Born in a normal family in Chengdu, Li Yuchun was not encouraged to pursue a career in entertainment. Her father, a railway police officer, and her mother, a retired housewife, wanted her to be a doctor. At the age of 18, just before the national university entrance exam, she told her parents that she wanted to get into a music conservatory. Although shocked by her ambition, her parents found a music tutor for her. They thought she would give up because her chance of getting in was very small. To their surprise, after one month of intensive training she passed the artistic exam. Ecstatic with the admission offer, Li carried out her first live concert, "The Last Battle", which was performed in front of her high school before the graduation ceremony. After graduation, she went to study at Sichuan Music Conservatory.
Her first single was "Sweetheart, I Love You" (Chinese: 甜蜜的, 我爱你), recorded during the time when she was on Super Girl. She joined Taihe Rye Music in October 2005 and released the single "Happy Winter" (Chinese: 冬天快乐) as a Christmas gift to her fans. In March 2006, she released "Give Me Five", a Latin-flavored dancing song. Another release, "Happy Wake Up", was the song used in her Crest toothpaste ad. All of these songs were released online by digital distribution, a new move in the Chinese music world. She also released an EP titled "Give Me Five".
Li Yuchun has held three unplugged concerts to date. The first was in her hometown of Chengdu on March 10, 2006 — her 22nd birthday. The second was in Beijing on March 24, 2007. The other being in Shanghai on May 22, 2006. These unplugged concerts, entitled "Why Me," have become an annual celebration, always held around Li's birthday. And so far two other "Why Me" concerts has been held. In Shanghai on March 9, 2008 and in Guangzhou on March 24, 2009 respectively.
Her debut album, titled The Queen and the Dreams (Chinese: 皇后与梦想), was released on September 15, 2006. It presold 100,000 copies and sold more than 430,000 copies in the first month. She held a promotional concert in Beijing Exhibition Center on September 20, 2006 with songs from the album.
Her second album, titled Mine (Chinese: 我的), was released in November 2007. In the meantime, her nationwide 2007 Live Tour began in October and had been held in Nanjing, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu and Hangzhou, attracting tens of thousand of music lovers.
Her third album, titled Youth of China (Chinese:少年中国), was released in May 2008 as a gift blessing the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. This album was developed and designed by her. It includes one documentary DVD of her 2007 national live tour concert and one CD with 6 songs.
Her forth album,titled Chris Lee(Chinese:李宇春），was first digitally released in August,31st 2009.The songs of it were mainly created by herself,which had received wide praise.The official album was released in December 2009.On December 26th,Lee gave her AMO Chris Lee Beijing Live Show at Wukesong Arena,which gained great success.The tickets had been sold out in three hours.