Song Zu Ying (宋祖英, Sòng Zǔ Yīng; born on August 13, 1966) is an ethnic Miao Chinese singer.
Song was born in Guzhang county, part of a Miao autonomous prefecture in Hunan and studied at the Central Institute for Nationalities in Beijing. Her father died when she was 12, and she is the oldest daughter.
In 1991, she joined the Chinese People's Liberation Army Naval Song and Dance Troupe as a national first-class singer. As of 2009 she is an non-combatant Rear Admiral in the Chinese Navy.
Song Zu Ying's music is extremely popular in China and the Sinosphere. And due to her fame among China's political elite, solo concert performances at prestige international venues such as Sydney Opera House in 2002, Vienna Golden Hall in 2004, and John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in 2008 were held for the political elites in those respective countries for diplomatic purposes.
In 2006, her CD "The Diva Goes to the Movies: A Centennial Celebration of Chinese Film Song" was nominated for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in the category of Best Classical Crossover Album.
Song Zu Ying performed a duet with tenor Plácido Domingo at the 2008 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in Beijing. She also performs regularly on the Chinese Spring Festival Gala; in 2009, in addition to her own song, she sang a duet with Jay Chou.
Jay Chou, Plácido Domingo, and Lang Lang were guests in her 2009 summer concert at the Bird's Nest in Beijing.