Della Ding

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Mar 5
 

Born in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, Della Ding takes to the stage at Macau’s Studio City after years of hard work and perseverance in search of her dream. 

The 32-year-old’s talent was evident at a young age. After winning a school singing contest and scoring near-perfect marks for singing throughout her junior high school years, Ding took the controversial decision to quit education and leave home at 18. The teenager honed her craft in cities around the Yangtze River Delta, performing in cabarets in Huzhou and Ningbo, eventually securing a regular spot in the World Trade Center Bar in Hangzhou in 2001.

Despite her willingness to take risks in order to make her dream a reality, Ding was forced to spend years working the bar and club circuit. It was only after seven years as a practicing singer that she was noticed by the Taiwanese label B’in Music Company and her career gained significant traction. Possessor of a surprisingly powerful voice, Ding released her debut album Run Away From Home in 2007, but it wasn’t until she recorded I Love You for the Taiwanese TV drama Autumn Concerto, in 2009, that she became a notable voice. Inspired by a true event in the singer’s life – she once found a boyfriend with another woman when she tried to surprise him on his birthday – the single proved to be Ding’s breakthrough.

Since then Ding hasn’t looked back. Based in Taiwan, her latest shows in Taipei sold out in less than 20 minutes and she pulls in thousands of fans to shows wherever she tours in East Asia. Renowned for her ballads, Ding recently wowed TV audiences with a rock-inspired performance of A Thousand Years of Love on Singaporean TV. Whether this signals a new direction in Ding’s musical direction remains to be seen – hopefully her concert in Macau can provide a hint. Evelyn Lam

Della Ding Sat Mar 5, Studio City, Macau. Tickets: $380-$980; studiocity-macau.com.

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