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With new groups popping up every year and joining the already seemingly crowded genre that is K-pop, the best artists, whether single or band, have something that distinguishes them from the rest. SEVENTEEN, a 13-member boy band, can thank its strength in number as its distinguishing factor in the saturated field. In this article, we discuss SEVENTEEN members’ profiles as well as facts and everything you need to know about the group.
The self-sufficient group was created in 2015 by artist management label, Pledis Entertainment. They are called self-sufficient because the group is divided into three sub-units, each of which specializes in different units, between vocals, hip-hop, and performance, thus maximizing their musical productivity.
SEVENTEEN Members Profile
Born as Choi Sung Cheol in Daegu, South Korea on August 8, 1995, he is both the leader of the entire group and the Hip-Hop subunit. He is also a vocalist and main rapper who holds a black belt in Taekwondo. Before SEVENTEEN, he was part of TEMPEST. He became a Pledis Trainee in 2010.
Born Jeon Won Woo in Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea on 17 July 1996. Wonwoo is a lead rapper and a sub-vocalist in the group. He became a Pledis trainee in 2011 and was a trainee for four years.
Born Kim Ming Yu on April 6, 1997, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. He is the group’s tallest member (6’2) and like Wonwoo, is also a lead rapper and sub-vocalist. His other roles are Face of the group and Visual. He joined Pledis in 2011.
Born in New York, the U.S as Hansol Vernon Chwe to a Korean father and American mother on February 18, 1998, Vernon is a biracial musician. He is also a vocalist, main rapper, the face of the group and visual. He joined Pledis in 2012.
Vocal Unit – SEVENTEEN Members Profile
Woozy is the leader of the Vocal unit and a lead vocalist. He was born on November 22, 1996, in Busan, South Korea. As a child, he played some instruments like the Clarinet. His training with Pledis started in 2011.
Born Lee Seok Min on February 18, 1997, in Suji-gu, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. DK is a main vocalist in the group and he sometimes goes by the stage name Dokyeom. His training started in 2012. He also portrayed King Arthur in the 2019 musical Excalibur which premiered in Korea.
Born as Joshua Hong in Los Angeles, California on December 30, 1995. He is Korean by blood and American by birth. Joshua became a Pledis Entertainment trainee in 2013. He serves as a visual and a lead vocalist on the group. He speaks five languages and plays the guitar.
The South Korea-born Yoon Jeong Han was born on October 4, 1995. He is also a lead vocalist and he plays bass guitar. His training in Pledis Entertainment began in 2013 and trained for two years and two months.
Boo Seung Kwan was born on 16 January 1998 in Busan, South Korea. His positions in the group are as Face of the group and main vocalist. His training started in 2012. In 2018, he received a rookie entertainer award.
Born Kwon Soon Young on June 15, 1996, in Namyangju-si, South Korea. Hoshi is a sub-rapper, lead vocalist, main dancer, and leader of the group’s Performance unit. He takes lead on most of the group’s choreography. Like S. Coup, he also holds a black belt in Taekwondo.
He was born as Wen Junhui on June 10, 1996, in Shenzhen, China where he was also a child actor. His training with Pledis started in 2012. He dances and is also a sub-vocalist for the group. Jun is a skilled Martial artist who speaks Korean, Cantonese, and Mandarin. His Korean name is Moon Jun Hwi.
The musician was born Xu Ming Hao in Liaoning, China on November 7, 1997 and is an only child. The8’s Korean name is Seo Myung Ho. He is a lead dancer who also sings and raps. He started his training in 2013.
Born Lee Chan in Jeollakbu-do, South Korea on February 11, 1999, Dino is the youngest in the group. He sings, dances and raps for the group; he learnt how to dance from his father. He started training in 2012.
Facts To Know About SEVENTEEN
1. The Band has released 3 albums and 6 EPs including their best-selling album of all time, An Ode which was released on September 16, 2019, and sold 700,000 copies in its first week.
2. Since SEVENTEEN debuted in May 2015, they have gone on numerous tours including their ongoing ODE TO YOU World tour which started in South Korea on August 30, 2019.
3. They have been nominated for over 100 awards and have won over 30.