Leila Forouhar

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Leila Foruhar
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Background information
Native name Leylā Foruhar
Born (1958-02-23) 23 February 1958 (age 58)
Isfahan, Iran
Genres Dance, Pop
Occupation(s) singer, model, actress
Years active 1964–present
Labels Pars Video
Taraneh Records
Caltex Records

Leila Forouhar (Persian: لیلا فروهر‎‎, Leylâ Foruhar) (born 23 February 1958, Isfahan, Iran) is a popular Iranian pop singer. She was also an actress before the She relocated to Paris after the Iranian Revolution and then to Los Angeles in 1988.


Leila is the daughter of the late Iranian actor Jahangir Forouhar, who had already established a solid background in the Iranian entertainment industry by the early 1970s. She speaks of the great influence her father had upon her interviews. She followed her father's career path into movies, beginning with minor roles in various movies that were based mainly on the social issues of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi[citation needed]. In time she became known as a child star, and with the release of Soltaneh Ghalbhaa (King of Hearts), her fame had already spread far abroad. As a teenager, she began modeling for top fashion magazines alongside acting, with roles in Ezteraab, Three Sisters and The Thirsty Ones. Leila has more than 47 films.

Move to France[edit]

With the outbreak of war with neighboring Iraq, the Iranian movie and music industry was foundering. Initially Forouhar family decided to stay in Tehran in hopes that the conclusion of the war would signify a return to the pre-revolutionary era[citation needed]. With the war drew stretched on, however, Leila decided to leave the country.

During this time, much of the press speculated about Forouhar's possible comeback to singing, but Forouhar did not grant interviews, desiring to remain unobtrusive (assassinations of famous expatriates were common).

Move to the United States[edit]

In 1988 Forouhar and her family moved to the United States quickly establishing contact with Los Angeles based Iranian artists who had fled at the outbreak of the revolution. That same year, she released "Makhmal-e-Naz" and in 1989 "Hedieh" ("The Gift"), and the song "Ey Dil" ("Oh My Heart") became very popular[citation needed], rekindling a craze similar to that inspired by "Cheshma-e-Nour" ("Eye of Light")[citation needed]. Releasing an album a year[citation needed], by the 1990s she re-established her reputation as a popular female vocalist amongst Persian audiences[citation needed].

Leila is very popular among Middle Eastern countries like Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kurdistan, Armenia and also in the United States. She has received appreciation from the Los Angeles mayor several times. Releasing an album a year, Leila has released more than 20 albums since she has started her singing career. One of her best sold album was "Planet of Harmony", that consisted of famous songs in different languages like English, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Afghani, Armenian, Turkish, and Kurdish. Her albums are available in Tower Records and iTunes.[1]

In 2005, Leila married a Los Angeles-based Iranian-American businessman in a ceremony that included many fellow singers and entertainers with whom she had made albums[citation needed]. Forouhar's nephew is American Muslim reformer Reza Aslan.[2]

Live In Tajikistan[edit]

In 2006, Leila Forouhar had a performance in Tajikistan for a celebration commemorating Aryan civilization.[citation needed] During three concerts that she performed there more than 40,000 people came at the concerts.[citation needed]

Celebration of Nowrouz[edit]

In celebration of Nowrouz as an international ceremony in the United Nations calendar (2010), Leila Forouhar performed a program as a representative of the Iranian Community with the presence of numerous US politicians as well as those of Middle East countries in the Thomas Jefferson congress Hall.[citation needed]

Dolly Parton's Jolene[edit]

Leila has covered Jolene, the most famous song composed and performed by Dolly Parton, in her album called Do Parande (The Two Birds, Persian: دو پرنده‎‎) in 1976. She is one of the first popular singers that has sung "Jolene".


Unknown Release

  • 1974: Hadis

Avang Records Releases

  • 1977: Leila Forouhar 2 (Ham Parvaz)

Caltex Records Releases

  • 1988: Makhmal-e-Naz
  • 1990: Hedieh (with Shahram Solati)
  • 1991: Shaans
  • 1994: Attal Mattal (with Ebi)
  • 1995: Tapesh
  • 1996: Saraab
  • 1997: Love Songs
  • 1997: Planet of Harmony
  • 1997: Dance Beat
  • 1998: Love Story
  • 1999: Didar (with Shahram Shabpareh)
  • 1999: Yek Samado Do Leila (soundtrack from the play "Yek Samado Do Leila")
  • 2000: Tasvir
  • 2001: Story of Yours, Story of Mine
  • 2003: Live in Concert at the Kodak Theatre
  • 2005: A Kiss
  • 2008: My Moon
  • 2012: From My Heart

Taraneh Record Releases

  • 1993: Hamsafar
  • 1994: Do Parandeh
  • 2012: From My Heart

Pars Video Releases

MZM Records Releases

  • 1992: Bahaaneh
  • 2008: Maahe Man

Other Records Releases

single Records Releases

  • 1970s: Entezaar
  • 1974: Delshoureh
  • 1975: Yeki Yepoole Khoroos
  • 1977: Zalzalak
  • 1992: Amad az rah fasle zibaye bahar
  • 1994: Telesm (With Shamaei zadeh)
  • 1995: Nefrin (with Mekabiz)
  • 1996: Zamin larzid
  • 1998: Iran barande mishe
  • 2001: Azadeh Irani
  • 2002: Mosabbeb
  • 2003: Sayad Nojva
  • 2006: Music (with 23 singer)
  • 2007: Iran Iran (with Omid Soltani)
  • 2007: The Memories (Dedicated to Mahasti)
  • 2009: Bedoon Iran Nemimir
  • 2010: Nowrooz
  • 2011: Do Parandeh (Remix)
  • 2013: Kashki
  • 2013: Eshgham
  • 2014: Ba To
  • 2014: Khayli Hasasam
  • 2014: Fereshtehaye Kucholo
  • 2015: Kheili Dooset Daram
  • 2016: In Roozha
  • 2016: Hesse Taraneh

Notable singles[edit]

Leila's Top Songs-People's Choice (Zirishk Poll 2008)
1 Maahe Man Maahe Man 2008
2 Hastrat Attal Mattal 1996
3 Khoob Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
4 Kalaghaye Khabarcheen Leila Forouhar 1976
5 Keyfar Hamsafar 1993
6 Akharin Jofte Zamin Hadis 1974
7 Golhaye Lala-Abbasi Attal Mattal 1994
8 Tapesh Tapesh 1995
9 Shaans Shaans 1991
10 Chi Seda Konam Toro? Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
11 Yek Booseh A Kiss 2005
12 Nazdiktar az Eshgh A Kiss 2005
13 Shamim Shaans 1991
14 Pardis A Kiss 2005
15 Pishkesh Love Story 1998
Leila's Top Songs-Critics' Choice (Zirishk Poll 2008)
1 Khabare Tazeh Attal Mattal 1996
2 Do Parandeh Leila Forouhar 1976
3 Iran Tapesh 1995
4 Azad Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
5 Saraab Saraab 1996
6 Hoshdaar Tasvir 2000
7 Bahaaneh Bahaaneh 1992
8 Eshgh Mesle Atisheh Leila Forouhar 1976
9 Hamsafar Hamsafar 1993
10 Ghadima Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001


  • Rouzegar (VHS)
  • The Return (VHS)
  • Flashback (VHS)
  • A Kiss (DVD)
  • Live in Concert at the Kodak Theatre (DVD)
  • 4 DVD Collection #1


  • Khak
  • King of Hearts (1968)
  • Aramesh dar Hozooreh Digaraan
  • Baagheh Boloor
  • Shabeh Aftabi
  • Ezteraab
  • Four Sisters
  • The Thirsty Ones
  • Morad & laleh
  • Iman
  • The Beauty Sin
  • Golden Cage
  • The Springtime Connection
  • Soltaneh ghalbha


  • Leila Forouhar: Live in Concert at Kodak Theatre (Introduction by artist). California: Caltex Records. 2003 [2003]. B0007Y5HNE. 

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