Korean singer Chen Biography and Career
Kim jong dae better known by his stage name Chen, is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He was born on September 21, 1992. He debuted in 2012 as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo and its subgroup Exo-M, and has since participated in SM Entertainment’s projects Exo-CBX and SM the Ballad. In this article we are going to talk about the biography, career, notable works, films and family of Singer Chen so read the article till the end.
He is predominantly known for his role as the main vocalist of Exo. Apart from his group’s activities, Chen has also recorded songs for various television dramas, most notably “Best Luck” for It’s Okay, That’s Love (2014) and “Everytime” for Descendants of the Sun (2016).
Singer Chen is a famous television and film celebrity and he worked in so many songs and music videos, this biography article is incomplete without talking about his songs and shows. So here you will gain info about his songs and projects.
In 2014, Kim Jong-dae joined the ballad group SM the Ballad, initially formed by SM Entertainment in 2010. On the group’s second album Breath, he sang the Chinese version of the lead single “Breath” with Zhang Liyin. He also sang a duet with f(x)’s Krystal titled “When I Was… When U Were…”, and “A Day Without You” with Shinee’s Jonghyun. Chen performed his duets with Krystal and Jonghyun live at the SM the Ballad Joint Recital on February 12.
In July 2014, Kim Jong-dae released his first solo song since debut titled “The Best Luck” as an original soundtrack for the SBS drama It’s Okay, That’s Love, which stars his fellow Exo member D.O. “The Best Luck” was awarded the “Best OST by a Male Artist” and “Best OST Song” at the 5th So-Loved Awards and the 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival respectively. Chen was also invited as a special performer at the 3rd APAN Star Awards on November 11, 2014, where he performed the track live.
In June 2015, Chen co-wrote the lyrics for “Promise,” a song from the reissued edition of Exo’s second studio album Exodus, along with fellow members Chanyeol and Lay. In August 2015, he made his musical theatre debut playing the role of Benny in the SM C&C production In the Heights.
Kim Jong-dae also participated in and became the runner-up in the eleventh round of the music television show King of Mask Singer under the alias “Legendary Guitar Man”.
In March, Chen was accepted into the advertisement media MBA program at Hanyang Cyber University. In July, he was revealed to have co-written the lyrics for the tracks “Touch It” and “Ko Ko Bop” from Exo’s fourth studio album, The War.
In November, Chen collaborated with South Korean singer 10cm on a song titled “Bye Babe” for the second season of SM Entertainment’s station project. In December, Chen wrote the lyrics for “Lights Out” from Exo’s EP Universe, which he performed alongside fellow members Suho, Baekhyun, and D.O.
On February 7, 2019, Chen released an original soundtrack titled “Make It Count” for the drama Touch Your Heart. On March 8, SM Entertainment confirmed that Chen was preparing for his first solo album, which was set to be released in April.
Named April, and a Flower and consisting of six songs, the album was released on April 1 with the title song “Beautiful Goodbye”. He also participated in writing the lyrics for one of the songs, “Flower”. April, and a Flower peaked at number 2 on South Korea’s Gaon Album Chart.
In May, Chen collaborated with South Korean singer Onestar for a single titled “May We Bye”. In July, he was featured on Ailee’s song “Love” from her album Butterfly. On October 1, Chen released his second mini-album, Dear My Dear with six songs including the title track “Shall We?”.
He participated in writing the lyrics for “My Dear”, one of the songs on the album. Dear My Dear debuted at number 1 on the physical album chart and iTunes top album charts in a total of 36 countries.
Short biography of Singer Chen
Kim Jong-dae was born on September 21, 1992, in Daejeon and grew up in the Jeongwang-dong neighborhood of Siheung. He became a trainee at SM Entertainment through the company’s Casting System in 2011 at the age of 19. On December 29, 2011, he was formally introduced as the fourth member of Exo. He made his first public appearance as an Exo member alongside Luhan, Tao, and Kai at the 2011 SBS Gayo Daejeon.
On January 13, 2020, Chen announced his upcoming marriage with his girlfriend, with a private ceremony attended by both of their families. It was also announced that Chen’s fiancée was pregnant. Their first child, a daughter, was born on April 29. On January 19, 2022, his wife gave birth to their second child.
Random biography facts about Chen
On January 23, 2020, Chen and Dynamic Duo released another collaboration song titled “You”. In September, he released an original soundtrack titled “Your Moonlight” for the drama Do You Like Brahms? On October 16, Chen released a digital single titled “Hello”, before announcing that he was set to enlist for his mandatory military service.
He enlisted as an active-duty soldier on October 26, 2020. He was discharged on April 25, 2022. On October 11, 2022, SM announced his third EP, Last Scene. Initially set to be released on October 31, SM announced that the album release is temporarily postponed due to the crowd crush in Itaewon.
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