Jin - Biography

Kim Seok-jin was born in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on December 4, 1992. As a stage name, he is also known as Jin. Jin is a South Korean singer and songwriter who has been a member of the boy band BTS since June 2013.

Kim collaborated on and released three solo tracks with BTS: "Awake" (2016), "Epiphany" (2018), and "Moon" (2020), all of which debuted on South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart. Kim, in addition to performing, has hosted a number of South Korean music shows from 2016 to 2018. Along with the other members of BTS, he was awarded the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by the President of South Korea in 2018 for his contributions to Korean culture.

Family

Kim Seok-jin was born on December 4, 1992, in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. He has a mother, father, and an elder brother. Kim was scouted off the street by South Korean K-pop agency SM Entertainment while in junior high school, but he declined the offer at the time.

He originally planned to be an actor, entering Konkuk University and graduating on February 22, 2017 with a degree in art and acting. He then enrolled in graduate school at Hanyang Cyber University to study subjects other than music.

Kim currently resides in Hannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea. In 2018, he and his older brother founded Ossu Seiromushi, a Japanese-style restaurant in Seoul.

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BTS

Big Hit Entertainment scouted Kim while he was going along the street because of his good looks. Kim was studying acting at the time and had no musical experience. Following that, he auditioned as an actor for Big Hit before becoming an idol trainee.

Kim made his debut as one of BTS's four vocalists on June 13, 2013, with their debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool. In 2016, Kim released his first co-produced tune, "Awake," a solo single off the album Wings.

Kim's second solo, "Epiphany," was released as a promo for BTS' then-upcoming compilation album Love Yourself: Answer on August 9, 2018. Billboard described the song as a "rising pop-rock tune" with lyrics about self-acceptance and self-love. In October, he and other members of the group were awarded the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

"Moon," his third solo song with BTS, was published on the 2020 studio album Map of the Soul: 7. "Moon," according to Variety writer Jae-Ha Kim, is a power pop song aimed towards BTS fans. "Moon" peaked at number one on the Gaon Digital List and second on Billboard's US World Digital Singles chart.

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Solo

Kim collaborated with fellow BTS member V on the song "It's Definitely You," which was released as part of the original soundtrack to Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth. He also sang and released an alternate version of "So Far Away," a song from BTS singer Suga's self-titled mixtape Agust D, with BTS member Jungkook.

Kim's solo covers include Ra."Mom," D's Mate's "I Love You," and Yoon Do-1994 hyun's hit "In Front Of The Post Office In Autumn." He has also appeared as a co-host on various Korean music award shows, including Music Bank and Inkigayo.

Kim released his first individual single, "Tonight," on June 4, 2019, as part of the 2019 BTS Festa, a yearly event commemorating the band's debut anniversary.

Kim released his second solo song "Abyss" on December 3, 2020, a day before his 28th birthday. Kim and fellow BTS member RM wrote the acoustic ballad, which was produced by BUMZU and Pdogg. Kim, BUMZU, and RM wrote the lyrics, which were inspired by Kim's feelings of anxiousness, doubt, and fatigue. Kim discussed his insecurities about music in a post on the official BTS site, and how those darker emotions motivated him to develop and release the song.

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Philanthropy

Kim has been a monthly donor to UNICEF Korea since May 2018, preferring that his contributions be kept anonymous at the time. They were eventually made public after he was inducted into the UNICEF Honors Club in May 2019 for contributing over 100 million (about $84,000).