Often referred to as the Chinese BoA and the next leader of the Korean wave, Zhang Liyin or Jang Ri-in is a Chinese singer active in both China and South Korea. She made debut as a member of the South Korean group S.M. The Ballad in 2006. She is also the first foreign artist to win Best Newcomer award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards.
Zhang show an aptitude to singing at a very young age. She was discovered by Korean entertainment company DR Music in 2002 while attending a Baby V.O.X. concert in China. The next year, she moved to South Korea to start training at the age of fourteen.
Zhang was born in Sichuan, China as a native from Chengdu.