Na Ying

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Na Ying
那英 Na Ying.jpg
Born (1967-11-27) 27 November 1967 (age 52)
OccupationSinger
Years active1988[1]–present
Spouse(s)
Gao Feng
(m. 2004; div. 2005)

Meng Tong (m. 2006)
ChildrenMeng Xiaotong (daughter), Gao Xing (son)
AwardsGolden Melody AwardsBest Female Mandarin Artist
2001 Romantic Bitterness

MTV Asia AwardsFavourite Artist, Mainland China
2002

Musical career
Also known asNatasha Na
OriginChina
GenresMandopop, Chinese Romantic Music

Na Ying (born 27 November 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] She has been a judge of Chinese TV singing shows such as The Voice of China.

Biography[edit]

Debut[edit]

Na was born in Shenyang, Liaoning. She is an ethnic Manchu, a descendant of the noble Yehe Nara clan of the Qing dynasty. 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]

Na's father was a doctor. He wanted her to have a good education and become a doctor when she grew up. However, Na exhibited a natural talent for singing, and was determined to become a singer instead.[citation needed]

Na began her recording career in 1988 in Taiwan and Hong Kong.[1] In 1991 she released her first album entitled "A single woman like me" (像我这样的单身女子), which had a very moderate reception.[3] Two years later, in 1993, she released a new album called "I hope my dreams come true" (但愿好梦都成真) which was not very popular either.[4]

Success[edit]

She released her first major album Dreaming With You, in 1994. Following the release of that album, she released several additional albums, becoming one of the most popular Mandarin-language artists of Mainland China.

At the 1998 Spring Festival Gala show hosted by CCTV, Na sang a duet "Meet in '98" (相約一九九八) with 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.[5]

Na had a relationship with Chinese footballer Gao Feng and a son by him, they separated in 2005.[6] 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 Olympics.[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]

After a hiatus of nearly nine years, Na returned to the music scene in 2011, releasing a new album called So... What?. The album reached the number one position on both the mainland China and Taiwan album charts.

The Voice of China and new projects[edit]

In 2012, Na became a coach and judge on the first season of the popular television singing show The Voice of China, along with Yang Kun, Liu Huan and Yu Chengqing.[2] She returned to the judges panel in 2013 for the show's second season, along with Wang Feng, Zhang Hui-mei and Yu Chengqing. Na continued being a judge on the third and fourth season of that show with Wang Feng, Yang Kun, Zhou Jielun and Yu Chengqing.

In 2016, Na appeared on the first season of the show Sing! China, along with Wang Feng, Zhou Jielun and Yu Chengqing. She was also on the second season of the show in 2017. That year, she released NASING, an EP featuring three songs that were used in film soundtracks.

On 11 October 2017, Na announced through a letter that she would be resigning as a coach from Sing! China.

In 2018, Na Ying and Faye Wong performed, twenty years later, together in the CCTV new year's gala singing the song "Lunar year".[7]

Discography[edit]

The following are a selection of her albums released from 1991 to 2015.[2]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1991: 像我这样的单身女子 (A single woman like me)
  • 1993: 但愿好梦都成真 (I hope my dreams come true)
  • 1994: 為你朝思暮想 Wèi nǐ zhāo sī mù xiǎng (Dreaming with you)
  • 1995: 白天不懂夜的黑 Bái tiān bù dǒng yè de hēi (The day doesn't know the night)
  • 1998: 征服 Zhēng fú (Conquering)
  • 1999: 乾脆 Gān cuì (Totally)
  • 2000: 心酸的浪漫 Xīn suān de làng màn (Sad and romantic)
  • 2001: 我不是天使 Wǒ bù shì tiān shǐ (I'm not an angel)
  • 2002: 如今… Rújīn… (Nowadays)
  • 2011: 那又怎樣… Nà yòu zěn yàng… (So what?)
  • 2015: 默... Mò... (Sadness)
  • 2016: NASING (EP)[8]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 2001: Na Ying selected hits

Live albums[edit]

  • 2001: Na Ying live in concert

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. ^ "像我这样的单身女子 (豆瓣)". music.douban.com. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  4. ^ "登录 - 虾米网(xiami.com) - 乐随心动". passport.xiami.com. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  5. ^ Chinese A-list entertainers to perform in CCTV gala, Xinhua, February 13, 2010.
  6. ^ 那英:走出离婚阴影和儿子一起快乐成长 (in Chinese)
  7. ^ Faye3056730295 (2018-02-15), 王菲 那英 -《歲月》2018央視春晚完整視頻 Faye Wong Na Ying 2018 CCTV Gala, retrieved 2019-07-06
  8. ^ "NASING".

External links[edit]

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