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Name: Kim Taeyeon
Better Known As: Taeng, Taengoo, Kid Leader, Byeon Taeng
Birthdate: March 9th 1989
Height: 162cm 5’4”
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Jeonju, North Jeolla, South Korea
Role in Group: Leader, Main Vocalist
Specialties: English, Chinese, Japanese, guitar
Family: One older brother
Ideal Type: Positive, humorous and with good skin. a.k.a Kang Dong Won
A previously timid child that only lit up when performing, Kim Taeyeon has transformed into the popular ‘kid leader’ of one of the most well-known girl groups coming from Korea, Girls Generation. She was first discovered on 2004 SM Entertainment's 8th Annual Best Contest and ended up winning Best Singer 1st Place & Grand Award in the contest. That same year she was featured in The One’s song “You Bring Me Joy”. Four years after winning first place Taeyeon graduated from Jeonju Art High School and was decorated with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Taeyeon is a regular on lists consisting of the top singers currently active in Korea. Artists and non-artists alike are all scrambling to duet with her like the lucky ones who already have; The One, Kim Bum Soo, Kangta and even ice skating princess and gold medalist Kim Yuna. Although she can shine in a duet and even in a group of nine, Taeyeon can easily stand on her own as proven with her OST tracks found on; Hong Gil Dong, Beethoven Virus and Athena: Goddess of War.
She has also graced musical stages, the small screen and even the large screen. When acting the main role of Kaoru Amane in “Midnight Sun” in her first musical she even learned how to play the guitar. Her voice can be heard as Margo in “Despicable Me” but she can be seen in Unstoppable Marriage in all of her glory. Taeyeon has also been on Family Outing Season One, We Got Married as one half of the “Jelly Pudding Couple”, and has hosted Win Win. Most of these activities not only overlapped with her singing career; solo, group and duet work, but with her hosting the radio show Chin Chin Radio.
Every person in the idol world has gone through some hard moments and fearless kid leader Taeyeon hasn’t been spared. She has been the victim of; an over enthusiastic fan attempting to pull her off the stage; had some comments of hers misconstrued and has even momentarily thought of stepping down as leader. Still Taeyeon has remained strong and will keep on going with her fellow group mates as part of the leaders of the Hallyu wave.
“You Bring Me Joy” with The One at age 15 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBGZT9xsWYc
“Hush Hush” at Into The New World Concert http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7FXILY4dMI&feature=related
“Like A Star” Vocals Only http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfkw2rUn8U0
WGM Clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yogjv-qjrWk
Clip Compilation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtglgH-6OXQ