Meng Jia (Chinese: 孟佳; pinyin: Mèng Jia), simply known as Jia, is a Chinese singer and actress mostly active in South Korea and China. She was a member of the JYP Entertainment’s girl group Miss A. In May 2016, Jia left the group after her contract with JYP Entertainment expired. To pursue her solo activities in China, Meng Jia signed a contract with Banana Culture Music in 2016.
Meng Jia was born on February 3, 1990, as the only child of her family. She attended school in Beijing, where she was recruited by JYP Entertainment in 2007. She later attended Seoul Institute of the Arts.
She was a former member of the project group and Chinese version of the Wonder Girls ‘Sisters’, but cancelled due to member and trainee changes within their company. In 2009, she appeared in 2PM’s “My Color” music video, alongside Fei.
In 2010, Jia was chosen as a member of the group Miss A. The 4-member girl group debuted on July 1, 2010.
In 2011, Jia appeared in the music video for M&D’s single “Close Your Mouth”, and also made several cameo appearances in Dream High and Dream High 2.
In 2012, during Miss A’s long hiatus after their promotions for their single “I Don’t Need a Man”, Jia attended several fashion shows and appeared in a number of fashion magazines. She also performed onstage with singer Ivy during her promotions for the single “I Dance”, and participated in Let’s Go Dream Team 2’s special in Vietnam.
Between 2013–2015, she was a presenter on MBC’s C-Radio radio show with Fei and Super Junior’s Zhou Mi.
She made her acting debut in the 2014 Chinese television series One and a Half Summer alongside 2PM’s Nichkhun, and went on to star in the 2015 Chinese film The Third Way of Love, which also featured performances by Song Seung-heon and Liu Yifei.
Jia’s last album with Miss A was Colors, released on March 30, 2015. She left Miss A and JYP Entertainment in May 2016.
On June 8, 2016, Jia signed a contract with Banana Culture Music at Andaz Xintiandi in Shanghai to pursue a solo career in her native China.
On November 18, Jia released her first solo single, “Drip”. It was followed by “Who’s That Girl” on January 3, 2017, which charted at #6 on Billboard China. On April 7, she released “Candy”.
On April 8, 2017, Jia won the “Breakthrough Female Artist of the Year” award at the 5th Annual V Chart Awards.
On December 19, she released her fourth single, “Mood”, in collaboration with Jackson Wang from Got7.
On March 20, 2018, she returned with her fifth single, “Weapon”.
Jia released her sixth single, “Free”, on June 4, 2018.