Song Zuying

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Song Zuying, Chinese folk vocalist.

Song Zuying (宋祖英) is a famous Chinese folk vocalist. She was appointed head of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Naval Political Department Singing and Dancing Troupe in August 2013.

Song was born on August 13, 1966 into a family of farmers in Guzhang County, Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Hunan Province. She has a younger sister and a deaf mute brother. Her father died of pulmonary tuberculosis when she was 12. Since then, Song helped her mother to manage household affairs after completing her schoolwork each day.

Song started to demonstrate her singing talents in her early childhood. In August 1982, she was recruited by an opera troupe in her county and became an opera actress. In 1984, she was promoted to a prefectural-level opera troupe.

In 1985, Song enrolled into the Beijing-based Minzu University of China, majoring in folk music. In a 1988 competition held in Changsha, Hunan Province, she won the Golden Prize with a Miao-style song "My Lover, Don't Go Away." One of the judges, the renowned music teacher Jin Tielin showed interest in her and took her on as his student. Later, she became famous overnight after performing the song "Little Back Basket" in the CCTV Spring Festival Gala.

In 1991, Song was transferred to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Naval Political Department Singing and Dancing Troupe. From 1998 to 2001, she studied at the Central Conservatory of Music. In 1999, she became a member of the Communist Party of China.

Song Zuying, Chinese folk vocalist.

In May 2006, Song was appointed vice head of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Naval Political Department Singing and Dancing Troupe, with a military rank of naval senior colonel.

In August 2013, she was appointed head of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Naval Political Department Singing and Dancing Troupe.

Song's Singing Achievements

Song combines modern opera with traditional folk music to create her special unique singing style. She is one of the most popular singers in China and is considered one of the finest contemporary folk artists in the country.

In November 2003, Song became the first Chinese singer to hold a solo concert at the Vienna Golden Hall.

On August 24, 2008, Song performed a duet with tenor Placido Domingo at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games.

On June 30, 2009, Song held a concert at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing with world tenor Placido Domingo, Chinese pop star Jay Chou and pianist Lang Lang.

On May 8, 2011, she held a concert at the Taipei Arena.

Song Zuying's Chinese songs, such as "Pretty Girls", "Little Back Basket", "Good Day", and "Love My China", "Flying Between Heaven and Earth", "Soldiers" and "After I Grow up I Will Become Like you", are very popular among Chinese people. Her fans are from all over the country, from big cities to small villages.

Song Zuying, Chinese folk vocalist.

Song has won the following awards in recent years:

First Prize, China National Vocal Contest for Ethnic Minorities

Golden Prize, Ethnic Minority Group, Audience's Most Favorite Singers

First Prize in the "Starlight Award" by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television

Golden Record Prize of China

CCTV Chinese National Vocalist Outstanding Contribution Prize

Chinese Plum Flower Prize

Artist with Both Moral Integrity and Artistic Attainment, China Federation of Literary and Art Circles

China Charity Award, Ministry of Civil Affairs

Song's Other Main Posts and Titles

Song was a deputy to the Ninth National People's Congress and a member of the 10th, 11th, and 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. She has been a member of the Standing Committee of the All-China Youth Federation, a member of the Executive Committee of the All-China Women's Federation, and a member of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles.

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