Jane Zhang (Artist)
Jane Zhang, is a Chinese pop singer. She rose to prominence after her third-place performance in the 2005 season of the Super Girl contest, a national all-female singing competition in the People's Republic of China. Throughout the competition, she sang in English, Spanish and Cantonese in addition to Mandarin Chinese. She is particularly known for her signature whistle register which earned her a nickname, "The Dolphin Princess".
Zhang's debut album was titled The One and was produced by American Producer Craig Williams; along with American Executive Producer Reid Hyams on The One. Her next album, Update, broke away from the Chinese pop scene by combining elements of R&B and jazz. After the release of The one, Zhang participated in a World Peace One concert that was designed to increase awareness and activism for world peace, and to raise funds for humanitarian relief.
Jane is a record-breaker — and Oprah guest!
Zhang appeared on Oprah in 2009, making her American TV debut. She also became the first Chinese singer to hit the Top 5 in the iTunes download chart with her release of “Dust My Shoulders Off,” her Timbaland-featuring single. The single made it to the platform’s Top 5 in its second week of release.
“I grew up loving the sound and feel of Western popular music,” Zhang said in a statement. “Working with Timbaland allowed me to not only see how great music is produced but also the creative culture behind the scenes that enables the continuous production of great music.”
The hit-making producer shared a similar sentiment and has said: “Our collaboration allowed us to continue bridging the gap between Chinese and American pop culture.”
She's an award-winning artist.
For seven consecutive years, Zhang won the award for Best Female Singer at the China Pop Charts Awards. She has also been crowned Best Asian Artist at the Mnet Asian Music Awards.
And was discovered on a reality show.
The singer — whose range and ability to reach high notes earned her the nickname, “The Dolphin Princess” — got her big break on China’s Super Girl, a females-only singing competition similar to American Idol. Although Zhang only came in third place, she became its breakout star in 2005.