"So let’s become best friends that don’t get ashamed of each other but cherish and have plenty of care for each other." —Taeyeon
Kim Taeyeon (born March 9, 1989), commonly known as Taeyeon, is a South Korean singer. She is a member of the groups, Girls' Generation and S.M the Ballad, and part of Girls' Generation's sub-units, Oh!GG and TaeTiSeo. Taeyeon made her solo singing debut on M Countdown, with the song "I", and also released an EP of the same name.
She is a popular and highly regarded singer in her home country of South Korea.
Kim Taeyeon was born on March 9, 1989 in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, South Korea. Her parents' names are Kim Jong-gu and Kim Hee-ja. She two siblings, an older brother by one year, Kim Ji-woong and a sister, nine years younger than her, Kim Hayeon, who is currently an SM Entertainment trainee, that will begin her singing career as a member of the upcoming girl group, White Fox.
Taeyeon practiced singing throughout her childhood, before considering it as her only talent when she was thirteen years old, this encouraged her to pursue a singing career.
Taeyeon was discovered at the 2004 S.M. Entertainment's 8th Annual Best Contest winning Best Singer, 1st Place, and Grand Award in the contest. After her win, Taeyeon travelled from Jeonju to Seoul, every Sunday to attend S.M Academy, where she trained for three years, learning dancing and having singing lessons, with singer, The One.
In 2004, she was featured in The One's song "You Bring Me Joy"before debuting as Girls' Generation's leader. She is a 2008 graduate of Jeonju Art High School and was decorated with the school's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Taeyeon was chosen as Girls' Generation's leader, as she was the oldest member of the group and their main vocalist due to her strong vocal abilities. The group debuted on August 5, 2007 and are renowned, gaining immense fame and success in their native Korea and across the world. Outside of the group, Taeyeon has collaborated with a range of singers in K-pop and has done solo singing. In 2012, Taeyeon became a member of Girls' Generation's first sub-unit, TaeTiSeo with fellow GG members, Tiffany and Seohyun, given the role of a main vocalist in the sub-unit. Taeyeon is also a member of S.M. The Ballad, with several other singers under S.M. Entertainment. Taeyeon made her solo singing debut in October 2015 with the track "I" featuring Verbal Jint and released her first solo EP, I. Some examples of her participation in songs with other Korean idols include her feature on Amber's song, "Shake That Brass" in February 2015 and her participation in a remake of the song, "Scars Deeper Than Love" as a duet with Yim Jae-beom. Taeyeon has also sung many OSTs for Korean Dramas, earning the nickname, OST Queen.
On February 3, 2016 Taeyeon and S.M. released her second promoted single, Rain.
On June 28, 2016 Taeyeon and S.M. released her second mini-album, "Why" after releasing two singles from the album, "Starlight (feat. DEAN)" and "Why". Taeyeon revealed that fellow Girls Generation member, Hyoyeon, would be featured on a track on the album named "Up & Down".
On November 1, 2016, her fifth single, "11:11" was released.
On February 17, 2017 Taeyeon and S.M. released a music video for the song, "I Got Love", a track from her upcoming album and on February 20, 2017 S.M. Entertainment revealed that Taeyeon would release her new album titled My Voice, on February 28, 2016. The album included songs of various genres such as pop ballad, pop R&B and PBR&B.
Taeyeon has appeared on variety shows such as We Got Married, alongside virtual husband Jeong-Hyeong Don, Win Win! and Show Music Core. She has also appeared in reality television shows such as My Brilliant Life and S.M. Town The Stage. Taeyeon did voice acting for Margo in the Despicable Me movie, alongside Seohyun who also voiced a character in the movie.
In June 2018, Taeyeon released her third mini-album Something New.
On June 30th, 2018, "Stay", Taeyeon's first Japanese digital single was released.
In August 2018, S.M. Entertainment announced a new subgroup of Girls' Generation named Oh!GG, which is composed of five members: Sunny, Taeyeon, Yoona, Yuri and Hyoyeon. They will debut on September 5, 2018 with the single, "Lil' Touch".
Personal life Edit
Taeyeon resides in South Korea, she lives with her pet dog named Ginger.
Kim Taeyeon dated singer, member of the boy-band EXO and fellow SM artist, Byun Baekhyun, from February 2014 until September 2015. The two eventually parted ways in September 2015. It was reported their reason for breaking up was the lack of time they could spend together.
- Name: Kim Tae-yeon (김태연).
- Stage name: Taeyeon (태연).
- Nicknames: Umma, Ajumma, Kid Leader, Taetae, Baby Taengoo(Taeng9), Dorky Kid, ByunTaeyeon, Jumma Taeng.
- Birth date: March 9, 1989.
- Horoscope: Pisces.
- Birth place: Jeonju, North Jeolla, South Korea.
- Blood Type: A.
- Height: 158 cm or 5'2.
- Weight: 45 kg.
- Religion: Catholic.
- School: Jeonju Art High School.
- Languages: English (Basic), Chinese (Basic), Japanese (Basic), Korean (Fluent).
- Hobbies: Drawing, watching films, staying in home
- Position: Leader, Main Vocalist.
- Interests: Makeup, Perfume, Music.
- Siblings: Kim Ji-woong (brother) and Kim Hayeon (sister).
- Motto: "Don't do something that you'll regret later".
- Roommate: Sooyoung & Yoona (Old Dorm), Sunny (New Dorm), Tiffany (Pre-Debut) .
- Personality: Multi-layered, dorky, caring, honest, loyal, serious, stern, calm.
- Name Meaning: In Korean, 'Taeyeon' means, 'greatest beauty' and 'calm'as well.
- [2010.11.17] Byeol Cheoreom (별처럼) Like A Star) (Taeyeon & The One)
- [2010.12.13] Saranghaeyo (사랑해요) I Love You)
- [2011.01.31] Dalla (달라) (Taeyeon & Kim Bum Soo)
- [2012.03.28] The King 2 Hearts OST Part.1 (더킹 투하츠)
- [2014.02.09] Breath (숨소리) (Taeyeon & Kim Jong Hyun)
- [2015.02.13] Shake That Brass (Taeyeon & Amber Liu)
- [2015.10.07] I
- [2016.02.03] Rain
- [2016.11.01] 11:11
- [2018.06.30] Stay
- [2004.09.07] The One - The One 2 (#8 You Bring Me Joy (part 2) (Feat. Taeyeon))
- [2008.01.22] Hong Gil Dong OST (#2 Manyage)
- [2008.03.12] Kangta - Eternity (#5 7989 (Duet. So Nyeo Shi Dae- Taeyeon))
- [2008.09.17] Beethoven Virus OST (#7 Can You Hear Me...?)
- [2009.09.23] Heading To The Ground OST '(#1 I'm Only in Love (Taeyeon, Sunny))
-  To The Beautiful You (#7 Closer)
-  That Winter, The Wind Blows (And One)
-  You're All Surrounded (Love, That One Word)
- [2014.02.11] S.M. the Ballad Vol. 2 – Breath (Set Me Free)
-  Make Your Move (Cheap Creeper) (Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany and Seohyun)
- [2015.10.07] I (U R)
- [2015.10.07] I (Gemini)
- [2015.10.07] I (Stress)
- [2015.10.07] I (Farewell)
- [2009.01.25 ~ 2009.04.26] We Got Married
- [2010.02.02 ~ 2010.08.03] Seung Seung Janggu
- [2012.02.25 ~ 2013.04.13] Show! Music Core
-  The TaeTiSeo
-  My Brilliant Life
-  Hidden Singer
-  Channel Girls' Generation
-  dailytaeng9cam
-  Unstoppable Marriage (cameo)
-  Salamander Guru (cameo)
-  Lee Bul – Forever
-  Midnight Sun: The Musical - Kaoru
-  Anycall Haptic (Airport Ver.)
-  Nexon MappleStory
-  aSolution
-  Bingba Banana Milk
-  Post Granola
- [2008.04.07 - 2009.19.04] Taeyeon, Kang In's Chinhan Chingu (Chin Chin) (강인, 태연의 친한친구; Good Friend Radio)
- [2009.04.20 - 2010.04.25] Taeyeon's Chinhan Chingu (Chin Chin) (태연의 친한친구; Good Friend Radio)
- [2004.xx.xx] 8th Annual Best Contest - Best Singer 1st Place & Grand Award
- [2008.03.01] Cyworld Song of the Month of February - Manyage
- [2008.03.23] MNet 20's Choice - Hot Radio DJ
- [2008.12.10] MNet Golden Disk Awards: Yepp Popularity Award - Can You Hear Me
- [2009.12.29] MBC Entertainment Awards - Radio Rookie
- [2009.12.30] MBC Drama Awards - Radio Newcomer Award
- [2010.01.03] 16th Korean Entertainment Arts Awards - Female Radio Award
- [2012.xx.xx] Seoul International Drama Awards: Best Song from a Drama - Missing You Like Crazy
- [2014.xx.xx] 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival: Best OST by a Female Artist - Love, That One Word
- [2015.xx.xx] 10th Seoul International Drama Award - Outstanding Korean Drama OST
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