m Jae-bum (Hangul: 임재범; Japanese: イム·ジェボム; Chinese: 林在範; born January 6, 1994) commonly known by his stage name JB (Hangul: 제이비), is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and MC. He is the leader and lead vocalist of South Korean boyband Got7, and member of the duo JJ Project. He is also a producer under the name Def Soul. JB made his acting debut in a small role of a backup dancer in the hit KBS drama Dream High in 2011, before returning to star as the main character JB/Jang Woo-jae in its spin-off, Dream High 2, in 2012. He has also starred in MBC's When a Man Falls in Love as Seo-Min Joon, and Naver TVCast's Dream Knight as himself.
2009–2014: Debut and career beginnings
JB, along with fellow Got7 member Jinyoung, successfully auditioned for JYP Entertainment in 2009, winning first place at the open audition. This was after being discovered in a bathroom by J.Y. Park, in a similar fashion to that of Miss A's Suzy. JB was given the stage name "JB" due to his sharing the same name with Yim Jae-beom, a famous senior singer.
In 2011, JB was cast in the role of JB/Jang Woo-jae in the television drama Dream High 2. In a press conference for the drama, he described his experience by saying, "It is an honor to be part of such a large project as Dream High 2. Although I was very nervous at the beginning, I was determined to work hard to improve. My friends and fellow cast mates on the show have helped me a lot, and I am very happy." The drama began airing on January 30, 2012 on KBS for 16 episodes.
In May 2012, JB and fellow trainee Jinyoung debuted as the duo JJ Project with the single album Bounce. Their official music video for title track "Bounce" was released on May 19, and the duo began promotions for "Bounce" on M! Countdown on May 24. JB appeared on the first season of tvN's variety show The Romantic & Idol, finally pairing mutually with Rainbow's Seungah.
On March 11, 2013, it was announced that JB would be appearing as Ddol-yi on MBC's new drama When a Man Falls in Love. His bandmate Jinyoung also had a role in the drama, which aired for twenty episodes beginning April 3. On December 24, 2013, the two members of JJ Project debuted as part of a 7-member boy band called Got7, becoming the leader of the group. Got7 released their debut MV “Girls Girls Girls” on January 15, 2014. The group dropped their first EP Got It? on January 20, 2014 with successful charting and sales. JB also participates in composing and songwriting for Got7 under the pen name, Def Soul.
In addition to his activities as a member of Got7, JB has starred in various dramas and TV programs, and continues to compose. Both he and Jinyoung have said that work as the JJ Project is possible in the future.
JB played the lead role in Dream Knight, a virtual musical television drama, as a superhero version of himself, alongside his fellow Got7 members. The drama was released in 2015 from January 27 through March 5. For his performance, he was nominated for Best New Actor at the 2015 KWEB 1st Fest.
JB composed "나쁜 짓 (Bad Behavior)" for the album "GOT ♡" in 2014. In 2015, he wrote the rap to "Mine" in "Just Right". He also composed "매일 (Everyday)" for the album ''MAD Winter Edition'' together with 조울 of 프린세스디지즈 [Cho Wool of Princess Disease] in the same year. In 2016, he wrote the lyrics to "Something Good", "Fish" and "Home Run" in "Flight Log: Departure". He also wrote the lyrics for "Skyway", "Prove It" and ""니꿈꿔" (Dreamin')" for the album "Flight Log: Turbulence".
Personal life and other interests
JB's favourite artists and musical inspirations are Michael Jackson, India Arie, D'Angelo, Javier, and Bruno Mars. He identifies as Christian. JB can speak some Japanese.
On September 12 of 2014 he was involved in a minor car accident. Reports said the vehicle transporting JB, his manager, and his stylist was trying to change lanes to avoid a parked car when a bus came up behind, causing their car to hit a van. Neither JB nor his staff suffered major damage.
In 2016, JB was unable to participate in several Got7's Fly Tour concerts and a M!Countdown performance due to a spinal disc injury. He discovered he had an issue with his spinal disc after being diagnosed, having gone to the hospital on April 27 during a concert rehearsal after experiencing severe back pains. He returned to the stage for Fly in Singapore concert at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, showing a full recovery.
He is currently majoring in Film at Konkuk University.
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