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Peniel Shin (BTOB) Profile, Bio, & Facts

Peniel (BTOB)

Peniel Shin (프니엘) is a Korean-American singer under BTOB COMPANY. He is a member of the boy group BTOB and its subunit BTOB 4U. He debuted solo on June 27, 2017 with a digital single “THAT GIRL”.

Peniel (BTOB) Profile

Stage NamePeniel (프니엘)
Birth NamePeniel Dong Shin 
Korean NameShin Dong Geun (신동근)
OccupationSinger, Rapper 
BirthdayMarch 10, 1993
Active Years2012–present
Age31 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignPisces
Height175 cm (5’9″)
Weight63 kg (139 lbs)
NationalityKorean-American
Blood TypeAB
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Peniel (BTOB) Facts:

Early Life

– Peniel was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
– He went to Barbara B. Rose Elementary School and Baker Prairie Middle School.
– He briefly attended Barrington High School before transferring and graduating from Cheongdam High School.
– He studied Spanish from 6th grade until junior year of highschool. (1ST LOOK)

Personal Life

– He is skilled in acting and playing the guitar.
– His family includes his parents and older sister named Jennifer.
– His hobbies include listening to music.
– His hardest moment since debuting was not being able to attend his sister’s wedding because of promotions. (Cosmopolitan)
– He dropped out from Hanyang University (International Studies).
– He was working out when he got a call from JYP that he passed the auditions.  (KPDB Ep. #18)
– He considers his father his role model.
– He doesn’t live in the dorms.
– His religion is Chirstianity.
– He wants to be a power blogger according to Ilhoon. (Marie Claire 2017)
– He would like to switch roles with Changsub for a day because Changsub likes camping so he’ll be good at surviving outside.  (Kloka Get To Know)
– He revealed on “Hello Counselor” in 2016 that his severe hair loss was due to stress, and he suffers from alopecia. Consequently, he shaved his head and wears hats.
Sungjae chose him as someone who would be the best boyfriend.
– He would be a photographer if he wasn’t a singer.
– He faced a tough time talking to people formally in Korea.
– Peniel was into competitive bullseye shooting and his parents wanted him to go out to the Olympics. (KPDB Ep. #52)
– He was brought up religiously and had more church friends than school friends in America. (1ST LOOK)
– He is the best dancer in the group according to Changsub.
– His motto is ‘This too shall pass’.
– He began to take an interest in music aftering listening to CCM band Skillet when he went to a church retreat for 1 night and 2 days. (1ST LOOK)
– His friend asked him to audition with him for JYP but only he passed while his friend failed.
– He would rather have more time than money. (Kapuso Exclusives)
– He didn’t like not being able to wear shorts and slippers in the recording booth early in his career and was scolded a lot for it. (Cosmopolitan)
– He started being interested in taking photos in his middle high school. (atStar1 Magazine)
– If he could go on a vacation with one member, he would choose Sungjae.
– He is most confident in taking scenery photos.
– He took rehabilition for his feet and back. (Cosmopolitan Korea)
– He has close friendships with B.A.P’s Youngjae, GOT7’s Mark, EXID’s Junghwa, and Bestie’s Haeryoung from his trainee days.
– Peniel’s ideal type is a girl with a beautiful smile who doesn’t smoke. He prefers someone positive and adaptable, whether pretty or adorable.

Career

– Peniel is the lead rapper and vocalist in BTOB.
– He used to train at JYPE (JYP Entertainment).
– In 2019, he worked as a DJ and released four hip-hop-based digital singles.
– He didn’t renew his contract and left CUBE Entertainment on November 6, 2023 along with other BTOB members.
– Since 2021, he hosts DIVE Studios podcast GET REAL along with KARD’s BM and Ashley Choi (ex. Ladies Code).
– He along with Eunkwang, Minhyuk and Hyunsik established their own label ‘BTOB COMPANY’ in 2024.

Likes & Dislikes

– He is allergic to watermelons and cats.
– He hates acting cute.
– His favorite colors are black and red.  (BuzzFeed Celeb)
– He enjoys taking pictures of food before eating.
– He is a fan of Snoop Dogg. (1ST LOOK)
– He is into hats a lot.
– He doesn’t like drinking.
– His favorite sports include basketball, American football and golf.
– He likes mint chocolate.

Personality & Habits

– He is the quietest in the group according to members. (Seventeen)
– He said his bff would describe him as silly.
– He has a slight lisp when he talks.

Major Works

– His popular songs include ‘Icebreaker’, ‘FLY123’, ‘THAT GIRL’ and ‘Mermaid’.

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: @btobpeniel | penography310 (Photography)
Youtube: POV
Twitter: @PenielShin

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Spotify | Bugs | Melon | Apple Music | Deezer

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