Şebnem Ferah

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Şebnem Ferah
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Background information
Born (1972-04-12) April 12, 1972 (age 42)
Origin Yalova, Turkey
Genres Alternative rock, hard rock, pop rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, composer, guitarist
Instruments vocals, electric guitar, mandolin, keyboard
Years active 1987–present
Labels Raks, Universal Music, Pasaj

Şebnem Ferah (born 12 April 1972 in Yalova, Turkey) is a Turkish singer, song-writer, composer, and guitarist. She was the lead vocalist of the all-female hard rock band Volvox[1] until 1994, after which she went on to pursue an illustrious solo career. Her music style varies from pop rock to hard rock though her later albums have progressively incorporated more of the hard rock sound.

Early life and Volvox[edit]

Şebnem Ferah was born on 12 April 1972 in Yalova to ethnic Turkish immigrant parents from Skopje (now Republic of Macedonia). She first took solfeggio and instrument lessons from her father who was also a teacher. She grew up listening to her father's Rumelian folk songs played with bağlama, mandolin and piano.

She got her first guitar when she was in the first year in boarding at Namık Sözeri Lisesi of Bursa. She got acoustic lessons. During her second year, she hired a studio with her friends and formed the group Pegasus. The group had their first stage appearance during a rock festival in Bursa, in 1987. After a while, Pegasus disbanded. In 1988, Şebnem formed Volvox with four friends of her that they named after the microorganism known as volvox, which they encountered in a biology lesson. In 1989, she provided the voice of Ariel for The Little Mermaid. She also reprised the role in the redub.

After graduating from high school, she attended Middle East Technical University, studying economics, and moved to Ankara with her sister. During this time, she met Özlem Tekin, who has later become another recognized pop-rock musician in Turkey, and Özlem joined Volvox. Volvox could not practice for a year and a half because the members experienced a hardship with coming together, with the other members except Özlem and Şebnem living in Istanbul. In her second year at the university, Şebnem changed her mind about being an economist; instead she dropped out and moved back to Istanbul.

In Istanbul, she attended classes on English language and literature at the Istanbul University. For two years she performed in various bars with Volvox until dissolution of the band in 1994.

Solo career[edit]

Although short-lived, Volvox gave Ferah what she needed: attention from professionals. Turkish diva Sezen Aksu and Aksu's writing/recording partner Onno Tunç saw Volvox on television. In a short time, Ferah sang back vocals for Sezen Aksu.

In 1996 Ferah released her first album Kadın, which contained some of her best songs, Vazgeçtim Dünyadan, Yağmurlar, Bu Aşk Fazla Sana, and Fırtına to name a few. They featured a rather polished and clean production, possibly the effect of producer İskender Paydaş; these came off much differently from how she would later perform the songs live. Kadın was a huge hit and lots of club and arena gigs followed its release.

Three years later, Ferah came into the scene with her second album, Artık Kısa Cümleler Kuruyorum. She was working with the same production team of Paydaş and members of Pentagram, but she had mostly broken free of artificial synths that time. Being a decent rock album, it was more introverted due to death of Sebnem's sister prior to its release. With less catchy songs, Ferah also started to create a fan base who would sing and feel all her lyrics rather than a following who would only memorize the hits and ignore the rest.

In 2001, Ferah came up with a more acoustic third album, Perdeler, two years after her father died at 1999 İzmit earthquake. Apart from the lead single Sigara, Perdeler fell short of creating hits. She also collaborated with Finnish band Apocalyptica on the title track.

Her next step was the fourth album "Kelimeler Yetse (If Words Were Enough)", which was released in 2003. The album was a low point in her career although it included "Ben Şarkımı Söylerken" ("While I'm Singing My Song)" and "Mayın Tarlası" ("Minefield)".

In 2005, she released her fifth studio album Can Kırıkları, produced by Tarkan Gözübüyük. The album showcased her heavier side and was yet her most distortion-friendly outing. After her nationwide concert tour, a live CD/DVD 10 Mart 2007 Istanbul Konseri was released in 2007.

In December 2009, she released her sixth and recent studio album Benim Adım Orman, features slow rock song like Bazı Aşklar and Eski while there were hard rock song like, Merhaba and Mahalle. This album indicates her point of view for rock music.

Personnel[edit]

Şebnem's current group consists of Buket Doran (bass guitar), Metin Türkcan (electric guitar), Aykan İlkan (drums), Ozan Tügen (keyboard) and Ceren Akyıldız (vocalist) who have been performing with her in studio and on stage since her 3rd album, Perdeler. Currently Serdar Barçın has joined the group as a flutist.

Discography[edit]

Year Released Album Songs
2013 9 May 2013 Od
Fire
  1. Kalbim Mezar (My Heart is Grave)
  2. Birileri Var (There is Someone)
  3. Od (Fire)
  4. Savaş Boyası (The Paint of War)
  5. Bin Yıldır (For A Thousand Years)
  6. Ya Hep Ya Hiç (All or Nothing)
  7. Utangaç (Shy)
  8. Yarım (Half)
  9. Girdap (Whirlpool)
  10. Çok Yorgunum (So Tired)
2009 16 December 2009 Benim Adım Orman
My Name is Forest
  1. Merhaba (Hello)
  2. Benim Adım Orman (My Name is Forest)
  3. Yalnız (Alone)
  4. İstiklal Caddesi Kadar (As much as İstiklal Caddesi)
  5. Eski (Old)
  6. Mahalle (Neighbourhood)
  7. Ateşe Yakın (Close to Fire)
  8. Serapmış (It was a Mirage)
  9. İnsanlık (Humanity)
  10. Bazı Aşklar (Some Love)
  11. Uçurtma (The Kite)
  12. Eski 2 (Old 2)
2007 7 September 2007 10 Mart 2007 İstanbul Konseri
10 March 2007 Istanbul Concert

01. Intro
02. Okyanus (Ocean)
03. Can Kırıkları (Pieces of Heart)
04. Çakıl Taşları (Pebbles)
05. Delgeç (Drill)
06. Ay (Moon)
07. Ben Şarkımı Söylerken (While I'm Singing My Song)
08. Babam Oğlum (My Father, My Son)
09. Mayın Tarlası (Minefield)
10. İyi - Kötü (Dans Pisti) (Nice - Evil [Dance Floor])
11. Sigara (Cigarette)
12. Dünya (The World)
13. Bugün (Today)
14. Sil Baştan (Start Again)
15. Oyunun Sonu (End of the Game)
16. Yağmurlar (Rain)
17. Deli Kızım Uyan (Wake Up My Loony Girl)
18. Yeniden Doğup Gelsem (If I Were Born Again)
19. Ben Bir Mülteciyim (I'm a Refugee)
20. Fırtına (Storm)
21. Hoşçakal (Goodbye)
22. Vazgeçtim Dünyadan (I've Given Up On The World)
23. Bu Aşk Fazla Sana (This Love Is Too Much For You)
24. Outro

2005 21 June 2005 Can Kırıkları
Pieces of Heart
1. Okyanus (Ocean)
2. Can Kırıkları (The Pieces of Heart)
3. Bir Kalp Kırıldığında (When A Heart is Broken)
4. Delgeç (Drill)
5. Geçmişe Yolculuk (Journey to the Past)
6. Ben Bir Mülteciyim (Güç) (I'm A Refugee [Power])
7. Sana Bilmediğin Bir Şey Söyleyemem (I Can't Tell You Anything That You Don't Know)
8. Çakıl Taşları (Pebbles)
9. Zaman Geçip Gidiyor (Time Goes On)
10. Hoşçakal (Goodbye)
2003 24 April 2003 Kelimeler Yetse
If Only Words Were Enough
1. İyi - Kötü [Dans Pisti] (Good - Evil [Dance Floor])
2. Babam Oğlum (My Father, My Son)
3. Ben Şarkımı Söylerken (While I'm Singing My Song)
4. Senin Adın Ne (What Is Your Name)
5. Gözlerimin Etrafındaki Çizgiler (The Rings Surrounding My Eyes)
6. Çocukken Sahip Olduğum Kırmızı Rugan Ayakkabılar (The Red Leather Shoes Which I Had When I Was A Child)
7. Mayın Tarlası (Minefield)
8. Gözyaşlarımızın Tadı Aynı (Our Tears Taste the Same)
9. Daha İyi Olmaz Mıydı (Wouldn't It Be Better)
10. Her Şey İnsanlar İçin (Everything Is For People)
2001 18 October 2001 Perdeler
Curtains
1. Sigara (Cigarette)
2. Aşk (Love)
3. Sil Baştan (Start Over)
4. Nereye Kadar (Until Where)
5. Perdeler (Curtains)
6. Günaydın Sevgilim (Good Morning My Darling)
7. Dünya (The World)
8. Saatim Çalmadan (Before My Clock Rings)
9. Korkarak Yaşıyorsan (If You Live With Fear)
10. Perdeler [featuring Apocalyptica] (Curtains)
11. Yemen Türküsü [Hidden Track] (Yemen Ballad)
1999 6 July 1999 Artık Kısa Cümleler Kuruyorum
I Form Short Sentences Now
1. Oyunlar (Tricks)
2. Ay (Moon)
3. Bugün (Today)
4. Kalbim (My Heart)
5. Herkes Bilsin İstedim (I Wanted Everyone To Know)
6. Oyunun Sonu (End of the Game)
7. Üvey (Step)
8. Nefessiz Kaldım (I'm Breathless)
9. Yorgun (Tired)
10. Artık Kısa Cümleler Kuruyorum (I Form Short Sentences Now)
11. Bugün [Enstrümantal] (Today [Instrumental])
1996 23 November 1996 Kadın
Woman
1. Vazgeçtim Dünyadan (I've Given Up On The World)
2. Deli Kızım Uyan (Wake Up My Lonely Girl)
3. İyi Gün Dostlarım (My Nice Day Friends)
4. Bu Aşk Fazla Sana (This Love Is Too Much For You)
5. Bırak Kadının Olayım (Let Me Be Your Woman)
6. Fırtına (Storm)
7. Yağmurlar (Rain)
8. Yeniden Doğup Gelsem (If I Were Born Again)
9. Durma (Don't Stop)
10. Buradan Göçerken (While Departing from Here)
11. Yağmurlar [Enstrümantal] (Rains [Instrumental])

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karaege, Vefik. "Biography: Sebnem Ferah". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 May 2010.