Jung Hoseok, who is known under the stage name J-Hope, certainly makes his home country South Korea proud of his achievements so far. Hoseok’s drive to constantly improve is evident in the way he pursues two music careers at once and the way his adoring fans shout his name.
J-Hope wears many hats: he is a dancer, rapper, songwriter, singer, and record producer. He has been in the music business since 2013 and also holds the record as the highest-ranked solo artist in K-Pop (Korean pop) on the Billboard 200.
Jung Hoseok Biography (Age)
Jung was born on 18 February 1994 in the South Korean metropolis of Gwangju. The Korean musician is best known for his vocal abilities, but this is not the place where he tried to start his career. Jung’s first love was dancing, and he did it with a remarkable passion.
Before all the fame he was a street dancer and a member of an underground dance team called Neuron. In fact, he had already made a name for himself in local circles. During his time as a dancer, Hoseok won many local prizes and took a memorable first place in a national dance competition in 2008, when he was just 14 years old.
Soon his interests began to develop naturally and included sisterly skills like singing and rapping. This encouraged him to apply for an audition as a Korean idol trainee.
He was soon accepted by Big Hit Entertainment because of his talents. The entertainment company formed a boy band called BTS (Bangtan Boys) with Jung Hoseok and six other guys. Jung and his new vocal group released their first single No More Dream from their first album 2 Cool 4 Skool. The album was released in June 2013 and the group received numerous New Artist Awards for their efforts.
J-Hope and BTS have released several other award-winning albums over the years, including Dark & Wild (2014) and Wings (2016).
BTS may be a very popular vocal group in their home country South Korea and beyond. However, J-Hope’s drive means that the group’s success is not enough for him. In 2018 he started his solo career. On March 1, 2018, J-Hope released his first solo project – a mixtape called Hope World. On the same day, he also released a music video for one of the songs Daydream. This song reached the top position in the World Digital Songs Chart.
The EP reached number 63 on the Billboard 200 and eventually peaked at number 38 in the charts, making him the only solo K-pop artist to do so. The project also reached #35 on the Canadian album charts and #19 on the US top rap album charts.
The unprecedented success of J-Hope’s first solo effort earned him many personal awards. He took third place in the Emerging Artists chart and was placed at number 97 on the Artist 100 chart for the week beginning March 10th. The following week, on March 17th, he climbed to position 91.
Jung was also featured in a television movie series called Running Man in 2015.
Jung Hoseok’s Family: Parents, Brothers, and Sister
Jung’s father is a literature teacher at Gwangju High School, the same school the K-Pop artist attended. His parents, especially his mother and his older sibling, a sister named Jung Ji Wo, always supported and encouraged the boy’s dreams.
Jung’s sister, who is four years older than him, also does her own thing. She has a clothing line called “Mejiwoo” which she promotes on her official Instagram page. Jung is the only son of his parents, so he has no brothers.
Hoseok’s family is closely knit. During his birthday party in 2014, his family recorded a surprise message for the singer’s birthday, organized by his BTS brothers.
Other Facts To Know About J-Hope
1. He first tried his hands at tennis
If Jung had followed his initial instinct, he might have been a renowned tennis player today, but maybe not. Before dance and music, Jung tried his hand at tennis. Maybe it was because he was not good at it, but he soon switched from the tennis court to the dance floor.
2. His father did not like his choice of career at first
Jung’s father was disappointed when he preferred to dance to a professional tennis career. The singer was initially dependent on the support of his mother and sister. His father finally came to his senses and even contributed to the success of his career at an early age.
3. Jung hates to workout
Hoseok would rather laze around with his friends than walk past a gym. That may sound surprising to someone in his line of work. However, he has long been a street dancer that it is enough for him to be his own form of exercise.
4. J-Hope is polyglot
J-Hope is gifted in languages; he speaks four languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. In today’s world, this is a skill that will undoubtedly serve him well in his career and personal life.
5. He plays a pivotal role in BTS
On and behind the stage Jung Hoseok is a crucial member of the Bangtan Boys, and not only because of his singing and dancing. In various interviews, his bandmates have revealed that he is the level-headed guy in the group who always keeps them all in check.
He also likes to look at their stage performances to find out where everyone has done badly and how they can all improve. It also helps that he is also the main songwriter of the group. He has written over 50 songs for them. Hoseok says he inherited his writing skills from his father.
6. His body measurements
The South Korean music icon stands at an adult height of 1.77 m (5 feet 10 inches) and has a healthy weight of about 65 kg (143 lbs). Nothing else is known about his body measurements.
7. How wealthy is Jung Hoseok?
Due to his numerous successes with BTS and his own solo career, J-Hope is definitely a name to be reckoned with in the musical landscape of his country and for a younger generation on all continents. Various unaudited sources estimate his net worth to be just over 8 million dollars.