Just within half a decade of its formation, South Korean music group, Red Velvet has become one of the most popular K-pop bands across the globe. Created by SM Entertainment in August 2014, the all-girl quintet already has over ten chart-topping albums/EPs to her credit and has also garnered several accolades. In addition to K-pop, Red Velvet also does electropop, R&B, and dance-pop. Popular among the group’s numerous songs are “Happiness”, “Red Flavor”, “Dumb Dumb”, “Ice Cream Cake”, “Power Up”, “Russian Roulette”, “Peek-a-Boo”, “Bad Boy”, and “Rookie”. But who exactly are the members of Red Velvet?
Who are The Red Velvet Band Members and How Old Are They?
As earlier hinted, Red Velvet comprises five members, namely: Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy, and Yeri. Here’s who they are:
Irene is a versatile South Korean showbiz personality. She is a singer, rapper, model, actress, and TV host. Irene was born on 29th March 1991 and this makes her the oldest member of the quintet. She was born as Bae Joo-Hyun in Daegu, Buk-gu, South Korea where she also grew up and attended the Haknam High School. Irene trained in professional music under SM Entertainment from 2009 to 2014, after which she was selected for the formation of Red Velvet. She is the band’s leader, main dancer, and rapper.
Aside from Red Velvet, Irene is also popular for hosting/co-hosting several TV shows including the Music Bank series (2015-2017), Laundry Day (2016-2017), and KBS Song Festival (2017).
Born as Kang Seul-gi on 10th February 1994, making her the second oldest member of the group. Seulgi was born in Ansan, South Korea where she also grew up and attended the Ansan Byeolmang Middle School. Following this, she trained at SM Entertainment from 2007 to 2013, and the School of Performing Arts in Seoul. Prior to the formation of Red Velvet, Seulgi formed part of SM Entertainment’s SM Rookies in December 2013. She serves as Red Velvet’s lead vocalist and main dancer. She can also play the guitar.
In addition to her role on Red Velvet, Seulgi has featured in several television shows such as Off to School (2015), King of Mask Singer (2017), and Cool Kids (2018), among others.
Wendy is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Born on 21st February 1994, Wendy’s age places her in the middle. Her real name is Shon Seung-wan and she was born into a family of music lovers in Seongbuk-dong, Seoul, South Korea. She spent her early years at her family’s residence in Jecheon where she completed her elementary education before leaving with her elder sister to study in Canada.
She subsequently relocated to the United States where she attended the Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minnesota. It was at Shattuck-St. Mary’s that she started going by the English version of her name, “Wendy Son”. Wendy later went back to Canada where she finally graduated from Richmond Hill High School, Ontario. At Richmond, she was an active member of her school’s choir called Vocal Fusion.
After a number of music auditions, Wendy eventually passed for SM Entertainment. After training for two years, the agency included her in SM Rookies in March and subsequently Red Velvet in August 2014. She serves as the band’s main vocalist.
Joy is a singer/vocalist and lead rapper on Red Velvet. Born as Bak Su-Yeong or Pak Suyŏng on 3rd September 1996, Joy is the second youngest member of the group. The anglicized version of her name is Park Soo-young. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, where her parents also raised her alongside her two younger sisters. She joined SM Entertainment in 2012, training for two years.
It was during her time with the agency that a vocal tutor christened her “Joy” which she subsequently adopted as her stage name. Joy also studied at the School of Performing Arts in Seoul, graduating in February 2015, ahead of her Red Velvet debut in August of the same year. She is the only band member that did not debut with SM Rookies.
In addition to singing, Joy is also an actress and has featured in several films and TV shows including The Liar and His Lover, Tempted, Descendants of the Sun, and We Got Married, among others.
Yeri was born Kim Ye-rim on 5th March 1999, making her the youngest member of Red Velvet. Yeri is also the last to join the band. She became introduced as a member of Red Velvet in March 2015. Prior to this, she appeared briefly on the group’s debut single, “Happiness”. She was also a part of SM Entertainment’s pre-Red Velvet group, SM Rookies. The agency selected her after she trained for three years (2011-2014). Yeri later studied at the Hanlim Multi Art School, graduating in 2018.
The singer debuted with Red Velvet on August 1, 2014. She works as a vocalist, rapper, dancer, and maknae on the band. She is also a good music composer.