Jo Kwon (Hangul: 조권, hanja: 趙權; born on August 28, 1989) is a South Korean singer, MC, actor, entertainer and the leader of South Korean boy band 2AM.
Jo trained at JYP Entertainment for seven years after joining the company. He was chosen as the last member of Park Jin-young’s “99% Challenge Project” along with Sunye of Wonder Girls.
In 2008, he appeared on Mnet’s Hot Blood. The program showed the intense physical training that thirteen male trainees go through to acquire the opportunity to debut in either a four-member ballad group or a seven-member dance group. After several elimination steps, Jo was chosen for a position in the four-member ballad group 2AM. He became the group’s leader.
2AM’s first single “This Song” was released on July 21, 2008. On November 3, 2017, he signed with Cube Entertainment.
Jo has appeared as a regular panel member on variety shows such as Star King. He was part of Dirty Eyed Girls in an episode of 2PM’s variety show Wild Bunny, performing a parody of popular Brown Eyed Girls song Abracadabra. The music video became popular. In September, 2009, he was one of the main MCs for SBS’ environmental variety show Find it! Green Gold with Super Junior member Shindong, SS501 member Kim Hyung-jun, and Fly To The Sky member Brian Joo. He also replaced Jay Park on historical culture variety show Nodaji.
He joined the cast of We Got Married on October 3, 2009, coupled with Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-In. Although they were initially only supposed to be featured in the Chuseok special, their appearance brought in the highest ratings yet for Season 2, so they were announced as a permanent couple. Jo was diagnosed with H1N1 on October 28, 2009, causing him to postpone filming We Got Married. He recovered quickly after treatment.
During their appearance in We Got Married, Jo and Ga-in were donned the nickname “Adam Couple” by fans. 50 million won from the profits of the song were donated for rebuilding after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
In 2010, he became a permanent cast member of Family Outing 2. He made his fifth appearance on the TV show “Happy Together” in June 2012. He made several appearances on Star King, Invincible Youth S2, Come To Play, Radio Star, Star Dance Battle, and many other shows. He is known for his “kkab” dance and often danced on variety shows. “Kkab” can be translated as hyperactive.
On June 30, 2010, Jo released his first solo digital single titled, 고백하던 날 (The Day I Confessed), a song he partially composed during the We Got Married broadcast for Ga-in. The song came first on Cyworld real-time charts the day after release.
The same year, he was cast in the sitcom All My Love with co-stars Park Min-sun, Kim Gab-soo and fellow idol and former ‘wife’ Ga-in.
On June 25, 2012, he released his solo album, I’m Da One, along with a music video.
In 2013, Jo joined the cast of a Korean Jesus Christ Superstar musical production, where he played the role of King Herod.
In same year, on February 27, 2013, he was confirmed as one of the cast for the KBS2 drama Queen of the Office. The drama is about a talented contract worker, and the work and relationships that surround her.
Jo’s new album Crosswalk included three tracks, two of which he wrote ― the lead single Crosswalk and the third track, Flutter. The second track It’s Okay was written by Ryan S. Jhun and Denzil “DR” Remedios, the music producers of SM Entertainment’s Shinee and f(x). Popular songwriters Esna and Aev produced the title song.
On March 17, 2016, it was announced by JYP Entertainment that Jo would be participating in the musical On The Starry Night as the role “lChoi Sung-keun. The musical Ran from May 7 to May 15, 2016.
On November 10, 2016, Mnet released some b-cut poster image on their upcoming karaoke program, Golden Tambourine which ran from December 15, 2016, until February 23, 2017.
On September 21, 2017, it was announced that Jo had officially left JYP Entertainment after 16 years. However, 2AM never did announce that they were disbanding and it is presumed that the group is on hiatus.
On January 10, 2018, Jo released the digital single 새벽 (Lonely), his first release after joining Cube Entertainment. He was set to enlist in the Korean Army in August 2018, for his mandatory military service.
As of 2013, Jo was attending Kyung Hee University. He entered Kyung Hee University without taking the entrance examination, with rumors alleging favouritism, because he was an entertainer. The rumors were refuted by his performance at the top of his class in his major. In 2015, he enrolled in the Performing Arts Department of Kyunghee University’s Graduate Program.
Kwon is the president of the cereal cafe franchise ‘Midnight in Seoul’, which was founded and owned by actor-singer Yoon Kye-sang and three friends. The cafe-cum-bar was the first of its kind in Seoul and gained popularity amongst K-pop idol singers through word-of-mouth. In May 2017, it was announced that the venture would become a franchise and that Jo would be named its president, while Yoon and others would remain official owners.(Hwantastic Project Vol. 2)”