Shiraz Uppal is a Pakistani singer, songwriter and music composer. His career began in 2001 with the album Tu Hai Meri and gained fame in the Pakistani music scene with his song ‘Tere Tay Mera’. He began associating with Indian music director A. R. Rahman from Nayak in 2001, but what gave him huge recognition in India was his song ‘Roya Re’ for the Bollywood movie Dhokha in 2007. Uppal won the Mirchi Music Award for Best upcoming Music Director in 2010 for the song Rabba in the Bollywood movie Aashayein. His other famous songs are "
Raanjhanaa", “Mann Ja Ve”, “Saiyan Ve”, “Mere Khuda” and “Aiyla”.
Uppal was on a two-year hiatus from the music industry from March 2011. Uppal quit the music scene to embark on a spiritual journey in the name of religion. During this time, he moved to the US for the treatment of his wife’s cancer.
Uppal suffered heavy losses during this time, his famed SU studios, where leading artists such as
Atif Aslam, Noori and Fariha Parvez recorded their music, was liquidated and sold in a short period. Uppal returned to the music scene through A. R. Rahman’s One Love Peace concert tour in the US where he sang two qawwalis, “Kun Faya Kun” and “Khwaja Meray Paas” in a 10-minute set. During this time, Uppal also met with acclaimed American music producer Quincy Jones. After the tour, Uppal returned to India and set up his studio once again and started working on a new album. Uppal cites that his wife is his inspiration for his romantic songs. Uppal has said on several occasions that he considers A. R. Rahman his mentor and guide, with the latter even having helped Uppal during times of financial crisis.
Uppal is somewhat of a fashion icon in Pakistan, plays several instruments and is a self-proclaimed technocrat.
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Hailing from the city of Lahore, Pakistan, Shiraz Uppal is one of the most popular artists in both Pakistan and India. He completed his MBA in the year 1998 and then went on to choose a career in music.
He is a Singer, Writer and a Music Director. He started his career in the year 2001 and had been taking an upward curve so far. He debuted with the album ‘Tu Hai Meri’ which jump-started his career in the field. His albums “Tere Tay Mera”, “Jhuki Jhuki”, and “Ankahi” followed, each equally successful. He has also composed songs for various Pakistani and Bollywood movies of which ‘Shakalaka Baby’ from Nayak and the title track of ‘Raanjhanaa’ are quite popular. He also composed a few songs for Pakistani Dramas. He considers the Academy Award-winning musician A R Rahman as his inspiration and calls him his ‘
He is not only a proficient vocalist but also a guitarist and keyboard player. He is associated with record labels like Fire records, Sadaf Stereo, T-Series and Eros.
Shiraz took a break from music in the year 2011 but returned shortly after, in the year 2013, with more inspiration and went back to producing soul-searching music once again.
Aside from being a popular artist in the field of music, he has also mesmerized the Pakistani teen crowd with his upbeat fashion sense and style. While he is a magician of music with the old-fashioned instruments, the world of virtual music has not escaped him. Shiraz considers himself as an absolute computer buff and is always exploring new audio software and is after hi-end recording gear. He also owns a state of the art audio studio called SU Studios in Lahore where he has worked with popular bands like JAL and Noori and singers like Atif Aslam, Zeb and Haniya,
Neeti Mohan, etc.,