Morteza - Bio
Morteza was born in Tehran where he spent his early years. Finishing primary and secondary education, he studied architecture and engaged in graphic design. During the years of living in Iran, he worked with several advertising companies as a designer.
By the age of 16, Morteza started singing firstly in Iranian movies. In 1969 he sang at a festival in Mikhake Noghreh i (Silver Carnation), a famous TV show which was performed by Fereydoon Farrokhzad. The show broadcasted from Iran’s national television for the first time, and Morteza went on to eventually win the competition. This was the beginning of his professional singing career.
Until the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Morteza sang about 180 songs while cooperating with many famous Iranian songwriters and composers. He also sang about 50 songs for Iranian movies.
In 1981 he left Iran for the United States and settled in Los Angeles.
He continued his artistic activities in the United States by attending to Iranian folk music. Despite financial pressures at the time, he recorded two albums named “Dayeh Dayeh” (“nanny nanny”) and “Anar Anar” (“pomegranate”) both of which were well received and greeted by the Iranian society.
Morteza is of the few singers who has performed songs pertaining to political events. His most outstanding song, which is also bilingual, is called “Hamishe ba Neda” (“united for Neda”). Composing the mentioned piece of music, he was accompanied by Dariush, Sattar and some of the other famous Iranian artists, such as Shohreh Aghdashloo, Parviz Sayyad, and some American artists.