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Birthname: Steven Demetre Georgiou
Nationality: British
Born: Jul 21 1948


Biography

Cat Stevens started his musical career in the sixties, and has since transformed into one of the most important artists in history. His breakout hits, “I Love My Dog” and “Matthew and Son,” reached the top of the charts in 1967 and in that same year Stevens penned the songs “Here Comes My Baby” and “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” which both became international hits.

In 1968, Stevens was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was forced to take a break from work and touring. This began a process of inner reflection and meditation, and after his recovery, Stevens gained a new perspective of the ... Read more

Cat Stevens started his musical career in the sixties, and has since transformed into one of the most important artists in history. His breakout hits, “I Love My Dog” and “Matthew and Son,” reached the top of the charts in 1967 and in that same year Stevens penned the songs “Here Comes My Baby” and “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” which both became international hits.

In 1968, Stevens was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was forced to take a break from work and touring. This began a process of inner reflection and meditation, and after his recovery, Stevens gained a new perspective of the world and embarked on a deep musical transformation. His lyrics became more subtle and intuitive as he began to explore spiritual paths. From 1970 to 1974 Stevens recorded and released the albums that would establish him as a leading singer-songwriter of his generation. His next major album in 1970, Tea for the Tillerman, went gold in the U.S. and included hits such as “Wild World,” “Hard Headed Woman,” “Where Do the Children Play,” and “Father & Son.” But it was his 1971 album, Teaser and the Firecat, which included the track “Morning Has Broken,” “Peace Train” and “Moonshadow,” that catapulted Stevens into major stardom.

After almost losing his life while swimming in the Pacific Ocean in Malibu in 1975, Stevens’ life changed. Soon after, Stevens received a copy of the Koran and he embraced Islam.
He loved the name Joseph and took it as his new name, becoming Yusuf Islam. Shortly following, he left the music industry to start a family and become more actively involved in charity work and education. “I wasn’t too worried about what people thought, people would get to understand, gradually, I thought,” said Yusuf. “After all, everybody knew I was on the road to find out.”

After marrying and having children, Yusuf became involved with education and relief and was successful in obtaining voluntary-aided status and grants from the British Government. In the late nineties, Yusuf and his wife established the charity Small Kindness, which helped support Balkan countries by providing orphans and widows with much-needed assistance. Yusuf also began producing educational recordings on his own label, Mountain of Light, beginning with The Life of the Last Prophet. In 2000, he concentrated on children’s albums and produced some of the most popular CDs for children including A is for Allah and I Look I See.

Following the tragic events of 9/11, Yusuf decided to lend his voice to the call for peace, and spoke out loudly against the rise of fanaticism and the ensuing wars. In 2004, he was honored with the “Man of Peace” award, presented by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, for his humanitarian work on behalf of children. Yusuf has also been recognized for his support through Small Kindness to end the suffering of thousands of children and their families in countries plagued by war including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Indonesia and Iraq.

In 2006, Yusuf returned to music with the release of An Other Cup. Following, he released a beautiful album of original songs called Roadsinger (2009), which was accompanied by his Guess I’ll Take My Time Tour in the UK (2009) Australia (2010) and Europe (2011). In 2012 his musical exploration reached a new height with the staging of the musical Moonshadow, a magical tale of a young man and his Moonshadow’s struggle against the oncoming of darkness.

In April 2014, Yusuf was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York, and he completed his new album, Tell ’Em I’m Gone which will be released on Legacy Recordings in October 2014.

Tell ’Em I’m Gone is Yusuf’s first new album since Roadsinger and features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, guitarist Matt Sweeney, as well as production from Rick Rubin. Each track on Tell ’Em I’m Gone revives the age-old themes of freedom and peace that have prevailed through more than four decades of Yusuf’s musical career. On this album, Yusuf returns to the roots of his teenage musical inspiration: American blues and R&B, using these genres to explore humanity’s climb to freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London. “I hope this record will help revive the spirit of freedom,” said Yusuf, “and re-kindle some of the excitement of those amazing days, when every musical door seemed to point us a way out of our imprisonment.”

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Cat Stevens started his musical career in the sixties, and has since transformed into one of the most important artists in history. His breakout hits, “I Love My Dog” and “Matthew and Son,” reached the top of the charts in 1967 and in that same year Stevens penned the songs “Here Comes My Baby” and “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” which both became international hits.

In 1968, Stevens was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was forced to take a break from work and touring. This began a process of inner reflection and meditation, and after his recovery, Stevens gained a new perspective of the world and embarked on a deep musical transformation. His lyrics became more subtle and intuitive as he began to explore spiritual paths. From 1970 to 1974 Stevens recorded and released the albums that would establish him as a leading singer-songwriter of his generation. His next major album in 1970, Tea for the Tillerman, went gold in the U.S. and included hits such as “Wild World,” “Hard Headed Woman,” “Where Do the Children Play,” and “Father & Son.” But it was his 1971 album, Teaser and the Firecat, which included the track “Morning Has Broken,” “Peace Train” and “Moonshadow,” that catapulted Stevens into major stardom.

After almost losing his life while swimming in the Pacific Ocean in Malibu in 1975, Stevens’ life changed. Soon after, Stevens received a copy of the Koran and he embraced Islam.
He loved the name Joseph and took it as his new name, becoming Yusuf Islam. Shortly following, he left the music industry to start a family and become more actively involved in charity work and education. “I wasn’t too worried about what people thought, people would get to understand, gradually, I thought,” said Yusuf. “After all, everybody knew I was on the road to find out.”

After marrying and having children, Yusuf became involved with education and relief and was successful in obtaining voluntary-aided status and grants from the British Government. In the late nineties, Yusuf and his wife established the charity Small Kindness, which helped support Balkan countries by providing orphans and widows with much-needed assistance. Yusuf also began producing educational recordings on his own label, Mountain of Light, beginning with The Life of the Last Prophet. In 2000, he concentrated on children’s albums and produced some of the most popular CDs for children including A is for Allah and I Look I See.

Following the tragic events of 9/11, Yusuf decided to lend his voice to the call for peace, and spoke out loudly against the rise of fanaticism and the ensuing wars. In 2004, he was honored with the “Man of Peace” award, presented by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, for his humanitarian work on behalf of children. Yusuf has also been recognized for his support through Small Kindness to end the suffering of thousands of children and their families in countries plagued by war including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Indonesia and Iraq.

In 2006, Yusuf returned to music with the release of An Other Cup. Following, he released a beautiful album of original songs called Roadsinger (2009), which was accompanied by his Guess I’ll Take My Time Tour in the UK (2009) Australia (2010) and Europe (2011). In 2012 his musical exploration reached a new height with the staging of the musical Moonshadow, a magical tale of a young man and his Moonshadow’s struggle against the oncoming of darkness.

In April 2014, Yusuf was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York, and he completed his new album, Tell ’Em I’m Gone which will be released on Legacy Recordings in October 2014.

Tell ’Em I’m Gone is Yusuf’s first new album since Roadsinger and features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, guitarist Matt Sweeney, as well as production from Rick Rubin. Each track on Tell ’Em I’m Gone revives the age-old themes of freedom and peace that have prevailed through more than four decades of Yusuf’s musical career. On this album, Yusuf returns to the roots of his teenage musical inspiration: American blues and R&B, using these genres to explore humanity’s climb to freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London. “I hope this record will help revive the spirit of freedom,” said Yusuf, “and re-kindle some of the excitement of those amazing days, when every musical door seemed to point us a way out of our imprisonment.”

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Cat Stevens started his musical career in the sixties, and has since transformed into one of the most important artists in history. His breakout hits, “I Love My Dog” and “Matthew and Son,” reached the top of the charts in 1967 and in that same year Stevens penned the songs “Here Comes My Baby” and “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” which both became international hits.

In 1968, Stevens was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was forced to take a break from work and touring. This began a process of inner reflection and meditation, and after his recovery, Stevens gained a new perspective of the world and embarked on a deep musical transformation. His lyrics became more subtle and intuitive as he began to explore spiritual paths. From 1970 to 1974 Stevens recorded and released the albums that would establish him as a leading singer-songwriter of his generation. His next major album in 1970, Tea for the Tillerman, went gold in the U.S. and included hits such as “Wild World,” “Hard Headed Woman,” “Where Do the Children Play,” and “Father & Son.” But it was his 1971 album, Teaser and the Firecat, which included the track “Morning Has Broken,” “Peace Train” and “Moonshadow,” that catapulted Stevens into major stardom.

After almost losing his life while swimming in the Pacific Ocean in Malibu in 1975, Stevens’ life changed. Soon after, Stevens received a copy of the Koran and he embraced Islam.
He loved the name Joseph and took it as his new name, becoming Yusuf Islam. Shortly following, he left the music industry to start a family and become more actively involved in charity work and education. “I wasn’t too worried about what people thought, people would get to understand, gradually, I thought,” said Yusuf. “After all, everybody knew I was on the road to find out.”

After marrying and having children, Yusuf became involved with education and relief and was successful in obtaining voluntary-aided status and grants from the British Government. In the late nineties, Yusuf and his wife established the charity Small Kindness, which helped support Balkan countries by providing orphans and widows with much-needed assistance. Yusuf also began producing educational recordings on his own label, Mountain of Light, beginning with The Life of the Last Prophet. In 2000, he concentrated on children’s albums and produced some of the most popular CDs for children including A is for Allah and I Look I See.

Following the tragic events of 9/11, Yusuf decided to lend his voice to the call for peace, and spoke out loudly against the rise of fanaticism and the ensuing wars. In 2004, he was honored with the “Man of Peace” award, presented by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, for his humanitarian work on behalf of children. Yusuf has also been recognized for his support through Small Kindness to end the suffering of thousands of children and their families in countries plagued by war including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Indonesia and Iraq.

In 2006, Yusuf returned to music with the release of An Other Cup. Following, he released a beautiful album of original songs called Roadsinger (2009), which was accompanied by his Guess I’ll Take My Time Tour in the UK (2009) Australia (2010) and Europe (2011). In 2012 his musical exploration reached a new height with the staging of the musical Moonshadow, a magical tale of a young man and his Moonshadow’s struggle against the oncoming of darkness.

In April 2014, Yusuf was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York, and he completed his new album, Tell ’Em I’m Gone which will be released on Legacy Recordings in October 2014.

Tell ’Em I’m Gone is Yusuf’s first new album since Roadsinger and features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, guitarist Matt Sweeney, as well as production from Rick Rubin. Each track on Tell ’Em I’m Gone revives the age-old themes of freedom and peace that have prevailed through more than four decades of Yusuf’s musical career. On this album, Yusuf returns to the roots of his teenage musical inspiration: American blues and R&B, using these genres to explore humanity’s climb to freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London. “I hope this record will help revive the spirit of freedom,” said Yusuf, “and re-kindle some of the excitement of those amazing days, when every musical door seemed to point us a way out of our imprisonment.”

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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