Taeyeon (pronounced [tæːjʌn]; born March 9, 1989), real name Kim Tae-yeon, is a South Korean singer, and leader of the nine-member girl group Girls' Generation, formed by SM Entertainment in 2007.
She has also worked as DJ and appeared in reality-variety shows, as well as recording solo singles. She is known as Taiyan (Chinese: 太妍; pinyin: Tàiyán) in Taiwan and Hong Kong, written 泰妍 in China.
Taeyeon was born in the city of Jeonju, North Jeolla on March 9, 1989. She was trained in singing and dancing. Taeyeon was discovered in the 2004 SM Entertainment's 8th Annual Best Contest winning Best Singer 1st Place & Grand Award in the contest. Then, she was trained at SM for 5 years and 3 months. In 2004, she was featured in The One's song "You Bring Me Joy" before debuting as Girls' Generation leader. She is a 2008 graduate of Jeonju Art High School and was decorated by the Lifetime Achievement Award of the high school.