Growing up in a family who admired arts and music had a great effect on shaping my life. I started my singing from a young age and performed in different gatherings, conferences and concerts. I completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) and now work as a Student Advisor at the College of Arts at the same university.
In my CD albums I sang in 4 Languages – English, Persian, Arabic and Maori (the Language of the native New Zealanders) – using mainly the writings of the
Bahá’í Faith. My life and beliefs are centred on the
Bahá'í Faith. I believe in unity of mankind and unity in diversity. My beliefs are also reflected in my songs as not only they are sang in 4 languages, but they often combine the musical styles of different countries. For example, in “O God! Guide me” in
Pearls album, you can hear the sound of a lute (an Arabic musical instrument) accompanying a Persian chant in singing an English prayer. Similarly, in my Teardrop album, you can notice a combination of musical styles.
My aim is to show that the Words of God are creative and beautiful regardless of the language in which they are sung. And I hope what comes from the heart, touches the heart!