Adnan Sami is a singer, musician, pianist actor and composer with a command on Indian and Western Classical/ Semi-Classical notes, Jazz, Rock & Pop music. Born to Naureen and Arshad Sami Khan in London,United Kingdom he is a Canadian citizen of Pakistani and Indian ancestry and currently works and lives in Mumbai, India Having received his formal training in Indian Classical music from the famous Santoor Maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, his music merges Asian and Western music styles and instrumentation. His career has ranged from Classical Music (Indian and Western) toJazz to modern Pop-Rock..
Adnan’s first single was released in 1986 with an English smash hit single in the Middle East which went straight to No.1 position in its first week entry onto the music charts of the region with a song he wrote & recorded in his voice for the United Nations & UNICEF called “Run for his life”. This was followed by 3 more No. 1s, “Talk To Me”, “Get Out Of My Face!”&“You’re My Best Kept Secret”.
His first formal album was an Indian classical album on the piano accompanied by tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain in 1989 called “The One & Only”. He had his first vocal solo album “Raag Time” in 1991. The song from his album "Teri Yaad" was the title track of his first album which became a huge hit in Pakistan.
In 1994, he composed music for a film for the first time. The Pakistani film, in which Adnan was the lead actor and famous Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle did the playback, “Sargam (1995 film)” was a blockbuster. It was also the first time that an Indian playback singer was featured in an album in Pakistan. However, the authorities banned Asha's voice from the soundtrack in the actual film, which disappointed Adnan. He then had to re-record the songs with Hadiqa Kiyani. Asha’s voice was retained however in the CDs & records. Till date Sargam is the only film Adnan acted in and is the biggest selling album of all time in Pakistan. The film and its soundtrack continue to be a milestone for Pakistan’s film & musical industry.
In 2000, Asha Bhosle teamed up again with him to release a collection of love songs named “Kabhi to Nazar Milao in India. The music was also composed by Adnan. The album became an instant blockbuster and had topped the Indipop charts for the most of 2001 & 2002 According to Business Week magazine, the album sold 4 million copies in India alone.
Two songs from the album, Kabhi To Nazar Milao, which featured model Aditi Gowitrikar and Lift Karaa De featuring the popular Indian actor Govinda were very popular at that time. The videos were shot by Anil Mehta who has shot popular Hindi films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Lagaan. After the success of that album, Magnasound and Adnan released an album named “Always Yours” which was a remix version of numbers from that album.
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