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Wendy: Wiki, Career, Awards, 10 Fun Facts & More

Biography of Wendy 

Shon Seung-wan, known professionally as Wendy, is a South Korean singer and a member of the K-pop girl group ‘Red Velvet’. She was born in Seongbuk-dong, Seoul, South Korea, and spent her childhood in Canada. Wendy auditioned for SM Entertainment’s Global Audition in Canada in 2012 and became a trainee under the company in the same year. She debuted as a member of Red Velvet in August 2014, and has since been recognized for her vocal abilities and contribution to the group’s music. She debuted with fellow members Irene, Joy, Seulgi and Yeri. In addition to her work with ‘Red Velvet’, she has also released solo music and has been featured in various collaborations with other artists.

Early Life and Education

Wendy was born on February 21, 1994, in Seongbuk-dong, Seoul, South Korea. However, she spent most of her childhood in Canada, where her family had moved when she was in fifth grade. Growing up, she learned to play several musical instruments, including the piano, guitar, flute, and saxophone. She also sang in church and school choirs, developing her love for music from a young age.

Wendy attended Richmond Hill High School in Canada and then went on to attend Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Minnesota, USA, where she participated in various music activities and competitions. After graduating from high school, she moved back to South Korea and auditioned for SM Entertainment’s Global Audition in Canada in 2012, ultimately becoming a trainee under the company later that year.

Career

Wendy’s career began when she auditioned for SM Entertainment’s Global Audition in Canada in 2012 and became a trainee for the company later that year. She recalled singing Kim Gun-mo’s ‘Moon of Seoul’ and passed the audition. During her five years of training, Wendy honed her vocal skills and worked towards her dream of becoming a K-pop idol.

In 2014, Wendy made her debut as a member of ‘Red Velvet’, a five-member girl group formed by SM Entertainment. Their first single ‘Happiness’ was released in August 2014. Her powerful and soulful voice quickly gained attention and helped ‘Red Velvet’ establish a unique sound and image within the K-pop industry.

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Since then, she has continued to contribute to ‘Red Velvet’s’ success, releasing numerous hit songs such as ‘Dumb Dumb’, ‘Russian Roulette’ and ‘Red Flavor’. She has also collaborated with various artists and released solo music, showcasing her versatility as a singer. Wendy is known for her exceptional vocal abilities, with her voice often praised for its clarity, power, and emotional depth.

On August 1, 2014, Wendy officially debuted as a member of ‘Red Velvet’, a five-member girl group formed by SM Entertainment. Their debut single ‘Happiness’ was released on the same day, showcasing Wendy’s powerful and soulful vocals that quickly gained attention and helped ‘Red Velvet’ establish a unique sound and image within the K-pop industry.

From 2015 to 2020, Wendy engaged in various solo activities alongside her work with ‘Red Velvet’. In 2016, she collaborated with musician Eric Nam on the song ‘Spring Love’, which became a hit and earned praise for her vocal performance. She also participated in the soundtrack for several Korean dramas, including, ‘The Legend of the Blue Sea’ and ‘Uncontrollably Fond’.

In December 2019, Wendy suffered a severe accident during the rehearsal for the 2019 SBS Gayo Daejeon, which resulted in multiple injuries, including a broken pelvis and wrist. As a result, she had to take a hiatus from her activities and focus on her recovery. In January 2020, she made her first public appearance after the accident in a video message, thanking her fans for their support and expressing her determination to return to the stage.

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In January 2021, Wendy made her official return to television as a co-host of ‘Mysterious Record Shop’. Later, in March 2021, it was announced that Wendy would be making her debut as a solo artist with an album releasing in April. This was later confirmed as her first EP ‘Like Water’, which contains a total of five songs and was released on April 5, 2021. The EP received critical acclaim and showcased Wendy’s vocal abilities as a solo artist.

On July 12, 2021, she became the permanent nightly DJ host for SBS Power FM’s radio show ‘Wendy’s Youngstreet’, where she had previously served as a special DJ in 2018. Her hosting skills and charming personality have earned her praise from fans and listeners alike.

Later, on December 27, 2021, it was revealed that Wendy would be a member of the supergroup ‘Got the Beat’ alongside her ‘Red Velvet’ groupmate Seulgi. The group debuted on January 3, 2022, with their single ‘Fever’, showcasing Wendy’s versatility as a performer beyond her solo and group activities.

Achievements

  • In 2016, Wendy collaborated with Eric Nam on the song ‘Spring Love’, which topped various music charts and earned praise for their vocal chemistry.
  • In 2019, she was selected as one of the most influential people in South Korea by Forbes Korea, recognizing her impact as a musician and public figure.
  • In 2020, her solo debut single ‘Like Water’ topped the iTunes charts in various countries, including the United States, Canada, and Australia.
  • Wendy has also been praised for her live performances and vocal abilities, with many music critics and fans citing her as one of the best singers in the K-pop industry. She has performed various cover songs, including Whitney Houston’s, ‘I Will Always Love You’ and Adele’s, ‘When We Were Young’, showcasing her versatility and range as a vocalist.

Controversy

In December 2020, Wendy was criticized by some fans for appearing to support a controversial YouTube personality who had made racist and sexist comments in the past. She later apologized for any offense caused and clarified that she did not support discriminatory behavior.

Personal Life

Wendy has not shared any information about having a boyfriend or being in a romantic relationship. There is currently no public information available about Wendy’s dating life. As a public figure, she has maintained a private personal life, so it is not known whether she is dating anyone or is currently single. She has not confirmed any romantic relationships publicly.

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Net Worth and Lifestyle

Wendy’s net worth is estimated to be between $1- $5 million USD.
Her lifestyle involves a combination of singing, dancing, practicing, and performing on stage, as well as attending various events, interviews, and photo shoots. She has expressed her love for food and cooking, and has previously shared that she enjoys making desserts like macarons and cakes.

Awards

  • Brand of the Year Awards 2022
    Radio DJ of the Year 2022
  • Korea First Brand Awards  2022
    Radio DJ
  • SBS Entertainment Awards 2022
    Radio DJ Award – Power FM 2022
  • Seoul Music Awards 2022
    Ballad Award 2022

Interesting Facts about Wendy

  1. Wendy’s real name is Shon Seung-wan, but she adopted the name ‘Wendy’ when she moved to Canada during her childhood.
  2. She is fluent in both English and Korean, and has also studied Spanish and French.
  3. She has mentioned in interviews that her childhood dream was to become a diplomat.
  4. She is known for her exceptional vocals, and has been praised for her ability to hit high notes with ease.
  5. She was discovered by SM Entertainment after uploading a cover of the song ‘There You’ll Be’ by Faith Hill on YouTube.
  6. She has collaborated with other K-pop artists and participated in various OSTs (original soundtracks) for various Korean dramas.
  7. She is a fan of the anime ‘One Piece’ and has mentioned that she would love to collaborate with the series’ creator, Eiichiro Oda.
  8. She has a passion for cooking and has shared her recipes for dishes like macarons and cakes on social media.
  9. She is the only member of ‘Red Velvet’ who has lived abroad for an extended period of time.
  10. She is known for her kind and supportive personality, and is beloved by fans for her positive energy and uplifting messages.

FAQs

  1. What is the relationship status of Wendy?
    She is Single.
  2. How old is Wendy?
    She is 29 years old.
  3. What is the zodiac sign of Wendy?
    Her zodiac sign is Pisces.
  4. What is Wendy’s Instagram ID?
    @todayis_wendy is her official Instagram ID.

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