Kim Tae-yeon, commonly known as Taeyeon, was born on March 9, 1989. She is a South Korean singer, known for being the leader of 9-member girl group Girls' Generation formed by SM Entertainment in 2007. Taeyeon and the other eight members of her group debuted on August 5, 2007. She has since ventured out into DJ-ing and reality-variety shows, along with various solo singles.
Taeyeon was born in the city of Jeonju, North Jeolla. Taeyeon, like the rest of her group, was trained in singing and dancing. Taeyeon was discovered in the 2004 SM Entertainment's 8th Annual Best Contest winning Best Singer 1st Place & Grand Award in the contest. She later featured in The One's song "You Bring Me Joy" before debuting as Girls' Generation. She is a 2008 graduate of Jeonju Art High School and is currently attending SM Academy.
Taeyeon became a DJ on Good Friend Radio, which she co-hosted with Super Junior's Kangin until he left on April 19, 2009; she continues to host solo for MBC Chin Chin. She also contributed to a couple of soundtrack as a solo artist, singing the theme song "Manyage" ("만약에", "If") for the KBS2 drama Hong Gil Dong and "Deullinayo" ("들리나요", "Can You Hear Me") from the Beethoven Virus soundtrack. "If" became popular on various online charts, around the same time "Baby Baby" was released, while "Deullinayo" received the YEPP Popularity award at the 2008 Golden Disk Awards.
She was featured on MBC reality-variety show We Got Married as part of the third rotation of couples; she was featured with comedian Jeong Hyeong-don. When this news was announced on January 7, 2009, it caused an uproar among South Korean netizens due to the 11-year age difference between Taeyeon and Jeong. She also sang "SaRangInGulYo" with Sunny for the drama "Heading to the Ground" that TVXQ's U-know Yunho stars in.
She also sang the "S.E.O.U.L. Song" with Super Junior's Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, Sungmin and Donghae and fellow group members Seohyun, Sooyoung, Jessica and Sunny.