Kim Seok-jin (Hangul: 김석진; born on December 4, 1992), also known by his stage name Jin, is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He is the oldest member and vocalist of the South Korean boy group BTS.
Kim Seok-jin was born on December 4, 1992 in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. His family consists of his mother, father, and older brother.
He attended Konkuk University and graduated with a degree in art and acting on February 22, 2017. He is currently enrolled in the graduate school Hanyang Cyber University, pursuing studies in areas other than music.
Kim was discovered for his looks as he was walking down the street. He was invited to audition for Big Hit Entertainment while he was studying acting. On June 13, 2013, Kim made his debut as one of the four vocalists of BTS on Mnet’s M Countdown with the track “No More Dream” from their debut single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool. Although he had done songwriting before, he first co-produced a solo single from the album Wings titled “Awake” which charted at thirty-one on the Gaon Music Chart and six on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart. In December 2016, he released a Christmas version of “Awake” on SoundCloud.
On August 9, 2018, a trailer for the band’s upcoming album was released, with a song entitled “Epiphany”. It was described as a “building pop-rock melody” by Billboard, and was a solo performance by Kim, with the lyrics touching on concepts of acceptance and self-love. The full version of the song was released for the first time on the album Love Yourself: Answer. It charted at 30 on the Gaon Music Chart and four on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart. In October, he was awarded the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by the President of South Korea along with other members of the group.
Kim collaborated with fellow BTS member V for the historical drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth’s soundtrack entitled “It’s Definitely You”. He also joined BTS member Jungkook to sing and release an alternate version of “So Far Away”, a song from BTS member Suga’s self-titled mixtape Agust D. Kim’s solo covers include “Mom” by Ra.D, “I Love You” by Mate, and “In Front Of The Post Office In Autumn”, originally by Yoon Do-hyun in 1994. They were released on SoundCloud on May 7, 2015, December 3, 2015, and June 7, 2018, respectively. He has also made several appearances as a co-host for Korean music award shows, such as Music Bank.
In 2018, he was ranked as the 11th most preferred idol in a survey conducted by Gallup Korea.
In 2018, he opened a Japanese-style restaurant in Seoul called Ossu Seiromushi with his older brother.
In December 2018, Kim donated various supplies to the Korean Animal Welfare Association to celebrate his birthday, purchasing food, blankets, and dishes for the organization. That same day, he donated 321 kilograms of food to the Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA), another Korean animal welfare non-profit.