Wendy 웬디 is the main vocal of Red Velvet.
Wendy was born Son Seungwan 손승완 on Monday, February 21, 1994, in Seongbuk-dong, Seoul. Like fellow member Seulgi, she was born in the Chinese Year of the Dog.
She has a lot in common with fellow Red Velvet member Yeri. The two of them are both from Seoul and share the blood type O. They were both born under the zodiac star sign Pisces. They're the shortest members in Red Velvet at 160 cm or 5'3" tall. They're shorter than Red Velvet's tallest member, Joy, by 5 cm.
She lived with her family in Jecheon until her fifth year of elementary school, when she moved to Canada with her older sister, Son Seunghee, to study abroad. She lived in Brockville, Ontario before moving to the U.S. 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. She later studied at Richmond Hill High School in Richmond Hill, Greater Toronto, Ontario, where she participated in the school's show choir called Vocal Fusion. While living in both countries, she became fluent in English and also learned to speak French and Spanish.
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.
In 2010, she submitted an online audition for the Koreaboo: Cube Entertainment Global Auditions 2011. 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.
In 2012, Wendy was cast by S.M. Entertainment after auditioning at the S.M. Global Audition in Canada and was introduced as a member of S.M. Entertainment's pre-debut group S.M. Rookies on March 14, 2014. As part of S.M. 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.
Wendy was revealed as a member of Red Velvet in July 2014. The group made their music debut with the digital single "Happiness" on August 1, 2014.
Wendy collaborated with rapper Yuk Jidam for the song "Return" on 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. She released "Let You Know" for the soundtrack of the JTBC drama "D-Day" on October 16.
In January 2016, Wendy became a long-term panelist on "We Got Married" and competed on "King of Mask Singer" as a contestant under the alias "Space Beauty Maetel." On March 4, 2016, she collaborated with Eric Nam on a duet titled "Spring Love" as part of S.M. Entertainment's SM Station project. The song peaked at number 7 on the Gaon Digital Chart. In July 2016, Wendy and fellow Red Velvet member Seulgi released "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 Irene. In December 2016, Wendy participated in two other singles for the SM Station project: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," featuring pianist Moon Jungjae and violinist Nile Lee, and "Sound of Your Heart," a collaboration with several SM Entertainment artists. In the same month, she was featured in the English version of Latin pop star Ricky Martin's single "Vente Pa' Ca."
Wendy plays the piano, guitar, flute, and saxophone. Her role model is Whitney Houston.
She used to make YouTube videos, but she deleted her account. She has a hobby of finding rare songs.