Ning Baizura (born 28 June 1975), known as Ning, is a Malaysian pop and R&B singer who records and sings in several different languages, including Bahasa Malaysia and English. She was born in Kajang, Malaysia from Arab Malay and Javanese Dutch parents.
Ning started singing professionally at the age of six by recording radio and television jingles and began formal studies in voice at the age of nine under the renowned Indonesian opera linguist and soprano Siti Chairani for five years. In that time, she also sang with the National Choir at the Akademi Seni Kebangsaan, and was offered a full scholarship in music at the prestigious Vienna Conservatoire, which she turned down). At the age of 16, Ning had won the 'Best Artiste Development' award at the prestigious Voice of Asia Competition.