Wendy (singer)

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Wendy Son at Dream Concert on May 12, 2018.jpg
Wendy at Dream Concert on May 12, 2018
Native name 손승완[1]
Born Son Seung-wan[2]
(1994-02-21) February 21, 1994 (age 24)
Seongbuk-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Other names Wendy Shon[2]
Occupation Singer
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Years active 2014–present
Labels SM Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization Son Seung-wan
McCune–Reischauer Son Sŭngwan
Stage name
Revised Romanization Wen-di
McCune–Reischauer Wenti

Son Seung-wan (born February 21, 1994), known professionally as Wendy, is a South Korean singer. She is a member of the South Korean girl group Red Velvet.

Life and career[edit]

1994–2014: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Wendy was born on February 21, 1994 in Seongbuk-dong, Seoul, South Korea.[1][4] Coming from a family of music lovers, Wendy showed interest in becoming a singer when she was only six years old.[5] Besides her passion for singing, she is also able to play several instruments, including the piano, guitar, flute, and saxophone.[3]

She lived with her family in Jecheon until her fifth year of elementary school, when she moved to Canada with her older sister, Son Seung-hee, to study abroad.[6][7][8] She lived in Brockville, Ontario[9] before moving to the United States to attend Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota, where she was an honor student and athlete, and earned various awards for academics and music-related activities. There, she started using her English name 'Wendy Shon'.[2][10] She later studied at Richmond Hill High School in Richmond Hill, Ontario, where she participated in the school's show choir called Vocal Fusion.[11] While living in both countries, she became fluent in English and also learned to speak French and Spanish.[12]

Her parents were initially against her pursuing a career in music and wanted her to focus on her studies, but while she was still in high school, they eventually allowed her to audition to become a singer in South Korea.[5]

In 2010, she submitted an online audition for Koreaboo's Global Auditions in 2011 with Cube Entertainment. Though she was not the final winner, she was one of fifteen finalists personally picked by Korean singer G.NA and Koreaboo from over 5,000 videos to continue to the final round in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and open for G.NA's first solo showcase.[13][14]

Wendy was cast by SM Entertainment after auditioning at the S.M. Global Audition in Canada in 2012 and was introduced as a member of S.M. Entertainment's predebut group SM Rookies on March 14, 2014.[15] As part of SM Rookies, Wendy released the song "Because I Love You" for the soundtrack of the Mnet drama Mimi and appeared in the song's music video.[15][16][17]

On August 1, 2014, Wendy made her official debut as a member of Red Velvet.[18]

2015–present: Solo activities[edit]

Wendy collaborated with rapper Yuk Jidam for the song "Return", which is part of the OST of KBS2's Who Are You: School 2015. The song was released on June 8, 2015 and debuted at number 31 on the Gaon Singles Chart.[19][20][21] She released another song "Let You Know" for the soundtrack of the JTBC drama D-Day on October 16.[22]

In January 2016, Wendy became a long-term panelist on We Got Married and participated in King of Mask Singer as a contestant under the alias "Space Beauty Maetel".[23][24] In March 2016, she collaborated with Eric Nam on a duet titled "Spring Love", as part of S.M. Entertainment's SM Station project.[25] The song peaked at number 7 on South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart. In July 2016, Wendy and her Red Velvet bandmate Seulgi released an original soundtrack titled "Don't Push Me" for the TV drama series Uncontrollably Fond. In October 2016, she became a fixed panelist for the KBS show Trick & True together with her bandmate Irene.[26] In December 2016, Wendy participated in two other singles for the SM Station project, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", featuring pianist Moon Jung-jae and violinist Nile Lee, and "Sound of Your Heart", a collaboration with several SM Entertainment artists.[27][28] In the same month, she was featured in the English version of Latin pop star Ricky Martin's single "Vente Pa' Ca".[29]

Wendy released the song "I Can Only See You" with Seulgi in January 2017 for the OST of the KBS2 TV series, Hwarang.[30] In February, she sang the Korean version of "My Time" which is part of Disney Channel's Elena of Avalor's official soundtrack and also appeared in its music video.[31] In the same month, she became the host of the KBS World show K-Rush. On October 27, she, along with Kangta and Seulgi, released a remake of the 2001 song "인형 (Doll)" by Shinhwa's Shin Hye-sung and Lee Ji-hoon as part of the second season of the SM Station project. Its music video used footage from their live performance of the song at the SMTOWN LIVE TOUR V in JAPAN and was released on the same day.[32] She released a duet with Baek A-yeon on December 2, called "The Little Match Girl".[33] In February 2018, Wendy was chosen as the interactive holographic avatar of SK Telecom's new AI voice assistant speaker, 'Holobox'.[34]


Title Year Peak chart
Sales Album
"One Dream One Korea"
(with various artists)
2015 N/A Charity single
"Spring Love" (봄인가 봐)
(with Eric Nam)
2016 7 SM Station Season 1
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
(with Moon Jung-jae and Nile Lee)
"Sound of Your Heart"
(with Seulgi, Sunny, Luna, Yesung, Taeil and Doyoung )
(with Kangta and Seulgi)
2017 SM Station Season 2
"The Little Match Girl" (성냥팔이 소녀)
(with Baek A-yeon)
"One Summer"
(with Yang Da-il)
2018 40 N/A Non-album single
As featured artist
"Vente Pa' Ca" (English Version)
(Ricky Martin featuring Wendy)
2016 N/A Non-album single
Soundtrack appearances
"Because I Love You" (슬픔 속에 그댈 지워야만 해) 2014 230 Mimi OST
(with Yuk Jidam)
2015 31 Who Are You: School 2015 OST
"Let You Know" (아나요) 139 D-Day OST
"Don't Push Me" (밀지마)
(with Seulgi)
2016 25 Uncontrollably Fond OST
"I Can Only See You"
(with Seulgi)
2017 80 Hwarang OST
"My Time" (Korean Version) Not released Elena of Avalor OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 SMTown: The Stage Herself Documentary film of SM Town [43]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note Ref.
2016 Descendants of the Sun KBS2 Herself Cameo, Episode 16 [44]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2015–2016 We Got Married MBC Panelist [23]
2016 King of Masked Singer Contestant as "Space Beauty Maetel" (Episode 43)
2016–2017 Trick & True KBS Fixed panelist Since Episode 1 [26][45]
2017 Raid the Convenience Store tvN Host Trial Programming [46]
2018 Battle Trip KBS With Kang Seul-gi (Episodes 100–103)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
2014 "Because I Love You"
2016 "Spring Love"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
2017 "My Time"
"The Little Match Girl"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 18th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Collaboration (with Eric Nam) "Spring Love" Nominated [47]


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  35. ^ Peak positions on the Gaon Digital Chart:

    Soundtrack appearances:
  36. ^ Cumulative sales for "Spring Love":
  37. ^ Cumulative sales for "The Little Match Girl":
  38. ^ Cumulative sales for "Because I Love You":
  39. ^ Cumulative sales for "Return":
  40. ^ Cumulative Sales for "Let You Know":
  41. ^ Cumulative sales for "Don't Push Me":
  42. ^ Cumulative sales for "I Can Only See You":
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