Get To Know Solo Artist Katie Kim: Is She Still In YG Entertainment?

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Find Out More About the Beautiful Singer, Katie Kim!

Katie Kim’s debut started when she was on K-Pop Star 4, causing the Korean-American singer to go viral after her performance of “Where You Need To Be” reached four million views on Naver TV Cast.  Her music has elements of jazz, soul, funk, and R&B, and is influential by musicians such as Aaliyah, Frank Sinatra, Lalah Hathaway, Nao, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, H.E.R., Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, and Frank Ocean.

Soon after winning on K-pop Star 4, Katie Kim signed on to YG Entertainment, but where is she now? In this article, Channel-Korea will tell you all about her! Stay tuned!

Profile and Facts

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Stage Name: Katie (케이티)
Birth Name: Kim Seo Hyun (김서현)
English Name: Katie Kim (케이티 김)
Birthday: December 10, 1993
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Instagram: @katieeesh

Facts about Katie Kim

  1. Her mother has skill in classical music, which inspired her to be a singer.
  2. Her family emigrated to New Jersey when she was 10 years old.
  3. Katie Kim was born in Bucheon, Gyeonggi, South Korea.
  4. She can play the piano.
  5. She studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music, but eventually dropped out due to financial problems.
  6. After winning K-pop Star 4, she signed on with YG Entertainment and was planning to make her debut album with them
  7. On May 24, 2018, Katie Kim left YG Entertainment.
  8. She  features in Bobby’s iKON song titled “Secret”.
  9. She did a cover of the WINNER song titled “Sentimental”.
  10. She became one of the featured artists in the Jinusean song called “Tell Me One More Time”.
  11. Together with Ty Dolla Sign, she’s making a new version of the song “Remember”.

Acknowledged Through K-pop Star 4

Katie Kim was trying to further her career in South Korea by joining K-Pop Star 4, the Korean reality competition show, and ended up winning the season. She won the prize and option to sign with YG Entertainment, the agency which manages several popular K-Pop stars such as BLACKPINK, WINNER, iKon, and BigBang.

K-Pop Star 4 was broadcast on SBS starting on November 23, 2014, airing Sunday evenings. The contest started by accepting applications throughout South Korea, Hong Kong, the United States, Australia, and Singapore until September 2014. The judges during during the show’s fourth season were Yang Hyun-suk, YG Entertainment CEO, Park Jin-young, JYP Entertainment’s Executive producer, and  You Hee-yeol, the Antenna Music CEO.

Katie Kim showed her outstanding and beautiful vocals, which led her to become the first winner.

History with YG Entertainment

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Katie Kim became a winner in K-Pop Star on April 12, 2015. She debuted with YG Entertainment. Under YG, she showed interest in the American music style and she worked for three years, participating songwriting camps in the United Stated then bringing her songs for her debut album. Unfortunately, the solo album was not given any growth and was overly delayed.

Debut as Soloist under AXIS Entertainment

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The founder of AXIS and ex-creative director of YG, who is also producer SJ “SINXITY” Shin, looked into Katie’s album, and became interested in making her the first artist to debut in AXIS. Katie Kim decided to leave YG Entertainment after consulting with YG CEO, Yang Hyun-suk in May 2018, but YG Entertainment would still help in distributing the album.

She was able to create more expressive music and have more control over her own creative under the new label, AXIS. Cited from the Hollywood Reporter, Katie admitted that, “With AXIS, they just allow me to do whatever I want. It’s a luxury, really.” So, on May 28th, Katie Kim finally released her concept teaser photos called ‘THE BIRTH of KATIE’ on the AXIS label’s website.

Next, she launched her solo song from the album “Log” on May 22, 2019. Her debut song was called “Remember,” and received 10 million views which uploaded in YG official YouTube channel. With the high appreciation of her first song, Katie Kim worked with AWAL on her album distribution. 

Discography

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Extended play

Title Details Peak positions Sales
KOR
Log
  • Released: May 22, 2019
  • Label: AXIS
  • Formats: CD, digital download
N/A

 

Singles

Title Year Peak positions Album
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“Remember” 2018 Log
“Echo” Non-album single
“Future Love” 2019 Log
“Remember” (featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
“Thinkin Bout You”

 

As Featured Artist

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
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“Secret” (Bobby featuring Katie Kim & DK) 2017 N/A Love and Fall

 

Charted Songs

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
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“Where You Need To Be” 2015 5
  • KOR: 202,124+
K-pop Star Season 4 Top 10
“One Candle” 74
  • KOR: 21,472+
K-pop Star Season 4 Top 6
“Only You” (너뿐이야) 62
  • KOR: 29,608+
K-pop Star Season 4 Top 2

 

Music videos

Year Music video Director(s)
2018 “Remember” Paranoid Paradigm (VM Project Architecture)[20]
“ECHO” Unknown

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Recently, Katie Kim revealed that she will coming out in theater. It’s predicted as her new music called “Echo” that will release soon at April 24, 2020.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-Dp4yOnQhp/

She also recently uploaded her song titled “Thinkin Bout You”.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B9-2WJSHoVq/