Jung Yonghwa was born on June 22, 1989 in Seoul, Yeoksam-dong. His name Jung Yong means “harmonious face” and his childhood name was “Yong-Yong”. His family consists of his parents and a brother four years older than him. He moved to Busan in 1991 and lived there through high school, where he first began composing music. After taking his college entrance exam, he moved back to Seoul where he joined F&C Music and began training in bass technology at F&C Academy. Jung Yonghwa debuted as the guitarist and vocalist of the indie boy band, C.N Blue which debuted on August 19, 2009 and his grouped coined as the 2nd F.T Island.
When Yonghwa and Minhyuk, (his fellow C.N Blue member) were studying in Japan, they got a call to audition for the drama “You’re Beautiful”. They both auditioned for the same role. Yonghwa did his lines first then he was casted immediately. Minhyuk even couldn’t do his lines. So it’s nothing to be called a competition. Yonghwa’s auditioned script was “Come sit here and drink this warm tea” [said to Mi Nam]. He even sang “Now or Never” from their Japan album, while playing the guitar.
So in early 2009, Yonghwa landed his first acting role as Kang Shin-woo in the SBS drama You’re Beautiful, which aired from October 7 to November 26, 2009. As the series revolves around the life of a musical group, Yonghwa played the role of the bassist in the faux idol band A.N.Jell along with fellow co-stars Jang Geun-suk, Park Shin-hye and Lee Hongki of FT Island. Jung’s secondTV contract was for MBC’s Sunday Sunday Night program Korea Ecosystem Rescue Centre: Hunters, which featured seven celebrity MCs, including Kim Hyun Joong going out to capture wild boars. The show premiered on December 6, 2009 but was forced to prematurely cease its run in mid-January 2010 due to protests by animal-rights groups. Yonghwa subsequently continued as one of the MCs on the replacement program Eco House, which deals with global climate change.
Following the success of You’re Beautiful, Yong took over the leadership of C.N.Blue from former leader Lee Jong Hyun. On May 25, 2010, an F&C Music representative announced that Jung had been diagnosed with vocal cord nodules and acute laryngitis. Jung was hospitalised for treatment from May 24 to May 27, 2010 and may require surgery in future.
Tantaaaan!!.. It’s official! C.N Blue’s leader Jung Yong Hwa and SNSD’s maknae Seohyun have been cast in MBC’s We Got Married as the show’s newest virtually married couple! Despite the ongoing schedules that both youngsters have with their hit songs, I’m a Loner and Oh!, Jung Yong Hwa and Seohyun have already gone through the test filming at Ilsan Kyung Ki Do; their first episode was broadcast and aired on February 27, 2010but their first meeting was February 11, 2010. Following the footsteps of their senior Adam couple, Jo Kwon and Ga-In, they will be the second idol-x-idol couple for We Got Married Season 2. The couple lasted for almost a year before they have to say goodbye to the program due to their tight schedule and filmed their final episode of on White Day, March 14, 2011.
Until now, he’s success and his group’s success is continuing as C.N Blue once again conquered the music industry. And Yonghwa will forever be a good leader and dependable friend, not only for his group, but also for his fans.
“Music is my friend” – Jung Yonghwa
ARTICLE BY: ABIE@yongseointernational.com