Ying Na became a member of the Liaoning Juvenile Broadcasting Chorus in 1979, and the Shenyang Singing and Dancing Troupe in 1983. She won several national singing contests in the 1980s, and received vocal training from the famous composer Gu Jianfen (谷建芬).
Ying Na began her recording career in 1988 in Taiwan and Hong Kong. In 1991 she released her first album entitled "A single woman like me" (像我这样的单身女子). Two years later, in 1993, she released a new album called "I hope my dreams come true" (但愿好梦都成真).
Ying Na released her first major album Dreaming With You, in 1994. At the 1998 Spring Festival Gala show hosted by CCTV, she sang a duet "Meet in '98" (相約一九九八) with Faye Wong.
After a hiatus of nearly nine years, Na returned to the music scene in 2011, releasing a new album called So... What?. The album reached the number one position on both the mainland China and Taiwan album charts.
In 2012, Ying Na became a coach and judge on the first season of the popular television singing show The Voice of China. She returned to the judges panel in 2013 for the show's second season. She continued being a judge on the third and fourth season of that show.
On 11 October 2017, Ying Na announced through a letter that she would be resigning as a coach from Sing! China.
Ying Na had a relationship with Chinese footballer Gao Feng and a son by him, they separated in 2005. She married Meng Tong in 2006, and they had a daughter in 2007.