Tan Jing was on born on September 11, 1977 into a
musical family in Houma, Shanxi Province, China. Tan Jing showed her talent for singing when she was just 6 years old. When she
was 8 years old she began to study piano and gave her first onstage
performance at nine. Two years later, she received training in
professional singing from her mother, a well-known local singer. As a
teen she knew she wanted to combine her love for music with her love for
her country. In 1994, Tan Jing was enrolled in the the Chinese
Conservatory of Music, majoring in folk vocal music. After graduating
from the academy in 1998, she entered the 'General Military Choir of
China' and became a soldier singer. "I wanted to become a soldier when I
was a little girl. My grandpa always said the most regretable thing in
his life was that he had not been enrolled in the army. I think the
female soldiers are very cool. I also like singing. So a soldier singer
is really an ideal job for me."
In 1996, Tan won first prize in the National New Singer Competition and took home the "Voice of Asia" International Grand Singer Award in 1997. She began performing as a solo singer in the Song and Dance Ensemble in 1998 and gained further recognition for winning second place at the Voice of Asia Music Competition in Kazakhstan where she represented China the same year. In 2000, she won the Professional Pop category of the BuBuGao National Young Vocalist Competition sponsored by CCTV and was honored as the Most Popular Singer. In July 2006, she became the first pop singer with a Master's degree in China.
On September 12 2006, to commemorate the 35th
anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China
and Austria as well as Mozart's 250th birthday, Tan Jing held a solo
concert at Vienna's 'Golden Hall' entitled the 'Sound of Harmony'. It
was an unforgettable experience and remarkable moment for Tan Jing. "I
was anxious when I started singing but gradually I felt relaxed. After I
finished my first song and greeted the audience, I felt completely at
ease as if I was singing for a group of my old friends. Music can break
all barriers, including those between different nations and languages."
As the first Chinese pop singer to have a solo concert at the Vienna's 'Golden Hall', Tan Jing is innovative in finding new ways to sing. She combines the advantages of Bel canto, pop music and folk songs and can easily switch from one genre to another. Her style is decent, simple and moving. Her voice is clear, pure, and contains a rich quality. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Tan held a solo concert on the Great Wall of China, becoming the first performer to do so. In 2011, she collaborated with others to bring a set of her most famous songs in a blend of Chinese and Western styles to a sold out audience at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Besides performing, Tan Jing also donates her time and
money to public welfare, anti-drug campaigns and AIDS patients. For her
great contributions and benevolence, she has been honored as a
"philanthropy star" by the 'Chinese Women and Children Fund
Association', and chosen as an ambassador for many charity projects. "I
think helping others is helping yourself and you can feel very happy and
satisfied in doing so. Whenever you see someone you have helped smile,
you will smile too."
Tan often contributes to cultural activities and sporting events around the world. She performed during the closing ceremonies of the 15th Asian Games in Doha 2006. and the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai. As a spokesperson for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing she took part in the Olympic activities from beginning to end as a singer, torchbearer, and volunteer. Her song, Sky, was played during the releasing of the doves during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games and she gave live performances during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games and the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games that summer. She also released a special Olympic album, from which Sky, Fly With You, and Let Me Have You became popular.
2010, Tan Jing served as a volunteer spokesperson for the Shanghai
World Expo, where she recorded the Expo’s theme song, The World,
performed during the opening ceremony, and held a large-scale public
concert for the Expo volunteers. She held another concert as
spokesperson for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. In 2011 she
was appointed spokesperson for the World Horticulture Exposition in
Xi’an, China. In 2012, she will serve as the spokesperson for UEFA,
promoting the UEFA Champions League in China.
She has been called “The Voice of Harmony” for her efforts to spread Chinese music, culture, and goodwill through her professional and philanthropic contributions.