Who is Harris J?
Harris Jung is a British-born Muslim singer. He is more popularly known by his stage name, Harris J. Born and raised in London, he hails from a deeply religious family. He has been singing since he was a child and by the time he was five years old, he had already begun performing at school recitals and multi-faith events. His parents, especially his father, encouraged him to pursue a career in music. In 2013, he entered the social-media-powered Awakening Talent Contest and with his performance there, impressed the judges and audience alike. Harris J subsequently signed to Awakening Records. In August 2015, he released his first music video for the song ‘Salam Alaikum’ from his debut album ‘Salam’, which itself was put out later in the month. Harris J is very popular on various social media platforms as well. He has accumulated 144 thousand, 835 thousand, and 1 million followers on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook respectively. He also has 80 thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel and a high-traffic website.
Rise to Fame
Harris J has been singing all his life. When he turned five years old, he started singing in public, performing at school recitals and multi-faith events. With his mastery over classical Arabic recitation with tones and vocal techniques of Irish folk music, his musical talent has a certain distinctiveness to it.
In 2013, he participated in the social-media-powered Awakening Talent Contest, on which the multiplatinum accredited songwriter and artist Maher Zain served as one of the judges. He won the competition and landed a record deal with Awakening Records, a UK-based media production owned and operated by Awakening Worldwide that produces Islamic music.
On August 5, 2015, the first music video of one of his songs, ‘Salam Alaikum’, was released. The album, titled ‘Salam’, was released on 18 August and has 11 others songs besides ‘Salam Alaikum’: ‘Good Life’, ‘Rasool' Allah’, ‘I Promise’, ‘Worth It’, ‘Love Who You Are’, ‘Eid Mubarak’, ‘Let Me Breath’, ‘Paradise’, ‘My Hero’, and ‘You Are My Life’. On January 25, 2016, the music video for ‘Good Life’ was released.
He published a children’s book titled ‘Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace’ through Salaam Reads / Simon Schuster Books on September 5, 2017.
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Harris J was born on May 2, 1997, in Chelsea, London, the United Kingdom. His family perfectly represents the cultural melting pot that the United Kingdom is. While his father, Rahim Jung, is part Irish and part Indian, his mother is part English and part Jamaican. He has four younger siblings, sisters May and Isla and brothers Yusha and Abdurrahman (AJ). Isla is a popular Instagrammer and social media influencer and AJ has a self-titled YouTube channel that has garnered over 18 thousand subscribers.
Rahim is an important member of his community. He is a host, writer, actor, and social media personality. A devout Muslim himself, he uses his social media presence to advocate for humanity and peace.
Harris J’s other passion besides music is football. At 12, he landed the opportunity to train at the exclusive Elite Training Club at the Chelsea Academy, working with some of the best coaches in the profession at the training grounds of the Chelsea FC Premier League Side.
In July 2015, he received his graduation certificate from the world-renowned BRIT School of Performing Arts in London, alumni of which include Adele and Amy Winehouse.