J (Korean pop female singer)
Chung Jae-Young (born May 2, 1977), better known by her stage name J, is a Korean R&B/Soul artist who is known for her soft unique voice tone. She attended Northern Virginia Community College. She was discovered in a beauty pageant for Koreans in Washington D.C. The contest allowed her to get the attention of a music producer from Korea. Her first album J-Gold and J-Blue R&B/Hip-hop came out in 1998.
It was not until her second album In L.O.V.E., that she achieved success, with her lead single, a mellow mid-tempo R&B ballad number "어제처럼" (Just like Yesterday) ranking #1 on various Korean TV network charts. J took part in the production of her third album, Beautiful Ones, which was released in the summer of 2001.
After releasing her fourth album, Dim the Lights, J went back to the U.S to take a break and improve her musical techniques. In 2004, J released her fifth album The Crush of Love. She wrote four tracks on the album. Despite the positive reception of critics, the album was not well received by the public.
After that, she was even "seriously considering retirement" but in her own words, her "infinite love for music" led her to continue her music career. In 2006, J sang the duet "Perhaps Love", the theme song for Princess Hours, with HowL. The drama's popularity had a spill-over effect and the original soundtrack album became popular as well.
In 2007, she released a Contemporary Christian Music album In My Lifetime. The album contains good qualified R&B/Hip-Hop tracks. In the summer of 2007, a digital single "눈물로" (With Tears), which was featured Lee Jung, was released online. The song ranked #1 in "MELON" download chart for weeks, making a hit.
Her sixth album, In Love Again, was released in November, 2007. The lead single, "열흘만" (Just Ten Days), a ballad, contrast with her own style. She followed up with "술과 순정" (Liquor and Naïveté), a hip-hop-influenced song. Though the album had mass appeal, it did not earn J much success. She Has Also Sung With Yoo Seung Jun like In Songs "Make Me Mine" and "My Baby"
For the past two years, J has been working for the English-language radio station TBS-EFM in Seoul (101.3 FM) as the DJ for the midnight-2am show, Music Planet. For the year prior to that, she worked as the noon-2pm DJ presenting K-pop music. Before working at the radio station, she worked for the English-language cable station Arirang-TV in Seoul presenting the program Pops in Seoul.
In July 2011, she released a new single called "Superstar" and appeared on music performance programs to promote it.Continue reading at Wikipedia...
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