First K-pop group with hearing impairments, Big Ocean, to debut next month

K-pop trio Big Ocean set to debut next month [PARASTAR ENTERTAINMENT]

K-pop's first act with hearing impairments, Big Ocean, will debut on April 20, Korea's Day of People with Disabilities, its agency Parastar Entertainment said Thursday.

Big Ocean will debut with members Kim Ji-seok, Park Hyun-jin and Lee Chan-yeon, who all have hearing impairments. The trio will sing in Korean, English and international sign languages.

The name Big Ocean embodies the group's desire to surprise the world with its potential as big as the ocean, according to the agency.

The group will debut with a remake of first-generation boy band H.O.T.'s hit track "Hope" (1998).

Parastar participated in the Mobile World Congress 2024 in Barcelona, Spain, last month with SK Telecom.