Jo Kwon in January 2015
|Born||August 28, 1989|
Suwon, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Jo Gwon|
In 2008, he appeared on Mnet's Hot Blood. The program showed the intense physical training that thirteen male trainees go through to acquire the opportunity to debut in either a four-member ballad group or a seven-member dance group. After several elimination steps, Jo was chosen for a position in the four-member ballad group 2AM. He became the group's leader.
2AM's first single "This Song" was released on July 21, 2008. In March 2015, Jo renewed his contract with JYP Entertainment, while three other members of 2AM signed with other agencies. JYP Entertainment assured that the departures did not mean 2AM was disbanding, however 2AM is currently on temporarily break from any group activities.  He left JYP Entertainment on September 22, 2017. On November 3, 2017, he signed with Cube Entertainment.
2008-2009: Variety entertainment and popularity as Adam Couple
Jo has appeared as a regular panel member on variety shows such as Star King. He was part of Dirty Eyed Girls in an episode of 2PM's variety show Wild Bunny, performing a parody of popular Brown Eyed Girls song Abracadabra. The music video became popular. In September, 2009, he was one of the main MCs for SBS' environmental variety show Find it! Green Gold with Super Junior member Shindong, SS501 member Kim Hyung-jun, and Fly To The Sky member Brian Joo. He also replaced Jay Park on historical culture variety show Nodaji.
He joined the cast of We Got Married on October 3, 2009, coupled with Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-In. Although they were initially only supposed to be featured in the Chuseok special, their appearance brought in the highest ratings yet for Season 2, so they were announced as a permanent couple. Jo was diagnosed with H1N1 on October 28, 2009, causing him to postpone filming We Got Married. He recovered quickly after treatment.
During their appearance in We Got Married, Jo and Ga-in were donned the nickname “Adam Couple” by fans. Together they released the digital single, "우리 사랑하게 됐어요 (We Fell in Love)," on December 16, 2009, which topped variety online music charts and won two awards on Music Bank's K-Charts and the "Most Popular Background Phone Music" on the Gaon Charts. 50 million won from the profits of the song were donated for rebuilding after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
In 2010, he became a permanent cast member of Family Outing 2. He made his fifth appearance on the TV show "Happy Together" in June 2012. He made several appearances on Star King, Invincible Youth S2, Come To Play, Radio Star, Star Dance Battle, and many other shows. He is known for his "kkab" dance and often danced on variety shows. "Kkab" can be translated as hyperactive.
2010–2012: Screen debut and first solo album
On June 30, 2010, Jo released his first solo digital single titled, 고백하던 날 (The Day I Confessed), a song he partially composed during the We Got Married broadcast for Ga-in. The song came first on Cyworld real-time charts the day after release.
On June 25, 2012, he released his solo album, I'm Da One, along with a music video.
2013: Musical and drama debut
In the same year, on February 27, 2013, he was confirmed as one of the cast for the KBS2 drama Queen of the Office. The drama is about a talented contract worker, and the work and relationships that surround her.
2016–2017: Second solo album, fourth musical Casting, golden tambourine, and departure from JYP Entertainment
Jo's new album Crosswalk included three tracks, two of which he wrote ― the lead single, “Crosswalk,” and the third track, “Flutter.” The second track, “It's Okay,” was written by Ryan S. Jhun and Denzil "DR" Remedios, the music producers of SM Entertainment's Shinee and f(x). Popular songwriters Esna and Aev produced the title song.
On March 17, 2016, it was announced by JYP Entertainment that Jo would be participating in the musical On The Starry Night as the role "lChoi Sung-keun. The musical Ran from May 7 to May 15, 2016.
On November 10, 2016, Mnet released some b-cut poster image on their upcoming karaoke program, Golden Tambourine which ran from December 15, 2016, until February 23, 2017.
On September 21, 2017, it was announced that Jo had officially left JYP Entertainment after 16 years. However, 2AM never did announce that they were disbanding and it is presumed that the group is on hiatus.
On January 10, 2018, Jo released the digital single 새벽 (Lonely), his first release after joining Cube Entertainment. He was set to enlist in the Korean Army in August 2018, for his mandatory military service. On July 24, 2019, it was confirm that he will release a special single new theme song for the ROK Army with collaboration of Shinee's Onew and Key, Exo's Xiumin, Infinite's Kim Sung-kyu, BtoB's Lee Chang-sub, 2AM's Jinwoon, Yoon Ji-sung and actors Kim Minseok, and Lee Jae-kyoon in mid-August..
As part of South Korea's effort to combat COVID-19, Jo officially discharged from the military early on March 24, 2020. He also made his first variety show appearance after being discharged on JTBC's Knowing Bros alongside 2PM's Wooyoung, Block B's P.O & WINNER's Mino on April 4, 2020. In July 2020, Jo Kwon will star in the musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie, playing the role of Jamie New, a 16-year-old high school student, who dreams to be a drag queen, and deals with prejudice and bullies.
As of 2013, Jo was attending Kyung Hee University. He entered Kyung Hee University without taking the entrance examination, with rumors alleging favouritism, because he was an entertainer. The rumors were refuted by his performance at the top of his class in his major. In 2015, he enrolled in the Performing Arts Department of Kyunghee University's Graduate Program.
Kwon is the president of the cereal cafe franchise 'Midnight in Seoul', which was founded and owned by actor-singer Yoon Kye-sang and three friends. The cafe-cum-bar was the first of its kind in Seoul and gained popularity amongst K-pop idol singers through word-of-mouth. In May 2017, it was announced that the venture would become a franchise and that Jo would be named its president, while Yoon and others would remain official owners.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|I'm Da One||1||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
|As lead artist|
|"The Day I Confessed" (고백하던 날)||2010||3||N/A||Non-album single|
|"I'm Da One"
|22||I'm Da One|
|"Dunk Shoot" (덩크슛)|
|"We Fell In Love" (우리 사랑하게 됐어요)
with Lim Jeong-hee, Joo Hee of 8Eight, RM & Jungkook of BTS
|"On A Good Day Like This" (이렇게 좋은 날에)
with Joo Yeong of Seorindong Children
|"Born to be Wild"
with Hyoyeon and Min
|2016||—||N/A||SM Station Season 1|
with Hyuna, BtoB, CLC, Pentagon, Yoo Seon-ho, (G)I-dle
|2018||—||2018 United Cube: ONE|
|"—" denotes release did not chart.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
|"One Summer Night"
||Two Yoo Project Sugar Man OST|
|"Rise and Fall" (흥망성쇠)
with Yoo Se-yoon, Shim Hyung-tak, Choi Yoo-jung
|2017||—||N/A||Golden Tambourine OST|
|"—" denotes release did not chart.|
|2009||"Dunk Shot"||Whale (of W&Whale)|
|2010||"On The Way To Break Up"||Lim Jeong-hee|
|2012||"I'm Da One"||Himself|
|2010||All My Love||Hwang Ok-yub||MBC|
|2013||The Dramatic "Flower Boys Corporation"||Jo Kwon|
|The Queen of Office||Kye Kyung-woo||KBS2|
|2015||The Producers||Himself (ep.3)|
|Drinking Solo||Kwon (fellow student at Noryangjin) (ep. 11)||tvN|
|2009||We Got Married||MBC||Himself||Season 2 (60 episodes) with Gain (singer)|
|2010||Family Outing 2||SBS||Member||Season 2|
|Star King||Himself||Episodes 147-149, 152-158, 162, 177, 179, 184|
|2013||A Song For You||KBS World||MC||Season 2 (16 Episodes)|
|2015||King of Mask Singer||MBC||Contestant||Episode 1|
|2016||Golden Tambourine||Mnet||MC||Season 1|
|2020||(G)I-dle's I Trust media showcase||N/A|||
|2013||Jesus Christ Superstar||King Herod|
|2014||Priscilla, Queen of the Desert||Adam|
|2016||On A Starry Night||Choi Sung Keun|
|2019||Shinheung Military Academy||Paldo |
|2020||Everybody's Talking About Jamie||Jamie New |
Awards and nominations
|2009||Cyworld Digital Music Awards||Song of the Month (December)||We Fell in Love (with Ga-in)||Won|
|2010||Song of the Month (January)||Won|
|Gaon Chart Grand Opening Awards||January Week 1 Digital Chart Overall #1||Won|
|January Week 2 Digital Chart Overall #1||Won|
|January Week 3 Digital Chart Overall #1||Won|
|January Week 4 Ringback tone #1||Won|
|4th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Most Influential Top 20 Stars||Jo Kwon||Won|
|3rd Korea Sharing Awards||The National Assembly standing Committee's Chairman Award||Won|
|Melon Music Awards||Song of the Year||We Fell In Love (with Ga-in)||Nominated|
|Netizen Popularity Song||Nominated|
|12th Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Collaboration||Won|
|Bugs Music Awards||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Duet (Gold)||Won|
|Best Variety Star (Bronze)||We Got Married||Won|
|MBC Entertainment Awards||Show, Variety Male Rookie Award||We Got Married||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Ga-in||Won|
|SBS Entertainment Awards||Variety New Star Award||Inkigayo||Won|
|2011||MBC Entertainment Awards||Comedy / Sitcom Popularity Award||All My Love||Won|
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