Park Jae-hyung, born September 15, 1992, took his first dive into the professional world of music at the first edition of K-Pop Star. He was scouted by J.Y.P. Entertainment, and the rest, they say, is history. He is better known by the name eaJ, under which he has been releasing solo tracks since 2020. Learn more about him as we celebrate his special day!
Park Jae-hyung was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. More popularly known as Jae, he moved to Cerritos, California where he attended and graduated from Cerritos High School. He then enrolled at California State University, to study Political Science. He owned a YouTube channel called “YellowPostItMan” where he uploaded song covers throughout his high school and university days. When the first season of the South Korean T.V. competition series aired in 2012, Park took a break from school to compete as a singer and guitarist. He ended the competition as a finalist, coming through in sixth place. However, he had already attracted several eyes and ears. At the end of the show, J.Y.P. Entertainment offered him a contract to be a trainee for an upcoming boy band at the company. Park accepted the offer and moved to South Korea to begin his training.
After a couple of years of training, Park debuted as a vocalist and guitarist with Day6, J.Y.P’s first rock band on September 7, 2015. Their debut E.P. was titled “The Day,” and the second EP, “Daydream” was released in March of the following year. Including Park, Day6 was a band with six members — Sungjin, Young K, Wonpil, Junhyeok, and Dowoon. However, Junhyeok left the band before the release of their second E.P., Daydream. Meanwhile, Park became an M.C. of the television talk show, “After School Club,” hosted by Arirang T.V., an English-Language South Korean television network based in Seoul. He started a YouTube channel in 2017 and named it “JaeSix,” but later renamed it “eaJ” and began a personal music project in 2020. He was a guest D.J. for a while on one of Arirang’s shows, and in February 2020, started his first podcast, “How Did I Get Here?,” H.D.I.G.H. for short. The podcast gained quite an audience and won a couple of awards in 2020 and 2021. On December 31, 2021, Park announced the termination of his contract with J.Y.P. Entertainment, as well as his leaving Day6 for good due to personal reasons.
Park was diagnosed with panic disorder in April 2020. He later shared updates on Twitter about his condition and his experiences with mental health. He started the campaign “From Friends,” selling clothing and other merchandise, and donated all the proceeds to the Jed Foundation to support the provision of free mental health resources to young people. The star’s bumpy life has seen a few social media controversies of its own, including misunderstandings that arose due to “cultural differences.” However, he acknowledged his faults each of those times and apologized to all parties affected.
Park signs up for the first edition of “K-Pop Star” and is eliminated in the sixth position.
Alongside the other members of boy band Day6, Park debuts with their first E.P., “The Day.”
He starts his YouTube channel named “JaeSix,” which he later renames “eaJ.”
He starts his podcast “How Did I Get Here,” with Dive Studios, and the final episode is released on June 1, 2021.
Due to personal reasons, Park announces that he is leaving the band Day6, terminating his agreement with J.Y.P.
Why We Love Park Jae-hyung
Park understands the importance of mental health
Having been a mental health patient and now a survivor, he can relate with people in similar positions and try to help out. He also speaks openly about his condition, and that helps other people know they’re not alone.
He is confident about his looks
He understands that self-confidence is important. Park Jae-hyung isn’t afraid to publicly say he knows he looks “cute,” even with glasses on.
He is a great artist
Even though he is now a solo artist, he is every bit a performer. He has amassed over 38 million views on his YouTube video uploads alone.
5 Surprising Facts
Park has bilingual dreams
His dreams are usually in English or Korean, or even both!
He is the human “Chicken Little”
He was nicknamed “Chicken Little” by Park Jimin (South Korean singer and songwriter), who said he resembled the main character from the movie.
He is the undisputed hashtag king
Park was crowned ‘Hashtag King’ because he frequently used lots of long hashtags.
He isn’t fluent in his own language
Park was mostly raised outside Korea, so we cannot completely fault him for this — he is fluent in English, but he struggles a little with Korean.
He has several allergies
He mentioned in a YouTube video that he is allergic to a lot of fruits, and pollen, and is lactose intolerant.
Park Jae-hyung FAQs
Is Jae still under J.Y.P?
As of December 2021, Jae’s contract with J.Y.P. Entertainment was terminated.
When did Jae move to Korea?
After accepting the offer to be signed by J.Y.P. Entertainment, he moved to South Korea to begin his training.
Does Jae from Day6 have to serve in the army?
He isn’t a South Korean citizen, so he isn’t under compulsion to enlist in the military.
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