Omar Akram

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Omar Akram
Born November 23, 1964
New York
Origin Afghan
Genres New-age, Jazz
Instruments Piano
Years active 2002 – present

Omar Akram is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, composer and pianist. He became the first Afghan-American to win a Grammy award in 2013 with his fourth studio album, "Echoes of Love."[1]He is also an inspirational writer who contributes to The Huffington Post.

Early life[edit]

Akram was born in New York. He grew up traveling around the world as the son of a United Nations diplomat living in such diverse locales as France, Cuba, Afghanistan and the Czech Republic.[2]He notably met Fidel Castro at the age of 14, who allegedly allowed him to sneak into the local Cuban Jazz clubs, the sounds of which influenced his formative compositional style.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[2][edit]

Akram's 2007 album, Secret Journey,peaked at No. 12 on the New Age charts, and his 2012 "Echoes of Love",received a Grammy for Best New Age Album.[4]

Year Album's Name Songs
2002 Opal Fire
  1. Sugar Coated Love
  2. Morning Rain
  3. A Vision of You
  4. Last Dance
  5. Waves of Emotion
  6. Farewell For Now
  7. Unity
  8. Innocence Lost
  9. So Far
  10. Gypsy Woman
  11. Opal Fire
2004 Free as a bird
  1. Passage into Midnight
  2. Dancing with the Wind
  3. Free as a Bird
  4. Falling through the Rain
  5. Beauty Unveiled
  6. Dancing with the Wind
  7. Surrender
  8. Riding the Current
  9. Never Let Go
  10. Trust Unspoken
  11. Flight of Mystery
2007 Secret Journey
  1. Run Away With Me
  2. Secret Journey
  3. Nomadic Rhapsody
  4. Passage Of The Heart
  5. Gypsy Spirit
  6. Stargazers
  7. Seven Secrets
  8. Whispers In The Moonlight
  9. Mirage
  10. Shimmering Star
  11. Caravan
  12. Angel of Hope
2012 Echoes of Love
  1. Echoes of Love
  2. Take My Hand
  3. Lovely Day
  4. Miracle
  5. Finally Home
  6. Draw Me Close
  7. Free Spirit
  8. My Hope is You
  9. Rejoice
  10. Cry for Love
  11. Open Skies
  12. Merry

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INTERVIEW WITH LOCAL GRAMMY : Awards". www.longbeachindependent.com. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Omar Akram's Biography". last.fm. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Can Music Can Bridge Cultures and Promote Peace?". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Omar Akram: Awards". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved February 12, 2013.