Jane Zhang

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Jane Zhang
Jane Zhang 2014.jpg
Zhang in June 2013
Background information
Chinese name 張靚穎 (traditional)
Chinese name 张靓颖 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhāng Liàngyǐng (Mandarin)
Birth name Zhang Liangying
Born (1984-10-11) October 11, 1984 (age 32)
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Occupation Singer, songwriter
Genre(s) Pop, R&B
Instrument(s) Vocals
Label(s) Huayi, Universal, Sony
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Michael Feng (m. 2016)
Influenced by Mariah Carey, Beverley Knight, Teresa Teng
Website http://jane.social/

Jane Zhang (simplified Chinese: 张靓颖; traditional Chinese: 張靚穎; pinyin: Zhāng Liàngyǐng; born October 11, 1984) is a Chinese singer-songwriter. She debuted her singing career by winning the third place at the Chinese singing contest Super Girl in 2005.[1] The next year she released her debut album The One.[2] Known for her signature whistle register, she was dubbed the "Dolphin Princess".[3]

Biography[edit]

1984–2005: Early years and career beginnings[edit]

Zhang was born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China on October 11, 1984. Her father was a driver in a transport company, while her mother was a shop assistant in a department store and is working in a transport company.[4] At the age of 15, her father died and her mother was laid off. She then shouldered the burdens of the family, and went to sing regularly in a local bar Music House.[5] In 2005, she won the third place in the Chinese singing contest Super Girl.[6] She then signed a recording deal with Huayi Music.

2006–2009: Huayi Music[edit]

After Zhang signed with Huayi, her first extended plays Jane, Love was released in January 2006. The extended plays has sold more than 210,000 copies in China.[7] In Septembre 2006, she sang the theme song "Only for Love" for the Chinese film The Banquet. The song features Chinese pianist Lang Lang, and was nominated a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song.[8] In October 2006, her first studio album The One was released.[9] The album was produced by American record producer Craig Williams and Reid Hyams.[2][10]

In March 2007, she performed in a concert held in Pasadena, California with Japanese musician Kitarō and American musician Gavin Christopher.[11] In July 2007, Zhang recorded the theme song "Light the Passion, Share the Dream" for the 2008 Summer Olympics touch relay with Wang Leehom, Stefanie Sun, and Wang Feng. In the same month, Zhang held a one-off concert in Beijing to promote her second studio album Update. In August 2007, her second studio album Update was officially released. In December 2007, she released her second extended plays Dear Jane.

In October 2008, Zhang recorded the theme song "Painted Heart" for the Chinese film Painted Skin. The song won a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song in the next year. In December 2008, she provided a guest vocals on Taiwanese singer Wang Leehom's "Another Heaven", which appears on Wang's album Heart Beat. In January 2009, Zhang released her third studio album Jane@Music. In May 2009, she made her American television debut on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[12]

2009–2014: Universal Music[edit]

Zhang and Gavin Christopher performing "I'll Be There" in Pasadena, March 2007

In June 2009, Zhang siged a recording deal with Universal Music. In February 2010, her fourth studio album Believe in Jane was released.[13] In May 2010, she recorded the Chinese version of the theme song "Wavin' Flag" for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with K'naan and Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung.[14] In August 2010, she embarked on her first concert tour Believe in Jane Tour, reaching Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, and Chengdu. In October 2010, she performed on Asia Song Festival in Seoul, South Korea.[15] In June 2011, she released her fifth studio album Reform.

2014–present: Sony Music[edit]

In July 2014, Zhang announced she has signed with Sony Music, and released her sixth studio album The Seventh Sense. In January 2015, she took part in the season three of the Chinese television program I Am a Singer. In October 2016, she released the single "Dust My Shoulders Off".[16]

Personal life[edit]

On July 4, 2015, Zhang announced her boyfriend was Feng Ke (Michael), the CEO of her management company Show City Times.[17] On October 8, 2016, they announced their marriage and wedding in Italy on November 9.[18]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Starring Jane (2016)

Live albums[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Awards Category Work Result Ref
2009 Hong Kong Film Awards Best Original Film Song "Painted Heart" Won [19]
2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Asian Artist Won [20]
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Worldwide Act Nominated [21]
2013 Nominated [22]
2015 Won [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldkorn, Jeremy (2005-08-24). "The final week of TV sensation Super Voice Girls". Danwei.org. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Super Girl Jane Zhang Goes to America to Record New Album". China.org. 2006-07-19. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  3. ^ JpopAsia. "Jane Zhang - The Dolphin Princess | JpopAsia". JpopAsia. Retrieved 2017-05-27. 
  4. ^ 张靓颖童年父母离异 15岁到酒吧卖唱挣钱 (in Chinese). QQ.com. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  5. ^ 张靓颖童年照曝光 母女俩每月仅靠100元生活 (in Chinese). SZ News. 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  6. ^ Marcom, Ben; Goldkorn, Jeremy (2005-08-24). "The final week of TV sensation Super Voice Girls". Danwei.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  7. ^ "Zhang Liang Ying to release debut album". CRIENGLISH. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  8. ^ "Ye yan (awards)". Imbd.com. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  9. ^ "Zhang Liangying Releases Debut Album on Her Birthday". China.org.cn. 2006-09-22. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  10. ^ "Super Girl Jane Zhang Goes to America". CRIENGLISH.com. 2006-07-19. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  11. ^ "Jane Zhang's North American Concert Begins". JaneZhang.com. 2007-03-28. Archived from the original on March 22, 2009. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  12. ^ "The World's Got Talent". The Oprah Winfrey Show. 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  13. ^ "She's no plain Jane". .chinadaily.com.cn. 2010-08-22. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  14. ^ Jacki, Zhang, Jane Zhang and K’Naan sing world cup coke anthem first ever to celebrate coke birthday
  15. ^ "40,000 Fans Attend 7th Asia Song Festival in Seoul | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online". Mb.com.ph. 2010-10-25. Archived from the original on November 25, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  16. ^ "Jane Zhang – Dust My Shoulders Off (Official Video)". YouTube. October 28, 2016. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  17. ^ "张靓颖演唱会告白 被曝曾插足冯轲婚姻". 163.com. 2015-07-05. 
  18. ^ "张靓颖被曝结婚 已有部分亲友收到请帖周笔畅李宇春或重聚". cnr.cn. 2016-10-08. 
  19. ^ "香港電影金像獎". 香港電影金像獎. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  20. ^ "张靓颖获MAMA最佳亚洲歌手 海豚音震撼全场-韩娱频道". korea.sohu.com. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  21. ^ "张靓颖入围欧洲音乐大奖 歌迷可登EMA网站投票_娱乐频道_新浪网-北美". dailynews.sina.com. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  22. ^ a b "Ultimate TV channel for fans of live concerts. Watch live shows by today’s biggest headliners and yesterday's legends. Pop, rock, EDM, hip-hop, and more.". www3.iconcerts.com. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 

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