Solo Artist Baek Ah-yeon: Profile, Appearance on ‘K-Pop Star’, Debut under JYP Entertainment, and More

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Meet Baek Ah-yeon, The Solo Artist and The Silk Voice

Baek Ah-yeon is a South Korean solo artist who first became known when she participated in the talent program, K-Pop Star, in the same season where Park Ji Min and Lee Hi also joined the show. She has been building her career in singing and the music entertainment industry. Find out more about Baek Ah-yeon in this Channel-Korea article!

Full Profile and Facts of Baek Ah-yeon

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Stage Name: Baek A Yeon (백아연)
Birth Name: Baek Ah Yeon (백아연)
Date of Birth: March 11th, 1993
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Korean
Height: 162 cm (5 ft 3¾ in)
Weight: 43 kg (94 lbs)
Blood Type: B
Twitter: @100ayeon
Instagram: @ayeoniiiiii
Facebook: 100ayeon
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YouTube: Baek A Yeon

Baek A Yeon’s Facts:

– She was born in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
– She finished her education at Howon University.
– Her religion is Christian.
– Her nickname is “Steel Heart.”
– She can play the guitar, piano, and keyboard.
– Her hobbies include doing nail art and writing song lyrics.
– She has a dog named Happy.
– She was a contestant on K-Pop Star 1 and was in the top 3 with Park Jimin and Lee Hi. She decided to join JYP Entertainment after the show.
– She suffered a case of lymphoma (a type of cancer involving cells in the immune system, called lymphocytes) when she was younger. Now, she has fully recovered from the disease after is receiving cancer treatment.

Appearance on K-Pop Star

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Baek Ah Yeon participated in the first season of the talent competition show in 2012 titled K-Pop Star. In the first season of K-Pop Star, she became one of the top bright three contestants alongside Park Ji-min and Lee Hi. As she was eliminated on the show, various entertainment companies offered her a contract. Baek Ah Yeon chose to sign with JYP Entertainment which was also one of the companies involved as judges in K-Pop Star.

Debut as a Solo Artist

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Since Baek Ah Yeon become popular after K-Pop Star as the third rank, she became a solo artist right after signing an exclusive contract with JYP Entertainment. Apparently, during that time, not one song was written by JYP himself in her debut album. On September 5th, 2012, her first album titled I’m Baek and tracklist were revealed through Naver Music. This album titled I’m Baek is composed of five tracks: “Slow Song,” “You’re Leaving, Stay,” “Love, Love, Love,” “Always,’ and the lead single “Sad Song.” On September 10th, Baek Ah Yeon’s debut album was officially released on all the major music streaming websites.

Some musicians collaborated on her music album I’m Baek, like songwriter Super Chingddai who has even worked with famous artists like 2PM, Miss A, Teen Top, and Kim Beom Soo, wrote the title song “Slow Song,” Junsu from 2PM, also known as Jun. K specifically wrote the song lyrics of “Always” for Baek Ah Yeon. Some other songwriters also contributed to the remaining tracks.

From a source, JYP Entertainment revealed, “As she has been training with us JYPE, she’s improved and brought out the talent and potential in her that was previously suppressed inside herself. Listeners and fans will be able to experience more emotionally appealing vocals in Baek Ah Yeon’s debut single.”

Not only she released an album, but Baek Ah Yeon has also contributed to K-drama soundtracks. On December 15th, Baek launched her first original soundtrack Daddy Long Legs for the SBS drama Cheongdam-dong Alice. She also recorded “Introduction to Love” for MBC’s drama titled When a Man Falls in Love. Next, in June 2013, she also released “A Good Boy,’ then “Tears Are Also Love,” for the MBC drama Goddess of Fire OST. Moreover, in May 2014, Baek released the track “The Three Things I Have Left,” especially for the SBS drama Angel Eyes. She also released another track, “Morning of Canon,” for MBC’s drama You Are My Destiny. Baek Ah Yeon also sang “So We Are” for the soundtrack of the famous K-Drama Yong-pal.

Her first single and self-composed song, “Shouldn’t Have” (featuring Day6’s Young K) was released on May 20th, 2015. She received recognition for this song since it hit number one in assorted Korean music charts.

In May 2016, she released her second single “So-So” and in November 2016, she also released the holiday single titled “Just Because” featuring JB from Got7. On May 29th, 2017, her third EP titled Bittersweet contains six tracks and the lead single “Sweet Lies” featuring The Barberettes. Her latest, fourth mini-album, was released in November 2018, titled Dear Me consisting of six songs, with the top single “Sorry To Myself.”

Departing from JYP Entertainment

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On September 16th, 2019, Baek Ah Yeon confirmed that she has left JYP Entertainment for good since her contract expired and she decided not to renew the contract.

JYP Entertainment compiled that they will continue to sincerely cheer Baek Ah Yeon’s bright future and asked fans to support the singer in their music in order to receive love and deliver happiness. As news released, the contract apparently expired on August 30th, 2019.

On September 16th, on her personal Instagram account, Baek Ah Yeon posted a farewell caption saying sincerely ‘goodbye’ to JYP Entertainment which since 2012 had continuously supported her music career. Below is her Instagram post!

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Discography

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Extended plays

Title EP details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[15]
I’m Baek
  • Release Date: September 10th, 2012
  • Label: JYP Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Tracklist
  1. Sad Song (느린노래)
  2. Stay (머물러요)
  3. Love, Love, Love
  4. Always (feat. Jun.K)
  5. You’re Leaving (니가 떠나간다)
11
  • KOR: 2,148+
A Good Girl
  • Release Date: June 17th, 2013
  • Label: JYP Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Tracklist
  1. A Good Boy
  2. Tell Me (말해줘)
  3. Because of You (너 때문에) (feat. Jia)
  4. I Love It (맘에 들어) (feat. Baro)
  5. Like Oxygen (산소처럼)
14
  • KOR: 1,765+
Bittersweet
  • Release Date: May 29th, 2017
  • Label: JYP Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Tracklist
  1. Sweet Lies (feat. The Barberettes)
  2. Just Friends (연락이 없으면)
  3. Jealousy (질투가 나) (feat. Park Ji-min)
  4. Magic Girl (마법소녀)
  5. Screw You (넘어져라)
  6. The Last of You (끝모습)
N/A
Dear Me
  • Release Date: November 21st, 2018
  • Label: JYP Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Tracklist
  1. Sorry, Heart (마음아 미안해)
  2. The True Lie (진짜 거짓말)
  3. Starlight
  4. Hug Me (안아줘)
  5. Without Words (말하지 않아도)
  6. Time Goes Round and Round (시간은 돌고 돌아서)

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon
KOR
Hot 100
As lead artist
“Atlantis Princess”
originally by BoA
2012 154 N/A K-Pop Star Top 8
“Can’t Fight the Moonlight”
originally by LeAnn Rimes
100 KOR: 45,274+ K-Pop Star Top 7
“Saving All My Love for You”
originally by Whitney Houston
93 KOR: 46,548+ K-Pop Star Top 6
“Run Devil Run”
originally by Girls’ Generation
55 97 KOR: 111,780+ K-Pop Star Top 5
“I Miss You”
originally by Kim Bum-soo
23 37 KOR: 325,867+ K-Pop Star Top 4
“Ma Boy 2”
with Lee Seunghoon, originally by Electroboyz
50 67 KOR: 116,457+ K-Pop Star Special No. 3
“I Was Wrong”
originally by 2AM
N/A K-Pop Star Top 3
“Sad Song” (느린노래) 2 11 KOR: 995,710+ I’m Baek
“A Good Boy” (어굿보이) 2013 12 26 KOR: 346,987+ A Good Girl
“Shouldn’t Have” (이럴거면 그러지말지)
feat. Young K of DAY6
2015 1 KOR: 2,500,000+ Non-album singles
“So-So” (쏘쏘) 2016 1 KOR: 1,070,347+
“Just Because” (그냥 한번)
feat. JB of GOT7
12 KOR: 185,203+
“Sweet Lies”
feat. The Barberettes
2017 5 KOR: 278,224+ Bittersweet
“The Little Match Girl” (성냥팔이 소녀)
with Wendy of Red Velvet
55 KOR: 59,483+ SM Station
“Sorry To Myself (마음아 미안해)” 2018 KOR: Dear Me
As featured artist
“Pursuit of Happiness” (행복을 찾아서)
Yim Jae-beom feat. Baek A-yeon
2012 N/A TO…
“Please Come Back” (돌아와줘)
Taecyeon & Chansung of 2PM feat. Baek A-yeon
2014 N/A Go Crazy! (Grand Edition)
“Kibuntat” (기분탓)
Sleepy feat. Baek A-yeon
2015 39 KOR: 51,563+ F/W

Other Charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon
KOR
Hot 100
“머물러요 (Stay)” 2012 37 47
  • KOR: 136,772+
I’m Baek
“Love, Love, Love.” 44 65
  • KOR: 81,151+
“Always”
feat. Jun.K of 2PM
55
  • KOR: 70,219+
“You’re Leaving” (니가 떠나간다) 59
  • KOR: 68,973+
“The First Time I Met You” (너를 처음 만난 그때)
with Hwang Chi-yeol
2015 49
  • KOR: 51,089+
투유 프로젝트 – 슈가맨, Pt. 4
“Something to Say” (할말) 2016 29
  • KOR: 102,393+
So-So (single)
“Screw You” (넘어져라) 2017 81
  • KOR: 34,548
“Bittersweet”
“Just Friends” (연락이 없으면) 94
  • KOR: 30,231
“Jealousy” (질투가 나)
feat. Park Ji-min
27
  • KOR: 71,801
“Magic Girl” (마법소녀)
  • KOR: 21,070

 

Soundtrack appearances

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon
“Daddy Long Legs” 2012 6
  • KOR: 469,000+
Cheongdam-dong Alice OST
“Introduction to Love” (사랑학개론) 2013 37
  • KOR: 170,436+
When a Man Falls in Love OST
“Tears Are Also Love” (눈물도 사랑인 걸)
  • KOR: —
Goddess of Fire OST
“The Three Things I Have Left” (내게 남은 세가지) 2014 11
  • KOR: 232,433+
Angel Eyes OST
“Morning of Canon” (캐논의 아침) 70
  • KOR: 79,425+
You Are My Destiny OST
“So We Are” (이렇게 우리) 2015 14
  • KOR: 265,169+
Yong-pal OST
“A Lot Like Love” (사랑인 듯 아닌 듯) 2016 25
  • KOR: 131,894+
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo OST
“Is it You” (너였었니) 2018 Wok of Love OST
“Why” Webtoon YEONNOM (웹툰 연놈) OST
“Always Be With You” (그대여야만 해요) 2019 Encounter OST
“둘만의 이야기” Anna, Mari OST
“Just Go” Doctor John OST

Filmography

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Film

Year Title Role Ref.
2019 Anna, Marie

Variety programs

Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 K-pop Star Season 1 Contestant SBS
2012 Strong Heart (TV series) Guest SBS Episode 129 and Episode 130
2013 Beatles Code Season 2 Guest Mnet Episode 67
K-pop Star Season 2 Guest SBS Episode 22
1000 Song Challenge Guest SBS Episode 256
Golden Family Guest SBS Chuseok Special
Dancing with the Stars (South Korean season 3) Guest Singer with 15& MBC Song choice Conga by Miami Sound Machine
2014 Healing Camp Guest SBS Episode 164
Let’s Go! Dream Team Season 2 Guest KBS Episode 260
2015 100 People, 100 Songs Contestant JTBC Episode 34
Hello Counselor Guest KBS Episode 242
2015 Idol Star Athletics Ssireum Basketball Futsal Archery Championships Participant MBC
You Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook Guest KBS Episode 289
Sugar Man Show Man with Hwang Chi-yeol JTBC Remake a song 너를 처음 만난 그때 (The First Time I Met You) by Park Jun-ha
2016 Hello Counselor Guest KBS Episode 279
Sugar Man Show Man with Sandeul B1A4 JTBC Remake a song 선물 (Gift) by UN
You Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook Guest KBS Episode 324
Duet Song Festival Duet with Park Soon-ho MBC Song choice 제발 (Please) by Lee So-ra
War of Vocals – God’s Voice Guest Panelist SBS Episode 16
King of Mask Singer Contestant as “I Will Back Music Box” MBC Episodes 83–84

 

Music video appearances

Year Song title Artist Role
2013 Somebody 15& Herself

Musical theater

Year Title Role Duration Notes
2015 Cinderella Cinderella September 12th – November 8th, 2015 Lead role