Wanting Qu

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Qu.
Chinese name
Pinyin Qǔ Wǎntíng (Mandarin)
Origin Harbin, China
Born (1983-10-10) October 10, 1983 (age 31)
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Occupation Composer, Lyricist, Singer
Genre(s) Pop rock, Pop, Synthpop, C-pop
Instrument(s) Piano, electronic keyboard, guitar
Label(s) Nettwerk, Universal Music China

Wanting Qu, simply known as Wanting (born October 10, 1983) is a Chinese singer-songwriter and pianist from Mainland China who is now based in Vancouver.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Wanting was born and raised in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. She moved to Canada at 16 to study, eventually earning a degree in international business, and relocated to Vancouver where she began her musical career.[2]

In 2009, she became the first Chinese artist to be signed to the Nettwerk label;[3] she is managed by Terry McBride.[4] Her first album, Everything In The World (produced by Winston Hauschild and jointly released with Universal Music China in 2012)[5] went platinum in China within its first week on sale,[6] and her singles "You Exist in My Song" and "Drenched" were used in the soundtrack for the Hong Kong film Love in the Buff.[7][8]

In 2013, she became the first ever tourism ambassador for Vancouver, with the intention of raising Canada's profile among destinations for Chinese visitors. Qu will participate in a series of videos, bringing together her music with scenic imagery of British Columbia. She will also personally show fans around Vancouver and Whistler as part of a contest.[9]

Qu appeared on the 2013 CCTV New Year's Gala, where she performed "You Exist In My Song."[10]

The song "Star in You" from the album Everything In The World was featured in Degrassi: The Next Generation in the episode "Bitter Sweet Symphony, Part II" on Feb 22nd, 2013.[11]



  • Everything In The World (2012)
  • Say The Words (2013)


  • "Drenched" (2012)
  • "You Exist In My Song" (我的歌声里, 2012)
  • "Life Is Like A Song" (2012)
  • "Love Ocean" (爱的海洋,2013)
  • "Us Under The Sunshine" (阳光下的我们,2013)


Global Chinese Music Awards[edit]

Qu has won three Global Chinese Music Awards.[12]

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 Wanting Qu Best Newcomer Won
Outstanding Regional Artist Award (Beijing) Won
"You Exist In My Song" Best Song Won

Chinese Music Awards[edit]

Qu has won four Chinese Music Awards.[13]

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 Wanting Qu Best New Artist Won
Best New Original Artist Won
Best Music Composer Won
"You Exist In My Song" Best Song Won

Music Times Awards[edit]

Qu has won one Music Times Award.[14]

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 Everything In The World Best Album of the Year Won

Movie Appearance[edit]

  • Old Boys: The Way of the Dragon (2014) as a female bartender


  1. ^ Chinese pop singer Qu Wanting's pursuit of success at China Central Television; by Stanley Lee; published September 13, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  2. ^ Vancouver-based Wanting Qu starts North American tour at Northwest Asian Weekly; published October 15, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  3. ^ INTERVIEW: Chinese-born, Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Wanting Qu at Misunderrated; by Jessie Lau, Jaime Chu, and Sherlock Lam; published April 17, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  4. ^ A bright future for Qu Wanting at China Daily, by Chen Nan; published August 24, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  5. ^ Wanting: the most popular artist you've never heard of, at CBC.ca, by Brad Frenette; published October 16, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  6. ^ Vancouver singer-songwriter Wanting goes platinum in China at the Vancouver Sun; published July 18, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  7. ^ A mountain of fun at Global Times, by Li Yuting; published August 14, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  8. ^ On an express train to stardom at China Daily, by Chen Nan; published August 10, 2012; retrieved October 19, 2012
  9. ^ Lee, Jeff. "Chinese singer-songwriter Wanting Qu new Vancouver tourism ambassador". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Mackinnon, Mark. "Celine Dion to headline China’s big televised new-year gala". The Globe And Mail. 
  11. ^ "Degrassi Season 12 Episode 32 February 22 2013 “Bitter Sweet Symphony (2)”". TuneFind. 
  12. ^ "Global Chinese Music Awards 2012 Winners List unveiled". XinMSN. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "第20屆中歌榜頒獎典禮獲獎名單". Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "曲婉婷EXO抢占风云榜舞台 海内外势力正面交锋". Retrieved 28 March 2013. 

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