Lara Scandar

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Lara Scandar
Born (1990-12-18) December 18, 1990 (age 28)
Santa Monica, California, United States
Occupation(s)singer, songwriter, model
Years active2009 – present
LabelsJMR Studios [2]

Lara Scandar (Arabic:لارا اسكندر) is an Egyptian singer and songwriter who rose to fame in 2009 after being a semi-finalist in the Pan Arab talent show, Star Academy.[1]

Early life[edit]

Scandar was born on December 18, 1990, in Santa Monica, California to an Egyptian-Italian father and a Lebanese mother, and she is a Christian.[2] Her family moved back to Cairo, Egypt right after her birth. Scandar grew up in a music-loving family where both her father and grandfather enjoyed singing as a hobby. She and her sister Tamara were always encouraged to perform in school plays and musicals as well as out of school activities.

Scandar’s parents enrolled her in ballet classes at the age of 4, which she continued to study until the age of 15. At age 6, she began modeling in catwalks for kids’ clothing brands as well as TV and print ads. She continued to model until the age of 17, right before her admission to Star Academy.

Star Academy[edit]

After graduating from high school, Scandar auditioned for Star Academy, a Pan-Arab talent show based in Lebanon that brings together young talents from all over the Arab world that have to live together and compete for the "Star" title. She was one of three Egyptians chosen to represent her country on the sixth season of the show, which debuted in February 2009. Scandar received heavy criticism due to her weak Arabic (her first language being English, and second French) as well as her Westernized image. Throughout the four months of the show, she stood out by singing in several languages (English, French, Spanish and Italian). She was the last Egyptian remaining in the competition and reached the semi-finals.

Post-Star Academy[edit]

After Scandar's popularity in Star Academy 6, award-winning Lebanese producer and composer Jean-Marie Riachi [sv] approached her, and they have worked together since then. She released her first single "Mission Is You" on February 3, 2010, for which she won the MEMA (Middle East Music Award) for the Encouragement Award given to rising artists with evident potential to succeed. Her second and third singles followed within the next year.

Herbal Essences[edit]

In 2011, it was announced that Scandar had been chosen to be the face of Herbal Essences Arabia. She wrote her third single, "See The Beauty", specifically for the brand’s advertising campaign.

About A Girl[edit]

In 2012, Scandar released her first studio album About A Girl, which included three songs written by her, one Arabic track, a dance cover of Toto Cutugno’s "L’Italiano" and six other tracks. The success of her single "Taalou Ghannou Maaya" (Toto Cutugno’s cover) garnered a larger Arabic-speaking audience and helped gain more recognition in the Arab world as well as several other music awards and nominations.


Scandar teamed up with Herbal Essences Arabia for the first online interactive concert in the Middle East, covering popular Egyptian classics as well as originals and other covers in English. The concert allowed fans to interact with the musician during the concert and be the first to listen to her new single "Love Birds".

Scandar is currently working on her new album. She released "Khalas Khalas", her first Lebanese single, in April 2017 and its video clip in May 2017.


Single Year Peak chart positions Album
"Mission Is You" 2010 19 About A Girl
"Chains" 2011 12[3]
"See The Beauty" 2011 18[4]
"Falling Out Of Love" 2012 11[5]
"Taalou Ghannou Maaya (تعالوا غنّوا معاي׳)" 2012 4
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.
Album Year Peak chart positions
"About A Girl" 2012 1[6] 1 1[7]

As featured artist

"White Christmas" (on Castana)[8]


Year Award Category Results
2010 MEMA Awards Encouragement Award Won[9]
2011 Dear Guest Festival Best Rising Female Artist Won[10]
2012 Murex D'or Awards Best Rising Female Star Nominated[11]
2012 Dear Guest Festival Best Female Youth Singer Won[12]
2013 Murex D'or Awards Best Promising Female Singer Won[13]
2013 MTV EMA Award Best Middle East Act Nominated
2013 Esquire Magazine Awards Woman We Love Won[14]


  1. ^ "Lovely Lara's on a mission". 7days. February 23, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  2. ^ لارا اسكندر: أنا مسيحية ولكن شهر رمضان يمثلن
  3. ^ "NRJ Top 20: Leaders 30 Seconds To Mars Coming To Town! « Beirut The Only Way It Should Be, NightLife, Clubbing, Events, DineOut, Concerts, Festivals, Clubs, Pubs, Bars, Hotels, Restaurants, Lifestyle, Music, Fashion". Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "NRJ Radio Lebanon's Top 20 Chart: Avril Takes Over the Number One Spot « Beirut The Only Way It Should Be, NightLife, Clubbing, Events, DineOut, Concerts, Festivals, Clubs, Pubs, Bars, Hotels, Restaurants, Lifestyle, Music, Fashion". December 20, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  5. ^ "NRJ Radio Lebanon's Top 20 Chart: Jason Derulo 9 Weeks on the Chart « Beirut The Only Way It Should Be, NightLife, Clubbing, Events, DineOut, Concerts, Festivals, Clubs, Pubs, Bars, Hotels, Restaurants, Lifestyle, Music, Fashion". March 27, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  6. ^ Ray Kazan [@raykazan] (17 March 2012). "@LaraCScandar number 1 @VirginLeb :D awesome album!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - Castana (Cosy Christmas Wishes) by Jean Marie Riachi and Guests". Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  9. ^ "Lara Scander at the MEMA 2009 Ceremony". June 2, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  10. ^ "Lara Scandar and Ahmad Ezzat: Best Rising Artists at Dear Guest in Pictures". Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  11. ^ "Lara Scandar nominated for a 2012 Murex D'or award". June 3, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  12. ^ "DG Festival News - Dear Guest Festival, DG Festival, Egypt Festival, Egyptian Festival, Egypt Survey". Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  13. ^ "Lara Scandar won a 2013 Murex D'or award". Missing or empty |url= (help)
  14. ^ "Esquire". Missing or empty |url= (help)