Kei (singer)

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Kei in May 2018
Native name
Kim Ji-yeon

(1995-03-20) March 20, 1995 (age 24)
Incheon, South Korea
EducationIncheon Youngsun High School
Musical career
Years active2014–present
LabelsWoollim Entertainment
Associated actsLovelyz
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Ji-yeon
McCune–ReischauerKim Chiyŏn

Kim Ji-yeon (Korean김지연; born March 20, 1995), commonly known by her stage name Kei, is a South Korean singer and actress. She made her debut as a main vocalist of South Korean girl group Lovelyz in 2014. She made her acting debut as the female lead in the web drama Matching! Boys Archery in 2016. Kei made official solo debut on October 8, 2019, with the extended play (EP) Over and Over.[1]


Kei was born Kim Ji-yeon on March 20, 1995 in Incheon, South Korea.[2][3] Her family consists of her parents and her older sister named Kim Min-ji. She graduated from Incheon Youngsun High School.[4]


In November 2014, Kei made her official debut as the main vocal of girl group Lovelyz.[5] In December 2015, Kei recorded the song Love Is Like That for the drama Oh My Venus.[6] On May 13, 2016 Kei along with Lee Mi-joo was confirmed becoming the Special MC for Inkigayo.[7]

In June 2016, she was confirmed to become a contestant for JTBC's main vocal competition Girls Spirit.[8] She was confirmed to cast in a lead role in web drama, Matching! Boys Archery Club in the same year.[9] On September 1, she released the collaborative song Y which was cover a from Freestyle's "Y".[10] On October 26, she released a collaboration with The Solutions titled Beautiful as a part of HIGHGRND label project PLAYGRND.[11]

In 2017 she made appearances on a variety of shows. She appeared on King of Mask Singer as the contestant "Agiley Mouse Jerry" for episodes 107-108.[12] She also went on Duet Song Festival covering Kim Tae-yeon's song "I".[13] Other shows she guested on was Running Man and Idol National Singing Competition.[14]

On June 8, 2018, it was announced that Kei would be the new MC for Music Bank alongside actor Choi Won-myung, starting from June 15.[15]

On September 27, 2019, Woollim Entertainment announced Kei would make her solo debut with the extended play (EP) Over and Over, under her real name Kim Ji-yeon.[16] The album and the lead single "I Go" music video were released on October 8.[17] The single was composed by Junzo and TAK and written by Junzo and ARRAN. A beautiful piano melody and hopeful sounds of string instruments harmonize well with Kei’s voice.[18] Through a live broadcast on V Live, Kei shared, ""I Go" is a song that will help you find hope when you feel like you’re alone and can only feel despair. I hope that everyone listening to this song will feel that they are precious to me and provide energy to me."[1]


Kei cited BoA as her main influences to become a singer, expressing "Because of BoA, I didn't give up my dream to become a singer."[19]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
Over and Over 7


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
"I Go" 2019 [A] N/A Over and Over
(with MyunDo featuring Bumzu)[10]
2016 49 Non album-singles
(with The Solutions[25][11]
"Wanna Date"
(연애하고 싶어)
(with Hong Dae-kwang
2017 Story About: Some, One Month Eps 5
Soundtrack appearances
"Love Moves On"
2015 N/A Oh My Venus OST Part 6
2016 Lucky Romance OST Part 1
"Star and Sun"
(별과 해)[28]
2017 The Emperor: Owner of the Mask OST Part 4
"These Days You & I"
(요즘 너 요즘 나)[30]
2018 N/A Queen of Mystery 2 OST Part 2
"Let's Pray"[31][32] Rich Man OST Part 3
"If I Convey My Heart"
(마음을 전하면)[33]
The Last Empress OST Part 3
"My Absolute Boyfriend"
(초능력 나의 그대)[34]
2019 My Absolute Boyfriend OST Part 4
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Kei going to work for her MC position at Music Bank, August 15, 2018.


Year Title Network Note Ref
2015 Music Bank KBS [15]
2016 Inkigayo SBS with Mijoo, RM, and Jin [7]
2018 Music Bank KBS with Choi Won-myung [15]
with Jo Bin (Norazo) [35]

Musical Theatre[edit]

Title Year Role Note Ref
At The Age of Thirty 2017 Okhee Lead Role [36]


Title Year Role Notes Ref
Matching! Boys Archery Club 2016 Hong Shi-ah Lead role; web drama [9]


  1. ^ "I Go" did not enter Gaon Digital Chart, but debuted and peaked at number 113 on Gaon Download Chart.[23]


  1. ^ a b "케이, 오늘은 러블리즈 아닌 솔로 김지연..."역사적 순간, 행복한 떨림"[V라이브 종합]". Naver. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Kei Profile". Archived from the original on 2016-08-06.
  3. ^ "Lovelyz Profile - NowKPop". 2015-08-27.
  4. ^ "Kei". Hanple (in Korean). Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "러블리즈".
  6. ^ a b "오 마이 비너스 OST Part.6". Melon (in Korean). December 21, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  7. ^ a b [단독] 방탄소년단 랩몬스터·진, ‘인기가요’ 스페셜 MC…러블리즈. (in Korean). May 14, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Bang, Soong-hwa (September 14, 2016). '걸스피릿' 케이, 언니와 완성한 그림 같은 무대로 1위…다원 2위 (종합). Naver (in Korean). Esports News. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Dilip, Mangala. "Here is everything you need to know about Lovelyz singer Kei's K-drama 'Matching! Boys Archery Club'". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  10. ^ a b "Y". Melon (in Korean). September 2, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Park, Sae-jin (October 27, 2016). "Lovelyz's Kei collaborates with THE SOLUTIONS for new MV". Aju Business Daily. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  12. ^ Jung Ahn-ji (April 23, 2017). '복면가왕' 제리 정체는 러블리즈 케이 '깜짝 반전'. Sports Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  13. ^ Lee, Sang-eun (March 3, 2017). '듀엣가요제' 러블리즈 케이-황세영, 태연 '아이'로 환상적인 무대. Kyeongin (in Korean). Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  14. ^ Variety references:
  15. ^ a b c Jeong Da-hoon (June 8, 2018). [공식입장]‘뮤직뱅크’ 새 MC 러블리즈 케이·최원명 확정. Seoul Economy Daily (in Korean). Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  16. ^ "러블리즈 케이, 10월 8일 데뷔 5년만 솔로데뷔". Naver. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  17. ^ ""희망 전하고파" 러블리즈 케이 #첫 솔로 #김지연 #퀸덤 #족발(일문일답)". Naver. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  18. ^ "솔로가수 김지연, 'I Go' MV 티저 공개 눈길 #러블리즈 #케이". Naver. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  19. ^ "'걸스피릿' 러블리즈 케이 "보아 덕분에 가수 꿈 포기하지 않았다"".
  20. ^ "Gaon Album Chart – Over and Over (Week 41, 2019)". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  21. ^ 2019년 10월 Album Chart [October 2019 Album Chart]. Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  22. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  23. ^ "Gaon Download Chart – Week 41 of 2019". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Association. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  24. ^ "Gaon Download Chart – September 2016". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Association. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  25. ^ "Beautiful". Melon (in Korean). October 27, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  26. ^ "Story About : 썸, 한달 Episode 5". Melon (in Korean). June 28, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  27. ^ "운빨로맨스 OST Part.1". Melon (in Korean). May 25, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  28. ^ "군주 - 가면의 주인 OST Part.4". Melon (in Korean). May 25, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  29. ^ "Gaon Download Chart – Week 21 of 2017". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Association. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  30. ^ "추리의 여왕 시즌2 OST Part.2". Melon (in Korean). March 8, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  31. ^ "리치맨 OST Part.3". Melon (in Korean). May 26, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  32. ^ "러블리즈 케이, '리치맨' OST 참여…따뜻한 힐링송 'Let's Pray'". Sports Chosun (in Korean). May 26, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  33. ^ "황후의 품격 OST Part.3". Melon (in Korean). December 27, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  34. ^ "절대그이 OST Part.4". Melon (in Korean). June 6, 2019. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  35. ^ Nguyên, Phạm (September 22, 2018). "Bất ngờ "trả đũa" BTS dù sắp ngưng quảng bá, Sunmi vui sướng rủ cả MC và "hậu duệ TaeYang" quậy tưng bừng". Kenh14 (in Vietnamese). Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  36. ^ Gwak, Young-rae (October 10, 2018). [Oh!커피 한 잔①] 조승욱 PD "산·백·케, '서른즈음에' 가치 알아줘 고맙다". Naver (in Korean). Osen. Retrieved December 13, 2018.

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