Choi Young-jae

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Choi Young-jae
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Choi Young-jae in 2018
Native name 최영재
Born Choi Young-jae
(1996-09-17) September 17, 1996 (age 22)
Mokpo, South Korea
Residence Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater Daekyeung University
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
Musical career
Also known as Ars[1]
Genres K-pop
  • Vocals
Years active 2014–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 영재
Revised Romanization Choe Yeongjae
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Yŏngchae

Choi Young-jae (Hangul최영재; born September 17, 1996), professionally known by the mononym Youngjae, is a South Korean singer, dancer and songwriter. He is the main vocal of the Korean boy band Got7.


Youngjae passed a JYP Entertainment closed audition held in his hometown music school in Mokpo in 2013, becoming a trainee. He was then trained for 7 months,[2] and subsequently debuted as the main vocal of Got7 with the single "Girls Girls Girls", released on 16 January 2014, from the group's first EP Got It?.[3] In early times after the debut, Youngjae mentioned his dream was to become a music therapist.[4]

He has been writing songs and lyrics under the name "Ars" since 2016, starting with "REWIND" in Got7's extended play Flight Log: Departure.[a]

Youngjae had a collaboration with Sanjoy and Elliott Yamin in 2017 on the song "Victim of Love".[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Choi graduated from Seoul's Korean Arts High School in February 2015 and got accepted into Seokyeong University's Department of Theater and Film;[7] the following year he moved to the Daekyeung University's Modeling Department for schedule conflicts.


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart position Album
"My Day" (내 하루) 2016 Non-album singles
"Call Button" (통화버튼) 2017
"I Want to Fall Asleep" (잠들고 싶어)
"Nobody Knows" (혼자)[8] 2018 Present: You

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"One Dream One Korea" (feat. various artists)[9] 2015 Non-album single
"Victim of Love" (feat. Sanjoy and Elliott Yamin) 2017

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Title Album
"At the Usual Time"[10] 2018 Wok of Love OST



Year Title Role Network Note
2015 Dream Knight Youngjae Youku Tudou Korean-Chinese Online Drama by JYPE and Youku Tudou

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title TV Network Note Ref.
2017 King of Mask Singer MBC Episodes 93-94 (aired on January 8 and 15), as Game Machine
2018 Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend KBS Episode aired on February 3, singing Kim Yeon-ja's "Mercury Lamp" [11][12][13]

Radio presenting[edit]

Year Title Channel Notes
2015 FM Starry Night MBC Standard FM Guest (July 7)
Kiss The Radio KBS Cool FM Special host with Got7's JB (October 15)
2016 Special host with Got7's Jinyoung (June 3)
2017 Special host with Got7's Jinyoung (October 23–26)
2018 Special host with Got7's Jinyoung (January 15) and Yugyeom (March 5-6)


  1. ^ As to his songs not released as GOT7, he uploads them onto SoundCloud as "Ars".


  1. ^ "JYP Creators list". JYP Entertainment. Retrieved July 10, 2018. 
  2. ^ "[쿠키 人터뷰] 갓세븐, 행운을 거머쥔 7명의 소년들①". (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  3. ^ "[Video] GOT7's 'Girls Girls Girls' MV Breaks through 10 Million Views on YouTube | Mwave". Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  4. ^ "GOT7 Interview 'You Shouldn't Compare Us To 2PM'". KpopStarz. July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2018. 
  5. ^ Herman, Tamar. "Boy Band GOT7 Talk Making Their Own Way Amid Growing Stateside Interest In K-Pop". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  6. ^ "Sanjoy, Elliott Yamin, dan Youngjae 'GOT7' Rilis Single Kolaborasi "Victim Of Love"". Creative Disc (in Indonesian). 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  7. ^ Kim, Mi-hwa (2015-02-10). "'졸업' 영재 "박진영, 졸업식 선물 사준다고..페도라 원해"- 스타뉴스". Star News (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-23. 
  8. ^ "갓세븐 영재, 솔로곡 M/V서 고독한 연기…'시선 집중'" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-11. 
  9. ^ "The New Unification Song, "One Dream One Korea" will be available for free download on the 15th". Retrieved 2018-09-09. 
  10. ^ "기름진 멜로 OST Part.2". (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-06. 
  11. ^ "[단독] 갓세븐 영재, '불후의 명곡' 단독 출격…데뷔 4년만" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-06. 
  12. ^ "'불후' 갓세븐 영재 "오늘 무대 프로듀서는 박진영 아닌 어머니"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  13. ^ "[별별TV]'불후' 갓세븐 영재, 감미로운 '수은등'..민우혁에 敗" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-14.