Taeyeon (태연)




  • Stage Name: Kid Leader TAEYEON (꼬꼬마 리더 태연 – ggoggoma leader Taeyeon)
  • Birth Name: Kim Tae-Yeon (김태연)
  • Also Known As: Taeng, Taengoo (Taeng9),DJ Taengoo, Tae-Tae, Umma, Ahjumma, Taejumma, Jummataeng, Kid (Ggoggoma) Leader (꼬꼬마 리더 태연), ByunTaeng (Pervert Taeng)Position: Leader & Main Vocalist
  • Date of Birth: March 9, 1989
  • Zodiac Sign: Pisces
  • Bloodtype: O
  • Origin: Seoul, South Korea
  • Sibling(s): 1 older brother (Kim Ji-woong), 1 younger sister (Kim Ha-yeon)
  • Language: Korean (Fluent), English, Chinese (Basic), Japanese (Basic)
  • Specialty: Trot
  • Training Duration: 3 Years 3 Months
  • School: Jeonju Art High School (전주예술고고등학교) [graduated]
  • Genres: K-Pop, R&B, Dance Pop
  • Instruments: Vocals, Guitar
  • Occupations: Singer, Dancer, Actress, Promotional Model, TV Presenter, DJ
  • Casted: 2004 SM 8th Annual Best Contest (Best Singer 1st Place Grand Award)
  • Company: SM Entertainment
  • Years Active: 2007 – Present
  • Associated Acts: Girl’s Generation, SM Town, TaeTiSeo
  • Website: Official Website

Tae-yeon was born in Jeonju, South Korea on March 9, 1989. She is trained in singing and dancing. Taeyeon was discovered in 2004 SM Entertainment’s 8th Annual Best Contest winning Best Singer 1st Place & Grand Award in the contest. In 2004, she was featured in The One’s song “You Bring Me Joy” before debuting as Girl’s Generation Leader. She is a 2008 graduate of Jeonju Art High School and was awarded the school’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Soundtrack appearances and solo performances:

  • 2004 Duet with The One “You Bring Me Joy”
  • 2007 SBS Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son
  • 2008 KBS Hong Gildong OST “If” (Solo) and “The Little Boat (작은 배)” (with Jessica, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany)
  • 2008 MBC Beethoven Virus OST “Can You Hear Me?” (Solo) and “Haptic Motion” (with Jessica, Seohyun and Sunny)
  • 2008 Duet with Kangta “7989”
  • 2009 MBC Heading to the Ground OST “Its Love” (Duet with Sunny) and “Motion” (with Jessica, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany)
  • 2009 “S.E.O.U.L” with  Jessica, Seohyun, Sunny, Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Donghae and Leetuek of Super Junior.
  • 2009 “I Can’t Bear Anymore (Bear Song)” with Jessica, Seohyun, and Sunny
  • 2010 “Cabi Song” With Jessica, Tiffany, Seohyun, Yoona, Yuri, Chansung, Junsu and Taecyeon of 2PM
  • 2010 Like a Star “Like a Star” (Duet with The One)
  • 2010 SBS Athena: Goddness of War OST “I Love You” (Solo)
  • 2010 My Friend Haechi “Haechi Song” (해치송) (With Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany and Seohyun)
  • 2011 Different “Different” (Duet with Kim Bum-soo)
  • 2012 I AM OST “Dear My Family” (With SM Town)
  • 2012 MBC The King 2 Hearts OST “Missing You Like Crazy” (Solo)
  • 2012 SBS To The Beautiful You OST “Closer” (Solo)
  • 2013 SBS That Winter, The Wind Blows OST “And One” (Solo)
  • 2013 Mr Go OST “Bye” (Solo)


  • 2010 Digital Single Album “Like a Star” (Duet With The One)
  • 2010 SBS Athena: Goddness of War OST “I Love You”
  • 2011 Digital Single Album “Different” (Duet with Kim Bum-soo)
  • 2012 MBC The King 2 Hearts OST “Missing You Like Crazy”
  • 2012 SBS To The Beautiful You OST “Closer”
  • 2013 SBS That Winter, The Wind Blows OST “And One”


  • 2010 Despicable Me Korean Version (Margo Voice-over)
  • 2013 Despicable Me 2 Korean Version (Margo Voice-over)


  • 2008 KBS Unstoppable Marriage – BoolGwangDong (seven princess)
  • 2012 SBS Salamander Guru and The Shadows – TaeYeon

Reality and Variety Shows

  • 2008 Family Outing – Episode 13 & 14
  • 2009 We Got Married Season 1 – Episode 42-54
  • 2009 Happy Together Season 3
  • 2010 We Got Married Season 2 – Episode 40, 51, 52 & 69
  • 2011 Running Man – Episode 63 & 64
  • 2012 Invincible Youth 2 – Episode 22
  • 2012 Running Man – Episode 112
  • 2013 Strong Heart – Episode 165 & 166
  • 2013 Shinhwa Broadcast – Episode 47 & 48

Television Shows Hosting

Music Video Apperances

  • 2008 Lee Bul “Forever”
  • 2008 Taeyeon ” Can You Hear Me Now”
  • 2009 Super Junior and Girls Generation “S.E.O.U.L”


  • 2007 Gamevil Skipping Stone 3
  • 2009 A-Solution
  • 2009 Banana Milk


  • 2004 Won 8th Annual Best Contest – Best Singer 1st Place & Grand Award
  • 2008 Won Cyworld Song of the Month: February – “If”
  • 2008 Won 2008 MNET Music Award (Best OST) – “If”
  • 2008 Won 2nd MNET 20’s Choice Award – Hot DJ
  • 2008 Won 23rd Golden Disk Awards – Yepp Popularity Award for “Can You Hear Me?”
  • 2009 Won Program Production – “Good Friend Radio (ChinChin)”
  • 2009 Won 2009 MBC Drama Awards (Radio Newcomer Award) – “Good Friend Radio (ChinChin)”
  • 2010 Won 16th Republic of Korea Entertainment Arts Awards – Female Radio Award
  • 2010 Won Yahoo Buzz! Awars Top Buzz Star (Female Category)
  • 2011 Nominated The 5h Muscial Awards – Best Newcomer
  • 2011 Nominated 2011 MNET Music Award (Best OST) – “I Love You”
  • 2011 Nominated 2011 MNET Music Award (Song of the Year) – “I Love You”
  • 2011 Nominated 2011 MelOn Music Awards (Best OST) – “I Love You”
  • 2012 Won Seoul Drama Awards 2012 (Best Song From a Series) – “Missing You Like Crazy”
  • 2012 Nominated 2012 MNET Asia Music Awards (Best OST) – “Missing You Like Crazy”


  • Despite her kid-like appearance, Taeyeon is the oldest member and leader of SNSD.
  • Taeyeon is considered as the best singer of SNSD.
  • Taeyeon is the SNSD member with the largest fanbase. Her fanbase is the largest among female idol singers in Korea.
  • Her vocal mentor is The One who praised her as his most memorable student. Prior to SNSD, 15-year-old Taeyeon was featured on his song called ‘You Bring Me Joy (Part 2)’. Six years later in late 2010 the teacher-student duo re-teamed for a hit single ‘Like a Star’.
  • Taeyeon is nicknamed as “OST Queen” because she has numerous of #1 hit drama soundtracks.
  • Her hometown is Jeonrado Jeonju.
  • Taeyeon’s parents own a optical shop in Jeonju.
  • She made her musical debut as Kaoru Amane in Midnight Sun, a musical adaptation of movie ‘Taiyou no Uta’. She learned how to play guitar for that role.
  • Taeyeon collects perfumes.
  • Taeyeon’s favorite color is purple.
  • Taeyeon has a infamous self-explanatory nickname, which is “Byuntaeng” (byuntae + taengoo, “byuntae” means “pervert”).
  • She once stated that her ideal man is Vegeta of manga/anime Dragon Ball.
  • Tayeon loves jelly, gummy worms and the likes.

Facts about TaeYeon 🙂

  1. Taeyeon’s talents came from her parents…Her dad was a vocalist in a band, and mom had won children’s song competitions when she was young.
  2. Taeyeon’s parents are very supportive. They let their children decide for themselves. Because of that, Taeyeon learned to take care of things on her own.
  3. Her Father once said, Taeyeon, ever since, has always been Taeyeon (Calm).
  4. Her brother once said, when Taeyeon was in middle school, she was already an ahjumma.
  5. Taeyeon thinks she would burden the girls if she let them see that she’s upset over something, that’s why she keeps so many secrets/problems.
  6. Taeyeon used to travel from Seoul to her home almost everyday on her trainee days. School work is the main reason.
  7. Taeyeon never played with dolls, she played tops, robots and cars..
  8. Taeyeon once dreamed of becoming an announcer. She said she wanted to take over the world.
  9. Taeyeon ever hospitalized on March(not sure about the date) and due other absence, Sooyoung replaced her in Chinchin.
  10. It was once asked on Taeyeon,”If you and your boyfriend broke up, where will you go?” She answered, “The most quiet place in the world , I will calm down my mood alone”
  11. Once when she was recording a solo, Taengoo did not sing well and she could not reach the high notes. She tried recording it again many times but it was the same. She cried. Everyone was shocked to see Taeng crying. Fany, who couldn’t walk that time due to leg injuries wanted to walk towards her to comfort her but HyoYeon stopped her from doing so. Taeng later said that she didn’t do well and she cried because she was worrying about someone.
  12. Taeyeon once said, “No one believes I haven’t fall in love before”
  13. Taeyeon is actually taller than Sunny by only “2 cm”
  14. Taeyeon phone was once lost and it was found inside the refrigerator
  15. Taeyeon’s favorite song from their first album is “Merry-Go-Round”.
  16. Taeyeon is a sleep talker.
  17. Taeyon used to play RF online.
  18. Taeyeon is a fruit Peeler expert.
  19. Taeyeon cherishes her phone and her online games.
  20. Taeyeon once wanted to quit as SNSD’s Leader.
  21. Taeyeon knows how to play starcraft and her favorite race is protos
  22. She is a good pen spinner
  23. She is the dorkiest girl group leader.
  24. She loves gummy bears.
  25. She is a fan girl of Rain Bi.
  26. She once said that she likes wearing long sleeved pajamas because she feels more secured with them.
  27. She maid their chant, “Right now, It’s SNSD”
  28. Kim Taeyeon Literally means “The Great Beauty” Taeyeon literally means, “Calm”
  29. Taeyeon’s favorite number is 9.
  30. Seohyun somehow brainwashed her because she now likes Keroro.
  31. She likes to have a mushroom as her house.
  32. Taeyeon has a very bad memory.
  33. Taeyeon ran away from their dorm during her trainee days because of exhaustion.
  34. Taeyeon’s ideal guys is the one who’s humorous and has a good skin.
  35. Taeyeon is the type who hides her sadness in smiles.
  36. Taeyeon once dreamed to be a math teacher.
  37. She likes cactus’s!
  38. Taeyeon and Fany are Wife-Wife couples.
  39. She hates aegyo. She once said she had a hard time being cute in “Gee”
  40. “Never do things you will regret later” is her Motto.
  41. Taeyeon wanted to do musicals from the very beginning.
  42. She wears contacts.
  43. She sleeps an average of 7 hours a day.
  44. Taeyeon voted herself as best cook of all nine members though others voted for Hyoyeon.
  45. Taengoo once cried because she felt bad that while the members were eating on the table, the staff were eating on the floor.
  46. She became a model of her parents’ optical shop.
  47. She doesn’t like long haired boys.
  48. In Music Bank, she got hit with the fireworks but no serious injury.
  49. When she was young, she used to listen to the radio while studying. She says radio listening has been a part of her life.
  50. Taeyeon likes the movie, “National Treasure”
  51. Fans call her hobbit (Human Elf)
  52. She stretches everyday to somehow gain height.
  53. Before, Taeyeon sleep walked and used the elevator several time while sleeping.
  54. She dislikes herself after being full because of eating too much.
  55. Taeyeon is dreadful using her left hand that she only types in the keyboard with her right hand.
  56. She likes purple flowers.
  57. she watches TV 4 hours a day.
  58. She takes utensils and other things with her on broadcasting stations so that she would be ready when other members need them.
  59. She likes tigers, puppies, and cats.
  60. Her favorite season is Winter.
  61. She will choose friendship over love.
  62. Taeyeon’s common sleep talk phrase is ‘More! More!’ which made Yoona (her former roommate) laugh so hard that she had a hard time falling asleep.
  63. She wants to visit America and Japan.
  64. Taegang Unite is her fan club’s name.
  65. Taeyeon’s roomate is Sunny.
  66. She used to suffer from insomnia.
  67. Her favorite color is light blue and purple blue.
  68. Her brother looks like her, has the same expression as her, and is nicknamed, “Boy Taeyeon”.
  69. One of her ideal men is Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z
  70. Her most treasured object is her Training jogging pants that she wears eventhough it is worn out until she gave it away on We Got Married.
  71. Her nicknames are, Eomma, Ajumma, Kid Leader, Byuntaengoo, Taegoo, Tete, and Dorky Leader.
  72. Taeyeon, Soo, and Yoona hated cockroaches so much that they once burned it on top of a candle.
  73. She can fall asleep anywhere.
  74. She and Jessica are best out of the 9 when it comes to Highest Vocals.
  75. She was chosen leader because it was a requirement with SM Entertainment that Leaders are the ones who are eldest.
  76. She’s blunt, Dense
  77. Gets drunk on butter beer.
  78. She has 5 piercings.
  79. She sets the camera on the 9th level contrast when she takes pictures of herself.
  80. She plays football.
  81. She can imitate Sharapova’s(Tennis Player) “Sound Effects”
  82. Taeyeon’s last visit on Soshified.com is August 2, 2008, 6:31 PM
  83. Her height is 1.82 m.
  84. She loves to touch Nicole (Kara)’s Butt.
  85. She envies Sooyoung’s short hair that she copied it.
  86. She was asked once, “How do you distress” ans she answered, ” Think of something else; listen to music to divert mood.”
  87. She used to play Violin.
  88. She and Sunny are called,”Villains of SNSD”
  89. She and sunny also were said to have,”Short heights but Steel hearts”

Taeyeon Pre-Debut Photos

Taeyeon Now

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