Hello friends and followers, I hope you are all well!
We are indeed going through very interesting times in our beloved country, Lebanon. I wanted to share with you my thoughts about what's happening knowing that this blog post is long overdue as I was extremely busy over the past month juggling between work and following the endless stream of breaking news.
The Lebanese people have reached a turning point in their history whereby they have put aside all their political and religious differences for the sake of one national goal: The end of a corrupted sectarian political system that has plagued Lebanon for almost 30 years now and the birth of a non-sectarian national democracy built on integrity and meritocracy, and that puts the interest of the country first.
Isn't this amazing? It is the first time we see all Lebanese people from different groups, regions, communities and religions gathered together in the streets, dancing, celebrating, protesting against corruption and chanting in unison their dreams of a better future for all.
What a beautiful sight! What a beautiful revolution! It is so far a largely peaceful movement where men, women and children are taking part, where teachers, students, employees, workers, businessmen, artists and thinkers are participating each in their own way.
But the revolution has also had its first martyr. However we all know that martyrs are the fuel of revolutions, and this noble death has only made protesters more tenacious than ever.
If you were following my news over the past few months, you probably know I released a song called Chedd Halak in June 2019. This song, a satirical critic of the corrupted political class in Lebanon, had an accompanying music video that paints a dim picture of how our country's environment has been destroyed by greed, carelessness and corruption. But it also sends a strong message of hope and our ability to change things.
I'd like to think of Chedd Halak as another statement among the millions of statements from Lebanese citizens that helped put in motion this "Intifada", this legitimate and noble revolution.
I have recently given an interview about the context of Chedd Halak, if you are interested you can read it below:
Finally, I believe tangible and significant change might take some time to materialise. That's OK. We, the Lebanese people, are here for the long term. The future of our kids is at stake. Our whole country is at stake.
Long live the magnificent people of Lebanon! Long live our beautiful Lebanon!
Following his latest interview at Light FM Lebanon, IJK recorded live vocals for his single "The Red Light Inn" in the radio's studio.
Video footage and production credits go to May Nabbout (who did a great job btw :)
Here's the full video of the live performance:
On July 23rd 2019, famous radio host Tanguy Faucon interviewed lebanese singer-songwriter Imad Jack Karam (IJK) on his "La Bonne Humeur" show on Light FM Lebanon.
During the interview, IJK talked about his latest single in Lebanese "Chedd Halak" as well as his future projects. The interview also tackled the recent award IJK received for his animated music video "Johnny & June".
For those who missed it, below is the full interview (in French).
Hey folks, the wait is finally over!
I am pleased to announce the release of my latest single and first one in Lebanese. The song is called "Chedd Halak" which means something along the lines of "do some serious efforts" or "get your act together and make it happen!".
The song is a satire of the corrupted political clique in Lebanon and is a form of wake-up call to avoid the demise of the economy and environment of the country.
Here is the original music video, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it,
IJK is happy to announce to his fans and followers that "Johnny & June" has won the 2nd place in the Asia category at the International Anim!Arte Film Festival in Brazil, 2018 edition.
The animated video clip has been screened to a large audience in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Luís and São Paulo, and the winners have been announced in May 2019.
Thanks for all those who contributed to this music video especially Matias Cabrera for the execution.
For those who haven't seen "Johnny & June" yet, here is the clip next to the certificate of award:
With lush beach landscapes, beautiful lyrics written by mum and an upbeat music composed and performed by dad, Sienna (IJK's daughter) has now an original music video / song dedicated to her.
The song is a rock & roll inspired dynamic tune with a joyful melody. Beloved Sienna, here is mum & dad's gift to you this Easter:
Hello friends and followers!
I have recently recorded a cover version of one of my favorite rock songs of the 2000's by The Calling - Wherever You Will Go. I particularly like the lyrics of this song and the verses sang in the low notes. Very warm and emotional at times :D
Check it out below:
Hope you like it!
Speak very soon,
Hello friends & followers! IJK here.
Thought of giving you the latest updates. Here's the big news: I am currently working on my first song in...Lebanese! (Hell Yeah!)
I know, I know, it's about time :) We have already completed the production of the song and it sounds really, really cool. Actually, got some expert folks from Nashville to help on the mix.
What to expect? Well, a combination of awesome rocking riffs, a rhythmic melody and cool Lebanese lyrics. You can say this is East meets West, a cool fusion of styles in pure Lebanese fashion.
We are busy right now shooting a kick-ass music video. We've partnered this time with director Nadim Tabet, a rising talent who recently released his first feature film called One Of These Days.
Here are a few stills directly from the set...Stay tuned!
IJK recently recorded an awesome version of the legendary love ballad, Unchained Melody. Written in 1955 by North & Zaret, the song was first recorded by singer Todd Duncan for the film Unchained (hence the title of the song).
It has been subsequently recorded by numerous artists including Sam Cooke, U2, Elvis, Roy Orbison and Heart.
But the best known and most popular version was the one recorded by The Righteous Brothers in 1965 and used for the film Ghost featuring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.
IJK, a big fan of the song, has just released his own version in a retro style music video. On the menu, powerful vocals and an emotional performance, we hope you enjoy it!
Leading online magazine Jamsphere has recently reviewed IJK's latest single and music video, Johnny & June.
The release has been praised for the music arrangements, the powerful vocals and the beautiful animation. The review says:
"IJK makes excellent, well-thought-out, well-constructed, and well-executed music. Period. "
Thank you Jamsphere! Click below for the full review
IJK, Singer Songwriter