Choi Young-jae (Hangul: 최영재; born September 17, 1996), professionally known by the mononym Youngjae, is a South Korean singer, dancer and songwriter. He is the main vocal of the Korean boy band Got7.
Youngjae passed a JYP Entertainment closed audition held in his hometown music school in Mokpo in 2013, becoming a trainee. After one month of training in Seoul, he was chosen as part of JYPE new boy group. After a total of 7 months of training, he subsequently debuted as the main vocal of Got7 with the single “Girls Girls Girls”, released on 16 January 2014, from the group’s first EP Got It?. In early times after the debut, Youngjae mentioned his dream was to become a music therapist.
He has been writing songs and lyrics under the name Ars since 2016, starting with “REWIND” in Got7’s extended play Flight Log: Departure.
Youngjae had a collaboration with Sanjoy and Elliott Yamin in 2017 on the song “Victim of Love”, while he recorded “I’m All Ears” with Park Ji-min for the Life Insurance Social Responsibility Foundation’s youth suicide prevention campaign in 2018. The song was released on October 15 alongside its music video.
Choi graduated from Seoul’s Korean Arts High School in February 2015 and got accepted into Seokyeong University’s Department of Theater and Film; the following year he moved to the Daekyeung University’s Modeling Department for schedule conflicts.