Photos Courtesy of Omar Music
creates music influenced by his own personal background and life experiences ó which is usually fairly common, except there is nothing common about Omar. Raised all over the world as the child of a United Nations diplomat and coming from a multicultural viewpoint, Omar is the first Afghan-American to win a Grammy (awarded for his fourth album, "Echoes of Love"). His music has been called, "a marriage of passion and grace, of adventure and relaxation, of beauty and raw earthiness," evoking hints of his personal past and looking forward to his future.
Omar Akram kind enough to take the time to answer some questions.
Carly Zinderman: When and why did you first become interested in music?
I was a hyper child so my parents would play music to calm me down. At the age of six my parents bought me a piano and got me a piano teacher. Thatís how it all started.
CZ: Is your family musical?
My family is not musical, but there was always music in the house. My parents love listening to music.
CZ: Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
I admire many musicians and composers, some are classical, like Mozart and Bach, and [some are] contemporary ones like Elton John, The Beatles, Garth Brooks and Michael Jackson. They all got to the top of their genre by working extremely hard.