Updated November 28, 2003
Shahrzad Sepanlou was born in Tehran. Her childhood
was marked by her parents' passion for poetry and the arts
and the frequent gatherings of writers and artists at her home
helped attract her to the world of music and poetry. As a child
she also experienced first-hand the revolution and the subsequent
Iran-Iraq war which left her with a sense of sadness mixed with
a deep appreciation for the "good days".
age of 5, though she could not write, Shahrzad began composing
poetry which her mother wrote for her in a notebook. Since she
also had a natural gift for singing and acting, she began to entertain
friends and relatives with small performances and shows. In the
mid eighties, she left Iran along with her parents (her father
soon returned to Iran) and after living inEurope for a year, arrived
in California where she went to Junior High.
Her adolescent years
in America were a time of adjustment and struggle to overcome cultural
barriers and that was when she began to seriously pursue the arts
as a means of giving her the self-confidence and motivation to
overcome difficulties of a new life in America.
active in the performing arts during high school and college years,
Shahrzad's professional career began soon after she graduated
from UCLA. It was then that, quite by chance, she met Shahbal Shabpareh
and Farzin Farhadi who had teamed up to create the female band
She was selected as one of the trio and began her
with the release of the album "Aab, Atash va Khaak".
After 2 years of successful collaboration and touring the States,
Shahrzad left the band to pursue a solo career.
During her time
off, she met her husband who encouraged her to resume her music
career and with his help they formed a small music company called
"1001 Productions" and produced her first solo album "Ghesseye
Maa" in 2000 (Sample tracks). With the release of "Ghesseye
contains hits such as "Mirdamad" and "Eteraz",
Shahrzad formed a loyal and growing fan base and gained the respect
of the music community.
Soon after, she was contacted by
a Los Angeles Times staff writer who wanted to write an article
on Shahrzad, her life and her music. The 5-page piece was published
in the Los Angeles Times magazine in 2001 containing detailed account
of her personal and professional life.
In addition, in 2002 she
received further acknowledgment from the artistic community when
she was featured in the Volume "Iranian Elite Women's
Achievement" published in Iran by the well-known artist Pouran
Farrokhzad, (Forough Farrokhzad's sister).
After the success of
"Our Story", Shahrzad began to work on her second
album. The new album "1001
Nights" which is now released
worldwide by Avang Music Company contains songs that have a mixture
of middle-eastern and western sounds, utilizing traditional eastern
instruments with Pop and R&B rhythms.
Shahrzad has once again
teamed up with Farzin Farhadi who serves as the song-writer/producer
on this album and has collaborated with several renowned lyricists;
one of the songs on this album contains lyrics by revered poet
Forough Farrokhzad. Shahrzad herself has written the English
lyrics to a song on the album.
Nights" has further established
Shahrzad as a true storyteller who, through her songs, tells
of love and life. -- Press release
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Tracks from the "1001
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July 21, 2000
Seen her somewhere before? Shahrzad Sepanlou
was one-third of the original Silhouettt trio. In her
debut solo album, Ghesseye
maa, Shahrzad leaves no doubt that
she can hold her own.
It is rare to see so much talent and work
going into the production of Iranian music in the U.S. This is
no I-want-to-be-famous-no-matter-how-bad-I-am production seen
so often in the Iranian community in Los Angeles. On the contrary,
Shahrzad's songs are sensitive and intelligent. And the production
is highly professional.
From the debut Ghesseye
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