Maher Zain¶s Biography
Fascinated by the music and instruments, Maher got his firstkeyboard when he was only ten and ever since music officiallybecame part of Maher¶s world.The family moved to Sweden when Maher was only 8, where hecontinued his schooling, and later entered university and got aBachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering. With thingschanging around him, one thing remained the same ± his strongpassion for music. He would spend late nights at school with hisfriends where they would sing, rap, compose and experiment withmusic in every way. It didn¶t take him long to realize that musicbecame an integral part of who he is. After being involved for a while in the music scene as a musicproducer, Maher was introduced to RedOne, a gifted musicproducer who was fast rising in the music scene in Sweden.Maher started working with RedOne and later moved to NewYork. For a few years he was in the middle of the hot rush of theNY music industry, working with chart topping artists such as KatDeluna on her debut album including smash hits µWhine up¶ andµRun the Show¶. Maher had what many would describe as a dream job for someone so young in such a glamorousbusiness, but for Maher it felt like this was far from what he would call µthe dream¶, ³I loved the music but I hatedeverything that surrounded it, it always felt like something wasn¶t right´.In January 2009, Maher Zain decided to work on an album that reflects his identity ± Arab, Western and Muslim ± andsigned with Awakening Records. Maher¶s debut album Thank Youa Allah reached the number 1 spot on Amazon¶sWorld Music charts and number 9 on the R&B charts.In January 2010, in a music competition organized by Nujoom FM (Egypt¶s biggest music radion station) Maher¶strack µYa Nabi Salam Alayka¶ was voted as the best song for 2009. Runners up included big names like Hussein Aljismi, Mohammed Mounir and Sami Yusuf. Maher has already performed at sold out concerts in Algeria, Australia,Belgium, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Holland, Sweden, and the US amongst others and is fast becoming theµnext superstar of Islamic music¶.