Ling Kai is a bilingual Singaporean singer-songwriter. Ling Kai shot to popularity in 2008 after uploading her recording of her first English original song “Larkin Step” onto YouTube; the song reached a million views. Ling Kai released her first English language EP "Honestly" in 2009 with Australian indie label Lempicka Records and toured around Brisbane.
Back in Singapore performing for Mosaic Music Festival 2011 at the Esplanade, Lee Shih Song chanced upon the outdoor public performance of Ling Kai and her experimental band Ling and the Kings, and signed her under his Beijing-based label, Wise Entertainment. She then relocated to Beijing from 2012 – 2015.
In September 2012, Ling Kai was invited by YinYueTai, which is one of the major music video sharing sites in China, to attend Fuji Rock Festival as a special host in Japan. At the same time, Ling Kai was participated in a major music programme, Red Bull Singer-songwriter contest(红牛新能量音乐计划2012成长纪) in China.
Her first full-length bilingual album "LinK" was released in 2013 in Singapore, Malaysia, and China and featured "Larkin Step" as well as several new works.
She won Best Singer Songwriter 2013 YinYueTai 2nd Annual V Chart Awards, along with Chinese artiste, Li Ronghao (李荣浩). In 2014, Ling Kai was nominated as the best newcomer in YES 933 Singapore Hit Awards 2014 and won SPH Media Award Best New Artiste Singapore E-Awards.
In 2014, Ling Kai was invited to compete on Chinese reality TV singing show Sing My Song (中国好歌曲), which aired on CCTV. She appeared as the only one Singaporean and the only female singer-songwriter candidate to make it to the finals, and she was mentored by singer-songwriter Tanya Chua.