Let’s Get Personal With The Legendary Unnie—B.E.G’s JeA!
Who doesn’t know the K-pop legendary girl group, Brown Eyed Girls or often shortened to B.E.G? The four-member girl group included the member’s JeA, Miryo, Narsha, and Gain and had become one of the iconic R&B/Ballad vocal groups in the Korean music industry through their signature dance. Since their debut in 2006, the group then rose to popularity with the signature electronica dance-pop track “Abracadabra.”
Jea owns dual positions as the leader as well as the main vocalist. Well, no wonder the nickname mother is pinned to her because she is a leader who protects her members. On top of her solo debut with the album Just JeA in 2013, Jae also appeared as a coach on Produce 101 Season 1 who trains the trainees’ vocals. Are you curious to know more and get up close and personal with her? Scroll down this article below to find out!
B.E.G’s JeA’s Full Profile
Stage Name: Jea (재)
Birth Name: Kim Hyo-jin (김효진)
Position: Leader, Main Vocalist
Date of Birth: September 18th, 1981
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Height: 158.9 cm (5’3″)
Weight: 46 kg (101 lbs)
Blood Type: O
B.E.G’s JeA’s Facts
- She has one sibling, a younger brother
- Her brother used to call her Raccoon and it became one of her nicknames
- She is said to be the ‘mom’ of the group
- She was partly responsible for B.E.G’s formation and was even actively involved in the selection of the other members
- She loves playing the piano
- She loves to eat meat and to drink beer with soju (maekju)
- Due to her problems with Achilles tendons, she can’t do squats
- She was in a relationship with Choi Pil-kang
- Bandal and Mongsil are the names of her dogs
- Jea, her stage name, means ‘the most beautiful voice’
- She was one of the trainers on Mnet’s Produce 101 Season 1 and she trained the vocals of the contestants
- In 2013, she made her solo debut with the album Just JeA
- She was the last member to make a solo debut out of the other B.E.G members
- Her ideal type is a manly man with comprehension
JeA is actually the person who’s responsible for B.E.G’s formation. She was even involved in the selection of other members aside from herself. First, she chose Miryo, who made a name for herself as a female rapper that has been collaborating with Gil Seong-joon from Leessang. Second, she chose Narsha, who JeA refers to as a ‘talented singer from her high school days’ and finally, JeA and the other two members chose Ga-in who has been eliminated from the show Battle Shin Hwa.
Before the debut of Brown Eyed Girls, JeA along with Miryo, Narsha, and Ga-in had appeared on several small shows under the name Crescendo. The name Brown Eyed Girls was used when they officially debuted in 2006.
She then became the leader and main vocalist of the group, leading B.E.G to their success as now.
Debut as BROWN EYED GIRLS Member
JeA, Miryo, Narsha, and Ga-in were promoting on several small shows under the name Crescendo for about three years. The group then debut as a ‘faceless group’ which means they didn’t reveal any visual of themselves and didn’t even make an appearance on their own music video. On March 2nd, 2006, they released their debut album titled Your Story with the lead single “Come Closer.” Their debut album received high praise from critics but did not make much success commercially.
They then re-released the album that includes a new song titled “Hold the Line” (which was sampled from “Push The Button” by Sugababes and “Technologic” by Daft Punk). The song became a hit instantly in Korea and even received global popularity also. The popularity of the song made it included in the game Pump It Up.
Indeed, the song was very catchy and unique in terms of the electronic and dance-pop beat. According to the comment section, many netizens were enjoying the feel of the song:
“I think it’s the best song among the best girls, especially in the summer.”
“Listening to this song makes me feel good ㅡ They sings really well ㅡ Voice rhythm music is unique and has something exotic ㅡ I feel a strange feeling that is difficult to express ㅡ Thank you ㅡ”
“It seems to be one of the most popular dance songs! The beat is also refined, and the melody in the chorus is particularly cheerful~♬”
Many still even visited this song in 2020, 14 years after it was released. That’s how powerful this song is.
JeA’s Solo Debut
All of the B.E.G members were pursuing solo careers on top of being B.E.G members. But, JeA was the last member that released a solo album. She released the solo album Just JeA with her debut track, “While You Were Asleep” on January 4th, 2013. On top of the singing, she also composed and produced her own albums, especially since she is already a well-known avid songwriter and composer for B.E.G and other artists.
Her song was well-received by the public, establishing JeA as one of the best Korean vocalists and singers in the industry.
First reported from the media outlet News1 on May 28th, 2020, it was revealed that JeA was gonna release a new song for her solo comeback in June.
This circulating news had also been confirmed by the Mystic Story agency and it was further stated that the song to be released by JeA was written by IU, who is known as a reliable singer-songwriter.
The track, titled “Greedyy” features MAMAMOO’s rapper Moon-byul and was released on June 12th, 2020.
The song is full of emotions, showing a slow tempo song with a little bit of quirky beat that accompanies it.
Check out JeA’s powerful new single below!
So, those are all the things that you need to know about JeA, a veteran K-pop idol who has been in the industry for more than 14 years! What do you think about her? Let’s chat about her in the comment section below!