Monday, May 28, 2012

Profile Maher Zain (Article About Maher Zain)

Profile Maher Zain (Article About Maher Zain) - Singer & songwriter Maher Zain is the new star of Modern Islamic Music with his meaningful songs that aim to inspire and entertain people and send a message of peace and hope to the world .April 2012 witnessed the launch of his second album “Forgive Me” with the hit single “Number One for Me” that exceeded 1,000,000+ views on YouTube within one week of its release.

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Name: Maher Zain
Age: 31 Years old
Nationality: Swedish (of Lebanese origin)
Education: BA in Aeronautical Engineering
Previous Job: Music Producer
Worked with in the past: RedOne: Akon, Lady Gaga, etc
Debut Album Name: Thank You Allah
Number of Tracks: 13
Release Date: 1st of November 2009
Record Label: Awakening Records
Second Album Name: Forgive Me
Release Date:2nd of April 2012
Number of Tracks: 14
Record Label: Awakening Records
Facebook Page with over 3,700,000 fans:
Twitter Page with over 150,000 followers:
No of music videos: 8 to date
No of Youtube hits for official music videos: Over 35 million views in total
Record Label: Awakening Records

Within a matter of a few months the above official music videos have had over 35,000,000 views, as well as over 100,000,000 views of fan-made unofficial videos of Maher’s songs, making his music the most popular and most watched Islamic music videos across the world.

Leaving behind a lucrative career in the mainstream music industry in New York where he worked with internationally renowned producer RedOne (Akon, Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias, Michael Jackson etc) Maher chose instead to make music that reflects his roots of being both European, Arab and Muslim and he is working with Awakening Records (who launched the career of British artist Sami Yusuf) to inspire the youth across the world. In early March 2010, Maher's debut album “Thank You Allah” (released by Awakening Records) was the No.1 highest selling album on Amazon in the world music section and Number 8 in the R&B section. With the release his second album “Forgive Me” Maher continues to inspire the world through his music. Maher has already had concerts in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Sweden, France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Bosnia, UAE, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore & Thailand to mention just a few. With his passion, incredible talent and unique style, the sky is the limit for Maher.

Maher Zain’s first musical inspiration came from his father, who was a singer himself, performing locally in the beautiful Mediterranean city of Tripoli - Lebanon. Fascinated by the music and instruments, Maher got his first keyboard when he was only ten and ever since music officially became part of Maher’s world.
The family moved to Sweden when Maher was only 8, where he continued his schooling, and later entered university and got a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering. With things changing around him, one thing remained the same - his passion for music. He would spend late nights at school with his friends where they would sing, rap, compose and experiment with music in every way. It didn’t take him long to realize that music became an integral part of who he is.

After being involved for a while in the music scene in Sweden as a music producer, Maher was introduced to RedOne, a gifted music producer who was fast rising in the music scene in Sweden. Maher started working with RedOne with Swedish artists, and later moved with him to New York. For a few years he was in the middle of the hot rush of the NY music industry, working with chart topping artists such as Kat Deluna on her debut album that included smash hits ‘Whine up’ and ‘Run the Show’. Maher had what many would describe as a dream job for someone so young in such a glamorous business, but Maher still felt like something is missing. “I loved the music but I hated everything that surrounded it, it always felt like something wasn’t right.” RedOne was on the verge of breaking into the big time, going on to work with artists like Akon, Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias, Brandy, New Kids on the Block, and Michael Jackson to mention just a few, and becoming one of the most sought-after music producers in the world. Maher however was restless and eventually decided that the music industry and all that surrounded wasn’t the right place for him and he returned to Sweden.

In early 2009, Maher Zain re-entered the music industry albeit with a different kind of music and decided to work with Awakening Records (UK) on an album that reflects his identity – Arab, Muslim and Swedish. His debut album ‘Thank You Allah’ was released by Awakening Records in October 2009 to international acclaim. The album went on to become a multi-platinum success, reaching the number 1 spot on Amazon’s World Music charts and number 9 on the R&B charts, and picking up 10 platinum awards in Malaysia alone - making it officially the best selling music album in Malaysia in 2010 and indeed in the last decade. Maher has already performed in sold-out concerts in Sweden, Canada, Australia, US, France, UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Malaysia, Bahrain, Algeria, and Egypt to name just a few.

In April 2012, Maher Zain’s second album “Forgive Me” was released. The album is a dynamic and modern mix of East & West and is expected to surpass the success of the debut album and captivate the senses of the audiences worldwide.

Maher Zain’s music mixes the sounds of R&B with traditional spiritual, soul and contemporary pop music, not just updating spiritual music and inshad but fearlessly reviving it with contemporary flair. Maher’s songs are instant classics of great power and timeless, unassailably intense spirituality.
Profile Maher Zain (Article About Maher Zain)

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