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Laith Al-Saadi

March 25th, 2016

Born:
Laith Al-Saadi

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'00s




Laith Al-Saadi

Biography

A soulful vocalist and powerful guitarist with a taste for blues, vintage R&B, jazz, and classic rock, Laith Al-Saadi was born in 1978 and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Al-Saadi displayed his talents at a young age, learning to sing with the Boys' Choir of Ann Arbor when he was four, and taking up the guitar at age 13. While Al-Saadi's father only listened to Arabic classical music, his mother had much broader tastes, and after his folks split up, he began exploring the popular music of the '60s and '70s. As a student of Ann Arbor's Community High School, he played in the school's jazz band, and at 15 he joined a local blues band, Blue Vinyl. Blue Vinyl was successful enough to tour the Netherlands, and landed gigs opening for blues greats such as Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Luther Allison, and Taj Mahal. After completing high school, Al-Saadi studied music at the University of Michigan, and received a degree in Jazz Guitar and Bass. After graduating, he became one of the busiest working musicians in Michigan, playing with the Johnny Trudell Orchestra, sitting in with popular Mitten State acts like Thornetta Davis and the Reefermen, headlining at clubs across the country, opening shows for B.B. King, Johnny Winter, the Yardbirds, and many others, and leading the Detroit Lions Pep Band. In 2005, Al-Saadi released his first solo album, Long Time Coming, followed in 2008 by In the Round. 2013 saw the release of Real, a live-in-the-studio set with Al-Saadi backed by a band of legendary studio players, including Jimmy Vivino on rhythm guitar, Leland Sklar on bass, Jim Keltner on drums, and Tom Scott on sax. In March 2016, Al-Saadi was chosen to be a contestant on the popular musical competition series The Voice, and after impressing the judges with a strong version of the Box Tops' "The Letter," Blake Shelton and Adam Levine both turned their chairs for his performance. Al-Saadi chose Levine to be his coach, and his version of "The Letter" was quickly made available as a digital single. ~ Mark Deming

Top Albums


1. Honky Tonk W..

2. Real.

3. In the Round

4. Long Time Co..

5. The Letter (..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Honky Tonk Women (The Voice Performa..Honky Tonk Women (The Voice..2:11$1.29
2.
Letter (The Voice Performance)Letter (The Voice Performan..3:36$1.29
3.
What It Means (Alternate Take)Real.5:20$0.99
4.
Gone (Alternate Take)Real.3:40$0.99
5.
Last Time You'll See Me CryReal.3:45$0.99
6.
Complete DisgraceReal.4:56$0.99
7.
How It's Gonna BeReal.6:07$0.99
8.
OpheliaReal.4:38$0.99
9.
What It MeansReal.5:23$0.99
10.
GoneReal.3:45$0.99
11.
Big MamaIn the Round4:36$0.99
12.
All These YearsIn the Round7:01$0.99
13.
Before Too LongIn the Round3:04$0.99
14.
So Different NowIn the Round5:06$0.99
15.
FreeIn the Round3:46$0.99
16.
My Hands Are TiedIn the Round5:30$0.99
17.
Can't Keep GoingIn the Round6:19$0.99
18.
Morning LightIn the Round5:25$0.99
19.
No One Left to BlameIn the Round4:22$0.99
20.
ChainsIn the Round4:02$0.99
21.
Run to YouLong Time Coming7:02$0.99
22.
Who Turned Out the Lights?Long Time Coming5:43$0.99
23.
IfLong Time Coming4:36$0.99
24.
Turn it AroundLong Time Coming4:41$0.99
25.
EverythingLong Time Coming3:37$0.99

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