|Born||New York City|
|Genres||New-age, Jazz, World music|
|Years active||2002 – present|
Omar Akram is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, composer and pianist. He became the first Afghan-American to win a Grammy award in 2013 with his fourth studio album, Echoes of Love. He is also an inspirational writer who contributes to The Huffington Post.
Akram was born in New York City. He grew up traveling around the world as the son of a United Nations diplomat living in such diverse locales as France, Cuba, Afghanistan and the Czech Republic. He notably met Fidel Castro at the age of 14, who is said to have allowed him to sneak into the local Cuban jazz clubs, the sounds of which influenced his formative compositional style.
In 1993 he moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles and started to work in top 40 bands with odd jobs, while also writing his own music. In 2002, he signed to a recording deal with Real Music. He released his first album, Opal Fire, in 2002. It reached the top 15 on Billboard's New Age Chart.
In 2012, his album Echos of Love won the Grammy for Best New Age Album.
|2004||Free as a bird||
|2012||Echoes of Love||
- "INTERVIEW WITH LOCAL GRAMMY : Awards". www.longbeachindependent.com. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- "Omar Akram's Biography". last.fm. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
- "Can Music Can Bridge Cultures and Promote Peace?". huffingtonpost.com. June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
- "Omar Akram: Awards". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
- "Omar Akram's albums". last.fm-music. Retrieved September 30, 2012.