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Kim Seok-jin (Hangul김석진; born on December 4, 1992), also known by his stage name Jin, is a South Korean singer-songwriter.[1][2] He is a member and vocalist of the South Korean boy group BTS.[2]

Kim Seok-jin
Kim Seok-jin at the 2018 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards (3) (cropped).jpg
Native name
Born (1992-12-04) December 4, 1992 (age 26)
Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
ResidenceHannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Other namesJin
EducationKonkuk University
Years active2013–present
AwardsROK Order of Cultural Merit Hwa-gwan (5th Class) ribbon.PNG Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit (2018)
Musical career
LabelsBig Hit
Associated actsBTS
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Seok-jin
McCune–ReischauerKim Sŏkchin
Stage name
Revised RomanizationJin
Signature of BTS' Jin.svg


Early life and education

Kim Seok-jin was born on December 4, 1992, in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.[3] His family consists of his mother, father, and older brother.[4]

He attended Konkuk University and graduated with a degree in art and acting on February 22, 2017.[5][6] He is currently enrolled in graduate school at Hanyang Cyber University, pursuing studies in areas other than music.[7]


2013–present: BTS

Kim was scouted by Big Hit Entertainment for his looks while walking down the street.[8] At the time Kim was studying acting and had no background in music.[6][2] On June 13, 2013, Kim made his debut as one of the four vocalists in BTS with their debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool.[9] Kim released his first co-produced track, a solo single from the album Wings titled "Awake", in 2016.[2] The song peaked at number 31 on the Gaon Music Chart and six on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart.[10][11] In December 2016, he released a Christmas version of "Awake" on SoundCloud.[12]

On August 9, 2018, the second solo by Kim, "Epiphany", was released as a trailer for BTS' then-upcoming compilation album Love Yourself: Answer. The song was described as a "building pop-rock melody" by Billboard and contains lyrics discussing self-acceptance and self-love.[13] The full version of the song was eventually released as a track on Answer,[14] peaking at number 30 on the Gaon Music Chart and four on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart.[15][16] In October, he was awarded the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by South Korean president Moon Jae-in along with other members of the group.[17]

2015–present: Solo activities

Kim collaborated with fellow BTS member V on the song "It's Definitely You", released as part of the Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth original soundtrack.[18][19] He also joined BTS member Jungkook to sing and release an alternate version of "So Far Away", a song from BTS member Suga's self-titled mixtape Agust D.[12] Kim's solo covers include "Mom" by Ra.D, "I Love You" by Mate, and "In Front Of The Post Office In Autumn", originally by Yoon Do-hyun in 1994.[20][21][22] They were released on SoundCloud on May 7, 2015,[23] December 3, 2015,[21] and June 7, 2018,[12] respectively. He has also made several appearances as a co-host for Korean music award shows, such as Music Bank.[24]

In 2018, he was ranked as the 11th most well-known idol in South Korea, via data collected by analytics company Gallup Korea.[25]

Other ventures


In 2018, he opened a Japanese-style restaurant in Seoul called Ossu Seiromushi with his older brother.[26]


In December 2018, Kim donated various supplies to the Korean Animal Welfare Association to celebrate his birthday, purchasing food, blankets, and dishes for the organization.[27] That same day, he donated 321 kilograms of food to the Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA), another Korean animal welfare non-profit.[28]

Personal life

As of 2019, he lives in Hannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea.[29] In 2018, Jin purchased a luxury apartment in South Korea worth US$1.7 million.[30] Despite owning an apartment, he continues to live with his members in Hannam-dong.[31]

Awards and nominations

Melon Music Awards

Bout Year Recipient Award Result Ref.
9th 2017 "It's Definitely You" (Hwarang OST) Best OST Nominated [32][33]


Charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR US World
Hot 100
As lead artist
"Awake"[A] 2016 31 6 Wings
"Epiphany"[A] 2018 30 5 4 54 60 61 30 Love Yourself: Answer
Soundtrack appearances
"It's Definitely You" (죽어도 너야; Jugeodo Neoya)
(with V)
2016 34 8 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other songs

Year Title Format Other Notes Ref
2013 "Adult Child" Digital download, streaming with RM and Suga [45]
2016 "Awake" (Christmas ver.) holiday Christmas remix of "Awake" from BTS album Wings [46]
2017 "So Far Away (Suga, Jin, Jungkook ver.)" with Suga, featuring Jin and Jungkook; re-release of the original track with Suran [47]

Writing credits

All song credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association's database, unless otherwise noted.[48]

Year Artist Album Song
2013 BTS 2 Cool 4 Skool "Outro: Circle Room Cypher"
2015 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 "Outro: Love Is Not Over"
"Boyz with Fun"
2016 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever "Love Is Not Over"
Wings "Awake"


Kim in a photoshoot for D Icon magazine, November 2017.

Trailers and short films

Year Title Length Director(s) Ref.
2016 "Awake #7" 5:19 Yong-seok Choi (Lumpens) [49]
2018 "Epiphany" 4:21 [50]


Year Network Program Role Note(s) Ref.
2016 SBS Inkigayo Host with RM, Kei, and Mijoo (Lovelyz) [51]
Mnet M Countdown with Jimin [52]
2017 with Jimin and J-Hope [53]
SBS Law of the Jungle in Kota Manado Himself Episodes 247–251 [54]
KBS KBS Song Festival Host with Sana (Twice), Chanyeol, Irene, Solar, Mingyu (Seventeen), Yerin (GFriend), and Daniel [55]
2018 Music Bank with Solbin (Laboum) [24]
KBS Song Festival with Dahyun (Twice) and Chanyeol [56]


  1. ^ a b Although credited under BTS, the song is a solo by Jin.[41]


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