Shan Gao

NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award, 2015

Shan Gao is an award-winning singer-songwriter and recording artist. Her songs and recordings have been featured in the hit Chinese TV series Boss & Me and You Are My Sunshine. Released in January 2015, her songs “To April” and “The Road Not Taken,” both of which appear in You Are My Sunshine, have hit number one on most of China’s major music charts, including QQ Music, Kugou Music, Weibo Music, Xiami Cheng Live, Netease Original Music, and Baidu Original Music. “To April” was the weekly champion on the Mainland China charts and remained in the top 10 for more than a month following its release. The TV series has already received more than six billion hits online. Shan’s work was named the pop single of the year honor by the Abilu Music Awards, Sina Music, and Xiami Music. In 2013, her music video School Phobia became the hottest topic in Weibo and attracted more than six million visits within a week after its release. She has been recognized by the Chinese Mengniu Billboard Music Awards, appeared on magazine covers, and been featured in numerous publications. Shan is a graduate of Peking University, China’s most prestigious institution of higher learning. In 2014, Shan was accepted by Songwriting Master’s degree program at New York University’s Steinhardt School, one the first such courses of study in the world. At NYU, Shan is writing in a far wider range of genres, developing her English lyricizing, experimenting with new technologies and collaborators, and studying with a faculty that includes Rosanne Cash, Barry Eastmond, Glenn Frey, and Phil Galdston.