Jessica Jung

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jung.
Jessica Jung at Incheon Airport on May 22, 2015.jpg
Jessica in May 2015
Born Jessica Sooyoun Jung
(1989-04-18) April 18, 1989 (age 26)
San Francisco, California, United States
Other names Jung Soo-yeon
Relatives Krystal Jung (younger sister)
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment (2000–2015)
Associated acts
Website Blanc & Eclare official page
Korean name
Revised Romanization Jeong Suyeon
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Suyŏn
Birth name
Hangul 제시카 정
Revised Romanization Jesika Jeong
McCune–Reischauer Chesik'a Chŏng

Jessica Sooyoun Jung (born April 18, 1989),[1] known professionally as 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. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Jessica is fluent in English and Korean after moving to South Korea at the age of 11.

Early life[edit]

Jessica was born in San Francisco, California.[1][2] While on vacation in South Korea, she and her sister, Krystal, were spotted in a shopping mall by S.M. Entertainment; she later joined the company in 2000.[3] 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.[2]

Her younger sister, Krystal, is a member of the Korean girl group f(x). She had a TV program with Jessica called Jessica & Krystal.

Music career[edit]

Girls' Generation (2007–2014)[edit]

Main article: Girls' Generation
Jessica at MBC Gayo Daejejeon on December 31, 2013

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 that Jessica would no longer be a member of Girls' Generation due to constant conflicts with the group's and Jessica's schedules. The company also stated that Girls' Generation would continue to promote with eight members while still managing Jessica's solo activities.[4][5] Jessica also released a statement of her own through her fashion company Blanc, explaining that she was one-sidedly asked to leave Girls' Generation by the agency and members.[6] 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, The Best.

On August 6th, 2015, S.M. Entertainment released an official statement regarding Jessica's future, it was stated that the company and former member of Girls' Generation had officially parted ways. [7]

Solo singing career[edit]

Jessica at Incheon International Airport on May 27, 2015.

In addition to her group activities, Jessica released two singles with Seohyun and Tiffany: "Love Hate" (Hangul"오빠 나빠", lit. Bad Older Brother)[8] and "Mabinogi (It's Fantastic!)".[9] Jessica collaborated with 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 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 ).[10] In 2012, Jessica sang "What To Do" (feat. Kim Jin-pyo) for the drama Wild Romance, "Butterfly" (feat Krystal) for To The Beautiful You,[11] "Heart Road" for The King's Dream,[12] as well as "My Lifestyle", a Hyundai i30‘s commercial song.[13] In 2013, she had "The One Like You" for Dating Agency: Cyrano.[14] In 2014, Jessica released "Say Yes"' for the Make Your Move soundtrack, featuring her sister, Krystal, and EXO's former member, Kris.

Acting career[edit]

Jessica made her musical theatre debut in the South Korean production of Legally Blonde, alongside Lee Ha-nui and Kim Ji-woo;[15] the production opened on November 14, 2009.[16]

In March 2010, she had a cameo role on SBS TV Oh! My Lady.[17]

In 2012, Jessica appeared in Wild Romance, playing the role of Kang Jonghee, who is Park Mu-yeol's first love. She appeared in approximately eight episodes.[18] In the same year, Jessica returned to musical theatre once again with Legally Blonde, alongside Jung Eun-ji(Apink) and Choi Woori. Her first performance was on November 28.

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.[19]

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 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 2014, Jessica and her sister Krystal were featured in their reality television show Jessica & Krystal.[20] It premiered on June 3[21] and consisted of ten episodes.[22]

In 2015, she took a part in Chinese sport's variety show "YES! Coach". She participated in swimming competition trained by professional swimmer Sun Yang. In addition, she appeared on Singaporean talk show "The 5 Show" where she talked briefly about her business venture, Blanc & Eclare.

Other ventures[edit]

Blanc & Eclare[edit]

In August 2014, Jessica launched her own fashion line, Blanc, which was later renamed Blanc & Eclare.[23]



Year Title Peak positions Album
Gaon[24] Billboard K-pop Hot 100
2010 "Sweet Delight" 48  — Non-album single
2011 "Because Tears Are Overflowing" 20  — KBS Romance Town OST
2012 "What To Do" (with Kim Jin-pyo) 12 14 KBS Wild Romance OST
"Butterfly" (with Krystal) 22 17 SBS To The Beautiful You OST
"Heart Road" 57 43 KBS The King's Dream OST
"My Lifestyle" (with Dok2) 34 30 PYL Younique Volume 1
2013 "The One Like You" 37 21 tvN Dating Agency: Cyrano OST

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Album Title Duration Other artist(s)
2007 SBS Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son "Touch the Sky" 03:49 Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
2008 Roommate "Love Hate" 03:45 Seohyun and Tiffany
It's Fantastic "It's Fantastic" 03:40 Seohyun and Tiffany
Infinity "I Love You" 03:40 8eight
N/A "Holding Hands" 03:54 Tiffany, Super Junior, SS501, Jewelry, Brown Eyed Girls, Lee Hyun and T.G.U.S
KBS Hong Gildong OST "The Little Boat (작은 배)" 03:27 Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
N/A "Haptic Motion" 01:31 Taeyeon, Seohyun and Sunny
2009 Olympic Duet Song Festival "NaengMyun" 03:41 Park Myung-soo
Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) "One Year Later" 04:00 Onew
MBC Heading to the Ground OST "Motion" 04:06 Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
N/A "S.E.O.U.L." 03:47 Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Donghae and Leeteuk of Super Junior
N/A "I Can't Bear Anymore (Bear Song)" 02:43 Taeyeon, Seohyun and Sunny
2010 Sweet Delight "Sweet Delight" 03:20 N/A
N/A "Cabi Song" 03:19 Taeyeon, Tiffany, Seohyun, Sunny, Yuri, Chansung, Junsu, and Taecyeon
N/A "Cooky" 02:50 Tiffany, Seohyun and Sunny
My Friend Haechi "Haechi Song" (해치송)[25] 03:26 Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany and Seohyun
2011 Romance Town "Because Tears Are Overflowing" 04:46 N/A
2012 KBS Wild Romance "What To Do" 03:54 Kim Jin-pyo
SBS To the Beautiful You "Butterfly" 03:01 Krystal
KBS The King's Dream "Heart Road" 04:19 N/A
PYL Younique Volume 1 "My Unique Lifestyle" 03:06 Dok2
2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano "The One Like You" 04:15 N/A
2014 Make Your Move (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) "Say Yes" 03:58 Krystal and Kris



Year Title Role Other notes
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Biographical film of SM Town[26]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Network
2008 Unstoppable Marriage Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang Cameo KBS2
2009 Tae-hee, Hye-kyo, Ji-hyun! English teacher Cameo MBC
2010 Oh! My Lady Herself Cameo SBS
2012 Wild Romance Kang Jong-hee Supporting role KBS2

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Episodes Note
2010 Happy Birthday All
2014 Jessica & Krystal 1-10 with Krystal, featuring daily activities of the two sisters
2015 Yes! Coach Guest Star
Chef Nic Guest Star
2015 "The 5 Show" 114 Guest Star

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010; 2012–2013 Legally Blonde Elle Woods Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2012 2nd SBS MTV Best of the Best Best Cameo[27] Sherlock Nominated
2013 7th The Musical Awards Popularity Award[28] Legally Blonde Won
8th Seoul International Drama Awards Most Popular Drama OST[29] "Butterfly" Nominated
2014 7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons (with Krystal Jung) Jessica & Krystal Nominated
Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards Most Searched Korean Female Artist Herself Won
Sohu Fashion Awards Asian Fashion Icon Herself Won


  1. ^ a b "Person details for Jessica Sooyoun Jung, 'California, Birth Index, 1905-1995'". FamilySearch. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Factory Girls: Cultural technology and the making of K-pop (October 8, 2012). Retrieved on January 12, 2015.
  3. ^ (Korean) 제시카, "관객 앞에서의 제 목소리에 감동했어요", February 18, 2009
  4. ^ a b SM states that SNSD will promote as eight without Jessica (September 30, 2014). Retrieved on September 30, 2014.
  5. ^ SMTown's Official Statement SM Entertainment (September 30, 2014). Retrieved on October 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Jessica releases a statement of her own (October 1, 2014). Retrieved on February 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Singer Jessica quits SM Entertainment". The Korea Times. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  8. ^ (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.
  9. ^ (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.
  10. ^ "제시카 로맨스타운 OST 공개, 네티즌 "너무 달콤하다"" (in Korean). Financial News. May 18, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Jessica and Krystal releases 'Butterfly', an OST of 'To the Beautiful You'". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Jessica sings for KBS drama Korea JoongAng Daily (September 6, 2012). Retrieved on January 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "Jessica sings "My Lifestyle" (ft. Dok2) for Hyundai’s ‘PYL Younique Album’". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Girls' Generation's Jessica lends her voice for OST of Sooyoung's starring drama 'Dating Agency: Cyrano'". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Chung Ah-young. 'Legally Blonde' Sparkles With Starry Cast. The Korea Times. September 16, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  16. ^ 3 Starts to Share Lead in 'Legally Blonde' Musical. The Chosun Ilbo. October 31, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  17. ^ (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
  18. ^ Park, Young Woong (February 15, 2012). "Violent Romance, SNSD’s Jessica and Lee Dong Wook have a romantic date". StarNews. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  19. ^ (Korean) Bae Sunyoung: 제시카 ‘해피 버스데이‘ 5주 출연 끝, 7일 하차 (Jessica, After Five Weeks of Appearances in 'Happy Birthday', Will be Withdrawing on 7th), June 5, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  20. ^ "SNSD’s Jessica and f(x)’s Krystal to Star in New Program ‘Jessica & Krystal’". CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Sisters Jessica and Krystal Get Sassy and Charming in Reality Show Teaser Video". CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "SNSD Jessica and f(x)’s Krystal Share on Wrapping Up ′Jessica & Krystal′". Newsen. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Jessica Renames Fashion Brand To "Blanc & Eclare"". KBS. October 6, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
  25. ^ "내친구 해치 (My Friend Haechi) [Original Soundtrack] – Single". iTunes US Apple. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  26. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  27. ^ Girls’ Generation Nominated for ’2012 World Music Awards’ and ’2012 SBS MTV Best of the Best’
  28. ^ 제시카 수상소감 "무려 8천표가 넘었다니 대단하다" (in Korean). MBN. June 4, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  29. ^ "서울드라마어워즈 2013 한류 드라마부문". July 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 

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