Ferras

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Ferras
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Background information
Birth name Ferras Alqaisi
Born (1982-07-02) July 2, 1982 (age 36)
Gillespie, Illinois, U.S.
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments
Years active 2007–present
Labels Big 3 Records
Capitol Records[1]
EMI
Unsub Records[2]
Associated acts Katy Perry
Website Official Website

Ferras Alqaisi (/fəˈrɑːs/ fə-RAHSS; born July 2, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California.[3] He is well known for his single "Hollywood's Not America" from his debut album Aliens & Rainbows, which was featured as the exit song during the semi-final round of American Idol season 7. He is signed with Unsub Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records founded by Katy Perry, being the first artist to sign with her label.[2] In June 2014 he released his self-titled EP through the label.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Ferras was born in 1982 in Illinois.[5] After his parents divorced when he was an early age, his father promised him a trip to Disneyland and instead took him back to Amman, Jordan, his father's homeland.[6] His mother eventually succeeded in bringing him back to the United States, eventually moving to Southern California.[7] He also attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.[8]

Career[edit]

Ferras' career began when he was in Amman with his father. He practiced music on a small keyboard that his father gave him and began to write his own songs.[6] Ferras credits the keyboard for helping him through a lonely time while he was in Jordan.[7] He was 17 when he decided to pursue a career in music, after listening to pop artists such as Britney Spears and 'N Sync. After submitting a demo tapes, he was invited to Florida where he signed with a manager and moved to Los Angeles. He performed as Elton John in the reality television Performing As... and was introduced to Fred Durst by the show's vocal coach.[3] Ferras was signed by Durst prior to joining the Berklee College of Music.[3] He was eventually signed to EMI's Capitol Records after an audition for the label's chairman Jason Flom while on spring break.[6]

In April 2008, Ferras released his major record label debut with Aliens & Rainbows via Capitol Records.[9] The album was produced by The Matrix and Gary Clark.[10] The album features the lead single "Hollywood's Not America," which was used as the "exit song" during the semi-final round of the seventh season of the American reality series American Idol before being replaced by a single from Ruben Studdard.[9] The choice gave Ferras a moderate amount of exposure and publicity for the song,[11] which peaked at No. 62 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also performed the song during his first national television performance on The Today Show.[4]

Ferras in concert in 2008

Ferras released an independent EP entitled "Interim" on July 2, 2010. The EP consisted of five original acoustic songs recorded as a live performance in a studio setting.

The year 2010 was also a big year for his songwriting. He co-wrote the song "Aftermath" for Adam Lambert's debut CD For Your Entertainment.[12] In late September 2010, the song was a #1 single in Finland.[13] In June 2010, Australian singer Michael Paynter released the song "Love the Fall" featuring The Veronicas which was co-written by Ferras and Gary Clark. It became the most added song to Australian radio in the first week of July and was the first top-20 single on the ARIA chart for Paynter, and was later certified Platinum.[14]

Ferras continued concentrating on songwriting and in January 2011, German singer Lena Meyer-Landrut performed the song "Good News" which was co-written by Ferras and Audra Mae for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.[15] Four tracks co-written by Ferras were also included on the Ricky Martin record "Musica+Alma+Sexo" which was released on February 1, 2011. Ferras co-wrote the song "Galaxy" with Richard Vission and was released as a duet by Australian recording artists Jessica Mauboy and Stan Walker in 2011.[16] The song was released digitally in October 2011 as the fifth single from Mauboy's second studio album. It peaked at number 13 on the Aria Singles Chart and number seven on the Aria Urban Singles Chart.[17] It was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for selling over 70,000 digital copies. "Galaxy" also debuted at number 40 on the New Zealand Singles Chart.

Ferras released his self-titled EP on June 17, 2014, after becoming the first artist to sign with Katy Perry's Metamorphosis Music.[4] He had first met Perry in 2007 when both were artists at Capitol Records.[18] The first single of the album is titled "Speak in Tongues". The album also features a ballad called "Legends Never Die", which is a duet with Ferras and Perry. The EP contains a total of five songs and was released on iTunes.[4] It was also announced that Ferras would be appearing as the support artist on the North American leg and in some shows in the Asian leg of Perry's Prismatic World Tour.[19]

In July 2014, he was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, where he performed live his single "Speak in Tongues".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Detials
Aliens & Rainbows
  • Released: April 1, 2008

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Interim - The Time Between
  • Released: July 2, 2010
Ferras
  • Released: June 17, 2014[20]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Producers Album
"Hollywood's Not America" 2008 The Matrix / Gary Clark Aliens & Rainbows
"Liberation Day" The Matrix / Gary Clark
"Rush" The Matrix / Gary Clark
"Wall Around My Heart" 2010 Interim - The Time Between
"Speak in Tongues" 2014 Billboard Ferras
"Closer" 2016 Stuart Crichton TBA
"Medicine"
(featuring Raja Kumari)
Stuart Crichton

Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Producer(s) Album Credits
"Aftermath" 2009 Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment Co-writer
"Love The Fall" 2010 Michael Paynter (ft. The Veronicas)
"A Un Paso de Tenerte" 2011 Luis Fonsi Tierra Firme
"Mas" Ricky Martin Música + Alma + Sexo
"Te Busco y Te Alcanzo"
"Sera Sera"
"No Te Miento"
"Freak of Nature" (Ralphi Rosario's Big Room Club Vocal Mix)
"Good News" Lena Meyer-Landrut Good News
"Electric Misfit Love Machine" Ultraviolet Sound Ultraviolet Sound
"Galaxy" Jessica Mauboy & Stan Walker Let the Music Play
"Floorplay" 2012 Catalin Josan ft. Iuliana Puschila
"Aun No Se" 2014 Noel Scharjis Verte Nacer
"Queen of Swords" 2016 Idina Menzel Idina
XXPEN$IVE 2017 Erika Jayne TBA
"Born To Love U" Empire Cast ft. Jussie Smollett
"Genesis" Dua Lipa Axident Dua Lipa
"Bon Appétit"
(featuring Migos)
Katy Perry Max Martin / Shellback / Oscar Holter Witness
"Deja Vu" Hayden James
"Roulette" Max Martin / Shellback / Ali Payami
"Into Me You See" Dustin O'Halloran
"Two Fux" Adam Lambert
"Wir brechen das Schweigen" Helene Fischer Helene Fischer (album)
"I Come In Pieces" Alisan Porter I Come In Pieces
"Material Boy" Allie Simpson

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boardman, Madeline (17 June 2014). "Katy Perry Launches Metamorphosis Music Record Label, Signs Tour Opener Ferras". US Weekly. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, David (17 June 2014). "Katy Perry Makes Huge Announcement On Twitter, Signs Her First Artist". Business 2 Community. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Weitz, Sara (28 February 2008). "Probing A Probably Pop Prince". Daily Nexus. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Blum, Haley (17 June 2014). "9 things you need to know about Ferras, Katy Perry's first signee". USA Today. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Collar, Matt. "Ferrass". AllMusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Sandy (7 November 2009). "Ferras Alqaisi is Adam Lambert's Boyfriend". Right Celebrity. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "How Ferras achieved his dream (and how you can too)". Do Something. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Shanahan, Mark; Goldstein, Meredith (November 2009). "Lambert dating a Berklee guy?". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Krochmal, Shana Naomi (16 June 2009). "Aliens & Rainbows". Out Magazine. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Maroney, Padraic (5 April 2008). "Aliens & Rainbows". Edge Boston. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Dehnart, Andy (2008-02-10). "Ferras' "Hollywood's Not America" selected as American Idol 7's exit song". Reality Blurred. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  12. ^ Parker, Lyndsey (9 March 2011). "Aftermath Gets Better: Adam Lambert Releases Remix To Benefit The Trevor Project". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Wheeler, Katrina K. (30 September 2010). "American Idol: Adam Lambert's Aftermath hits #1 in Finland". The Examiner. 
  14. ^ Byrnes, Holly; Adams, Cameron (21 April 2013). "Reality show The Voice gives seasoned Australian singers another career shot". Courier Mail. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Klier, Marcus (31 January 2011). "Live: First semi final in Germany". Esc Today. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Get 'Em Girls (Deluxe Edition) (CD liner). Jessica Mauboy. Sony Music Australia. 2011. 
  17. ^ "Jessica Mauboy Feat. Stan Walker - Galaxy". Australian Charts. Archived from the original on 23 July 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  18. ^ Grow, Kory (17 June 2014). "Katy Perry Launches New Label Metamorphosis Music, Signs Ferras". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Katy Perry launches record label through Capitol". Buffalo News. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Katy Perry Launches Label, Signs Pop Singer Ferras". Billboard. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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