Chang Hui Mei, (Chinese: 張惠妹 ) (born August 9, 1972), better known as A-mei, is a aboriginal Taiwanese pop singer and is occasionally a songwriter. She was born in the rugged mountains of eastern Taiwan and is the third youngest of nine siblings. A-mei made her music debut in 1996, achieved instant mega commercial success. She has been constantly titled diva in the Mandarin pop music scene, as well as the "Pride of Taiwan" since then, capturing numerous music awards and becoming one of the biggest music sensations within the pop music pantheon of the Chinese-speaking world.
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Amei is an ethnic Puyuma. Like most Taiwanese aborigines she was exposed to tribal music during her childhood. A-mei's mother used to record herself singing and then play back the tape for her daughters to hear. A-mei had always been fascinated by music; she once said she stuck to the radio and would rush to watch the late night music program introducing English songs when she was a little girl. She also showed great eagerness to perform in public, forcing her friends to listen to her sing
A-mei first connected to the entertainment business by joining the televised "Five Lights Singing Contest" by TTV in 1994, after encouragment by her father, who was ill at that time. A-mei made all her way through to the finals but eventually lost in the final round. She then decided to make a second attempt in the following year. This time her stable and superb performances were much appreciated by the judges, and A-mei was awarded the champion. Unfortunately, Amei's father passed away before her victory, making A-mei sad and aimless until she began to sing in pubs with a rock band formed by her musician cousin. She was later discovered by the popular singer/producer Zhang Yu Sheng (張雨生) and started her career