Kim Hyo-jung (born January 11, 1991), better known by her stage name Hyolyn, is a South Korean singer. She is best known as a member of South Korean girl group Sistar and their sub-unit Sistar19.


Kim Hyo-jung was born on January 11, 1991,[2] in Incheon, South Korea.



Hyolyn auditioned for JYPE two times and was finally accepted on her second try after placing 1st place at the audition. She was set to debut in a project group with Secret's Jieun, EXID's Hani, and Bestie's Uji, but plans for the debut were cancelled.[3] Hyolyn then left JYPE and joined Starship Entertainment, auditioning with a cover of Christina Aguilera's Hurt.[4]


In June 2010, Hyolyn made her debut as a member of Sistar on KBS Music Bank (TV series) with their debut single, "Push Push". Sistar had released 2 studio albums and 5 EPs in total.[5]

In early 2011, Hyolyn and group member Bora formed a sub-group Sistar19 with their debut single "Ma Boy".[6] On October 17, she released the single "Ma Boy 2", featuring Electroboyz.[7]

In 2012, Hyolyn starred in the KBS drama Dream High Season 2 as Nana, a famous idol from the fictional girl group HershE. Hyolyn was teamed up with Ailee and Jiyeon for the song "Superstar" for this drama.[8]

Solo debut, collaborations, single I Am A Singer 3 and Unpretty Rapstar 2

On November 22, 2013, Hyolyn shared the stage with Stevie Wonder for a special performance of "I Just Called to Say I Love You" at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards, South Korea's biggest music award show.[9]

Hyolyn made her solo debut on November 26, 2013 with the album Love & Hate. The album consists of double title tracks "Lonely" and "One Way Love" with tracks from producers such as Brave Brothers and Kim Do Hoon.[10] This album also features Korean rappers such as Mad Clown, Block B's Zico, Dok2 and Geeks' Lil' Boy.

On August 21, Hyolyn's OST "You Make Me Go Crazy" for SBS's drama Master's Sun was released.[11] The song topped Billboard's K-Pop Hot 100 chart upon its release.[12]

On December 31, 2013 Hyolyn's music video for the Korean version of "Let It Go" for Disney's animation movie Frozen was revealed and she became the second Korean singer to participate in a Disney production following Park Jung Hyun who previously sang for Disney's "Reflection" for Mulan.[13]

On January 22, 2014 Hyolyn released an OST for the drama My Love from the Star called "Goodbye".[14]

On March 28, 2014 Starship Entertainment announced on their Twitter account that Hyolyn would feature in Mad Clown's comeback track, "Without You".[15] The music video for "Without You" was released on April 3, 2014. Hyolyn also participated in rapper MC Mong in his comeback to the Korean scene after 5 years with the album Miss Me or Diss Me that was released on November 3. On November 20, Hyolyn collaborated with singer-songwriter and fellow Starship Entertainment artist Jooyoung on a project titled "Hyolyn x Jooyoung".[16]

Hyolyn was the first idol group singer to participate in the Chuseok special of the singing show I Am a Singer that aired on September 9. The special episode had performances by veteran singers such as The One, Sinawe, Park Ki Young, Kim Jong Seo and Yoon Min Soo. Hyolyn gave two performances and was ranked second place overall in the competition.[17] Multiple broadcast insiders revealed on January 13 that Hyolyn agreed to join the lineup of MBC's I Am a Singer season 3 launch and her agency Starship Entertainment told OSEN that Hyolyn would start filming on the 21st as the first idol singer on the show.[18]

On April 2, 2015 Hyolyn teamed up with her groupmate Soyou to cover K.Will's latest track "Growing" as Starship Entertainment's cover project.[19] , On May 21, 2015 Hyolyn released an OST for the drama Warm and Cozy called "Closer." .[3]

On August 17, 2015, it was confirmed that Hyolyn will join Unpretty Rapstar season 2. On August 26, Hyolyn teamed up with Zico and Paloalto for collaboration song 'Dark Panda'.

On September 7, 2015, Hyolyn released a free single, 'The Wall Destroyer' featuring Eluphant's Keebee.

Hyolyn released her Unpretty Rapstar's Semi Finals track 'My Love' featuring Basick on November 6, 2015. At the end of the show, Hyolyn was placed third.

On December 9, 2015, it was reported that Hyolyn, Jooyoung, and Bumkey will be collaborating with producing team, Da Internz, for a new song. On December 14, the music video teaser for their collaboration song "Love Line" was released. On December 18, the music video for "Love Line" was released.


Production Credits

2013Sistar"Crying"Give It to MeCo-Lyricist
2014"Sunshine"Touch N Move
2015Unpretty Rapstar"Don't Stop"Unpretty Rapstar 2 Track 1
Hyolyn (feat. Jay Park & Geegooin)"It's Not Time to Love (Money)"Unpretty Rapstar 2 Track 5
Hyolyn (feat. Basick)"My Love"Unpretty Rapstar 2 Semi Final, Pt. 1
2016Sistar"Say I Love U"Insane LoveLyricist, Composer, Co-Arranger


Television drama

2012Dream High Season 2KBS2Nana

Variety shows

2011Immortal Songs 2KBS2Episodes 1–15, 25
2012"King of Kings" SpecialEpisodes 71 & 72
Running ManSBSEpisode 75
Weekly IdolMBC Every 1With Haha and SoyouEpisode 45
2013Shinhwa BroadcastJTBCEpisodes 45 & 46
Running ManSBSWith DasomEpisode 162
Hello CounselorKBS2Episode 150
Weekly IdolMBC Every 1With BoraEpisode 83
2014Immortal Songs 2KBS2Rival Special
Michael Bolton Special
I Am a SingerMBCChuseok Special
2015SISTAR ShowtimeMBC Every 1Episodes 1–8
Invisible ManKBS2Guest
I Am a SingerMBCContestant, Season 3
I Live AloneEpisode 89
Yaman TVMnetGuest with Soyou & Monsta X[3]
Unpretty Rapstar 2Contestant[3]
Hello CounselorKBS WorldGuest along with SistarEpisode 230[3]
Infinite ChallengeMBCGuestEpisodes 440 & 442
2016King of Mask SingerContestantEpisodes 49 & 50[3]
Duet Song FestivalEpisode 11[3]
Talents for SaleKBSGuest along with SistarEpisodes 7 & 8
Knowing BrosJTBCGuest along with SistarEpisode 32
Running ManSBSGuest along with SistarEpisode 307

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
20125th Korea Drama AwardsBest New ActressDream High 2Nominated
2014World Music AwardsWorld's Best Song"Goodbye"Nominated
"One Way Love"Nominated
World's Best VideoNominated
World's Best Female ArtistN/ANominated
World's Best Live ActN/ANominated
World's Best Entertainer of the YearN/ANominated
9th Seoul International Drama AwardsOutstanding Korean Drama OST"Crazy of You"Nominated
7th Korea Drama AwardsBest OSTNominated
16th Seoul International Youth Film FestivalBest OST by a Female ArtistNominated
16th Mnet Asian Music AwardsBest Female ArtistN/ANominated
Best Dance Performance - Solo"One Way Love"Nominated
UnionPay Song of the YearNominated
UnionPay Artist of the YearN/ANominated

Music program awards

M! Countdown

M! Countdown is a South Korean music program broadcast by Mnet.

2013December 12"One Way Love"
2014April 16"Without You" (With Mad Clown)

Music Bank

Music Bank is a South Korean music television program broadcast by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS).

2013December 13"One Way Love"

MBC Music Show Champion

2013December 4One Way Love

Show! Music Core

Show! Music Core is a music television program aired by MBC Music.

2013December 7"One Way Love"

The Show

The Show (더 쇼) is a South Korean music program aired by SBS MTV.

2014November 25"Erase" (With Jooyoung)