Lim Jae-beom — better known as Jay B — was born on January 6, 1994, and has been an all-around artist throughout his life. In 2009, JYP Entertainment scouted him at a competition. He went on to win first place, along with another artist, Jinyoung, and his career took off. In 2012, Jay B and Jinyoung formed the JJ Project, they released an album and then debuted as part of a seven-member boy band known as GOT7. Simultaneously, his acting and modeling careers were on the rise, and he was featured in several drama shows. His accolades go on and on and today, we are thrilled to be celebrating him.
January 6, 1994
Lim Jae-Beom is a force to be reckoned with as far as entertainment is concerned in South Korea. Born on January 6, 1994, in Siheung, Gyeonggi province, Lim’s dreams of becoming a singer started developing at a young age. In his third year of middle school, he started b-boying with friends. His stage name then was Defsoul from Musiq Soulchild’s ‘Just Friends.’ The musical composition piqued his interest, as much as the hip-hop culture. After hearing D’Angelo sing, his mentality about singing and composing changed and he started composing his songs.
He majored in film at Konkuk University so it is no wonder that he was cast in “Dream High 2” as his first acting role in 2011, then debuted with his partner Jinyoung as JJ Project in 2012 with an album. In 2013, he was featured in yet another drama, “When a Man Falls In Love” right before JJ Project debuted as part of GOT7, a seven-member boy band. In 2015, he was the lead actor in “Dream Knight” with his fellow members of GOT7. He later formed yet another subunit of GOT7 with Yugyeom in 2019 and named themselves Jus2. They went on to release an EP, “Focus”, and also participated in “Collaboration”; an art collection project for carbonated mineral water with the brand “Perrier”.
In 2019, Jay B got involved in fashion after attending the event for Saint Laurent 20SS Men’s Collection as South Korea’s representative. Later the same year, he launched the ‘JB Collection,’ a summer-themed clothing line that he collaborated with Represent. In January 2021, after his contract with JYP Entertainment expired, he signed with H1ghr Music and became a solo artist. He then started using his now stage name, Jay B., and released his first single as a solo artist, ‘Switch it Up’ which featured Sokodomo. It catapulted him onto bigger charts such as ‘Gaon Download Chart’, and after the R&B rendition came out, it was on ‘Billboard R&B Digital Song Sales Chart and Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Digital Song Sales Chart’ as the first Korean soloist.
In August 2021, Lim’s first solo and awaited EP, “SOMO: Fume” was released both digitally and physically. It opened opportunities for interviews, fan meetings, and photoshoots with major magazines such as “Arena Homme”. He was also able to release merchandise that sold out in days.
Lim gets cast in Jang Woo-Jae's role in “Dream High 2” which later airs in 2012 on KBS.
Lim gets together with Jinyoung to form the duo JJ Project, and they release an album, “Bounce.”
JJ Project goes on to debut as part of a seven-member boy band.
Lim plays the lead role in “Dream Knight” as a superhero version of himself along with his teammates from GOT7.
Lim and Yugyeom come together to form a duo, Jus2 as a subunit of GOT7.
After the expiration of his contract with JYP Entertainment, he immediately signs an exclusive contract with H1ghr Music as a solo artist.
Why We Love Jay B
He is philanthropic
Lim is involved in campaigns such as ‘ChildFund Korea’ where he donates every chance he gets. He has even donated sales from his “SOMO: Fume” Merchandise and “Def. Represent” collections to support unprivileged families
He fights against the stigmatization of mental health sufferers
Lim has been diagnosed with clinical depression and panic disorder. He is against shaming people that suffer from the same and other mental conditions.
He is industrious
Coming from a humble background did not deter him in any way. Through his many talents and especially hard work through the years, Lim has been able to build, for himself, a firm financial foundation and connection in the entertainment industry in South Korea.
5 Surprising Facts
He plays piano
Although Lim plays several instruments, he has perfected his piano skills.
He’s an introvert
Lim feels more relaxed either taking long walks by himself or generally spending time alone.
He is allergic to dog hair
Lim is a pet lover and has five cats but no dogs due to allergy issues with dog fur.
He loves nature
Lim once said that if he could teleport, he would teleport to the Grand Canyon just to be surrounded by nature.
He likes to cook
Lim loves cooking, especially omelet rice and kimchi stew
Jay B FAQs
What is Jay B's favorite anime?
It is a Japanese anime known as “Cowboy Bebop”
Did Jay B delete his Instagram?
On January 1, Park, CEO of both AOMG and H1ghr Music, abruptly shut down his Instagram account.
Who left in GOT7
Jackson Wang and the other members finally left JYP Entertainment in January 2021 after completing seven years with the company.
Jay B’s birthday dates