Amena Farooq - Biography

Amena Farooq is a Pakistani singer-songwriter and music producer who draws her main influences from pop and alternative rock. Her focus is on both acoustic, piano-based as well as synth-based electronic songs. Amena writes mainly in the English language but also in Urdu and Punjabi. She produces a large portion of her songs herself.

Amena Farooq is a Pakistani singer-songwriter and music producer who draws her main influences from pop and alternative rock.

Amena Farooq debuted her original music by opening solo for the second season of Levi’s Live where she performed a mixed set of acoustic and electronic music. She has performed as part of Ali Noor’s live line-up on backing vocals, keyboards and synths. Amena graduated from St Hilda’s College at Oxford University where she was a Lady Noon & OUP scholar. She holds an MA (Oxon) in Computation.

She spent her early life in England where she received formal training in classical piano with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and has won distinctions and awards for her piano playing. From a young age she performed with her school choir, was a percussionist for her school orchestra and performed in the school’s musical productions.

After a few years in Pakistan she returned to the UK to finish school. In spite of her strong inclination towards music and the arts, she was discouraged from pursuing music as a career. She continued to pursue music as a hobby and turned to expressing herself through writing poetry, which she often set to tunes. At age 17 she was given offers by two British publishing houses to print an anthology of her poems.

She went on to study computation without much interest or enthusiasm and kept up her passion for music at Oxford where she sang for the University College choir as both an alto and occasionally as second soprano. She also frequented the state of the art Jacqueline du PrĂ© music facility at St. Hilda’s College to keep practising her piano playing.

She had a successful software career but eventually left it behind to dedicate herself to being a full time mother to her three children. By now she was in Pakistan again. With time, she felt her passion to return to music become stronger and she began writing and producing songs from her bedroom and made a jingle for an online advert.

Her songwriting took her to BIY Music where she found herself working with other musicians for the first time, learning about the art, technology and process of music making. She is currently working on producing and finishing her singles.