Peniel Shin (Korean: 프니엘 신; born March 10, 1993), better known mononymously as Peniel (Korean: 프니엘), is a Korean-American rapper and singer based in South Korea. He debuted as a member of the South Korean boy group BtoB in 2012.
Shin was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States on March 10, 1993. Shin attended Barbara B. Rose Elementary School before going on to Barrington Middle School Prairie Campus, located in the northwest suburbs near Chicago. He attended Chungdam High School after moving to Seoul to train.
Before joining Cube Entertainment, he was a trainee under JYP Entertainment and also appeared in San E’s “Tasty San” music video in 2010. In March 2012, he debuted as a lead rapper of idol group BTOB under Cube Entertainment. He became the main host of Arirang’s music program, Pops in Seoul in 2013.
In 2016, Shin began to update his fans with his official vlog channel, POV. The channel features activities from Shin’s daily life. He released his first English mixtape with KAIROS, titled Homesick on May 1, 2016. On September 19, BtoB Blue released a music video for their debut single “Stand by Me” which was directed by Shin.
In 2017, Shin held his first photography exhibition titled “Penography” which took place at a gallery named White Studio located in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul. The exhibition was held from March 30 to April 12. “Penography” is a compound word of his name, Peniel and photography, and contains Peniel’s thoughts of showing a picture containing his own gaze and color. Shin also led the photography for bandmate Changsub’s debut Japanese EP bpm 82.5. After a month, on June 27, he released the digital single “That Girl” as part of BTOB’s 2017 solo project, Piece of BtoB.
In 2019, Shin was selected to host an English K-Pop radio show, “Skool Of K-Pop” on tbs eFM starting February 25. He released his second digital single, “B.O.D”, on May 13. “B.O.D” is a hip-hop song that delivers the energy and vibe of a party inspired from Korean nightlife. Two months later, Shin released the digital single, “Fly23”, on July 31. On August 27, Shin released his fourth digital single, “Flip”, featuring South Korean rapper Beenzino. On November 15, he was featured on the song “Beautiful Girl” by Woosung of The Rose.
In 2020, Shin collaborated with bandmate Yook Sung-jae for the song “Hypnotized.” The song, which was co-composed by Shin, was released on February 6 as a part of Yook’s project single “3X2=6 Part 3”. On February 12, he was cast in the DIVE Studios variety program HWAITING!. The program aired on Facebook Watch from February to April. In July, Shin began hosting the DIVE Studios podcast GET REAL alongside BM (of KARD) and Ashley Choi (formerly of Ladies’ Code).
On October 27, 2020, Cube announced that they have formed a unit called BtoB 4U consisting Peniel, Eunkwang, Minhyuk and Changsub. The unit debuted on November 16 with their first mini-album, Inside and title track “Show Your Love”.
On February 14, 2021, Shin release a new digital single “Valentine”.