|Junaid Jamshed |
|Also known as||JJ (pronounced as Jay Jay)|
|Born||September 3, 1964 (1964-09-03)|
|Origin||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Genres||Pop music (1987-2001) |
|Occupations||Former vocalist |
Current Islamic educator, designer
|Years active||1987 - present|
|Associated acts||Vital Signs (1987-1994)|
Since then, he has focused on Islam and concentrated on reciting nasheeds. His debut religious album, Jalwa-e-Janan was released in 2005 and was followed by Mehboob-e-Yazdaan in 2006, Badr-ud-Duja in 2008, and Badee-uz-Zaman in 2009. He also runs a boutique with the name "J.", read as "Jay Dot", which has several outlets all over Pakistan.
Early life and educationJunaid Jamshed is the son of Group Captain (retd) Jamshed Akber Khan and Nafeesa Akber Khan. His father was a Pakistan Air Force officer. He belongs to a Pashtun and Urdu-speaking family. Jamshed studied pre-engineering courses in PAF College in Karachi before joining University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore from where he completed his graduation in 1990. Despite applying to join the Pakistan Air Force, he later moved on to a career in Aeronautical Engineering due to his weak eyesight.
Vital SignsThough Vital Signs was launched in early 1986 in Rawalpindi by Rohail Hyatt and Shahzad Hasan (Shahi), it was a while later when Jamshed, then a young aeronautical engineering student from Lahore, joined them as their lead singer. Though their hit debut single, Dil Dil Pakistan, released on 14 August 1987, skyrocketed them into fame, the song's success was not seen by him as something that would turn him into a professional musician. Jamshed, who wanted to become a professional engineer, initially didn't want to have anything to do with music other than just treating it as a hobby.
However, Rohail and Shahzad soon managed to convince him otherwise. After a string of chart-topping songs and albums, the band split in 1994 and Jamshed began his solo career, achieving even more success.
Solo careerJamshed released his first solo album, Junaid of Vital Signs in 1994. The album's name was later changed to Tumhara Aur Mera Naam. This was followed by Us Rah Par in 1999. Us Rah Par went on to become one of the best selling albums of that year. The album included several hit numbers such as, Us Rah Par, Na Tu Ayegi, Aankhon Ko Aankhon Ney and O Sanama. In 2000, Jamshed released his next album, The Best of Junaid Jamshed, which contained remixes of some of the hit singles of the Vital Signs era. His last solo album, Dil Ki Baat, was released in 2001.
In 2003, BBC World Service conducted an international poll to choose ten most famous songs of all time. Around 7000 songs were selected from all over the world. According to BBC, people from 155 countries/territories voted in the poll. Dil Dil Pakistan was ranked third among the top 10 songs.
In 2004, Jamshed renounced music and devoted his life to Islam. He is now an active member of the Islamic preaching Tablighi Jamaat. He is also noted for opening a clothing store "J.", selling Khaadis (a form of Kurta-Shalwar).
InfluenceIn 1987, Jamshed took Pakistani media by storm with his band's hit patriotic number Dil Dil Pakistan, viewed as one of the most popular songs of all time. This was a turning point in Pakistan's music history which ushered in a new era of pop musical bands and produced many fine singers and musicians. These bands represented and inspired the youth. Fourteen years later, he announced his retirement and devoted a significant amount of his time to religious preaching. Jamshed now sings Urdu and English nasheeds.
Charity workJunaid Jamshed is also actively involved in charity work and has been associated with the Muslim Charity since 2003. Under the leadership of Junaid Jamshed Muslim Charity has achieved a great deal in the last few years and expanded its operations to 16 countries.
With Vital Signs
Solo Pop Albums
- 1994 - Tumhara Aur Mera Naam (تمہارا اور میرا نام)
- 1999 - Us Rah Par (اس راہ پر)
- 2000 - The Best of Junaid Jamshed
- 2001 - Dil Ki Baat (دل کی بات)
- 2005 - Jalwa-e-Janan (جلوہ جاناں) (English: The Sight of the Beloved)
- 2006 - Mehboob-e-Yazdaan (محبوب یزداں) (English: The Beloved of God)
- 2007 - Badr-ud-Duja, Shams-ud-Duha (بدر الدجى شمس الضحى) (English: The Night's Full Moon, The Morning's Bright Sun)
- 2009 - Badi-uz-Zaman (بديع الزمان) (English: The Wonder of the Age)
- 2010 - Hadi-ul-Anaam (هادي الأنام)
- 2008 - Yaad-e-Haram (English: Remembrance of Haram)
- 2010 - Rahmatul-lil-Alameen (English: The Mercy to the Universe)
Awards and honours
- "Dil Dil Pakistan"
- "Multazim Par"
- "Tum Milgaey"
- "Goray Rang Ka Zamana"
- "Sanwali Saloni"
- "Tumhara Aur Mera Naam"
- "Pehli Dharkan"
- "Jo Kehna Hai"
- "Mehndi Ki Raat"
- "Aankhon Ko Aankhon Ne"
- "Us Rah Par"
- "Na Tu Aaegi"
- "Dil Ki Baat"
- "Tum Kehti Ho"
- "Yeh Shaam"
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