Sami Yusuf was born in 1980 in the city of Tehran, Iran and moved to Britain when he was three, and he was raised in West London. He comes from an ethnic Iranian Azeri family. At a very young age he started to play various musical instruments and enthusiastic in keeping interest in singing and composing. He was accepted as a composition student at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In addition to his education in Western harmonics and composition, Sami has a solid understanding of the Iranian and Middle Eastern modes (or Maqams) and is thoroughly acquainted and familiar with both East and Western musical traditions.
About Without You Album :
A third album, Without You, was planned for release during mid-2008 but was delayed due to a contractual dispute. An album by that name was then launched by Awakening Records in January 2009. Sami Yusuf subsequently stated on his official website that this album was released without his knowledge or consent, and is a compilation of demos and sketches with a quality inferior to his normally high standards. He has called for fans to boycott it. However as of April 2009 Awakening Records continues to feature the album prominently on the Sami Yusuf part of its website, saying that the album is “a complete and high quality album” consisting of “11 professionally recorded tracks”. Awakening says it has already made “substantial” payments to Yusuf for his third album, which has been advertised on www.samiyusuf.com since May 2008. Yusuf had previously released two albums with Awakening, and signed for a total of five.
The album features eleven tracks by the artist, written in the languages English, Arabic, Hindi, and Turkish. The songs were all composed, arranged and recorded by Sami Yusuf, and the vocals are also Yusuf’s.
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