Qi Qin (齐秦, Qí Qín, born on January 12, 1960 in Taichung, Taiwan), is a Chinese singer and songwriter.
When he was young, his father had a strict daily regimen of study that started at 5 AM. His studies varied from English music and literature to classical Chinese literature and Tang Dynasty poetry.
Qi, however, did not enjoy reading, and once he reached his teenage years, his father’s pushing resulted in troubles, and Qi joined a local gang in defiance of his father. This decision landed him in jail for three years. During his period in prison, Qi learned to be introspective and kept a diary. Prison was also the first place where he earned an appreciation for music. The prison had a guitar in the courtyard for the "juvenile delinquents’" recreation, and Qi taught himself how to play on it.After his time in jail, Qi Qin and his older sister, Qi Yu, often sang together at home.
Qi Yu, by then already a famous singer, gave Chin his start in the field. After every time she sang "The Olive Tree" (橄榄树 gǎn lǎn shù), she would tell the audience that her brother could sing it even better than she could. After a duet in Hong Kong with her brother, she gave him an expensive guitar, which he practiced on every day.
Qi started his formal career in 1981 with the album "See her Slip Away Again" (又见溜溜的她 yòu jiàn liū liū de tā). From there, his popularity grew. He released the smash hit "Wolf"(狼 láng) in 1985 and opened up Rainbow Studios the same year.