Raef’s Profile

Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland, Raef is a singer-songwriter known for his rich lyricism and acoustic sound. Blending American folk-rock musicality with Eastern melodic patterns, Raef’s music moves seamlessly between commercially accessible rock songs; with pop hooks, bright imagery, and optimistic messages; to introspective folk songs, rich in metaphors and poetic imagery. With the heart of a teacher, the sensitivity of a poet, the perspective of a traveler, and the spirit of a rock ‘n roller, Raef’s music expands the narrow category of “religious music” (nasheed) with songs that transcend one-dimensional spiritual themes— reflecting instead on the greater human search for inspiration and purpose. Raef believes that true, pure, and sincere music can transcend the realm of “entertainment,” distraction, and desensitization, to expand the human psyche, open new doors of wonder, deepen spiritual insight and most importantly, provide the soundtrack for the human journey towards the Divine. Raef is currently working on his debut album with Awakening Records and is touring with the Poetic Vision Tour—a band of traveling musicians, poets, and visual artists, dedicated to inspiring a spiritual, artistic, and cultural renewal.

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