Kenzie (songwriter)

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Native name
Birth nameKim Yeon Jung
Also known asKenzie
Born (1976-02-03) February 3, 1976 (age 42)
Shimane-ken, Japan[1]
OriginSouth Korea
Years active2002–present
LabelsS.M. Entertainment
Associated acts

Kim Yeon-jung (Hangul: 김연정), known professionally as Kenzie, is a South Korean songwriter signed under S.M. Entertainment. She has composed dozens of songs for S.M. label-mates including BoA, Isak N Jiyeon, Super Junior, The Grace, TVXQ, Girls' Generation, SHINee, f(x), EXO, Red Velvet and NCT.[2]


Kim Yeon Jung was born in Shimane-ken, Japan in 1976. She is married to lyricist Kim Jung Bae whom she collaborates to create most of the songs released by S.M. Entertainment artists.[3]

She was a '99 Alumna of the world-famous Berklee College of Music, majoring in music production and engineering (MP&E). She moved to the USA to further her studies though her goal was still to be a music producer and composer in her native country, South Korea.[4] Although she had been trained in classical music and knowing how to play piano and the trumpet, she had acquainted herself with the pop scene and through the knowledge of the success of S.M. Entertainment groups like S.E.S. and H.O.T., she set herself a goal to work with S.M., having that accomplished after graduating and meeting the CEO Lee Soo-man himself.[4]

Her favorite songs of her own are the top selling number 1 hits, BoA's "My Name" and Girls' Generation's "Oh!", alongside f(x)'s debut song "La Cha Ta".[4] For future goals, she wants to expand her horizons in the music field and work with U.S. and European artists to further explore and showcase the multi-cultural sound of her musical, which includes Western and Eastern influences.[4]

In 2018, she was also in charge of arranging the debut song for girl-group NATURE under n.CH Entertainment titled "Allegro Cantabile". It was a remake of the anime opening title song "Nodame Cantabile".

Songwritten discography[edit]


  1. ^ (SM) sm 전속 작곡진의 홍일점 켄지의 올해 활동 모음,
  2. ^ (in Korean) Yang Ji-won, Red Velvet. 소녀시대, 스키니진→마린룩 이어 이번엔 ‘스포티’ (Girls' Generation, from Skinny Jeans to Marine Look, Now "Sporty")[permanent dead link]. JoongAng Ilbo. January 26, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  3. ^ "Kim Jung Bae" (in Korean). Daum Music. 2012-04-19. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "Alumni Profile: Kenzie '99". Berklee College of Music. 2011-07-20. Retrieved December 14, 2012.

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