The Funny and Handsome Singer Jo-kwon
One of the famous idols, 2AM’s Jo-kwon, debuted under JYP Entertainment on July 11th, 2008, along with fellow band members Lee Chang-min, Lim Seu-long, and Jeong Jin-woon. In 2017, Jo-kwon left JYP Entertainment due to his expired contract and signed a new contract with CUBE Entertainment. Now, he is doing his activities under his new agency.
In this article, Channel-Korea will provide you with a detailed run-down of information so that you can get to know better singer Jo-kwon: full profile, facts, debut with 2AM, breakthrough as a solo artist, duet with BTS’ J-Hope, appearance on MBC’s We Got Married with Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga-in, cover compilation, military enlistment, filmography, discography, award achievements, Instagram, and latest news.
Full Profile of Jo Kwon
Stage Name: Jo Kwon
Real Name: Jo Kwon
Nicknames: Sacre Bleu, Kwon, Kwonnie, Kkap-kwon, Ballengie, J-kwon
Place and Date of Birth: Suwon, Gyeonggi Province- South Korea, August 28th, 1989
Age: 30 years old
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Hometown: Suwon, Gyeonggi Province- South Korea
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 53 kg
Blood Type: A
Occupation: Singer, Musical Actor
Specialty: Trot, Piano
Hobbies: Singing and Surfing the Internet, Watching Movies, Listening to Music
Education: Kyunghee University, Performing Arts Department
- JYP Entertainment (2001-2017)
- CUBE Entertainment (2017-Present)
- Jo-kwon was one of the trainees with the longest training period in JYP Entertainment, about seven years and twelve days.
- He was a member of the one-time subunit Dramatic BLUE with TEEN TOP’s Niel, Highlight’s Yoseob, MBLAQ’s G.O, and Infinite’s Woohyun.
- In 2010, Jo-kwon and U-Kiss’s Soo-hyun were involved in a huge dating rumor scandal, after their private messages leaked.
- He released a digital single, titled “We Fell in Love” with Ga-in, which was a huge success.
- Jo-kwon released his solo album “I’m Da One” with an MV for “I’m Da One” in 2012.
- Jo-kwon acted in the K-drama Queen of the Office (2013).
- He also acted in musicals, like On The Starry Night (2016).
- He can speak Korean, Japanese, Chinese.
- His favorite color is green.
- Jo-kwon favorite foods are sweet & sour pork, soy sauce pickled crabs, and marinated pickled crabs.
- He is a close friend of 2PM’s Jang Woo-young.
- Based on his social media posts, he vaguely confirms his sexuality as gay and is proud of it.
- Jo-kwon’s ideal type is someone who is cute, can cook, is understanding of his job and has a good sense of humor.
Debut with 2AM
After being a trainee for about seven years in JYP Entertainment, Jo Kwon debuted with 2AM on July 11th, 2008, under JYP Entertainment. 2AM was a ballad male group that consisted of four members, who were: Jo Kwon, Lee Chang-min, Im Seu-long, and Jeong Jin-woon. Jo Kwon was chosen to be the group leader of 2AM.
2AM’s first single “This Song” was released on July 21st, 2008, on KBS’ Music Bank. They won their first Mutizen at Inkigayo on February 7th, 2010, with “Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die.” In March 2015, Jo Kwon renewed his contract with JYP Entertainment, while three other members of 2AM signed with other agencies. JYP Entertainment assured that the departures did not mean 2AM was disbanding. However, 2AM is currently on temporarily break from any group activities. He left JYP Entertainment on September 22nd, 2017. On November 3rd, 2017, he signed with CUBE Entertainment.
Breakthrough as a Solo Artist
Jo-kwon started establishing a carrier as a solo artist on June 30th, 2010, and released his first solo digital single titled, “The Day I Confessed,” a song he partially composed during the We Got Married broadcast with Ga-in. The song came first on Cyworld real-time charts the day after release. In the same year, Jo-kwon was cast in the sitcom All My Love with co-stars Park Min-sun, Kim Gab-soo, and his fellow idol and former ‘wife’ Ga-in. Then, he released his solo album, I’m Da One, along with a music video for the title track of the same title, on June 25th, 2012.
Duet with BTS’ J-Hope
When J-Hope was still a trainee at BigHit in 2012, he featured as a rapper on Jo-Kwon’s solo single “Animal.” J-Hope and other BTS members have also performed as Jo-Kwon’s back-up dancers in his music videos.
On March 7th, 2018, Jo-Kwon posted J-Hope’s Hope World mixtape artwork on Instagram along with a bunch of photos of them looking like pals, that seemed to be taken at Jo-Kwon’s cereal cafe in Seoul as well as the gym. He added a caption to the picture that read, “Animal feat J-Hope. Hoseok, who I met for the first time in a long while and am so proud of! Do well with your mixtape too! Ah, it’s already done well.”
Appearance as a Couple With BROWN EYED GIRLS’ Ga-in
In May 2009, Jo-kwon appeared in the MBC program We Got Married partnered with Brown Eye Girls’ Ga-in as a married couple for a Chuseok special episode. The episode achieved Season 2’s highest rating, and Ga-in and Jo-kwon were announced to be a permanent couple on the show. They acted as a virtual married couple for 15 months in total and they were famous as the “Adam Couple” in We Got Married.