Karl Wolf

Karl Wolf

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandPop

At a time when no one not even people around him believed in him, Karl heard AFRICA by TOTO. Struggling for years to get the rights and putting himself in debt he was able to release his remake in 2007. After that his life changed. Karl is a postive role model, energetic and most of all entertaining

Biography

First Africa, then the world. The phenomenal success of his inventive remake of Toto hit Africa launched Karl Wolf into the international spotlight, but this was far from a case of overnight success syndrome. This multi-talented Montrealer has long enjoyed serious peer and music industry respect in Canada as a producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer of true skill and vision. Thanks to Africa, Karl Wolfs music is now reaching the global marketplace, and his new album, Nightlife, dramatically confirms hes the real deal
Karl has established himself not only as a talented songwriter, performer and producer, but also as a successful entrepreneur and businessman. He has recorded and released two albums previous to Nightlife Face Behind the Face and Bite the Bullet, and has amassed an impressive list of accolades around the world including Top 5 records in Japan, Lebanon, Egypt, Czech Republic and Dubai. He was also voted one of the Worlds Most Influential Arabs by ArabianBusiness.coms Power 100 (2009). His accomplishments in Canada are no less impressive, his single Africa was certified 3X platinum, and secured the 1 spots on MuchMusic (video), the Adult Contemporary Charts (radio) and iTunes influential Pop chart (sales). The rest of the world has clearly taken notice, as Nightlife has already been released in the Middle East and Japan, with Australia, Europe and the United States to follow.
His third solo record, Nightlife is an artistic triumph. Musically, its an accessible and highly melodic fusion of r n b, hip-hop, pop and dance music elements, a sound equally at home on pop and urban radio and the club dancefloor. Vocally, Wolfs sweetly soulful delivery is a constant pleasure, while lyrically he digs deep, probing matters of the heart with real flair.
Karl Wolf is a lover, not a fighter. Not for him the aggressive macho stance of so many current urban artists. Beneath the suave and smart-dressed exterior beats the heart of a man unafraid of letting his vulnerable side show, as is illustrated vividly on Nightlife. The album features such soul-searching songs as the gentle ballad Jealous (forgive me for protecting my heart) and his odes to love lost, Gone With The Wind and Hurting. On Love, Karl issues a heartfelt plea for peace, declaring that Together we can change this world around and you know it.

Giving his lyrics real resonance and authority are the facts of Karl Wolfs personal life story. He was born in war-torn Lebanon and raised in Dubai before moving to Montreal with his family when he was 16. Karl may now have achieved the international stardom he has worked for so diligently, but hes not about to forget his roots.

That is the theme of My Ethnicity, a song of which he is especially (and justifiably) fond. On the track, Karl repeats the sage advice of his father: Dont forget where you came from, dont forget who you are. To Wolf, the song is about making people proud, making them realise you dont have to be a particular race to be accepted in this world. We are all beautiful, were all peaceful. Maybe this can change the perception of people around the world.
Subtle proof of Wolfs cultural pride comes in the title of Nightlifes lead hit single, the rousing Yalla Habibi. It is Arabic for lets go, and Karl notes that it must be the first song with an Arabic title to hit the Top 40 in Canada. It makes me happy to think of Arabic kids here seeing that, and going thats the language we use at home and its on radio and TV. It can give them hope for their future in Canada as an immigrant.

In turn, the region of his birth has taken to Karl Wolf like a cat takes to cream. In 2008, he joined Akon and Ludacris on a star-studded lineup that launched MTV Arabia, and his hit clip for Africa was the first ever to be broadcast on the new station. Its such a great thing for them to accept me, says Wolf. Im a perfect poster boy for them, as Im half-Arabic, half North American. East meets West!

That was just the beginning, as, in November 2008, Karl received the MTV Europe Music Award for MTV Arabia Best New Act. Appearing live at the award show in Liverpool was a life-affirming experience for Karl. I performed in front of Sir Paul McCartney and Beyonc. Just an incredible and amazing night. Ten years ago, I watched that show on TV with one of my best friends, and I remember telling him thats going to be me up there one day. He said Karl, you are so full of yourself. Youre such a dreamer. To be on that show gave me such a sense of accomplishment. It proved my vision was true. The success of that vision has certainly been propelled by the global reaction to Africa, which has enabled Karl to show his performance prowess while touring across Canada with such artists as Akon (with whom he continues to tour extensively), Flo Rida, T-Pain, Girlicious and Sean Kingston.

The international demands on Karls time necessitated

Discography

Albums:
2006-Face Behind the Face (16 songs)
2007-Bite the Bullet (15 songs)
*Hit single AFRICA 4 times platinum Canada
*Hit single Carrera Gold in Canada
2009-Nightlife (17 songs)
*Hit single Hurting
*Hit single Yalla Habibi Gold in Canada
2012-Finally Free (16 songs)
*Mash it up ft three six mafia Gold in Canada
*Dj Gonna Save us Tonite

2011- Ghetto Love with Kardinal Offishal -Gold in Canada
2012- Turn it up with Kardinal Offishal