Na Ying (那英) is a noted pop singer in Chinese mainland, known for her lighthearted and forthright personality. Na was most recently chosen to act as one of the four judges on "The Voice of China" (中国好声音), a surprisingly popular singing talent show broadcast on Zhejiang Satellite TV since July 13, 2012.
Born on Nov. 27, 1967 into a Manchu family in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, Na joined the Liaoning Juvenile Broadcasting Chorus in 1979, and enrolled in the Shenyang Singing and Dancing Troupe in 1983. She won the national Sunshine Cup Singing Contest performing the song "I Found Myself" and was selected by famous composer Gu Jianfen to attend her vocal training center.
Na began her recording career in Taiwan and Hong Kong in 1988, becoming the first Chinese mainland singer to sign a contract with a Hong Kong record company. Sales of her "Conquer" album exceeded 2 million across the Asian region.
Na has won many awards participating in national singing contests, including the Top 10 Mainland Pop Singers in 1991 and in 1993. At the 1998 Spring Festival Gala show hosted by CCTV, Na sang a duet "Meet in '98" with her friend Faye Wong, which audiences awarded with a second prize. Wong had already achieved fame in Hong Kong and elsewhere, but her duet with Na brought her the status of superstar on the mainland.
Na had a relationship with Chinese footballer Gao Feng and they had a son, but the couple broke up in 2005. She married Meng Tong in 2006 and their daughter was born in 2007.
Although mainly having devoted herself to her family and children between 2002 and 2009, Na Ying never really left the stage. She had a prominent role during the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and held the concert "20 Years of Na," a retrospective of her career, at the Capital Gymnasium, in late 2009. She then went on to release her next album, called "So what" in September 2011.
In 2012 Na was asked to act as one of the four judges on "The Voice of China" (中国好声音), a singing talent show broadcast on Zhejiang Satellite TV. Her fellow judges are Liu Huan, Yang Kun, and Harlem Yu.
The following are Na Ying's album releases between 1994 and 2011.
"The One You Love" in 1994
"Daytime Don't Know Dark Night" in 1995
"Conquer" in 1998
"Altogether" in 1999
"Sad Romance" in 2000
"Love Songs" in 2011
"I'm No Angel" in 2011
"Classics" (Hong Kong concert scene Live) in 2002
"Nowadays" in 2002
"Who Picked up My Heart in the Fall" in 2007
"Beautiful Yunnan" in 2008
"This Year" in 2009
"Journey of Love" in 2009
"One of Us" in 2009
"Your Smile" in 2011
"So What" in 2011