Jay Chou was born to parents who were both school teachers, in Linkou, Taiwan, where he was brought up. His mother’s inclination towards art field helped her notice Chou’s liking for music and enrolled him for piano classes at a tender age. At a very young age, he was enthralled by music and various other sounds and always looked to capture them in his tape recorder.
He was inspired Chopin and still looks for inspiration from him. After his parents had got separated, he went through a troubled time at school as his batch mates mocked about his parents’ divorce. He became isolated and was only interested in listening music, and he preferred to remain alone. During his years in Tamkang Senior High School, he developed a liking for pop music and devoted the time in writing lyrics after he majored in piano and got his minor in Cello.
He was rendered from mandatory military services after he got diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis after sustaining an injury while playing and in the meanwhile he took a job of a waiter. In 1998. Chou was signed up for a talent show called Super New Talent King by his friend and, later on, Jacky Wu, who was hosting the show and is an influential figure in Taiwanese music industry scouted the young Chou. He signed up Chou as contract lyricist for his record label Alfa Music and told that he would help Chou release his debut album if he provides him 100 compositions.
In 2000, he released his debut album called Jay, consisting of 10 music scores that he provided to Wu, Chou’s style of music was interesting as he made a fusion of Chinese classical music and Western music in order develop R&B, Rock and Rap music. Since then Chou has come out with many entertaining and popular music tracks through his albums such as Fantasy (2001), The Eight Dimensions (2002), Ye Hui Mein (2003) and much more with his latest work Aiyo, Not Bad came out in 2014.
He has shown that he is a multi-talented personality as he ventured into the field of acting in 2005 with a cameo role in Hidden Track (2003), and then he was seen playing the lead role in Initial D for which he won the Best Newcomer Actor Award at Golden Horse Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards. In the following year he was a supporting actor in the film Curse of the Golden Flower, since then he has done many movies including Kung Fu Dunk,
The Green Hornet, the Viral Factor and is currently involved in Now You See Me 2 with Daniel Radcliff.
Chou has successfully tried his hand at film direction with his directorial debut in Secret and then in 2013; he released The Rooftop. He has written an autobiography known as Grandeur de D Major. Chou is happily married to Hannah Quinlivan since 2014 after dating each other for over four years and is blessed with a baby girl at the beginning of 2015.