Wang Leehom 王力宏 is a Chinese-American singer-songwriter, music producer, actor, and film director. Known as the “King of Chinese Pop”, Leehom has repeatedly revolutionized the Chinese pop music scene with his evolving blend of pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, classical, and traditional Chinese music ranging from aboriginal folk music to Beijing opera. The best-selling Mandarin-language musician of his generation, Leehom came to prominence as a teen idol at the age of 19 and has since released 15 solo studio albums and contributed to dozens more.
Over the course of his career, Leehom has earned 19 nominations and 4 wins at Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards and 11 wins at the Chinese Music Awards, in the categories of Best Pop Album, Best Producer, Song of the Year, Best Arrangement, and Best Male Artist. He currently tours in over 100 cities worldwide, performing to sold-out venues across mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, the UK, and the US. One of the most recognizable and visible celebrities in Asia, he has over 50 million followers on Sina Weibo, the #1 social media site in China, and was awarded Weibo Person of the Year by Sina in 2012.
In addition to his music career, Leehom has also starred in several movies, including Ang Lee’s thriller Lust, Caution (2007); Little Big Soldier (2010), an action comedy co-starring Jackie Chan; and Love in Disguise (2010), a romantic comedy which Leehom also wrote, directed, and scored, setting the record for the highest-grossing film for a first-time director in Chinese history. His most recent film is Michael Mann’s cyberthriller Blackhat (2015), in which he stars alongside Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, and Viola Davis. In September 2016, Leehom also premiered his concert film “Open Fire” at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
As a native of both the eastern world and the western one, Leehom also strives to serve as a cultural ambassador, and bringing Chinese music and culture to English-speaking audiences is one of his life’s biggest missions.