Grasping smoked-out sensual R&B and widescreen pop sensibilities inside of an eighties-inspired high-fashion fever dream, Michigan-born and Los Angeles-based singer, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Bazzi wants to take you on a trip.
He took the first step on his musical journey back in Dearborn, MI. Born to a Lebanese immigrant father and American mother, he shares stories of dressing up as Elvis to perform in front of the neighbors and dancing to Ricky Martin across the living room with a comb doubling for a microphone. Returning from a trip to Lebanon, Dad brought home an Oud, and a four-year-old Bazzi immediately took to the instrument. By the age of six, he picked up a traditional acoustic.
Fascinated by music, the budding talent devoted his high school years to uploading tracks online as he obsessed over diverse influences ranging from Justin Timberlake and Bryson Tiller to Duran Duran and Guns N’ Roses. During senior year, he and pops moved to L.A. so Bazzi could properly pursue a career in music. While finishing high school on the West Coast, he constantly wrote and produced, creating his own soundscapes by hand on guitar, piano, and drums.
Bazzi’s debut album, COSMIC, is RIAA platinum certified, now boasting over two billion global streams and counting. The album proved an unequivocal worldwide success upon its release in 2018, fueled in part by the breakthrough hit singles, “Mine” and “Beautiful.”
Currently certified 3x platinum by the RIAA, “Mine” is a true pop sensation, reaching #1 at CHR/Top 40 while ascending to top 3 at Rhythmic and #11 on the overall Billboard “Hot 100.” Named among Billboard’s “50 Best Songs of 2018 (So Far),” the single went on to be ranked as the year’s 13th most played track, as well as the only track on Variety‘s “Most-Consumed Songs of 2018” chart to be written entirely by one person. “Beautiful (Ft. Camila Cabello)“ followed and quickly proved Bazzi’s second top 40 hit on Billboard’s “Hot 100,” ultimately earning 2x platinum certification in the United States, along with both Australia and Canada.
Hailed by Rolling Stone as an “Artist You Need To Know,” Bazzi spent much of 2018 on THE COSMIC TOUR, including a sold-out headline run, a special guest role on Camila Cabello’s sold out “Never Be The Same” North American tour, support on the European leg of Justin Timberlake’s blockbuster “Man Of The Woods Tour,” and a number of iHeartRadio Jingle Ball shows. Bazzi also proved an in-demand TV performer, with a dozen high profile live performances throughout 2018, including NBC’s TODAY and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and two visits to the nationally syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show.