Marwan Khoury

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Marwan Khoury
Native name مروان خوري
Born (1968-02-03) 3 February 1968 (age 46)
Mazra'et El Teffah, Lebanon
Origin Mazra'et El Teffah, Zgharta, Lebanon
Genres Lebanese, Arabic, pop
Occupations singer, composer, writer
Years active 1988-present
Website Official website

Marwan Khoury (Arabic: مروان خوري‎) (February 3, 1968) is a Lebanese singer, writer, composer and music arranger. His compositions are performed by some of the most famous artists in the Arab World and adapted by many other countries including Turkey. He composed hits for leading artists such as Majida El Roumi, Saber Rabai, Nawal Al Zoghbi, Assala Nasri, Najwa Karam, Fadl Shaker, Elissa, Carole Samaha, Bassima, and Myriam Fares.

Biography[edit]

Marwan Khoury was born in Amchit, Lebanon, he is the third of five children born to Tanyous and Naseema Khoury. He has two older sisters Leena and Mona, and two younger brothers Claude, who works as a TV director, and Dany is a music arranger. In 1986, Khoury enrolled at the Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon where he studied piano, Musicology and Music History. During his university years, he won a prize in a music composition contest. The award was presented to the singer by former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel. In 1988, Khoury produced his first album Kasak Habibi (كاسك حبيبي) depending solely on himself in writing the lyrics, composing the songs, and producing.

Khoury started a new phase in his life in 1989, not as a singer but as a keyboard player and a band conductor. He performed in various TV shows. He continued as a keyboard player until 1996 and played with many famous Lebanese artists. But during that period, Khoury wrote and sang the single, "Fik Yamma Balak" (فيك ياما بالك). It was released in 1994 and established him as a singer. In 1997 he wrote, composed and performed his second single "Lasbor Ala Welah" (لأصبر على ويله). It was not until 1999 that Khoury finally became known in the music industry as a writer/composer. He wrote and composed two hit songs for Nawal Al Zoghbi; "Tia" (تيا) and "Dalouna" (الدّلعونه) Then the year 2001 came along and with it Khoury launched his first official album Khayal El-Omer (خيَّال العمر). The very next year, Khoury shot his first video clip "Ya Shog" (يا شوق).

Khoury has twice been awarded the Murex d'or. He first won in 2003 and then in 2004 he was awarded another Murex d'or for Best Multi-Talented Artist (singer, composer, music video, song and album). Kil Al Asayed (كل القصايد) was one of the best selling albums of 2004.

In 2005, Khoury landed a five-year contract with the major production company Rotana Records. He also released his first major album Kil Al Asayed in May 2005. The album and the title song were successful[1] and their popularity spread fast. It was this album that made Khoury famous in the Arab World. In 2006, Khoury released an additional album Asr El Sho (قصر الشوق). His third album "Ana Wl Leil" was released on March 2008. In this album, the lyrics for the track "Lawla L Hawa" was written by the famous Emirati poet, Jenan. Khoury's last album with Rotana Rajain contains 10 tracks and was released in 2010.[2] In January 2011, he announced that his contract with Rotana has ended and he's heading for self-production.

Marwan Khoury is considered one of the most currently known Lebanese composers, but is also known as a singer. He has performed live at the Cairo Opera House and the Carthage Film Festival of Tunisia

Personal life[edit]

Marwan is currently single. Rumors linked him with singer Carole Samaha since the success of their duet Ya Rab but both of them assured the press that both of them are just friends and share the same musical tastes.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Name (EN) Album Name (AR) Tracks
2002 Khayal El-Omer خيّال العمر 6
2004 Kil Al Asayed كل القصايد 9
2006 Asr El Sho قصر الشوق 10
2008 Ana Wil-Lail أنا والليل 12
2010 Rajain راجعين 10

Singles[edit]

Year Name (EN) Name (AR) Notes
1988 "Kasak Habibi" كاسك حبيبي released with a collection album Negm we gheney
1994 "Fik Yamma Balak" فيك يمّا بَلاك also released with Khayal El-Omer
1997 "Lasbor Ala Welah" لاصبر على ويله also released with Khayal El-Omer
2007 "Ya rab" يارب ft. Carole Samaha; also released with Ana Wil-Lail
2007 "Dawayer" دواير for Awqat Faragh (أوقات فراغ) movie
2007 "El-Arab" ا لعرب duet with Nehal Nabil

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marwan Khoury prepares new release". Al-Bawaba. 10 May 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Marwan Khoury, Lebanese composer and singer". Le Matin (in French). 2 November 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 

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