The Rose is one of the most unique acts in the k-pop universe. While most groups are handpicked and formed by entertainment companies, the quartet is majorly self-made. They first gained viral attention as indie artists before signing to a record label. This fact has greatly benefitted the band as they retain creative control, a rarity in the k-pop genre. Find out more about this trailblazing group including members’ profile, and where they are from.
How The Rose Was Formed
The Rose had very humble beginnings. The four-man band originated with bassist, Jaehyeong, and vocalist, Dojoon, in 2015. The duo spent their early days busking on the streets of Hongdae. Dojoon was eventually forced to drop out as a result of work commitments, and Jaehyeong soldiered on with a drummer named Hajoon. Dojoon later returned and the trio formed an indie band named Windfall. Windfall continued busking on the streets and posted musical covers on YouTube. They also recruited Woosung, and in 2016, they signed a deal with J & Star. Since then, the band has dropped several hit singles including Sorry which made it to Billboard’s list of the best Korean pop songs of 2017. The Rose has also sold out concerts in several European cities.
The Rose Members Profile (Updated!)
Stage name – Woosung
Real name – Kim Woosung
Woosung was born on the 25th of February 1993, and this makes him the oldest member of The Rose. He hails from a family of four, comprising of him, his parents and a younger brother. He spent his formative years in Los Angeles and played high school football. His favourite animal is the lion and he loves the Disney movie, Lion King. Woosung really loves his parents very much. He has described his dad as his role model and has a tattoo of his mom’s birthday on his arm. Woosung was actually the last person to join The Rose but he still became their leader. This is due to the fact that he boasts of impressive vocal skills. Woosung is 5 feet 10 inches tall and his weight is given as 65kg or 143lbs.
Stage name – Dojoon
Real name – Park Dojoon
Dojoon is the main vocalist of The Rose. He was born on the 20th of April 1993 in Busan, South Korea. He, however, lived in New Zealand for about five years. During this period, he became quite skilled in the haka, an ancient Māori ceremonial dance which involves stamping of the feet, the slapping of the chest and thighs, as well as rhythmic chanting. Dojoon is quite athletic and plays sports such as golf and soccer. He is also a big fan of Italian food and particularly loves lasagne, pizza, and pasta. Dojoon speaks English fluently but only has a passable knowledge of the Korean language. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and his weight is given as 64kg or 141lbs. This makes him the joint shortest The Rose member.
Stage name – Hajoon
Real name – Lee Hajoon
The multi-talented Hajoon doubles as the drummer, sub vocalist, and rapper of The Rose. He was born on the 29th of July 1994 in Gwangju, South Korea. He started playing drums as a child and continued it while in college. Hajoon loves telling awful jokes and is quite good at imitating people. The drummer is also a big fan of dogs and has a weak spot for pizza. Additionally, Hajoon is a budding actor and has appeared in the Korean drama, Entertainer. He also made an appearance in the music video for Coffee and Tea, a 2015 single by Eddy Kim and Solar of Mamamoo. Hajoon is 5 feet 9 inches tall and his weight is given as 62kg or 137lbs. This makes him the joint shortest The Rose member.
Stage name – Jaehyeong
Real name – Lee Jaehyeong
Jaehyeong is the bassist, sub vocalist and visual of The Rose. He was born on the 3rd of November 1994, making him the youngest member of The Rose . Jaehyeong is a big fan of the British rock band, Coldplay. He also loves playing video games, and his favourite marvel character is Iron Man. The bassist possesses good cooking skills, and is the mummy of the group. He is also a skilled actor and has featured in several productions including a web series titled Six Love Story. Jaehyeong played a pivotal part in the formation of The Rose. While others weaved in and out of the group, he remained ever committed to the band’s progress. Jaehyeong is 5 feet 11 inches tall and his weight is given as 65kg or 143lbs. This makes him the tallest member of The Rose.