Na Ying

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Na Ying
那英 Na Ying.jpg
Chinese name 那英
Pinyin Nà Yīng (Mandarin)
Ancestry Manchu
Origin People's Republic of China
Born (1967-11-27) November 27, 1967 (age 47)
Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Other name(s) Natasha Na
Occupation Singer
Genre(s) Mandopop
Years active 1988[1]–present
Spouse(s) Gao Feng (2004-2005)
Meng Tong (2006-)
Children 2
Influences Julie Sue
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Na.

Na Ying (Chinese: ; pinyin: Nà Yīng, less frequently referred to as Natasha Na, born November 27, 1967) is a Chinese vocalist. She is considered as one of the best present-day female singers in Mainland China, having sold more than 10 million albums. She is also noted for her buoyant and forthright personality.[1]

Biography[edit]

She was born in Shenyang, Liaoning. She is an ethnic Manchu, said to be of the Yehe Nara clan. She became a member of the Liaoning Juvenile Broadcasting Chorus in 1979, and the Shenyang Singing and Dancing Troupe in 1983. Na won several national singing contests in the 1980s, and received vocal training from the famous composer Gu Jianfen (谷建芬).[2]

In 1988, Na Ying began her recording career in Taiwan and Hong Kong.[1] She released her first album in 1994 called "Dreaming with you". After that she published more successful albums, turning into one of the most loved mandopop artists of Mainland China.

At the 1998 Spring Festival Gala show hosted by CCTV, Na Ying sang a duet "Meet in '98" (相約一九九八) with her friend Faye Wong. Wong had already achieved fame in Hong Kong and elsewhere, but the performance with Na brought her to superstar status in China itself.[3]

Na Ying had a relationship with Chinese footballer Gao Feng and a son by him, but they separated in 2005.[4] She married Meng Tong in 2006, and they had a daughter in 2007.[2]

Although she devoted time to her family and children from 2002 to 2009, she never quit the stage,[1] and had a prominent role at the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games.[2]

At the close of 2009 she performed the concert "20 Years of Na", a retrospective of her stage career, at the Capital Gymnasium. Although her 2009 single "The Journey of Love" topped the charts wherever it was released, her early song "Follow Your Instinct" remains her favourite.[1]

Finally, after almost nine years of hiatus, Na returned to the music scene in 2011, releasing a new album called So...What?. The album reached No.1 position in both mainland China and Taiwan album charts.

In 2012, Na Ying became a coach and judge on the popular television singing show The Voice of China (season 1), along with Yang Kun, Liu Huan and Yu Chengqing.[2] She returned to the judges panel in 2013 for The Voice of China (season 2), along with Wang Feng, Zhang Hui-mei and Yu Chengqing.

Discography[edit]

The following are a selection of her albums released from 1994 to 2011.[2]

  • 1994: 為你朝思暮想 Wèi nǐ zhāo sī mù xiǎng (Dreaming with you)
  • 1995: 白天不懂夜的黑 Báitiān bù dǒng yè de hēi (The day doesn't know the night)
  • 1998: 征服 Zhēngfú (Conquering)
  • 1999: 乾脆 Gāncuì (Totally)
  • 2000: 心酸的浪漫 Xīnsuān de làngmàn (Sad and romantic)
  • 2001: 我不是天使 Wǒ bùshì tiānshǐ (I'm not an angel)
  • 2002: 如今… Rújīn… (Nowadays)
  • 2011: 那又怎樣… Nà yòu zěnyàng… (So what?)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Mandopop diva returns, Global Times, December 25, 2009 (china.org.cn)
  2. ^ a b c d e "Na Ying, judge on 'The Voice of China'". China.org.cn. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  3. ^ Chinese A-list entertainers to perform in CCTV gala, Xinhua, February 13, 2010.
  4. ^ 那英:走出离婚阴影和儿子一起快乐成长 (Chinese)
Awards and achievements
Top Chinese Music Chart Awards
Preceded by
First Year Awarded
Favorite Female Artist, mainland China
2002
Succeeded by
Na Ying
Preceded by
Na Ying
Favorite Female Artist, mainland China
2003
Succeeded by
Na Ying
Preceded by
Chen Lin
Best Female Artist, mainland China
2003
Succeeded by
Han Hong
Preceded by
Na Ying
Favorite Female Artist, mainland China
2004
Succeeded by
Zhao Wei