Faizal Tahir

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Faizal Tahir
Faizal Tahir Guitar 2014.jpg
Background information
Birth name Ahmad Faizal bin Mohammad Tahir
Born (1978-10-26) October 26, 1978 (age 39)
Origin Malaysia
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, composer, record producer
Years active 2004 – present
Labels Monkey Bone Records (2006 - 2013)
Associated acts Suki Low, Alif Satar, Audi Mok, Elizabeth Tan

Ahmad Faizal bin Mohammad Tahir (born October 26, 1978) is a Malaysian singer-songwriter who shot to fame after becoming the first runner-up of the first season of One in a Million in 2006.[1] He has won multiple Anugerah Industri Muzik awards (Malaysian equivalent to Grammy Awards), Anugerah Juara Lagu and Anugerah Planet Muzik awards.[1]

Biography[edit]

Faizal Tahir and Rossa performing during Anugerah Industri Muzik 16 at Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre.

Personal life[edit]

Faizal Tahir is the second child of seven. Faizal is a former member of nasyid group, Mirwana. He is a singer and a composer. He built a mini studio named Home Suite Studio, located at Ukay Perdana, Ampang.

One of his brothers, Anas Tahir, is a member of nasyid group, Firdaus, after leaving another nasyid group, Far East.

He studied at UiTM Shah Alam, from 2000 to 2003, and graduated with a Diploma in Communication & Media Studies.

One in a Million[edit]

Throughout the competition, Faizal sang:

  • Chariot – Gavin DeGraw (Top 20)
  • I Don’t Wanna Be – Gavin DeGraw (Top 12)
  • With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker (Top 10)
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet (Top 9)
  • L.O.V.E.- Ashlee Simpson (Top 8)
  • Warisan Wanita Terakhir – Teacher’s Pet (Top 7)
  • Elevation - U2 (Top 6)
  • Superstition - Stevie Wonder (Top 6)
  • Kenangan Terindah - Samsons (Top 3)
  • Mahakarya Cinta - Original composition (Grand Finale)
  • Medley of We Will Rock You, L.O.V.E. and I Don't Wanna Be - Queen, Ashlee Simpson and Gavin DeGraw (Grand Finale)

At the beginning of the grand finale show, Marion Caunter and Awal Ashaari informed Faizal that he was eliminated, but he was given another chance to perform for the grand prize. His first original single, Mahakarya Cinta, a song composed by Audi Mok, made its debut in the Grand Finale of One in a Million. He finished as runner-up to Suki Low. Faizal released a single, Kasih Tercipta, as part of the soundtrack for the local film Waris Jari Hantu. He was also named as the sole Malaysian spokesperson for DC Superheroes clothing, as he was famously noted for wearing T-shirts with the Superman logo throughout One in a Million. He also recorded Gemuruh, the theme song for My Starz LG.

Controversy[edit]

On 13 January 2008 Faizal created controversy by removing his shirt to bare his chest and also his belt "live" on television during 8TV's fourth anniversary concert. 8TV's management took action by giving him strict warnings and requiring him to be involved in charity work for six months. In addition, two days after the incident 8TV held a press conference where Faizal apologized to all who were offended by the stunt.[2] As a result, on 19 January, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) stated that it would ban him from appearing on television for three months, and also bar 8TV from airing live or tape-delayed entertainment programmes throughout the same period, effective 15 January.[3] Days after the end of the ban, the Mufti of Perlis, Dato' Dr. Asri Zainul Abidin, issued a grievance[clarification needed] to TV3 against having Faizal perform at the Konsert Jom Heboh, which was held in the first weekend of May.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Album Information Track list
Aku.Muzik.Kamu
  • Release Date: 22 November 2007
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Monkey Bone Records
Adrenalin
Faizal Tahir
Anatomi

Singles[edit]

Year Title
2014 Assalamualaikum
2015 Sayang
2016 Sejati

Guest Singles[edit]

Year Title Artist
2014 Faith Jaclyn Victor
2015 Inspirasi Hafiz Suip
Setia Elizabeth Tan
2016 Dirgahayu Siti Nurhaliza
Negaraku Joe Flizzow, Altimet, SonaOne

Awards and nominations[edit]

Anugerah Industri Muzik Malaysia (AIM))[edit]

Year Category Nominated Work Album / Material Result Lost To
2008
  • (AIM15)
Best New Artist Faizal Tahir Won
Best Vocal Performance in an Album (Male) Aku.Muzik.Kamu Won
Best Engineered Album Nominated Liang - After 8
Best Rock Album Won
Best Musical Arrangement In a Song (Non-Malay) La Da Di Dum Nominated Hafiz Hamidun - Last Breath
Best Song Mahakarya Cinta Nominated Kaer Azami - Izinku Pergi
Best Album Won
2009
  • (AIM16)
Best Music Video Sampai Syurga Aku.Muzik.Kamu Nominated Butterfingers - 1000 Tahun
2010
  • (AIM17)
Best Vocal Performance in a Song (Male) Bencinta Adrenalin Nominated Hazami - Survivor
Best Rock Song Nominated Bunkface - Situasi
Best Rock Album Won
Best Album Won
2011
  • (AIM18)
Best Music Video Karma Adrenalin Nominated Aizat Amdan - Susun Silang Kata
2012
  • (AIM19)
Best Vocal Performance in a Song (Male) Buta Faizal Tahir Nominated Jamal Abdillah - Bahagia Sementara
Best Rock Song Nominated Azlan & The Typewriter - Idola
2013
  • (AIM20)
Best Vocal Performance in a Song (Male) Biar Nominated Hafiz Suip - Bahagiamu Deritaku
Best Rock Song Vortex Nominated Amy Search - Di Bawah Gerbang Skaea
Best Cover Album Nominated Hazama - Penglipur Lara
2016
  • (AIM22)
Best Vocal Performance in a Song (Duo/Collaboration) Setia (ft. Elizabeth Tan) Anatomi Nominated Misha Omar & Hafiz Suip - Terimaku Seadanya
Best Selling Ringtone Won
Best Vocal Performance in a Song (Male) Sejati Nominated Akim Ahmad - Potret
Best Song Won
Best Pop Song Won
Assalamualaikum Nominated Faizal Tahir - Sejati
Best Musical Arrangement in a Song Nominated Dato' Siti Nurhaliza - Menatap Dalam Mimpi

Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL)[edit]

Year Song Album Composer Lyricist Category Result
2007 (AJL 22) Kasih Tercipta OST - Waris Jari Hantu Ajai Shuhaimi Baba Ballad Nominated
Mahakarya Cinta Aku.Muzik.Kamu Audi Mok Mohd Shariza Shamsiri Nominated
2008 (AJL 23) Cuba Audi Mok Faizal Tahir Ballad Nominated
Sampai Syurga Audi Mok Faizal Tahir Won
Audi Mok Faizal Tahir Best Vocal Won
Audi Mok Faizal Tahir Best Performance Won
2009 (AJL 24) Bencinta Adrenalin Audi Mok Faizal Tahir Open Won
  • 3rd Place
2010 (AJL 25) Selamat Malam Audi Mok Faizal Tahir Open Nominated
Hanyut Audi Mok Faizal Tahir Nominated
Audi Mok Faizal Tahir Best Performance Won
2011 (AJL 26) Karma Audi Mok Faizal Tahir Open Won
  • 3rd place
2015 (AJL 30) Assalamualaikum Audi Mok, Ezra Kong, Mike Chan, Omar K, Faizal Tahir Audi Mok, Ezra Kong, Mike Chan, Omar K, Faizal Tahir Open Won
  • 2nd place

Anugerah Planet Muzik[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Album Result Lost To
2008 Best New Male Artist Aku.Muzik.Kamu Won
Most Popular Male Artist Won
2009 Malaysia's Most Popular Artist Nominated Siti Nurhaliza
Regional Most Popular Artist Nominated Siti Nurhaliza
2011 Best Male Artist Adrenalin Won
Malaysia's Best Song Hanyut Adrenalin Nominated Hafiz Suip - Awan Nano
Regional Most Popular Artist Nominated Siti Nurhaliza
2015 Best Male Artist Nominated Judika
Malaysia's Best Song Assalamualaikum Won
Best Song Assalamualaikum Won
2016 Best Collaboration (Song) Beautiful (with Aziz Harun) Won
Katakan (with Harris Baba) Nominated
Best Male Artist Sayang Nominated
Best Song (Malaysia) Nominated
Setia (with Elizabeth Tan) Nominated
Best Duo / Group Nominated
APM Most Popular Song Nominated

Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian (ABPBH)[edit]

Year Category Result
2008 Popular TV Host (Male) Nominated
2009 Popular Singer (Male) Nominated
2010 Popular Singer (Male) Won
2011 Popular Singer (Male) Nominated
2012 Popular Singer (Male) Nominated

SHOUT! Awards[edit]

Year Category Result Lost to
2009 Hot Guy Award Won
Stylo Award Nominated Dynas Mokhtar
2010 Rockstar Award Nominated Bunkface
Power Vocal Award Won
Hot Guy Award Nominated Henry Golding

MTV Europe Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2015 Faizal Tahir Best Southeast Asian Act Nominated [5]
2017 Pending [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ed Sheeran KL concert: Faizal Tahir to perform as opening act". The Rakyat Post. 2015-03-06. 
  2. ^ (in Malay) "Permohonan Maaf Terbuka Daripada Faizal Tahir". gua.com.my. 6 January 2008. Archived from the original on 31 March 2008. 
  3. ^ (in Malay) "Siaran langsung 8TV, Faizal digantung 3 bulan". Utusan Malaysia. 2008-01-19. 
  4. ^ "Mufti Perlis hantar surat bantahan 'Jom Heboh'". mSTAR Online. 30 April 2008. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  5. ^ "Vote for Faizal Tahir for Best Southeast Asia Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards!". Retrieved October 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Breaking: The 2017 MTV EMA Nominations Are Here!". Retrieved October 2, 2017. 

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