Jin Young was born in South Korea on September 22, 1994. He was scouted by JYP Entertainment from JYP Trainee Open Recruitment 5th Audition, where he tied for first place with JB. He then underwent training for 2 years and 6 months before his debut.
He first debuted as a member of JJ Project together with JB. On January 1, 2014, it was announced that the two members of JJ Project would debut as part of a 7-member boy band called Got7.