“Kim Tae-hyung (Korean: 김태형; born December 30, 1995), also known by his stage name V, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a vocalist of the South Korean boy group BTS. He is the eldest of three children, with a younger brother and sister. V first aspired to be a professional singer in elementary school, and eventually began taking saxophone lessons in early middle school as a means of pursuing the career. V’s father agreed with his journey on learning how to play the saxophone. V initially became a trainee for Big Hit Entertainment after passing an audition in Daegu. After graduating from Korean Arts High School in 2014, V enrolled in Global Cyber University.
On June 13, 2013, he made his debut as a member of BTS on Mnet’s M Countdown with the track “No More Dream” from their debut single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool. He was first credited for music composition in The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 when he co-wrote and co-produced the song “Hold Me Tight”. He also contributed to writing lyrics for the song “Fun Boyz”, co-composed by bandmate Suga. For the song “Run”, V’s melody was used with Jungkook’s original lyrics for the next album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2. Furthermore, he contributed to music composition and lyrics for a solo song called “Stigma” from the album Wings. V has also released, unofficially, a cover of “Hug Me” with bandmate J-Hope as well as a cover of “Someone Like You” by Adele.
In May 2018, his second solo song, “Singularity” was released as the trailer for BTS’ then upcoming third LP, Love Yourself: Tear. The track made its UK radio debut on BBC radio on October 25. A month after its release, The Guardian added “Singularity” to its “Top 50 songs for the month of June 2018” playlist and Billboard included it in their Critics’ list of the “Top 50 BTS songs” at number 28.