Jihae (rock musician)

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Jihae in 2018
Jihae Kim

1988/1989 (age 29–30)
Seoul, South Korea
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active2007–present
Revised RomanizationGim Jihye
McCune–ReischauerKim Chihye

Jihae Kim (born c. 1989),[1] better known by the mononym Jihae, is a South Korean singer and actress based in the United States.[2][3] She debuted as a singer in 2007 and has since released four full-length albums. As an actress, she has appeared in the miniseries Mars (2016) and the film Mortal Engines (2018).[4][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Jihae was born in Seoul, South Korea.[3] As the daughter of a diplomat, she grew up in Nigeria and Sweden. She attended Emory University, where she graduated with a degree in political science.[5]


Jihae began her career as a model, appearing in ads for the women's clothing brand Eileen Fisher.[5]

In 2007, she released her first album, My Heart Is an Elephant. A video for the album featured filmmaker Michel Gondry playing percussion using kitchenware and musician Lenny Kravitz playing the guitar and bass.[6] Jihae released her second album, Elvis is Still Alive, in 2008.[7]

In 2009, Jihae launched her own music label and multimedia company, Septem.[citation needed]

In 2010, Jihae co-created a rock opera, Fire Burning Rain, with Academy Award-winning playwright/director John Patrick Shanley, based on her concept album of the same name.[8] She released her fourth album, Illusion of You, in 2015. She co-produced the album with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, as well as Stuart Matthewman and Jean-Luc Sinclair.[9] The album includes a song cowritten by Leonard Cohen.[10]

Jihae had her first major acting role in 2015, when she played twin sisters Joon and Hana Seung in the National Geographic miniseries Mars.[4] In 2018, she played Anna Fang in the film Mortal Engines.[2]


In 2012, Jihae and Dave Stewart recorded the song, "Man to Man, Woman to Woman," which was chosen by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the theme song for the 2012 Hours Against Hate campaign to combat bigotry. Jihae and Stewart performed the song at a concert in London on July 24.[11]


Studio albums[edit]

  • My Heart Is an Elephant (2007)[4]
  • Elvis Is Still Alive (2008)[7]
  • Fire Burning Rain (2010)[8]
  • Illusion of You (2015)[4]



Year Title Role Ref
2009 2B Singer (as Jihae Kim) [12]
2018 Mortal Engines Anna Fang [13]


Year Title Role Ref
2016-present Mars Joon Seung & Hana Seung [14]


  1. ^ Roshanian, Arya (2016-11-03). "Singer Jihae on Her Acting Debut in National Geographic's 'Mars'". Variety. Archived from the original on 2018-07-14. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  2. ^ a b c Fear, David (2018-12-14). "'Mortal Engines' Review: Metropocalypse Now!". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  3. ^ a b Ashagre, Aggi (2015-10-16). "JiHAE Premieres Stunning 'Only You' Video: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  4. ^ a b c d Fuller, Melynda. "'Mars' Star Jihae On Playing Twin Sisters — Both Of Them". Bust. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  5. ^ a b Adekola, Lara (2016-12-06). "Korean Singer JiHAE Shares Her Holistic Beauty and Fitness Routine". Allure. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  6. ^ Hamaïde, Julie (2016-11-18). "Dans "MARS", JiHAE part à la conquête de la planète rouge". ChEEk Magazine (in French). Archived from the original on 2018-01-13. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  7. ^ a b Raper, Dan (2009-02-08). "Jihae: Elvis is Still Alive". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 2018-01-13. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  8. ^ a b Gans, Andrew. "Fire Burning Rain". Fire Burning Rain. Playbill. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  9. ^ Danton, Eric R. (2015-05-14). "Singer Jihae Eyes the Exit on 'Leaving NYC' (Exclusive Song)". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  10. ^ Williamson, Sue (2015-06-05). "The Illusion of Jihae". W Magazine. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  11. ^ Spokesperson, Office of the. "Secretary of State Clinton's 2012 Hours Against Hate Campaign Launches the Walk A Mile Olympic Program". Hours against Hate. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  12. ^ "2B (2009)". IMDb. Archived from the original on 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (2017-03-06). "Stephen Lang, Jihae, Newcomer Leila George Join Peter Jackson's 'Mortal Engines' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  14. ^ Schwartz, Dana (2016-11-16). "JiHAE on Making a Trip to 'Mars'". Observer. Archived from the original on 2018-01-13. Retrieved 2018-01-13.

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