Being a long time fan of super cute ‘boy pop’ growing up (Even if it was in secret! Hehehe! But you couldn’t avoid it, because New Kids On The Block was friggin’ EVERYWHERE at that time!), I’m sort of used to the whole ‘Ooh baby, baby…boy next door, I’ll take care of you, just want to hold your hand baby girl’ type of songs being sung over and over again. And there was no real widespread internet at the time, so finding anything outside of that particular formula was pretty much next to impossible.
But the truth is…there is much more to it than you ever could have imagined. There always has been. And now we have access to music from Russia, from New Zealand, from the UK, from South Africa, from South Korea…and all of the places in between. Why not experiment with them all, right? Every single one of us has a story to tell.
Then…I come across Harris J…and that entire ‘Ooh baby, baby’ corporate design gets blown away by something with a much deeper and more meaningful message behind it. Songs with an overwhelming sensation of hope and positivity for the world at large. I can definitely appreciate that. 🙂
And NO…not just because he’s breathtakingly cute! Hehehe! Give me some credit here, will ya?
Born, Harris Jung in Chelsea, England…Harris J began displaying his amazing talent for singing and sharing his sweet voice with the world when he was very young. Originally known for his Nasheeds (Melodic, religiously themed, chants that support and promote the best of Islamic beliefs, history, and traditions), it wasn’t long before Harris J was able to begin a successful career of his very own. He even got himself a record deal after winning the competition for Awakening Records. His first award before the release of his first debut album, ‘Salam’, in 2019.
What I really love about his work is how utterly pure it is, you know? It really is all about being civil to one another, spreading love, and just feeling good about life. Giving thanks. You don’t hear that often enough in music these days. So to hear it coming from what is, basically, the British born, Muslim, ‘Justin Bieber’…it’s just amazing!
And even though he was becoming wildly successful doing what he was doing at the time, Harris decided to take a step back, and avoid the easy lure of mainstream popularity to create his own music. Music that he felt represented his Islamic faith. He says that he is using his music as a tool to battle the misrepresentations of his faith. And I think his first single does exactly that.
I think it’s so strange that people can sing about Jesus all day…but mention Allah in a song, and suddenly folks feel like that’s awkward and weird. Why? It shouldn’t be. What’s the difference? Does it matter if it brings the best parts of yourself to the surface? Harris J has demonstrated a very close bond to his beliefs and threads those beliefs into the fabric of every song that he writes. Every last one. And it never gets old. Listening to the lyrics, it just makes you feel good inside. Doesn’t it?
While other popstars were clandestinely talking about having sex with your teenage daughter while her parents weren’t home, he was delivering a much broader message to anyone who dared to hear him out. Again, I can respect that. I think there’s a certain nobility in that. Especially for a teenager.
“I just wanted to do music that wasn’t necessarily speaking about drugs and stuff like that, but speaking about things that are morally sound and things that people can get benefit from in their day-to-day life. I’ve always wanted to make a change within music that people, mostly teenagers, listen to nowadays.” Harris says during an interview. “My message to the world is purely just to show the true hidden idealisms and beliefs of our religion. I’m trying to show them it’s not what they see every day on the news. It’s a religion of peace and love. I want to make a positive difference.”
His very first single reached well over three MILLION views on Youtube when it first premiered, and he has been building off of that huge reward every since, as every song following that one has been increasingly popular over the one before it. And that’s truly saying something. Because he has been on FIRE for a number of years now!
His parents, Amy and Rahim, have been supportive of him the entire way. And he also has four younger siblings. So who knows? Maybe one of them will jump into the music industry at some point as well. Only time will tell, right?
Until then…it’s always just awesome to get another ‘feel good’ song from Harris J and have it restore my faith in humanity for a few minutes a day. What can I say? Songs like these give me hope for a better day sometimes. And I need that every now and then. I think we all do. 😛