Genres:Pop Rock, Alternative Pop, Specialty - Underscores, Specialty - Soundtrack Alternatives, Rock - Roots Rock, Rock - Pop Rock, Rock - Hard Rock/Classic, Rock - Alternative Rock, Rock - Alternative Pop , World - Other, Blues - Electric
Writing songs for her debut solo album in Los Angeles, CA since 2008, Fereshta is an indie rock artist in the style of Alanis Morissette, Lenny Kravitz, Nico Vega, and Cream.
Born in war-torn Afghanistan, Fereshta's parents fled persecution with a baby Fereshta in their arms, and hope and determination in their hearts. They journeyed to Pakistan in hopes of one day reaching America. Sponsored by a Baptist church in New York, Fereshta and her family began a new life in Virginia, where she soon found healing and inspiration in rock n' roll. "I was deeply moved by the level of passion, raw power and self-expression so beautifully embodied by the genre."
A natural poet, she began to combine her words with the rock n' roll she loved so much. Her lyrics speak to the human experience, to the shadow aspects and emotions we all have and the journey we all share, with a message of compassion and common humanity. "I believe music in its greatest form and expression can be the voice of humanity. It can powerfully move our hearts and heal us."
Currently working on her cd release party slated for the fall, Fereshta aims to heal the divide between her two beloved nations. "I have a profound view straddling the cultural fence. I want to make a stand for these two incredible nations. They share so many of the same values and carry many of the same hopes and dreams for their lives and the lives of their children. I can see very clearly where the misunderstandings are, and I intend to participate proactively in the unification our human family."
Combining her deep love of music with her passion for sacred activism, Fereshta aims to support both of her homelands through peaceful dialogue and benefit shows. A portion of proceeds from her cd release party and record sales will benefit girls' education via the building of schools in Afghanistan through the Central Asia Institute (www.ikat.org). ?
As Greg Mortenson, the Executive Director of CAI points out, "Young women are the single biggest potential agents of change in the developing world -- a phenomenon that is sometimes referred to as the Girl Effect. No other factor even comes close to matching the cascade of positive changes triggered by teaching a single girl how to read and write. In military parlance, girls' education is a force multiplier."
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