Princeton, New Jersey 2012
|Birth name||Raef Haggag|
|Born||August 8, 1982|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
During college he sang tenor in a comedic a cappella group on campus. After graduating, Raef worked as a software engineer, developing security software for the New York Stock Exchange. Shortly afterwards, Raef abruptly quit his computer programming job to work as full-time high school teacher from 2005–2013. He said: "I decided to switch careers from a software eng. to a high school teacher because I wanted to help others in a more direct way (and because it was pretty boring sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours a day)". Raef taught computer programming in Montgomery County Public Schools.
Teaching gave Raef more time to focus on songwriting, often performing at local coffee shops and busking at metro stations. He was introduced to the national stage after his trio rock band "Great Seneca" toured the United States of America as part of the "Voices for Change" initiative. Raef also joined the "Poetic Vision Tour"; a band of traveling musicians and poets catering to the American Muslim community. Raef did several muslim-themed covers of popular mainstream songs, attracting young listeners wanting a modern take on religious music
Raef signed with Awakening Records and released his debut album The Path in 2014.
Success in Indonesia
Since the release of his debut album The Path, Raef has made several trips to Indonesia to promote his music and perform at live concerts. Appearing on Indonesian national television and invited by mayor Ridwan Kamil to perform at the Bandung Conference brought Raef and his music to millions of Indonesians. Raef was also the star host on 30 episodes of The Journey of a Backpacker, a Ramadan TV series that aired on Kompas TV (later Trans7) across Indonesia and TV Alhijrah in Malaysia. In August 2015, Raef was awarded the "Platinum Award" for record sales in Indonesia. Following the blueprint of Season 1 of "The Journey of a Backpacker" , Raef hosted Season 2 , airing on Trans7, in which he traveled across Java, visiting 30 historic and iconic mosques. In collaboration with Indonesian Rock Band, D'Masiv , Raef released two songs and one music video to the Indonesian audience.
"We Are Home" – music video project
Using Detroit-based crowdfunding platform LaunchGood, over $22,000 via online donations were raised to fund the Music Video for "Home", directed by Los-Angeles based director, Lena Khan. The video shows Raef walking through American history observing contributions made by various immigrants to the United States. The video also features contributions made by Native Americans.
- On 14 April 2012, Raef took part in "Send a Little Hope" charity concert organized by Awakening Records and Save an Orphan organization at London's Hammersmith Apollo with Hamza Namira, Irfan Makki, Maher Zain and Mesut Kurtis to raise awareness and collect donations. Over £175,000 were pledged on the night.
|2011||"It's Jumuah [ Friday ]"||Rebecca Black Cover|
|"Redemption Song"||Bob Marley Cover|
|2012||"Your Mercy"||Maroon 5 Cover|
|"Rabbee I'm Yours"||Jason Mraz Cover|
|"With You"||Chris Brown Cover)|
|"Man in the Mirror"||Michael Jackson Cover)|
(Raef feat. Maher Zain)
|"You Are The One||Cartoon video|
|2014||"You Are The One||Music video|
|2015||"Price Tag" / "Kun Anta"||Jessie J / Humood Cover|
(D'MASIV with Raef)
|"Deck the Halls"||Cover|
- Onbeing.org: One Voice: Raef Haggag
- "The Voice of K–12 Computer Science Education and its Educators" (PDF). 8 (3). July 2012: 6. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- "News, Prophet Muhammad: His Spiritual Life & Path -An inspiring evening of song, poetry, & commentary". Princeton University. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- "Halal Music Inspires World Muslim Youth". OnIslam.net. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- Shahid, Omar (13 April 2012). "Islamic singers rewrite western hits to find new audiences for 'faith-inspired' songs". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- Bintang.com: Susul Maher Zain, Raef Haggag Raih Platinum Award di Indonesia (in Indonesian)
- (in Indonesian)
- ShareAmerica: He sings about an America that is home to immigrants
- Shahid, Omar (10 April 2012). "The Concert of the Year". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- "Over £175,000 pledged on the night at our 'Send A Little Hope' charity concert!". saveanorphan.org. Retrieved 25 August 2014.