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.
He independently released “Alone” on Soundcloud in 2017. Organically, the song generated over 1 million Spotify streams within a few months’ time and peaked in the Top 10 of the US Viral Chart. Next up, Bazzi unveiled “Beautiful.” After teasing a 30-second clip of the melody on Twitter, the snippet received 3,000 retweets encouraging him to finish the entire tune.
With lush instrumentation, expansive production, and a heavenly hypnotic hook, the track graced key Apple Music playlists such as “Best of the Week,” “A-List Pop,” “Breaking Pop,” “Future Hits,” “Relationship Goals,” and more.
His latest release “Mine” hints at even bigger things to come. Over a sultry and simmering beat punctuated by the magical pluck of a heart and video game warbles, he croons intoxicating lines like, “You so fucking precious when you smile.” Following incredible editorial support from Apple Music, the track hit #1 on their Pop Streaming chart and soon-after climbed to #1 on Spotify’s US & Global Viral 50 charts and earned Bazzi his debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.