Giao Linh was born on
September 8, 1949 in Saigon. She had seven siblings. She is often referred to
by the Vietnamese press as "The Melancholy Queen". She loved singing
as a child, encouraged by her mum. Her singing career started in 1966 after
winning a competition. Nguyen Van Dong guided her now, and he encouraged her to
study classical music for 2 years.
Giao Linh was busy
recording and performing, and her 1971 Son Ca 6 album remains a masterpiece. In
1982, she moved to Canada to reunite with her family. The "Linh" noodle
shop in Toronto was the main source of income. She married Van Sang in 1987.
She had known him since she was 17.
They later settled in
San Jose, California. She sang in many places and recorded many tapes for music
centers, including her Giao Linh Music Center in Westminster, California. In
2000, she returned to Vietnam to perform. She continues to sing, on stage and
television, and help Vietnamese compatriots.