Marwan Khoury

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Marwan Khoury
Native name مروان خوري
Born (1968-02-03) 3 February 1968 (age 50)
Mazra'et El Teffah, Lebanon
Origin Mazra'et El Teffah, Zgharta, Lebanon
Genres Lebanese, Arabic, pop
Occupation(s) singer, composer, writer
Years active 1988-present

Marwan Khoury (Arabic: مروان خوري‎) (February 3, 1968) is a Lebanese singer, writer, composer and music arranger. He has composed hits for artists such as Majida El Roumi, Saber Rebaï, Nawal Al Zoghbi, Assala Nasri, Najwa Karam, Fadl Shaker, Elissa, Carole Samaha, Bassima, and Myriam Fares.

Biography[edit]

Khoury was born in Mazra'et El Teffah, Zgharta District, Lebanon into a Maronite Christian family. He is the third of five children born to Tanyous and Naseema Khoury. He has two older sisters, Leena and Mona, and two younger brothers, Claude, who works as a TV director, and Dany, a music arranger. In 1986, Khoury enrolled at the Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon where he studied piano, Musicology and Music History. During his university years, he won a prize in a music composition contest. The award was presented to the singer by former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel. On his first album, Kasak Habibi (كاسك حبيبي), which was released in 1988, Khoury wrote, composed, and produced all of the songs himself.[citation needed]

Khoury started a new phase in his life in 1989, not as a singer but as a keyboard player and a band conductor, and appeared on TV. He continued as a keyboard player until 1996, and played with many Lebanese artists. But during that period, Khoury wrote and sang the single, "Fik Yamma Balak" (فيك ياما بالك). It was released in 1994 and established him as a singer. In 1997, he wrote, composed and performed his second single "Lasbor Ala Welah" (لأصبر على ويله). It was not until 1999 that Khoury finally became known in the music industry as a writer/composer when he released two songs for Nawal Al Zoghbi, "Tia" (تيا) and "Dalouna" (الدّلعونه).[citation needed] In 2001, Khoury launched his first official album, Khayal El-Omer (خيَّال العمر), and the next year, Khoury shot his first video clip "Ya Shog" (يا شوق).

Khoury has twice been awarded the Murex d'Or.[citation needed] He first won in 2003 and, in 2004, he was awarded the Murex d'Or for Best Multi-Talented Artist (singer, composer, music video, song and album).

In 2005, Khoury signed a five-year contract with the Rotana Records. He also released his next album, Kil Al Asayed (كل القصايد). The album and the title song were well received.[1] It was this album that made Khoury famous in the Arab World. In 2006, Khoury released an additional album Asr El Sho (قصر الشوق). His album Ana Wl Leil was released on March 2008; on this album, the lyrics for the track "Lawla L Hawa" were written by the famous Emirati poet, Jenan. Khoury's last album with Rotana, Rajain, contained 10 tracks and was released in 2010.[2] In January 2011, Khoury announced that his contract with Rotana had ended and that he would be moving to self-production.

Khoury has performed live at the Cairo Opera House and the Carthage Film Festival of Tunisia

Personal life[edit]

Marwan is single. Rumors linked him with singer Carole Samaha after the success of their duet, "Ya Rab", but they denied the rumors.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Name (English) Album Name (Arabic) Tracks
2002 Khayal El-Omer خيّال العمر 6
2004 Kil Al Asayed كل القصايد 9
2006 Asr El Sho قصر الشوق 10
2008 Ana Wil-Lail أنا والليل 12
2010 Rajain راجعين 10
2013 El 'Ad el 'Aksi العد العكسي 15

Singles[edit]

Year Name (English) Name (Arabic) Notes
1988 "Kasak Habibi" كاسك حبيبي released with a collection album Negm we gheney
1994 "Fik Yamma Balak" فيك يمّا بَلاك also released with Khayal El-Omer
1997 "Lasbor Ala Welah" لاصبر على ويله also released with Khayal El-Omer
2007 "Ya rab" يارب ft. Carole Samaha; also released with Ana Wil-Lail
2007 "Dawayer" دواير for the movie Awqat Faragh (أوقات فراغ)
2007 "El-Arab" ا لعرب duet with Nehal Nabil

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marwan Khoury prepares new release". Al-Bawaba. 10 May 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Marwan Khoury, Lebanese composer and singer". Le Matin (in French). 2 November 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 

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