . 2013-03-10
^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012 . Retrieved . 4 May 2012
^ Girls’ Generation Nominated for ’2012 World Music Awards’ and ’2012 SBS MTV Best of the Best’
^ "제시카 수상소감 "무려 8천표가 넘었다니 대단하다 (in Korean). MBN. June 4, 2013 "" . Retrieved . May 27, 2015
^ "서울드라마어워즈 2013 한류 드라마부문". July 2013 . Retrieved . May 27, 2015
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