|Birth name||Faakhir Mehmood|
|Also known as||Faakhir|
|Born||20 April 1973|
|Origin||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
Faakhir Mehmood (Urdu: فاخر محمود) is a Pakistani singer, keyboradist, composer and music producer. He started out his career in a Pakistani musical group called Awaz. However, due to conflicts of interest, the band split and they all went to become solo artists. The band Awaz also consisted of well known musician Haroon.
Early life and career
Faakhir attended the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. During his university years, he met another young singer Haroon. Together, they formed the band Awaz. Faakhir joined the band as a keyboardist and Asad Ahmed as a guitarist. Awaz band was popular for a while in the early 1990s. Faakhir had produced three albums before 2006. His 2000 debut album, Aatish, was a big hit. His song in the album called Dil Na Lagey, Pakistan was the number one song for many weeks and was the best national song of the year 2000. His latest album is Mantra. On that album there is a song called Jiya Na Jaye, in which Faakhir shares a duet with Indian singer Sunidhi Chauhan. Another song in that album called Mahi Ve won two awards at India's Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards. He also performed at that event.
Faakhir started working on his album ‘Aatish’ in July 2000 by releasing his first single in August, a national song ‘Dil Na Lagay, Pakistan’. This national song become an instant hit and topped the music charts in Pakistan. Riding on his wave of success he performed in New York City and Washington DC where he sang to a crowd of more than 30,000 people.
Faakhir's live shows have taken his music to many countries in the world including the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, in addition to all parts of Pakistan.
Faakhir has performed alongside several international contemporaries from Europe including Sukhbir and Stereo Nation to name a few. After deciding to go solo, Faakhir started work on his debut Album, ‘Aatish’ which was released in 2002. In July 2000, his efforts bore fruit as his very first song for the album, 'Dil Na Lagey, Pakistan' became popular. His song stayed on music charts as ‘Number one’ for many weeks before being declared as the best national song for the year 2000 by a local FM radio station. Faakhir has worked with the likes of Najam Sheraz for a series of concerts to promote peace and unity within Pakistan.
- In 2015, he was one of the many musicians that worked on the Pakistani movie Ho Mann Jahaan.
- In 2016, Faakhir returned as a performer at Coke Studio Pakistan's season 9. His first appearance was in an unplugged version of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's "Afreen Afreen". Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Momina Mustehsan rendered their voices for the song. His second appearance at Coke Studio was "Dilruba Na Raazi" a Pashto traditional folk song, which he sang along with Zeb Bangash. He appeared with Natasha Khan (Pakistani singer) and performed Dil Kamla.
- In 2017, Faakhir Mehmood made some comments on social issues that were newsworthy and were given news coverage by a major newspaper of Pakistan. In the past, Faakhir has served as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the World Health Organization.
- Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 2007
- Lux Style Awards : Best Song (Kabhi Kabhi Pyar Mein) in 2010
- Hum Awards : Best Music Video (Baliya) Won
- 2015: 3rd Hum Awards: Best Music Single
- Aatish (2002)
- Sub Tun Sohniyeh (2003)
- Mantra (2005)
- Jee Chaahey (2011) – Memhood's fourth album, it was composed and produced by the singer. The album was recorded at Shani's studio with lyrics by Sabir Zafar and Indian poet Prashant Vasal, and was released through Fire Records.
- Track listing
- Allah Karay
- Atom Bomb
- Jee Chahay
- Kho Jaon
- Mitti Pao
- O Sheeday
- Critical reception: S. Rasool of Reviewit.pk said: "Jee Chahay has a number of excellent and heart-touching songs. One among the rest, which is closest to Fakhir's heart, is 'Baylia'. It is a-must-listen song. If you have not heard it yet, do give it a go." Ali Ather of Views Craze wrote, "Although not better than Faakhir's previous works Jee chahay the album composed and produced by Faakhir himself comes out to be a pretty decent effort." Rafay Mehmood of Express Tribune said, "Even though Jee Chahay, which comprises 10 songs, might not come close to his previous offering Mantra, which was released in 2005, it still manages to give the listener some tunes worth humming."
- "Hottie of the Week: Fakhir Mehmood". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 24 September 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
- Faakhir Mehmood goes on US tour, on samaa.tv website, Published 20 August 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2017
- Faakhir Mehmood was one of the musicians on the 2015 movie Ho Mann Jahaan on IMDb website Retrieved 2 October 2017
- Filmography of Faakhir Mehmood on IMDb website Retrieved 2 October 2017
- Coke Studio Season 9| Dil Kamla| Natasha Khan & Faakhir Mehmood, retrieved 3 November 2019
- Faakhir Mehmood gets national news coverage, The Nation (newspaper), Published 19 April 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017
- "In music: Fakhir: Jee Chahay – Newspaper". Dawn. Pakistan. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
- admin (1 December 2013). "Fakhir Mehmoodâ€™s Journey into the world of Music". Reviewit.pk. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
- "Faakhir – Jee Chahay (Album Review)". Viewscraze.com. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
- Mahmood, Rafay (11 November 2011). "Faakhir continues his musical journey". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 12 December 2017.