From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Kai at a Launching Press Conference on October 2, 2019 3.jpg
Kai in October 2019
Kim Jong-in

(1994-01-14) January 14, 1994 (age 28)
Suncheon, South Jeolla, South Korea
EducationSchool of Performing Arts Seoul
  • Singer
  • actor
  • dancer
  • model
Musical career
Years active2011–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Jong-in
McCune–ReischauerKim Chongin
Stage name
Revised RomanizationKai

Kim Jong-in (born January 14, 1994) better known by his stage name Kai is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of Exo. He began his acting career at Choco Bank in February 2016, playing Kim Eun-haeng.He debuted as solo artist in 2020 Nov 30th with Mini solo album “KAI" which holds world record for most #1 on itunes Worldwide for an extended play for solo artist.A year later on the same exact day, he released his 2nd EP Peaches.

Early life[change | change source]

Kai was born in Suncheon, South Jeolla, South Korea on January 14, 1994.[1][2] He is the younger brother of three children, began dancing when he was eight years old and did jazz and ballet for four years.[3] Kai joined SM Entertainment in 2007 after winning the 10th S.M. Youth Best Contest when he was 13 years old.[4]

Career[change | change source]

2008-15: Debut and early career[change | change source]

In 2008, he made a brief appearance on TVXQ's song "HaHaHa Song" together with Suho and Chanyeol.[4]

Kai was the first Exo's member to be formally presented to the public on December 23, 2011.[5] Along with Luhan, Chen and Tao made their first television performance at the SBS Gayo Daejun event on December 29 of the same year.[6] In april. It officially debuted with the extended play, Mama. Still in April, along with Baekhyun, Chanyeol and Sehun, appeared in the video of Girls' Generation-TTS's debut song "Twinkle".[7] On October 16, it was announced that he would participate in the 6-member dance group Younique Unit, alongside Eunhyuk, Hyoyeon, Taemin, Henry Lau and Luhan performing the song "Maxstep" for the album PYL Younique Album, being an album collaboration between SM Entertainment and Hyundai. A video teaser of the song was shown on the PYL Younique Show the next day.[8] In December 2012, along with Lay, Yunho, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Minho and Taemin, they formed the SM performance group The Performance.[9] The group's first appearance was at the SBS Gayo Daejun event on December 29, with the release of the single "Spectrum" the next day.

References[change | change source]

  1. Mark Russell (2014-04-29). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  2. "Kai Naver Profile". Naver Profiles (in Korean). Naver.
  3. "EXO Kai's Audition Video Revealed on SBS Special, "Determination: 10,000 Hours"". Soompi. 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Exo-K manual part 2: D.O., Kai, Sehun". Oh My News Via Oh My Star (in Korean). 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  5. "SM unveils first member, Kai, of mysterious rookie group". Newsen (in Korean). 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  6. "EXO makes their debut at SBS 'Gayo Daejun'". Allkpop. 2011-12-29. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  7. "TaeTiSeo releases MV for "Twinkle"!". Allkpop. 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  8. "ASK K-POP SM Entertainment's dance unit for Hyundai 'PYL' reveals video teaser for "MAXSTEP"". me2day. 2012-10-18. Archived from the original on 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  9. "Group SM The Performance". Jpopasia. 2012-12-30. Retrieved 2013-10-16.

Other websites[change | change source]