Chungha (Hangul: 청하; born February 9, 1996) is a South Korean singer. She finished fourth in Mnet’s girl group survival show Produce 101, and is a former member of the now disbanded South Korean girl group I.O.I.
Chungha was born on February 9, 1996 in South Korea. She lived in Dallas, Texas for eight years before returning to South Korea to become a singer. As a result, Kim is able to speak both English and Korean. Kim trained for three years before debuting, and had been dancing for 6–7 years. She revealed on Hit The Stage that she almost quit dancing due to financial issues but she asked her family to allow her to continue as she was confident in it.
From January 22 to April 1, Kim represented M&H Entertainment on reality girl group survival show Produce 101. The single was a commercial success peaking at number 2 on the Gaon Digital Chart and on the Gaon Album Chart, for its digital (downloads and streaming) and physical sales respectively.
On June 30, it was revealed that Chungha would be having a cameo appearance on Korean drama, Entourage, along with groupmate Im Na-young. On July 24, she was revealed to be a new cast member on dance survival show, Hit The Stage. On August 17, it was announced that Chungha would be collaborating with groupmates Choi Yoo-jung, Jeon So-mi, and DIA’s Ki Hui-hyeon for the digital single, “Flower, Wind and You”, which was produced by Boi B. On December 21, M&H Entertainment confirmed that she will be debuting as a solo artist in the beginning of 2017 after wrapping up I.O.I’s promotions. On December 23, Chungha collaborated with Heo Jung-eun and HALO’s Ooon for the holiday carol, “Snow in This Year”, that was featured on the Korean drama, My Fair Lady.
On January 10, it was announced that she was selected to be a host for EBS’ Ah! Sunday – A Running Miracle. Chungha would show the public how to improve their physical fitness via jogging and would be take a team of challengers under her wing for the show. On April 21, she released her pre-debut single titled “Week”, on the official M&H Entertainment YouTube account, followed on June 7 by her debut EP, entitled Hands on Me, with the lead track “Why Don’t You Know”. Chungha subsequently featured in Samuel Kim’s solo debut album entitled Sixteen with the track “With U”, and in Babylon’s single, “La La La”. From September 3 onwards, she took over Kisum as a DJ for EBS’s radio program Listen, and on September 19, it was announced that she would be an MC for FashionN’s Please Take Care of My Vanity alongside Super Junior’s Leeteuk and Han Chae-young. On November 22, the first episode of her own reality show, Chungha’s Free Month, was released on Youtube and NaverTV.
Chungha released her second extended play Offset on January 17, 2018. The EP contains five tracks including the title track “Roller Coaster”. On June 26, MNH Entertainment confirmed that she would be having a comeback on July 18 with her third mini-album titled Blooming Blue, with “Love U” serving as the lead single. Chungha became the ambassador for the Seoul International Architecture Film Festival in October of the same year. It was announced on August 8 that she would join the project group consisting of Red Velvet’s Seulgi, (G)I-dle’s Soyeon and GFriend’s SinB called Station Young for SM Entertainment’s project album SM Station X 0. They released their single, “Wow Thing” on September 28. Chungha collaborated with Super Junior’s Yesung with the song, “Whatcha Doin'”, with the music video released on December 16.
On January 2, 2019, she released her single album, Gotta Go. On January 9, Chungha won her first-ever music program trophy on the MBC Music’s Show Champion.
Chungha has stated singer IU is her role model as she admires the way the soloist is able to sing, dance, and various other things live at IU’s concerts.
In 2018, Chungha became the model for the 2019 S/S Jill Stuart Accessories collection.