Michigan based Raza is a renowned singer, songwriter composer and music producer, and is one of the most popular and sought after pop/R’n’B/soul artists to come out of Karachi . His latest singles are ‘The Universal Dream’, ‘A Prayer for Michael Jackson’ and ‘Loose Control’ available on iTunes and all major online retailers. His album 'THE UNIVERSAL DREAM' has 18 songs.
Raza was born in Karachi , March 1, 1970. As a young child Raza used to sing his favorite songs and hymns. Around the age 4 Raza improvised the song Makosa (Manu Dibango) and wrote new melody, lyrics and even scatted. He actually did that all instantly while recording on a cassette player. The recording still exists and is a part of the family record.
At 12 years old Raza’s love for music led him to plan his career to be an artist, songwriter, composer and music producer. He began writing songs and making music in 1982 with a dream and a load of ambition.
His early childhood memories come from the city of London , UK where he lived with his family and was influenced by many International Musical Acts. His Dad was an Airline Engineer and was sent to UK for a number of years. After several years in London , Raza’s father was transferred back to Karachi so it was back to Karachi for Raza and his family. As a school-aged child, Raza was excellent in Mathematics and the sport cricket.
Raza says: “If I was not a musician I would have been a scientist and worked on creating new inventions for the betterment of mankind”.
Raza learned music by ear and improvisation. He believes his teachers were his favorite artists by whom he was influenced.
Raza: “I believe a true artist would have their own style of music rather than follow any other successful artist.”
About the 'Lasers':
Raza kick-started his career in 1988 forming a band called ‘LASERS’ with his younger brother Zia on keys & vocals, Raza on guitar and vocals and cousin Ali on bass and backing vocals. The band performed several shows, some to mention are Karachi Gymkhana, The British Council Karachi, Pakistan American Cultural Center
see Lasers Magazine Article pdf 1988
As the band leader, performer, guitarist, songwriter, and music producer, Raza performed numerous concerts and shows including live TV performances. The band released three, one after the other, hit albums.
Music and dance has been a passion for Raza. He started dancing at the age of 6 and playing the keyboards at the age of 12. Right away he started writing melodies on his keyboard and used poems from various authors. Not long after that he started penning his own poems and song lyrics. At 15 years old he started playing the guitar. After forming the ‘Lasers’, Raza and Zia started covering songs, playing mostly Pop/Rock, and performed many gigs across Karachi, Pakistan, including Karachi Gymkhana, The American Cultural Center, The British Council, Alliance Francaise de Karachi, KMC Complex and many other venues.
In 1991, Lasers signed a deal with Shalimar Recording Company Pvt Ltd, a major label in Pakistan, and released their first album titled ‘KHAWB’ in 1992, having four singles ‘Ye Batein,’ ‘Jeena,’ ‘Ye hai Pakistan’ and ‘Khawb’ all hitting the top 10 charts. In 1995 the Lasers released their 2nd album titled ‘HEY HEY!’ which sold across the borders selling millions of copies. ‘Hey Hey!’ sold even more than the previous album. The song ‘Hey Hey!’ itself received huge recognition and reached the top 10 position in the charts. After performing various concerts and interviews on radio and TV, another LASERS album hit the charts: ‘Tera Dopatta Peela’ in 1997. The album became a smashing hit, with six top 10 hits. The Lasers reached the height of success and became one of the top bands. The Lasers performed many huge concerts, TV and radio interviews with performances between the years 1997-1998. During this period Raza produced and composed music for various TV production companies. One of the songs from this album, ‘Must Qalandar Lal Qalandar Jeevay Pakistan ’ was signed up by The Honda company for their advertisement promotion on TV. Around early 1998 the two brothers split and went their separate ways.
Raza as Solo Artist:
After the Lasers breakup in 1998, Raza didn’t stop writing and producing; he kept on making new songs and recording, but didn’t release any new material. He started performing solo in 2000 covering other artists and performing his songs. In 2003 he went to Singapore and performed at various clubs. He started sending his demo songs abroad, and finally in 2005 he was signed by a management company in New York . In 2005 he performed in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Eastern European Music Convention.
see EEMC Magazine pdf.
Appeared in an Australian A & R Magazine (see on pdf). In Feb 2006, Raza flew to the USA and performed his three hit tracks ‘Hey Hey!’, ‘Come On’ and ‘Funky Day’ (watch video) in Las Vegas at The Ballroom on the strip. Later in 2006 Raza performed a show in Manhattan and various other shows in Michigan.
In Aug 2006 he released his first solo album titled ‘Are You Ready?’ The album includes his hit track ‘Hey Hey!’ In 2008 he formed a music publishing company ‘Angel Blue Music’ and started working on the releasing and promoting of his singles including ‘Loose Control’ which was released in Oct 2008, and ‘Kiss’ which was released in Dec 2008. ‘Loose Control’ is a catchy, trendy and flirtatious club song., while ‘Kiss’ is a Christmas love song.
In 2009 when Michael Jackson died, Raza wrote and produced a song as a tribute, which was released by his label Angel Blue Music. The song is titled ‘A Prayer For Michael Jackson’ which is one of the anticipated debut single that caught attention of thousands of listeners online. The song says it all about what Raza had felt about Michael Jackson. Some of Raza’s inspirations and influcences come from his favorite artists including Michael Jackson, George Michael, Bryan Adams among others.
In Nov 2009, Raza released another new single ‘The Universal Dream’. Raza says: The song is a message to the people of the world ‘that life can be good and we can make it even better by caring for each other and for all of nature and life around us’.
Raza released his single FILL YOU TONIGHT in 2010, later released an album titled 'Fill You Tonight += Futuristic Mix' 2011 which included Fill You Tonight and it's Futuristic Mix version including the song 'Kiss', Loose Control, The Universl Dream. Later released a single 'Mahiya' in 2012 and included this song in his re-release of 'Fill You Tonight += Futuristic Mix'