Hamza Robertson

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Hamza Robertson
Birth name Tom Robertson
Born January 1982 (age 33)
Chadderton, Oldham, Greater Manchester, England
Origin Oldham, Greater Manchester England
Genres Islamic, nasheed, rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, keyboard, guitar, piano
Years active 2007–present
Labels Awakening, Andante
Associated acts Sami Yusuf, Yusuf Islam
Website www.tomrobertsonofficial.com

Hamza Robertson (born Tom Robertson; January 1982) is an English singer who is signed to and managed by Andante Records.

Early life[edit]

Born Tom Robertson in Chadderton, Greater Manchester, England,[1] he was brought up in a Christian family environment.[2] From an early age, he involved himself in music and the performing arts. He was a part of the local theatre workshop, where he wrote music and acted in plays. He took part in bands beyond college, playing instruments and writing music.[3]

He played the keyboard and performed vocals in several bands, later becoming lead singer, keyboard player and guitarist in a band he formed with his friends. He studied Performing Arts and Popular Music for three years[4] until the age of 20.[5]

Career[edit]

In 2003, at the age of 21, Robertson converted to Islam[6] and adopted the name Hamza.[5] However, his musical influences remained very similar to what they were before he became a Muslim.[7]

In November 2006, he performed at the Global Peace and Unity Event in ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London organised by Islam Channel.[8] In April 2007, he performed at the Evening of Inspiration event[1][9] at the Royal Albert Hall organised by Islamic Relief.[10]

In July 2007,[11][12] Robertson released his first album Something About Life,[13] under Awakening Records.[14]

Robertson also has a daytime job with a telephone company.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Robertson is based in his hometown of Chadderton with his wife and two sons.[6]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label
2007 Something About Life Awakening Records

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hamza Robertson". Islamic Lyrics. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Biography of Hamza Robertson". iMuslimz Network. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hamza Robertson". Nasheed Bay. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nasheed: Hamza Robertson". MuslimHipHop.com. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Pop stars of Muslim world continuing rise up charts". Turkey: Hürriyet Daily News. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Hamza Robertson". : : Awakening Entertainment : :. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hamza Robertson". : : Awakening Records : :. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Global Peace and Unity Event 2006". Ethnic Now. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Evening of Inspiration 2007 Flyer". Islamic Relief. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "News Concert Schedule 2006–07". : : Awakening Entertainment: :. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Something About Life – Hamza Robertson". Last.FM. 3 July 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Something About Life by Hamza Robertson". iTunes. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Hamza Robertson". The Nasheed Shop. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Hamza Robertson". : : Copyright Awakening 2009 : :. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  15. ^ Petridis, Alexis (14 December 2007). "The other side of the tracks". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 

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