Park Ji-min (born July 5, 1997), is a South Korean singer-songwriter and television host. She is known as the winner contestant in K-pop Star Season 1 and as a member of 15&.[3] She is known as host of the variety show After School Club.


Park Ji-min was born on July 5, 1997 in Daejeon. She lived in Thailand for seven years and went to Garden International School Bangkok [30] where she was known as Jamie.[2] Her family currently lives in Seoul. Ji-min speaks Korean (her native language), fluent English, and basic Thai. She was a contestant on the popular talent show, K-pop Star on which the judges were the "Big Three" (SM, YG, JYP). She has graduated at the Hanlim School of Performing Arts alongside group member Baek Yerin, as well as label mate Yugyeom of GOT7 in 2016.


2011–2014: K-pop Star and 15&

In 2011, Park Ji-min became a contestant of K-pop Star and won first place in the competition.[3] After winning, she was awarded with the opportunity of signing with YG Entertainment, SM Entertainment or JYP Entertainment. On May 21, it was reported by SBS that she had chosen to sign with JYP Entertainment.[4][5] Later, it was revealed that Baek Ah Yeon and Park Jae Hyung decided to sign a contract with JYP Entertainment.[7] As promised, Park Ji-min and Lee Ha-yi each received a brand new Hyundai i40 and i30 as the winner and runner-up of K-Pop Star. In addition, Park Ji-min also received 300 million won (~$257,400 USD), was cast in a drama, and was also given an opportunity to sign a contract as a CF model.[8]

On August 24–26, Ji-min, along with runner-up K-pop Star, Lee Ha-yi, were invited as guest performer for the 'Samsung Galaxy S3 and Smart Air Condition Q – All That Skate 2012' event that took place at the Gymnastics Stadium in the Seoul Olympic Park. For the event, the girls are reunited to take the finale stage, singing Rihanna‘s 'We Found Love' complemented with the on-ice performances of Alexei Yagudin, Joannie Rochette, Stéphane Lambiel, Patrick Chan, Brian Joubert, and other world-renowned skaters.[9]

On September 19, 2012, Ji-min announced that she will debut as part of a duo along with Baek Yerin.[10] On October 5, 15&'s first music video "I Dream" was released on YouTube.[11] On October 7, they debuted stage with "I Dream" on Inkigayo.[10]

In 2014, Jimin became a co-host for Arirang TV's After School Club.

2015–present: Solo debut and other activities

On March 31, 2015 Park Jin-young revealed that Park Ji-min would be make her solo debut.[13] She released her debut single Hopeless Love on April 5 with the name Jimin Park[31] and made her debut stage before the finals of K-pop Star 4 on the same day.

On May 19, 2015 producer group Sweetune revealed that Ji-min and Eric Nam would release a duet called "Dream" for Charity Project.[15] The song was released on May 28, 2015.[16]

On August 14, 2015, Ji-min announced a project group she had formed with Seungyoun of UNIQ and rapper Nathan.[17] Their group name was later revealed to be M.O.L.A (Make Our Life Awesome), and they released their first track "My Way" on August 20.[18] Their second song "Trick or Treat" was released on October 31, where Ji-min made her second recorded comeback as a rapper.[30]

On August 15, 2016, J.Y. Park released a teaser via Instagram and Twitter that Ji-min would be having a comeback with a mini album called 19 to 20 with title song Try was released on August 23, 2016.[30][30] She called that 19 to 20 is about "her story" and hoped that her fans would be able to connect to her better and build a stronger relationship with her first self-composed album. [30]

Charity work

In October 2012, Ji-min donated 50 million won (~$45,000 USD) to Hanbit Performing Arts Company for blind musicians. She became interested in the program after meeting with fellow K-pop Star contestant Kim Soo Hwan, who currently attends the Hanbit Performing Arts Company.[30] Park Ji-min shared, “The Hanbit Performing Arts Company hosts young, elementary school students as well as professional performers. Although they are blind, they are musicians who are performing with amazing talent. I want to be at least a small help to those who have the same love for music that I have.” She also donated 50 million won (~$45,000 USD) to World Vision.[30]

On May 28, 2015, Ji-min collaborated with singer Eric Nam for their song, "Dream", produced by Sweetune. They revealed all profit made from the song would be donated to charity.[16]




TitleYearPeak chart positionSalesAlbum
"Hopeless Love"201514Non album-single
"다시 (Try)"20161319 to 20
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs

TitleYearPeak chart positionsSalesAlbum
"Young해 (feat. Young K)"2016157
  • KOR: 13,829+
19 to 20
"Walkin’(다시 너에게) (feat. Hash Swan)"161
"to him"188
  • KOR: 13,176+
  • KOR: 10,654+

Original soundtrack (OST)

YearSong TitleSalesAlbum
2013"사랑해 (I Love You)"Goddess of Fire OST Part 4
2015"자꾸 보고 싶어 (I Want to Keep Seeing You)"Orange Marmalade OST Part 5
2016"떠나가지마 (Don't Go)"Dear My Friends OST Part 4


2015"Dream" (with Eric Nam)Digital Single - DREAM
"부산에 가면 (Busan Memories)" (with J.Y. Park & Bernard Park)Sonata, Sing the Road Project
2016"Fire" (with J.Y. Park & Conan O'Brien & Steven Yeun)Still Alive
"Look Alike(닮아있어)" (with D.ear) [49]
2017"Take me home" (with Primeboi) [50]예고편 (Trailer) EP

K-pop Star 1 songs

YearTitlePeak chart positionsSalesAlbum
2012"꿈에 (In Dream)"6959SBS K팝 스타 Top 8 (Digital Single)
"Over The Rainbow"919
  • KOR: 723,753+[3]
SBS K팝 스타 Top 7 (Digital Single)
"Rolling In The Deep"6449
  • KOR: 216,237+[3]
SBS K팝 스타 SPECIAL No.2 (Digital Single)
"I'll Be There"4361
  • KOR: 141,952+[3]
SBS K팝 스타 Top 6 (Digital Single)
"거위의 꿈 (Goose's Dream)"111
  • KOR: 65,022+[3]
SBS K팝 스타 Top 5 (Digital Single)
"Love On Top"6698
  • KOR: 91,326+[3]
SBS K팝 스타 Top 4 (Digital Single)
"Good Bye Baby" (feat. Lee Ha-yi)5757
  • KOR: 155,005+[3]
SBS K팝 스타 SPECIAL No.3 (Digital Single)
"You Raise Me Up"5657
  • KOR: 140,977+[3]
SBS K팝 스타 Top 3 (Digital Single)
"Music Is My Life"3769
  • KOR: 171,648+[3]
SBS K팝 스타 Top 2 (Digital Single)
  • KOR: 75,019+[3]
SBS K팝 스타 SPECIAL No.4 (Digital Single)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Unofficial original releases

2015"My Way"M.O.L.A (Project group)
"속았지? (Trick or Treat)"
"Chillin'" (5MOLAs ver.)



2015Dream KnightYouku TudouGOT7's Jinyoung's fanKorean-Chinese Online Drama by JYPE and Youku Tudou

Television shows

2011K-pop Star Season 1[3]SBSContestant04.10.2011 - 20.04.2012
2016Duet Song FestivalMBCContestantduet with Jung Young-yoon (Episodes 23–24)
2017King of Mask SingerMBCContestantas "Listen to My Song and Applaud It Baby Seal" (Episodes 109–110)[4]


YearTitleRoleTV Network
2014After School ClubMC with Eric Nam & U-KISS' KevinArirang
M COUNTDOWN Hangout ChatMCMnet
After School ClubMC with Eric Nam, U-KISS' Kevin & Day6's JaeArirang
2017MC with U-KISS' Kevin & Day6's Jae

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2012K-pop Star 11st Place (Winner)N/AWon
25th Seoul Music Awards
Bonsang Award[4]Hopeless LoveNominated
Popularity AwardNominated
Hallyu Special AwardNominated