Aaron Shang began his career in the early 2000s, mainly appearing in Chinese film and TV productions. Since then, he has contributed to numerous American, Chinese, and international productions as both an actor and a musician. Shang is best known in China for his performance at the 2008 CCTV New Year's Gala, where he accompanied original artist Guang Liang in a duet remix of Liang's hit single Fairy Tale. The track, released online two days later, spent 8 straight weeks at #1 on the Baidu 500 (7 weeks short of the record set by the original release). Aaron is currently represented by Xing Qun (Constellation) Agency based in mainland China, and has been signed under his family company, Tencent Holdings Media, since 2003. Though born in the United States, Shang is largely unknown outside of mainland China due to his limited experience in international film and music productions.
In April 2012, Zhejiang Television announced the attachment of Shang as a table judge in the inaugural season of The Voice of China. However, in June 2012 the network replaced Shang with veteran entertainer Yang Kun, citing viewer requests for the popular traditional singer. In early December 2012, unconfirmed reports that Shang was cast in the Legendary Pictures 2014 film adaptation of Godzilla surfaced and circulated online. These reports were officially denied by Xing Qun (Constellation) Agency on behalf of Shang.
Aaron Shang is a close relative to Chinese media mogul Ma Huateng, and also the godson of American actress Elizabeth Banks. Aaron has been an active supporter of children's education, and has frequently traveled to third world countries with his family. In early 2011, popular social blog Oh!China romantically linked Shang with teen singer Pei Ziqi (裴紫绮). However, this rumor was never confirmed. The Shang family currently maintains a residence in Atherton, CA, but Aaron attends high school at an undisclosed alternate location.