Kim Tae-yeon (born March 9, 1989), known professionally as Taeyeon, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation, its subgroup TTS, and SM the Ballad. Taeyeon has also released several soundtracks for various television dramas and movies.
Taeyeon was born on March 9, 1989 in Jeonju, South Korea. Her family consists of her parents, an older brother and a younger sister.
At the age of 13, Taeyeon discovered that she was "only talented at singing". During her years in middle school, she was enrolled at the SM Academy and commuted from Jeonju to Seoul on every Sunday, to receive her vocal training. In 2004, her former vocal instructor Jung Sun Won, also known as The One, "wanted to acknowledge Tae-yeon's potential" and gave her the chance to be in his song "You Bring Me Joy". Later, she won the first place at the SM Youth Best Competition and officially received a contract from SM Entertainment. Tae-yeon continued her training under SM Entertainment and debuted as a part of Girls' Generation in 2007.In 2008, Tae-yeon graduated from Jeonju Art High School and was awarded...