After working on this selection of songs for six and a half years, I’m incredibly excited and grateful to be able to share them with you. This album reflects a significant growth for me, as a singer and songwriter. Combining my lyrics with those of my teachers, and drawing on diverse musical genres from Jazz, Blues and Hard Rock, to Arabic, Indian, Turkish and East African music, I have pushed myself way out of my comfort zone into unfamiliar genres and completely new territory as an artist. I hope you enjoy listening to them even more than I did composing them, arranging them, and recording them.
|LYRICS||IMĀM AL BUSĪRĪ [QASĪDA MUHAMMADIYA]; SULTAN YUNUS EMRÉ, MUHTAR HOLLAND [MY LORD ON THEE]; SHAYKH UMAR AL YĀFI [SUPPLICATION FOR RAIN]; IMĀM AHMAD RAZĀ KHĀN [QASĪDA É NŪR, JASHN É ĀMAD É RASŪL]; USTAD MUZAFFER WARSI [TŪ KUJĀ MAN KUJĀ]; SHAYKH ABDAL HAKIM MURAD [PRAY MY LORD]; SHAYKH HAMZA YUSUF [SPRING’S GIFT]; IMAM ZAID SHAKIR [A MOMENT IN YOUR LOVE]; SHAYKH MUHAMMAD ADEYINKA MENDES, SIDI AARON SELLERS [ZIKR IN MINOR PENTATONIC]; NADER KHAN [TAKE MY HAND – II, ECHOES, WITNESS, AS THOUGH YOU SEE HIM, PRESENCE]|
|BACKING VOCALS||NADER KHAN|
|PRODUCER||HAMID ABDURRAHIM (OK-HAAM)|
|MIXING ENGINEER||HAMID ABDURRAHIM|
|MASTERING ENGINEER||HAMID ABDURRAHIM|
|ASSISTANT MASTERING ENGINEER||RODNEY C. DANIEL, AKA YODA|
|EXECUTIVE PRODUCER||DR. BANO MURTUJA; NADER KHAN|
|ASSISTANT PRODUCER||ALTONIO BATEMAN [A MOMENT IN YOUR LOVE]|
|RECORDING, MIXING, MASTERING||44 PENNYWEIGHT STUDIO; MORPHIUS RECORDS / LORD BALTIMORE RECORDING STUDIO|
|ALBUM COMPOSITION||NADER KHAN|
|ARRANGEMENT||NADER KHAN; HAMID ABDURRAHIM; EBONI COGER [HARMONIES ON PRESENCE]|
|PERCUSSION AND RHYTHM||NADER KHAN; HAMID ABDURRAHIM|
|ALBUM ARTWORK||NERMIN MOUFTI|
|WEBSITE||NERMIN MOUFTI; USMAN KHALID; UMAR SHAHZAD|
|INDIEGOGO ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
Thanks go to my parents Nasir Mohammed Khan and Sultana Fatima, my parents-in-law Hafiz Muhammad Sagir and Nasreen Akhtar, my brothers Yasir and Zaker Khan, my sister-in-law Sufia Lodhi, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Sidi Nazim Baksh, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Muhammad Mendes, Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad, Shaykh Nuh Keller, Shaykh Tevfik Aydoner, Syed Mustafa Gilani, Sidi Muhtar Holland, Nermin Moufti, Umar Shahzad, Hamid Abdurrahim, Yasin Dusuroth, Tom Hamza Robertson, Mona Haydar, Mostafa Azzam, Sulayma Hassan, my niece Zara-Noor Khan, my children Nurah, Mustafa, Fatima and Zahra who get me to practice again and again, and my wife Dr. Bano Murtuja – who has made all of this happen.
WATER : #QuenchTheThirst
100% OF THE SALES REVENUE FROM THIS ALBUM WILL GO TO WATERAID CANADA.
Until 2016, revenue generated will be directed specifically to their current project in the Monze region of Zambia. This project hopes to reach 42,000 people with access to safe water, and over 40,000 people with access to improved sanitation and hygiene education.
Upon the completion of this project, WaterAid Canada will redirect any further funds from the sale of this album based on their expertise.
THIS PROJECT IS INTENDED TO BE A SADAQA JARIYA* FOR ALL WHO PARTICIPATE INCLUDING ALL WHO PURCHASE THE CD. SOME KEY INDIVIDUALS INVESTED AS SADAQA JARIYA* FOR THEMSELVES, THEIR LOVED ONES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES.
Please recite the Fatiha** and send prayers on the Beloved Messenger (peace be upon him) on behalf of; the Muslims of Edmonton Canada, The late Tahira Arif Hussain, Syed Hussain, Rabia Sultan, Abdul Majeed Khan, Ghulam Omer, Nayeem Unissa Begum, Syed Taher Mohamed, Sardar Begum, Haji Mohammad Hussain Bhatti, Mustafa Abdul Rahim Assaqqaf and Anonymous Donor.
*An act of continuous, ongoing charity **The first chapter of the Holy Qur’an
Nader is committed to #ShareTheProphet (ﷺ) in word and deed. In a world with an increasing frequency of ugly representations of the Prophet’s pure and beautiful message, it is all the more important to openly exemplify The Prophet’s mercy (ﷺ), concern and generosity for all creation.
You can help Nader #ShareTheProphet by contributing to the production of his upcoming albums. Just click below and follow the instructions.
Usually production and distribution of independent albums is financed by investors who recoup their principal (plus a profit) via album sales. The album is in debt even before it’s recorded, and the entire sales and marketing strategy is governed by their return on investment.
In a radical departure from this model, in 2013 Nader embarked on a daring new endeavour bringing together service and devotion, by channeling 100% of his sales revenue from future albums into humanitarian causes. Seed funding for the album’s production is raised through individual sponsors, crowdsourcing and donations, which then allows Nader the freedom to channel 100% of sales revenue towards designated humanitarian causes. This way, Nader makes devotional art a powerful means of service for generations to come. In fact, by now songs from the recently release album WATER have helped raise over CAD$2 million for various charitable causes in the first 2 years after its release.
“My work has always been about bringing together devotional music and positive change – both in people’s hearts and in the world around us. We just hadn’t found a model that did both things justice … until now”.
WATER : IN THE MAKING
- Echoes — The Backstory -- Oct 31, 2015 -- This song from the new album Water is especially close to my heart. Often when I sing it live, I find myself holding back from choking up. Mawlana Rumi teaches us to observe the company that we find ourselves in, when inspiration and spiritual meanings are unveiled to us, for it is through the blessing of such company that this ...