BTS Jungkook Biography, Early Life and Career

BTS Jungkook

BTS or Bangtan Boys is a South Korean boy band formed by Big Hit Entertainment. The group consists of seven members, Jin (Kim Seokjin), Suga (Min Yoon-gi), J-Hope (Jung Hoseok), RM (Kim Namjoon), Jimin, V and Jungkook. BTS debuted on June 13th 2013 with the song “No More Dream” from their first album 2 Cool 4 Skool.

They have since become one of the most popular Kpop groups in the world with millions of fans worldwide. BTS has won several awards including two Daesang at Golden Disc Awards, three Melon Music Awards and four Seoul Music Awards as well as many international awards such as Artist of the Year at 2018 BBMAs.

Today, we are taking a look at BTS Jungkook and dissecting his life so, let us get started.

Early Life

Born on September, 1997 in Busan, South Korea, Jungkook’s father was a guitarist and his mother is a pianist. He has an older sister who is also musical and she introduced him to Rap Monster when he was only 12 years old. A prodigious child prodigy with perfect pitch that he inherited from both parents, Jungkook started learning piano at the age of five and violin three years later. His family sent him to music school for six hours every day but this hardly prevented him from practicing privately after lessons were over; it actually increased his level of discipline since there would be no going back home once those six hours had been spent.

In his early teenage years, that is around 2012-2013, Jungkook would spend hours on Youtube watching cover dance videos of both international artists as well as K-pop groups such as Big Bang, Super Junior, Girls Generation among others. Whenever an artist or group released their new music/albums onto iTunes Store for example if they were American then Jungkook would buy them immediately after hearing about them through Billboard magazine which he bought monthly back then (he still buys this to this day).

Before Joining BTS

BTS Jungkook

Jungkook was first introduced to BTS’s Rap Monster through his older sister who is a fan of the group and had shown Jungkook their music videos in 2013. After listening to “N.O” for the first time, he immediately knew that it would be his calling because there was not anything else like what they were doing at all; no one making music about how terrible life can sometimes feel when you are young or even just growing up with too much pressure from society but still holding on tight enough so that someone could see them as an artist instead of only being seen as misfits and outcasts which is something that he has dealt with personally before joining BTS since people have called him weirdo, gay, and a loser.

He was so amazed by BTS’s music videos at the time that he would spend all of his free time watching them; as soon as one video ended, he would immediately watch another until it was late into the night which made him miss school often but not care because they were just too good to stop listening to. He had fallen in love with Rap Monster’s rapping style and thought about how cool it must be for people like him who loved rap such as himself could actually become successful if they tried hard enough. It also fed Jungkook hope when he watched their videos since some of them talk about self-hatred or feelings of being lonely too which is something that everyone can relate to no matter who they are.


Hip hop is not a genre of music that can be classified as completely South Korean. However, BTS Jungkook has proven to the world that he was born for the stage when his collaboration with DJ Swivel called “Sixteen” aired on Beats Radio in 2017. The song quickly became one of the most-streamed songs during summer and helped him gain recognition abroad.

Jungkook’s talent is unquestionable considering that he was discovered on the streets of Seoul as a young boy by Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si Hyuk and later signed to be part of BTS in 2010 when he was only 13 y South Korean. However, BTS Jungkook has proven to the world that he was born for the stage when his collaboration with DJ Swivel called “Sixteen” aired on Beats Radio in 2017. The song quickly became one of the most-streamed songs during summer and helped him gain recognition abroad. He and other members such as RM have also collaborated with different international artists including A$AP Rocky, The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki and Wale.

Their label Big Hit Entertainment boosts them internationally because these collaborations are heavily publicized through social media platforms like Twitter or Instagram giving fans from all around the world a chance to interact more closely with BTS members.

After debuting on June 13, 2013 at age sixteen, he went to study for three years while managing BTS’s activities until their hiatus following one of their members’ serious injuries from a car accident. He then became an MC for South Korea’s television broadcasting station Mnet since September 2016 alongside Golden Child’s Joo Jin-mo who previously held this position before him. As an upcoming singer whose first album Love Yourself: Tear (2018) won two prestigious awards, he also participated in the production of BTS’s fourth full album Love Yourself: Answer (2018), which became a commercial success.

Awards and Achievements

Jungkook won Best Male Artist and Top Social Media on Mnet Asian Music Awards 2018.

He was awarded with two prestigious awards for his first solo album Tear at the 27th Golden Disc Awards 2019 held in January 18, 2019 in Beijing China.

His song “Begin” reached number one on Gaon single chart after it released on May 15, 2018 and ranked as Number Fourteen among all Korean songs from 2013 to 2017 by Gaon Chart Market Research Agency .


Growing up, Jungkook attended Christian school where he learned how to play various instruments including piano and guitar. As for academic subjects, Jungkook had been learning English since early grade school when he entered elementary school which helped him communicate with foreign artists such as Big Sean (rapper) or Shawn Mendes (Canadian singer). In addition to being fluent in Korean and English, Jungkook is also fluent in Japanese. He has, over the years, become an important part of the BTS group.

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