Shehzad Roy is a Pakistani singer, social worker and humanitarian. He started his singing career in 1995 and has recorded six albums since. He has recorded many hit songs such as Saali, Teri Soorat and Kangna but is most famous for his 2008 socio-political album Qismat Apney Haath Mein (translated to 'we make our own destiny'). Roy is also the president and founder of Zindagi Trust, a non-government charitable organisation, that strives to improve the quality of education available to the average Pakistani.
Roy has recently produced and hosted 2 documentary series, Chal Parha, about the state of public education in Pakistan, and Wasu aur Mein, which follows the travels of Shehzad and a villager and deals with issues like progress, poverty and patriotism in Pakistan.
In 2005, Roy was the recipient of the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, which is one of the highest Civil Honors awarded in Pakistan for excellence in public service. For his organisation's rehabilitation work after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, he was awarded the Sitara-e-Eisaar in 2006. He was also selected to be a torch bearer for the 2008 Olympics.
Early music career:
Shehzad Roy released his debut album "Zindagi" in 1995. After only two years his second album "Darshan" was released in 1997. His third album "Teri soorat" was released in 1999. His fourth album "Rab Janey" and fifth album "Buri Baat hai" were released in 2002 and 2005 respectively.
Qismat Apne Haath Mein (2008)
Shehzad's sixth album marked his transformation from a singer of romantic songs to songs that reflected social issues. In 2008, Shehzad released his sixth album, Qismat Apne Haath Mein [translated to 'we make your own destiny'] in Karachi's juvenile jail to draw attention to the nearly 70,000 prisoners in Pakistan who had been awaiting trial for years.
The first music video of the album, 'Laga Rahe' was a political comment on the situation in the country at the time. The call for the restoration of judiciary, increasing inflation and crime, price hike and the real politicking of corrupt politicians all featured in the video. The title track 'Qismat Apne Haath Mein' is about those less privileged in society and their state of suppression.
Ventures in Bollywood :
Akshay Kumar's film Khatta Meetha features a song by Shehzad on its soundtrack. The song, titled "Bullshit" is a mash-up of two of Roy's most popular songs from his 2008 album Qismat Apney Haat Mein – "Laga Reh" and "Qismat Apney Haat Mein".
In September 2013, Shehzad performed with Guns N' Roses at a charitable event turned rock show, with performances from Guns N' Roses' Matt Sorum and Slash and Macy Gray in Los Angeles. Part of the proceeds of this event went to Shehzad's organisation Zindagi Trust. The event reached its climax when, Roy, Slash, Sorum and Gray did covers of The Beatles' Come Together and Radiohead's Creep.
In 2007, Shehzad Roy came out with a musical collaboration between him and queen of Sufi soul, Abida Parveen. The song, titled Zindagi, was rooted on his latest venture – Equality in Education.
In 2006, Shehzad Roy brought Canadian rockstar Bryan Adams to Pakistan for a charity concert, Rock for a Cause, to raise funds for Shehzad Roy's Zindagi Trust and to aid the victims of the tragic October 2005 earthquake
Shahzad continues to playing his good smaritan role in our society . He is by far the most liked pop star in the country .