Choi Young-jae

Choi Young-jae (Korean최영재; born 17 September 1996[2]), professionally known by the mononym Youngjae, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor. He is the main vocalist of the Korean boy group Got7.

Choi Young-jae
20180506 EYES ON YOU IN SEOUL Choi Youngjae.jpg
Choi Young-jae in 2018
Born (1996-09-17) 17 September 1996 (age 24)
Mokpo, South Korea
EducationDaekyeung University
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Musical career
Also known asArs[1]
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2014–present
Labels
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationChoe Yeongjae
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Yŏngchae

BiographyEdit

Choi started dreaming of becoming a singer in his childhood, when he sang with his older brother.[3] When the latter enlisted in the military, he joined a practical music academy in his hometown, Mokpo, to learn more professionally,[3] and in 2011, he won the Vocal Excellence Award at Mokpo Youth Music Festival.[2] In 2013, JYP Entertainment held a closed audition in the academy and he became a trainee.[3][4]

CareerEdit

2013–2020: Debut and solo activitiesEdit

After one month of training in Seoul, Choi was added to the project group to form JYPE new boy band.[4][5] After a total of 7 months of training,[3][4] he subsequently debuted as the main vocalist of the seven member boy group, Got7, with the single "Girls Girls Girls", released on 16 January 2014, from the group's first EP Got It?.[6] In early times after the debut, Choi mentioned his dream was to become a music therapist.[7]

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

Choi had a collaboration with Sanjoy and Elliott Yamin in 2017 on the song "Victim of Love",[8][9] while he recorded "I'm All Ears" with Park Ji-min for the Life Insurance Social Philanthropy Foundation's youth suicide prevention campaign in 2018. The song was released on 15 October alongside its music video.[10]

In the spring of 2019, he joined Jus2 in their 'Focus' Premiere Showcase in Asia, acting as the MC for Tokyo (10–11 April) and Osaka (17–18 April) stops.[11][12]

In 2018 and 2020, he sang "At the Usual Time" (그 시간에) and "Fall In Love" (빠져드나봐) for the original soundtracks of TV dramas Wok of Love and When My Love Blooms.[13][14] Together with Day6's Young K, he became the new DJ of MBC Radio Idol Radio starting from 18 May 2020.[15] The first season of the show ended on 25 September.[16]

On 25 May 2020, in collaboration with Howlpot, a pet product design brand, he launched Ars X Coco, a clothing store for people and dogs, which ran for two weeks until 8 June .[17][18] The proceeds, amounting to 15 million won, were donated to Korea Animal Rights Advocates's The Bom Center, a non-profit care center for abandoned dog.[19] Choi featured in the September issue of Star1 Magazine for his first solo interview and photoshoot the same year,[20][21] and competed in the Idol Star Dog Championships, a dog agility competition, which aired as a Chuseok special on MBC on 2 October.[22]

On 25 September 2020, he was cast in Netflix's new sitcom So Not Worth It, which tells the stories of a group of multicultural students living in a college dorm.[23][24] The series became available on 18 June 2021, and he sang the homonymous OST for it.[25] With his portrayal of Sam, the son of the CEO of a food chain based in Australia, he drew attention, and was praised for his acting, communication skills, vocalization and pronunciation, which, along with Choi's facial expressions, realistically expressed the character's emotions.[26][27]

2021–present: Departure from JYPE and Midnight SunEdit

Following the expiration of his contract with JYP Entertainment, he signed an exclusive contract with Sublime Artist Agency on 20 January 2021.[28]

On 9 March 2021, it was announced that Choi had joined the cast of Midnight Sun, a musical adaptation of Japanese movie A Song to the Sun, in the leading role of Ha-ram.[29] Midnight Sun was performed from 1 May until 25 July at the Kwanglim Arts Center.[29] Two of the songs, "Meet Me When the Sun Goes Down" and "Good-bye Days", were also released as singles by each main actor: Choi's version of "Meet Me When the Sun Goes Down" was released on 9 April as part 1 of the musical's soundtrack,[30] while his collaboration with Lovelyz' Kei on "Good-bye Days", on 7 June.[31][32]

On 1 April, it was confirmed that Choi was selected as campaign artist for Levi's Red alongside Lim Na-young.[33] On 20 April, he took part in Levi's 501® Day Music Concert, where he performed self-written song "Lonely", Sole's "Ride" and Christopher's "Bad".[34]

On 7 May, he released the soundtrack "Pop Star" for the web series So I Married the Anti-fan.[35]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2012, Choi moved to Seoul's Korean Arts High School,[36] from which he graduated in February 2015. He then got accepted into Seokyeong University's Department of Theater and Film,[37] but the following year he moved to the Daekyeung University's Modeling Department for schedule conflicts.

In August 2020, he registered as an organ donor.[38] In May 2021, he participated in the "I Rose You" campaign planned by the Love Organ Donation Movement Headquarters to promote organ donation, and to express gratitude, respect and condolences to organ donors and their families.[39]

DiscographyEdit

Title Year Album
"My Day" (내 하루) 2016 Non-commercial singles
"Trauma"
"Call Button" (통화버튼) (feat. J.praize) 2017
"I Want to Fall Asleep" (잠들고 싶어) (feat. Noday)
"Everything For You" 2020 Non-album single

CollaborationsEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
"I'm All Ears" (다둘어줄게)
(with Park Ji-min)
2018 Ready to Listen Part 2

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
"One Dream One Korea"
(Various artists)
2015 Non-album singles
"Victim of Love"
(Sanjoy feat. Ars, Stephen Rezza, Elliott Yamin)
2017

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
"At the Usual Time" (그 시간에)[13] 2018 Wok of Love OST Part. 2
"Fall In Love" (빠져드나봐)
with Choi Jung-yoon[14]
2020 When My Love Blooms OST Part. 2
"Meet Me When the Sun Goes Down" (태양이 지면 널 만나러 갈게) 2021 Midnight Sun OST Part. 1
"Pop Star" So I Married the Anti-fan OST Part. 1
"Good-bye Days"
with Lovelyz' Kei
Midnight Sun OST Part. 5
"So Not Worth It" (내일 지구가 망해버렸으면 좋겠어) So Not Worth It OST
"You and I" (그대와)
with Laboum's Soyeon
My Roommate Is a Gumiho OST Part. 7
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Writing creditsEdit

All song credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association's database, unless otherwise noted.[40]

Year Artist Title Album Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2016 Got7 "Rewind" Flight Log: Departure[41][42] Yes Joo Chan-yang Yes Joo Chan-yang, Command Freaks
"Hey" Flight Log: Turbulence[43] Yes Kim Won, Oh Hyun-joo Yes Kim Won
2017 "Sick" (아파) Yes Mark, Jackson Wang Yes Damon Sharpe, Carlos Battey, Gregg Pagani
"Sign" Flight Log: Arrival[44] Yes Noday, Chloe Yes Noday, Chloe
"Moon U" 7 for 7[45] Yes Maxx Song, BamBam, Joo Chan-yang Yes Joo Chan-yang, Command Freaks
"In This Chest" (この胸に) Turn Up Yes Noday, Risa Horie Yes Noday
2018 "Hesitate" (망설이다) Eyes on You[46] Yes AMIllO Yes 5S, AMIllO
"Nobody Knows" (혼자) Present: You[47][48] Yes Joo Chan-yang Yes Joo Chan-yang, Lavin
"1:31AM" (잘 지내야해) Present: You & Me Yes Defsoul Yes Defsoul, 220, minGtion
"Think About It" Yes Defsoul, Mark Yes Defsoul, Mirror Boy, Lee Sang-chul
2019 "Reborn" I Won't Let You Go Yes Defsoul, Yuuki Shirai Yes Defsoul, Mirror Boy
"Time Out" Spinning Top Yes Noday, Versa Choi Yes Noday, Versa Choi
"Memorandum" (備忘録) Love Loop Yes Noday, Co-sho Yes Philip, Noday
2020 "Aura" Dye[49] Yes Joo Chan-yang, Nihwa Yes Joo Chan-yang, Nihwa, Lavin
"Gravity" Yes Noday Yes Noday
"Breath" (넌 날 숨 쉬게 해) Breath of Love: Last Piece Yes Joo Chan-yang, Lavin, Nihwa Yes Joo Chan-yang, Lavin, Nihwa
Choi Young-jae "Everything For You" Non-album single Yes I'm Sang-hoon No

FilmographyEdit

DramasEdit

Year Title Role Network Note Ref.
2015 Dream Knight Youngjae Youku Tudou Webseries
2021 ONAIR - Secret Contract V Live Sitcom, cameo [50]
2021 So Not Worth It Sam Netflix Sitcom [23][24]

Variety showsEdit

Year Title TV Network Note Ref.
2017 King of Mask Singer MBC Episodes 93-94 (aired on 8 and 15 January), as Game Machine
2018 Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend KBS Episode aired on 3 February, singing Kim Yeon-ja's "Mercury Lamp" [51][52][53]
2019 Got7 Golden Key Star K YouTube series, with Got7's Mark [54]
2021 Coco is Genius OOTV YouTube series, 8 episodes [55]

Radio presentingEdit

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 Jay B (15 October)
2016 Special host with Got7's Jinyoung (3 June)
2017 Special host with Got7's Jinyoung (23–26 October)
2018 Special host with Got7's Jinyoung (15 January) and Yugyeom (5–6 March)
2020 Idol Radio MBC Radio Special host with Got7's Jay B (26, 28 April) and Day6's Young K (6, 9–10 May)
Host with Day6's Young K from 18 May to 25 September
2021 Kim Shin-young's Hope Song at Noon Special host with Got7's BamBam (July 6)[56]

TheaterEdit

Year Title Role Note
2021 Midnight Sun Ha-ram Lead role[57]

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Director Notes
2018 "At the Usual Time" (그 시간에) Choi Young-jae
"Nobody Knows" (혼자) Got7 Naive Creative Production Solo song from Got7's album Present: You
"I'm All Ears" (다둘어줄게) Choi Young-jae and Park Ji-min "Ready to Listen" suicide prevention campaign run by Life Insurance Social Philanthropy Foundation of Korea
2020 "Fall In Love" (빠져드나봐) Choi Young-jae and Choi Jung-yoon Original soundtrack for When My Love Blooms
"Everything For You" Choi Young-jae Life sharing donation campaign promoted by the Korean Network for Organ Sharing

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