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اردو: احمد جہاں زیب
|Birth name||Ahmed Jehanzeb Usmani|
|Also known as||The Wonder Boy|
|Born||May 28, 1978|
|Origin||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
Ahmed Jahanzeb Usmani (born May 28, 1978) is a Pakistani pop singer and composer. Known as AJ, he was born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Jahanzeb is one of the few singers of the country, who have been trained in classical music and that is why he mostly sings soul stirring slow songs. Jahanzeb was trained under the guidance of Ustad Rais Khan, who made him his shagird (pupil) in a ceremony called Rasm-e-Gandha Bandhi held at the Sheraton Hotel in 1988. The ceremony, one of its kind to be ever held in Pakistan, was attended by celebrities, dignitaries and media people.
2000 - present
The Millennium was another turning point, when Jahanzeb released his first hit single Ek Bar Kaho, which catapulted him to the top as it was an instant hit. It broke all the records and became the highest selling single of all time, selling 5 million CDs and cassettes in Pakistan and over the world and stayed at the top of the charts for a record 20 weeks. Tu Jo Nahin, another mega hit followed Ek Bar Kaho. Tu Jo Nahin was a techno-track with Jahanzeb's captivating vocals. The track was originally done by German Trance DJ "Ayla" and was called Dreamland from the album "Nirwana". Ahmed Jahanzeb took the music as it is, and fused popular Urdu lyrics with it.
In 2003, Jahanzeb launched his long awaited album, Parastish, a record breaking album, which instantly went to the top of the charts and became the fastest and the highest selling album of the year breaking all previous records. BBC named it the number one South Asian album of 2003.
In 2004, the Pakistan consulate in UAE invited Jahanzeb to perform in the Pakistan Pavilion at the launch of the Dubai Shopping Festival at Global Village, Dubai, where he enthralled an audience of almost 100,000 people. In the same year, Pakistan Blind Cricket Council invited him to perform at a reception held in the honor of the visiting Indian Blind Cricket term, which was also attended by Veteran Bollywood actor-turned director, Sanjay Khan, along with his wife.
Later that year, Jahanzeb represented Pakistan at the Indo-Pak Peace Concert, a historical event held at the Royal Palm Golf Club in Lahore, where he performed alongside some of the biggest stars form across the border who were performing for the first time on Pakistani soil. He performed along with musical duo of Jatin-Lalit, Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty, singer, Shaan and Babul Supriyo, Sunidhi Chauhan and comedian Sajid Khan.
In 2005, Jahanzeb performed at the Asian Bollywood Music Award held in Dubai along with renowned Indian artists like A.R. Rehman, Sonu Nigam, Jatin-Lalit, Lucky Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan, VJ Sophiya and many other actors and actresses like Diya Mirza, Yana Gupta and Isha Koppikar. In the same year, he represented Pakistan at the 'Help Concert' held in Mumbai, for the Prime Minister's Tsunami Relief Fund, which was headed by Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. The show was organized by the Bollywood star, Sanjay Dutt.
In 2007, Jahanzeb was asked by director, Shoaib Mansoor to be part of his debut film Khuda Kay Liye also known as In the Name Of God. Jahanzeb sang four songs out of the nine for the film. These included, Humaray Hain, Tilak Kamod, Janie Janie and Bandiya Ho. The film broke all previous Pakistani film records and ran house full for more than six months. It was his first stint as a playback singer. The music of the film broke all records as being sold out the day it was released and for being the highest selling album for a film.
In 2008, Jahanzeb signed a 5-year contract with India's leading music film company TIPS. He finished work on his second album which was produced and recorded in India by TIPS. The album titled Laut Aao was released worldwide in June 2008. The album has ten songs and six have been written by the poet and lyricist of Bollywood cinema, Sameer. The album was a hit with Chandni Raat Mein, the debut single being a smash hit and topped the Pakistani Pop charts.
Jahanzeb runs a professional audio recording studio by the name of Urban Sound Factory and has been producing OST's for drama serials, telefilms, soaps and documentaries. The most recent project was the internationally acclaimed film Khuda Kay Liye.
During his career, Jahanzeb has performed in well over 1500 shows all over the world. He has never followed the culture of lip-synching, he always performs live.
Albums and OSTs
OSTs and singles
- Laila Majnoon - OST (2000)
- Ik Baar Kaho Tum Meri Ho - Single (2001–2002)
- Sheeshay Ka Mahal - OST (2003)
- Tu Jo Nahi
- Mujhay Pyar Chahye - OST (2004)
- Dard Itna Tha - OST (2005)
- Ajeeb Zindagi Hai - Single (2006)
- Socha Na Tha - Single (2006)
- Aisa Bhi Hota Hai - OST (2007)
- Hamaray Hain feat. Shuja Haider - OST Khuda Kay Liye (2007)
- Tiluk Kamod OST - Khuda Kay Liye (2007)
- Teri Aag
- Mumkin Hai OST - Bol (2011)
|2011||Khuda Aur Muhabbat||Abdullah||Geo Entertainment|
- Ahmed Jehanzeb at the Internet Movie Database
- One-on-one with Ahmed Jahanzeb - DAWN.com
- Ahmed Jahanzeb Hot Seat - DAWN.com
- Parastish Album Review - DAWN.com
- Ahmed Jehanzeb @ Jhoom.com
- @ Ahmed Jahanzed Albums
- Ahmed Jahanzeb Fan Club @ FaceBook.com