Sun Nan (Chinese: 孙楠; pinyin: Sūn Nán; born February 18, 1969) is a pop singer from Dalian in mainland China. His songs include "Be there or Be Square", "The Wind Goes to North", "Save", and his song for the 2008 Summer Olympics, "Forever Friends". Sun's album Crescent Moon was released in 1990. He has released 12 albums with over 10 million sales in total. Since 2012, Sun has judged or hosted numerous singing competitions in China.
Sun has held over 30 concerts in Asia and over 100 concerts around the world.
Sun Nan was born in Dalian in Liaoning, China, on February 18, 1969. Sun Nan was born into a family of artists. His father was a tenor who taught bel canto and his mother, sister, and brother all participated in a dance troupe. Raised in such a family environment, Sun Nan learned to play the piano and the guitar and formed a band at an early age. Though he did not consider music to be his life's work after graduating from high school, he was soon attracted to pop songs from Hong Kong and Taiwan. Under those circumstances, he opted for a career in music and learned to sing.
In the 1990s, Sun was a popular singer in the Beijing music scene. He rose to international prominence after 2002.
In August 2012, Sun served on the judging panel of Asian Wave on Dragon Television. He cancelled all of his concerts in Japan during the territorial dispute of Senkaku Islands between China and Japan.
On February 17, 2015, he participated in the 2015 CCTV Spring Festival Gala and performed the song "Hands". On January, Sun took part in the third season of Hunan TV's I Am a Singer as one of the seven initial singers and a host. However, Sun withdrew from I Am a Singer due to the fact that he wanted the rest of the singers to stand a higher chance in the title. In July, he participated in Jiangsu Television's "Mongolian Song King", eventually winning. In November, he participated in the "China Star" competition airing on Dragon Television. He won the grand prize on "China Star" and subsequently traveled to the United States to participate, receiving the 58th Recording Academy's President's Merit Award.
On October 28, 2017, Sun Nan held the "Xi Xi Ya Ji" in Hangzhou's Xixi Wetland. Director Zhang Jizhong, "New Weekly" publisher Sun Wei, and other guests attended the event and released "Nan's Story" under the brand of Guoxue. This traditional craft is intended to spread the beauty of Chinese traditional culture to every Chinese person.
The documentary Amazing China ends with a song performed by Sun.
On February 15, 2018, in the 2018 CCTV Spring Festival Gala, Sun Nan and Tan Weiwei performed "New Beginning of Happiness". On March 2, he participated in the 2018 CCTV Lantern Festival and performed "New World".
On February 4, 2019, the Central Radio and Television General Station Spring Festival Gala invited Sun Nan and Zhang Jie to perform the song "The Distance of Time".
Sun Nan married Chinese actress Mai Hongmei (买红妹) in 2000. They had a daughter and a son. Due to Sun's frequent traveling for his concerts, Sun and Mai communicated less and less frequently. In 2009, Sun filed for divorce.
In 2009, Sun married hostess Pan Wei (潘蔚). Sun's interests and hobbies include Formula One, golf, and soccer; he is the captain of the Meng Zhou soccer team.