Najam Sheraz

Najam Sheraz

Najam Sheraz was born in Multan, Pakistan on August 2, 1969. A natural sportsman, he played professional cricket with cricketing legends such as Inzamam-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis, and Mushtaq Ahmed. He is graduate of University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore where he studied and graduate in B. Tech. in civil engineering. He formed his first band with his elder brothers Booby (Dr. Zubair Adnan in Rawalpindi Pakistan) and Joji (Salman Nadeem in Brampton, ON, Canada) called Brother Rhythm in 1987. Both brothers till date seriously consider themselves better, more sophisticated music lovers and musicians than the much famous younger brother.

His second band came together in 1989. Wet Metal was at that time considered the best live band in the circuit. Performing in almost 1,000 shows all over the country, Najam Sheraz established himself as one of the strongest voices on stage.

He has sung and composed song for the new Aditya Narayan Movie Shaapit, titled “TERE BINA JIYA NA JAYE”

In December 1993 the band members parted ways and Najam Sheraz began working on his solo career. His first solo single, ‘In Sae Nain’, was released in September 1994. It was an instant hit, selling more than 300,000 copies. ‘Sohna Chata Hoon’ his second single, received critical acclaim with its release in March 1995. It was soon followed by the release of his first solo album ‘Khazana’ in February 1996 and the video release of ‘Larki’, which brought him to the forefront of the musical mainstream. ‘Khazana’ sold a million copies, supported by the videos ‘Aajana’ ‘Yeh Baat Kise Maloom Nahin’ and ‘Pyar Ki Piyas’. This album took Najam on his first foreign tour to Bahrain where he achieved huge success.

The lyrics of the song “Pyar Ki Pyas” were penned by Tahir Gul Hasan for a pop band named Wet Metal that had Najam Sheraz as the lead singer. The music was composed, played (except the lead guitar), recorded and mixed by Tahir at his own studios: Sound On Sound, Karachi.

Wet Metal’s entire album’s lyrics, music and recording came from Tahir Gul Hasan but the group disbanded before the album was finished. In 1993, “Pyar Ki Piyas” became the band’s first single on TV. Najam Sheraz would later use “Pyar Ki Pyas” in his successful studio album: Khazana.

His next project was an experimental album, an eastern classical-rock fusion called ‘Rakh Aas’ with the band Karavan in November 1997.

His second solo album, ‘Roop Nagar’, was released in 1999 in Pakistan. Its first video release, ‘Pal Do Pal Ki Chahat’, was the first 35 mm music video to ever be produced in Pakistan. Najam was instantly signed by Pepsi Cola International in Pakistan and BMG-Cresendo in India. This album took him on his first North American tour to more than 10 cities. He also performed in Kuwait, where he was the first ever live act from Pakistan, and was especially well received.He has worked intensively in Europe and India with frequent visits to North America as well. His song for Anti Narcotics Force in 2007 became the Force’s anthem and he has been acclaimed as an Ambassador-at-large by the ANF for his work with youth and deprived classes.

Sheraz’s first international release in 2000 was ‘Pal Do Pal Ki Chahat’. In the same year, 20th Century Fox launched the film Split Wide Open. Sheraz’s song ‘Mera Jee Nahin Laage’ was included on the soundtrack along with Air Supply, Asha Bhosle and Garbage. With this achievement, Najam Sheraz became the second Pakistani artist after Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to be included on the soundtrack of an international film.

In February 2000, Sheraz released his first Punjabi album, ‘Pyar Karannu Dil Karda’, which produced hits like ‘Pyar Karannu Dil Karda’, ‘Rabba’, and ‘Kajla’.

In February 2002 he released his fifth album, ‘Jaisay Chaho Jiyo’, which produced hits like ‘Jaisay Chaho Jiyo’, ‘Ahista Ahista’ and the huge success ‘Aao Wahan Chalen’.

The Cricket World Cup of 2002 saw the success of ‘Jeeto Mere Laal’, which was also dedicated to the Pakistani Blind Cricket World Cup Champions.

In the Ramadan of 2002, the hamd ‘Yeh Mamla Koi Aur Hai’ became a major hit. The intensity and spirit of the song became so popular that it precedes every concert performance and audiences of every age and creed join voices in its recitation.

On 14 August, 2003 saw the launch of ‘Hamari Pehchan’ and ‘Gillay Shikway Sub Bhula Do’. ‘Hamari Pehchan’ was directed towards raising nationalistic spirit, whereas ‘Gillay Shikway Sub Bhula Do’ focused on reuniting towards peace and brotherhood.

‘Shahpar’, a song about the Pakistan Air Force, was released on 6 September, 2003.

The Ramadan of 2003 saw the release of the album ‘Yeh Mamla Koi Aur Hai’. Its release was imminent due to the success of the single of the same name in 2002. It included other naats such as ‘Rahain Bhatakne Walay’, ‘In Fizaon Sae Aage’, ‘Gillay Shikway Sub Bhula Do’, ‘Shahpar’, ‘Aae Watan Pyare Watan’, Allama Iqbal’s ‘Lab Pae Aati Hai Dua’ and ‘Kar Liya Sauda’.

Najam’s Vidoes:

 
Tere Bina


Khabon kay Rishtay


Hamari Pehchan


In say nain


Ek larki

 
Ajana


Jaisay chaho jiyo


Yeh Maamla koi aur hay

 

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