Kim Tae-yeon (born March 9, 1989), more commonly known mononymously as Taeyeon, is a South Korean singer. She was a trainee at SM Entertainment's Starlight Academy during her middle school years before debuting as a member of the agency's girl group Girls' Generation in 2007. Since then, she has risen to prominence due to the group's success on the Asian music scene and further participated in the agency's projects Girls' Generation-TTS, SM the Ballad, and Girls' Generation-Oh!GG. Aside from group activities, she has also recorded songs for various television dramas and movies.
Taeyeon began a solo career in 2015 with her first extended play I. It peaked at number two on South Korea's Gaon Album Chart and its title track sold over two million digital copies. She released her second extended play Why in 2016, which charted at number one and yielded two Gaon Digital Chart top-ten singles "Starlight" and "Why". Her debut studio album, My Voice (2017), and its two singles "Fine" and "Make Me Love You" achieved similar success.
As the leader of Girls' Generation and a successful solo artist, Taeyeon has been recognized as a prominent South Korean figure. She has received five Golden Disc Awards, two Mnet Asian Music Awards, two Seoul Music Awards, one Melon Music Award, and two Gaon Chart Music Awards.