Jo Kwon

This is a Korean name; the family name is Jo.
Jo Kwon
Native name 조권
Born Jo Kwon
(1989-08-28) August 28, 1989
Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Residence Seoul, South Korea

Musical career

Years active 2008–present
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts
Jo Kwon
Hangul 조권
Hanja 趙權
Revised Romanization Jo Gwon
McCune–Reischauer Cho Kwŏn

Jo Kwon (Hangul: 조권, hanja: 趙權; born on August 28, 1989)[1] is a South Korean singer, MC, actor, entertainer and leader of South Korean boy band 2AM.


Jo Kwon, formerly known as Sacre Bleu, trained at JYP Entertainment 7 years after joining the company. He was chosen as the last member of Park Jin Young's "99% Challenge Project" along with Sun-ye of Wonder Girls.[2]

2AM career

Main article: 2AM (band)

In 2008, he appeared on Mnet's Hot Blood. The program showed the intense physical training that thirteen male trainees go through to acquire the opportunity to debut in either a 4-member ballad group or a 7-member dance group.[3] After several elimination steps, Kwon was chosen for a position in the 4-member ballad group 2AM. He became the group's leader.

2AM's first single "This Song" released on July 21, 2008. It debuted on July 11, 2008, performing "이 노래" ("This Song").[4] In March 2015, Jo Kwon had decided to renew his contract with JYP Entertainment, while 3 other members of 2AM have signed with other agencies. JYP Entertainment assured that the departures do not mean 2AM is breaking up nor disband the group. But along with this 2AM currently on temporarily break from any group activities [5]

Solo career

2008: The birth of Variety Idol

Kwon appeared as a regular panel member on variety shows such as "Star King". He was part of "Dirty Eyed Girls" on an episode of 2PM's variety show "Wild Bunny", performing a parody of popular Brown Eyed Girls song Abracadabra. The music video became popular.[6] In September 2009, he was one of the main MCs for SBS's environmental variety show "Find it! Green Gold" with Super Junior member Shindong, SS501 member Kim Hyung-jun, and Fly To The Sky member Brian Joo. He also replaced Jaebeom on historical culture variety show Nodaji after Jaebeom withdrew from 2PM and went back to the United States where his parents lived.

He joined the cast of We Got Married on October 3, 2009, coupled with Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-In. Although they were initially only supposed to be featured in the Chuseok special, their appearance brought in the highest ratings yet for Season 2, so they were announced as a permanent couple.[7] Kwon was diagnosed with H1N1 on October 28, 2009 causing him to postpone filming We Got Married. He recovered quickly after treatment.[2]

In 2010, he became a permanent cast member of Family Outing 2.[8] He made his fifth appearance on the TV show "Happy Together" in June 2012. Also, he made several appearances on Star King, Invincible Youth S2, Come To Play, Radio Star, Star Dance Battle, and many other shows. He is known for his "kkab" dance and often danced on variety shows. "Kkab" can be translated as hyperactive.

In 2014, he is back to variety program as guest on JTBC Off to School after has been missing from variety program for at least 2 years.

2009: Popularity as Adam Couple

As he joined the cast of We Got Married with Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-In. The popular pairing was given the nickname Adam Couple by fans. The popularity not only stopped on their appearance on the show but also in music industry.

He and Ga-In released a digital single "우리 사랑하게 됐어요" ("We Fell in Love") on December 16, 2009[9] which topped variety online music charts and won two awards on Music Bank's K-Charts and the "Most Popular Background Phone Music" on the Gaon Charts.[10] 50 million won from the profits of the song were donated for rebuilding Haiti's earthquake.[11] For these efforts, Kwon was given an award at the 3rd Korea Sharing Awards ceremony.[12]

The couple ended on 15 January 2011.

2010: First solo and screen debut

On June 30, 2010, Kwon released his first solo digital single titled, "고백하던 날" ("The Day I Confessed"), a song he partially composed during the We Got Married broadcast for Ga-in. The song came first on Cyworld real-time charts the day after its release.[13]

In same year,He was cast in the sitcom All My Love with co-stars Park Min Sun, Kim Gab Soo and fellow idol and 'wife' Ga-In from Brown Eyed Girls. Jo Kwon stayed on the sitcom until the last episode in 2011 while Ga-In participation in the sitcom ended earlier in May, 2011 due of schedule conflict.

2012: First solo album

On June 25, 2012, Jo Kwon released his solo album, "I'm Da One", with a music video.[14]

For his album Pop star Beyonce’s choreographer Jonte Moaning praised Jo Kwon’s performance for his song "Animal." Jo Kwon wore 19.5 cm kill heels and a feather outfit for his "Animal" performance with rapper and lead dancer of Bulletproof Boys Scouts, better known as BTS or Bangtan Boys, J-Hope (Jung Hoseok) featured. Jonte praised for it.[15]

2013: Musical debut and drama debut

In 2013 Kwon joined the cast of a Korean Jesus Christ Superstar musical production, where he played the role of King Herod.[16]

In same year on February 27, 2013, Jo Kwon was confirmed as one of the cast for KBS2 drama Queen of the Office. The drama is about a talented contract worker, played by Kim Hye Soo and the work and relationships that surround her. Kwon appeared as worker Kye Kyung Woo, shedding his ′kkap′ character.[17]

2016: Second solo album and 4th Musical Casting

On February 5 (KST), Jo Kwon uploaded a picture with handwritten lyrics to his new song "Crosswalk" on his Instagram. Jo Kwon's single music video was released on February 15 (KST), featuring EXO's Suho as the male lead in the music video. Jo Kwon's new album "Crosswalk" includes three tracks, two of which he wrote ― the title song "Crosswalk" and the third track "Flutter", the second track "It's Okay" was written by Ryan S. Jhun and Denzil "DR" Remedios, the music producers of S.M. Entertainment's SHINee and f(x). Popular songwriters Esna and Aev produced the title song "Crosswalk" [18]

On March 17, 2016, It was announced by JYP Entertainment that Jo Kwon will be participating in the musical "On The Starry Night" as the role "Choi Sung Keun".[19] He will be portraying a guy who seems to be completely thoughtless, lacking in common sense, but actually a vocalist who was born to be in a spotlight.[20] The musical will be running from May 7 to May 15, 2016.

Personal life

As of 2013 Jo Kwon was attending Kyung Hee University.[21] He entered Kyung Hee University without taking the entrance examination, with rumors alleging favouritism, because Kwon was an entertainer. The rumors were refuted by his performance at the top of his class in his major.[22] In 2015, Jo Kwon enrolled in the Performing Arts Department of Kyunghee University’s Graduate Program.[23]


Main article: 2AM discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Track listing Peak chart positions Sales
"I'm Da One"[24] 1 -

Mini albums

Title Album details Track listing Peak chart positions Sales
  • KOR:

Digital singles

Year Song Album
2009 "졸업 (Graduation)" (with Changmin) "졸업 (Graduation)" (Digital Single)
"덩크슛 (Dunk Shoot)" (Whale - W & Whale) "환타스틱 프로젝트 Vol. 2

(Hwantastic Project Vol. 2)" (Digital Single)

"우리 사랑하게 됐어요(We Fell In Love)"

(with Gain - Brown Eyed Girls)

"우리 사랑하게 됐어요 (We Fell In Love)"

(Digital Single)

2010 "고백하던 날 (The Day I Confessed)" "고백하던 날 (The Day I Confessed)"

(Digital Single)

2015 "이렇게 좋은 날에 (On The Good Day Like This)"

with Joo Yeong (Seorindong Children)

"이렇게 좋은 날에 (On The Good Day Like This)"

(Digital Single)

2016 "횡단보도 (Crosswalk)" "횡단보도 (Crosswalk)"


Year Song Title Album
2008 Baek Ji-young - "밤새도록 (All Night)" Sensibility
2009 May Doni - "몰라-ing (Molla-ing)" (with Jinwoon) 7 Teen
2010 Wax - "이별 이야기 (Farewell Story)" Wax Unplugged Side A
Lim Jeonghee - "헤어지러 가는 길 (On the Way to Breakup)" 진짜일 리 없어 (It Can't Be Real)
2013 "Perfect Christmas" (with Lim Jeonghee, Joo Hee of 8eight, Rap Monster & Jungkook of Bangtan Boys) -
2014 "One Summer Night" (Korean & English Ver.) (with Fei (Miss A)) Temptation OST Part 3
"Q&A"(with Gain (Brown Eyed Girls)) Truth or Dare
"Suddenly" (with Yerin (15&)) and Jun. K (2PM)) JYP Nation Korea 2014 ‘One Mic’
2016 "Born to be Wild" (with Hyoyeon, Min and JYP) -


Music videos

Main article: 2AM discography
Year Title Starring
2009 Dunk Shot Whale (from W&Whale)
2010 On the way to break up Lim Jeong-hee
2012 I'm Da One J-Hope, V, Jin, Suga, Jungkook of Bangtan Boys
2013 Pitapat BESTie
2016 Crosswalk Suho


Year Title Role
2013 Pinocchio Pinocchio (Dubbing)

Television series

Year Title Role Network
2010 All My Love Hwang Ok-yub MBC
2013 The Dramatic "Flower Boys Coorporation" Jo Kwon MBC
Queen of the Office Kye Kyung-woo KBS2
2015 The Producers Himself (ep.3) KBS2

Variety shows

Year Title Note Role TV network
2009 Sang Sang Plus Himself KBS2
The Teacher is Coming Episode 29 Guest (with Im Seulong) MBC
Star King Guest SBS
Strong Heart Episode 3 Guest SBS
World Changing Quiz Show Episodes 22-3, 30, 34, 38 Guest MBC
We Got Married Season 2 (60 episodes) Himself (starring role) [appeared with Gain (singer)] MBC
2010 Family Outing 2 (Season 2) Member SBS
Star Golden Bell Guest KBS2
MBC Fantasy Couple Guest MBC
Shin PD Guest with 2AM SBS
Star King Episode 147-149, 152-158, 162, 177, 179, 184 Himself SBS
Running Man Episode 7 Guest SBS
Challenge 1000 Songs Guest SBS
Come To Play Guest MBC
Star Dance Battle
Intimate Note SBS
Radio Star Episode 171 Guest (with Lee Changmin) MBC
Sweet Night Episode 8 Guest KBS
Win Win Episode 10 MC KBS
2011 Star King Episode 185 Guest SBS
Strong Heart Episodes 61-62 Guest SBS
Radio Star Episode 257 Guest MBC
2012 Strong Heart Episodes 137-138 Himself SBS
Crisis Escape no.1 Himself KBS2
World Changing Quiz Show Episode 146, 165 Guest (Ep. 146), MC (Ep. 165) MBC
Invincible Youth Episodes 17, 31 Guest KBS2
You and I Episode 10 Himself SBS
Win Win Episode 103 (Guest: Beast) MC KBS
Go Show Episode 11 Guest SBS
We Got Married MC MBC
Birth Of A Family Guest SBS
2013 Magic Concert Episodes 10, 14 Guest (with Jeong Jinwoon) MBC
Story Show Hwasubun Episode 1 Appeared with Jeong Jinwoon MBC
World Changing Quiz Show Episodes 184 MC MBC
Barefooted Friends Episode 12 & 13 - Idols Diving Competition Guest - Appeared with 2PM's Nichkhun, Taecyeon, and Junho SBS
A Song For You Season 2 - 16 Episodes (23.08.2013-10.01.2014) MC KBS World
2014 I★GOT7 Episode 09 & 10 Guest SBS
I'm Going To School Episode 06 - 09 Himself JTBC
MBC Human Documentary 'Good People' 140913 Himself MBC
Magic Eye 140916 Guest SBS
Abnormal Summit Episode 12 Guest JTBC
2015 A Song For You season 3 Episode 16 Guest with 2AM KBS
Masked Singer Episode 01 Himself MBC
Kstyle Season 3 Episode 08 Himself Channel M
How To Eat And Live Well 150301 and 150308 Guest with Jeong Jinwoon SBS
4 Naked Show Episode 10, 13 Guest for Son Gain, Min Mnet
Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 Guest KBS
World Changing Quiz Show Episodes 290 Guest MBC
Celebrity Tutors Episodes 21 Guest MBC
I Can See Your Voice Guest with Lee Changmin Mnet
Hello Counselor Himself KBS2
Vitamin Himself KBS2
Happy Together Guest with Son Gain KBS
Sixteen Episode 1, 9 Mnet
Same Bed Different Dream Episode 15 Guest MBC
Global Super Idol Episode 5 Guest Judge MBC
Two Yoo Project Sugar Man Episode 9 Guest JTBC
2016 Healing Camp Episode 218 Guest SBS
Duet Song Festival Episode 2 Guest MBC
Unnies' Slamdunk Episode 9 Guest KBS2


Year Title Role
2013 Jesus Christ Superstar King Herod
2014 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Adam
2015 Chess Anatoly Sergievsky
2016 On A Starry Night Choi Sung Keun


Year Title Channel Note
2014 MBC C-Radio Idol True Colours MBC C-Radio Ep 25 - Guest
SBS K.Will's Youngstreet Radio SBS Power FM Christmas Special DJ with Min (Miss A)
2015 SBS Power Radio SBS Power FM Lunar New Year Special

Awards and nominations

2AM's awards and nominations

Jo Kwon's Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 Cyworld Digital Music Awards Song of the Month (December) We Fell in Love (with Ga-in) Won
2010 Song of the Month (January) Won
Gaon Chart Grand Opening Awards[26] January Week 1 Digital Chart Overall #1 Won
January Week 2 Digital Chart Overall #1 Won
January Week 3 Digital Chart Overall #1 Won
January Week 4 Ringback tone #1 Won
4th Mnet 20's Choice Awards Most Influential Top 20 Stars Jo Kwon Won
3rd Korea Sharing Awards The National Assembly standing Committee's Chairman Award[27] Won
Melon Music Awards Song of the Year We Fell In Love (with Ga-in) Nominated
Netizen Popularity Song Nominated
12th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Collaboration[28] Won
Bugs Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated
Best Duet (Gold) Won
Best Variety Star (Bronze) We Got Married Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Show, Variety Male Rookie Award[29] We Got Married Won
Best Couple Award with Ga-in[29] Won
SBS Entertainment Awards Variety New Star Award Inkigayo Won
2011 MBC Entertainment Awards Comedy / Sitcom Popularity Award All My Love Won

Music programs

These are collection of Jo Kwon wins on Korea's televised music show. Music Bank is aired on KBS.

Music Bank

Year Date Song
2010 January 15 "We Fell in Love" (with Gain)
January 22
2012 July 6 "I'm Da One" (feat. Zion.T)


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