Who Is Jae Jin?
“Echoing the likes of fun. and Jason Mraz, and with a voice like Sam Smith, Jin appeals to the deepest part of our souls – that tender, vulnerable side we too often build walls around.” -Atwood Magazine
Jae Jin is an independent global recording artist, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & actor (SAG-AFTRA). He has self-released 3 albums: Kairos (2015), Baltimore Boulevard (EP, 2017), and his most recent album, an anthemic full-length titled 'Letters and Drinks' which has already received numerous accolades and reviews. He was recently awarded a 2019 John Lennon Songwriting Award and received 1st Place at the 2018 International Songwriting Competition for songs from this recent album. He has been recognized as an emerging force by the likes of Pat Monahan (Lead singer/songwriter of TRAIN), Russell Simmons (Def-Jam co-founder), and has been featured on NBC’s The Voice, the Emmy Award-winning TV show, House of Cards, and The Huffington Post. He has performed as a part of the prestigious global Communion Residency as well as performed in the past as a global artist for Sofar Sounds (in over 18 cities globally). Jae is also a recipient of a WeWork Creator Award for his original music and his powerful life story.
-2019 JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING AWARD WINNER
-2019 INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION WINNER (1st PLACE in Adult Contemporary) - 11:11
-2019 IAMA Best Male Artist FINALIST
-2018 SONGDOOR INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SPECIAL RECOGNITION for 11:11
-2018 Mayoral Salute - City of Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
-2018 Official Nominee (AMERICANA/FOLK/ACOUSTIC) - Hollywood Music in Media Awards (Los Angeles, CA)
-2017 WeWork Creator Award Winner (Global | NYC)
-2017 HOME Artist Residency Winner (Baltimore, MD)
This soulful storyteller and creative has always been on a path of art, whether that is visual, performing, or music. He took a big leap of faith in his musical journey by walking away from the comforts of a traditional career in medicine and business to instead pursue art professionally. He kicked off his journey in NYC through an atypical journey included couch-surfing, floor-surfing, and staying afloat whether by playing to anyone who would listen via house shows, in the subways, or traditionally via shows/concerts. He has recently garnered the attention of the music industry as an emerging force as a "soulful singer and skilled songwriter." Jae has been able to tour the world including concerts in London, Paris, Barcelona, South Korea, and Singapore. He has been recognized as an emerging force by the likes of Pat Monahan (Train), Russell Simmons (Def-Jam co-founder), the prestigious Communion Residency, and has also been featured on The Huffington Post and WORLDSTARHIPHOP. All three of his studio projects, including two full-length albums, were created independently without the backing of a label. The distribution of his debut album in South Korea has led to a mounting catalog of his music being featured in numerous Korean Dramas and TV shows and the latest album 'Letters and Drinks' has been earmarked for continued success overseas. He also received his first endorsement/sponsorship with Sinasoid and is a part of their prestigious Artist Guild.
Similar to other "come-from-nowhere" stories, JAE JIN inadvertently and suddenly caught the attention of the world with a no-frills viral cover of a 1960s soul classic by Sam Cooke.
After graduating from Johns Hopkins University and working in healthcare management, business, and social justice for numerous years, he found himself preparing to begin graduate studies in an MD/MBA program. Despite support from family and friends to continue down a well-defined career path, he boldly passed up the opportunity, favoring the passion he has for music and creative expression, citing his source of courage as a survivor. His passions have been honed through his life experiences over the past 18 years as an oncology patient and two-time survivor.
Jae's creative passions have also given him an opportunity to study and work in the field of acting. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has also been featured as a principal actor as a musician on the original NetFlix TV show, HOUSE OF CARDS. He also finished filming his first lead role in a short film, which was accepted and played at the Atlanta Film Festival in 2018. He is now officially a SAG-AFTRA actor and eagerly anticipates taking on further opportunities with film.
His newest endeavors are constantly pushing his own boundaries and expectations. Jae believes that he is only at less than 10% of where he believes he will eventually get as an artist, writer, musician, and actor. He continues to work endlessly toward cultivating his crafts. Jae continues to travel the world and share his unique life story and music.