Thank You!

I hope you guys are enjoying listening to my new album Soundproof! While working on the album booklet with my brother (who is a very talented graphic designer!) we realized that the original ‘Thank You’ note that I’d written was too long, and we had to shorten it to make it fit. The original note had personalized thank yous to very special people to my heart. I’m posting the original ‘Thank You’ note after the jump. Thank you all for all your love & support!

IT’S CRAZY TO THINK THAT 4 YEARS AGO, I DIDN’T HAVE ANY OF THIS GOING ON FOR ME. I DIDN’T HAVE MY MUSIC, I DIDN’T HAVE A YOUTUBE CHANNEL, AND I DIDN’T HAVE ALL YOU INCREDIBLE PEOPLE BY MY SIDE SUPPORTING ME AND GIVING ME STRENGTH TO KEEP GOING. YOU HAVE COMPLETELY & UTTERLY CHANGED MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER, I CAN’T IMAGINE IT WITHOUT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU NOW. YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT KEEP ME GOING & LIFT ME UP WHEN I NEED THEM THE MOST. THIS ALBUM WAS HUGELY INSPIRED BY THE STORIES YOU SENT ME & THE LOVE YOU GAVE ME. I WANT TO MENTION ALL OF YOU, BUT IF I FORGET YOU, JUST KNOW THAT YOU’RE IN MY HEART & THAT I TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.
FIRST OFF, MY BIGGEST THANKS GOES TO MY BEST FRIEND, MY FAMILY, THE MOST AMAZING PERSON I KNOW; THE EXTREMELY TALENTED & CREATIVE MOHAMMAD AL SAEED. WE STARTED THIS BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY TOGETHER. NOT ONLY DID YOU PUSH ME TO BE THE BEST I COULD BE ON A PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL LEVEL, BUT YOU ALSO CONTRIBUTED MAJORLY TO THIS LIFELONG DREAM OF MINE, BOTH SONICALLY & VISUALLY. IT WAS YOU WHO MADE ME DO POP MUSIC THAT I LOVE, IT WAS YOU WHO BOUGHT THAT FIRST CAMERA TO DO THE VERY FIRST ‘RESURRECT ME’ PHOTO SHOOT, IT WAS YOU I SPENT HOURS WITH NEXT TO THE PIANO WRITING SONGS & THINKING OF WAYS TO INFUSE MY LITERAL SENTIMENTS WITH CREATIVE VISUALS, IT WAS YOU WHO WORKED DAY AND NIGHT OVER THE COURSE OF THREE MONTHS TO DO THE ‘MUSIC THERAPY’ VIDEO. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON… AND ON THIS ALBUM, YOU GAVE ME THE GORGEOUSLY CINEMATIC ‘PORTRAIT OF A LADY’ & YOU WROTE ‘BORDERS’ WITH ME. YOU HAVE AN UNBELIEVABLE SPIRIT & UNBEATABLE VISION AND CREATIVITY. THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF MY JOURNEY. I CAN’T WAIT TO BE PART OF YOURS AND SEE WHERE IT TAKES YOU. BIG THINGS ARE COMING YOUR WAY.
MAMA, FOR BELIEVING IN ME & CHEERING ME ON FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. YOU ARE THE MOST PRECIOUS PERSON TO ME IN THE WHOLE WORLD. I LOVE YOU ENDLESSLY. <3
DIANE, THANK YOU FOR BEING SO GENEROUS & THOUGHTFUL TO ME, THE FACT THAT YOU CAME TO MY EVERY SHOW IN LONDON AND TRAVELED HOURS TO SEE ME FOR MINUTES IS MINDBLOWING TO ME & I DON’T KNOW WHAT I DID TO DESERVE THIS MUCH LOVE FROM YOU, BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT IT’S MUTUAL. X
HUW, THANK YOU FOR GETTING ME MY FIRST EVER PROPER GIG AT SWANSEA. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT DAY! WHEN I’M FAMOUS, YOU CAN TELL PEOPLE THAT I SERVED YOU COFFEE AND CAKES! LOVE YOU BIG GUY! ;)
NICK, YOU UNDERDOG YOU! I HOPE YOU STILL HAVE MY WAX HAND! IT BETTER NOT HAVE MELTED! THANK YOU FOR BEING SUPPORTIVE OF ME AND BEING PART OF MY DREAM. YOU’RE INCREDIBLE.
SENIDA, YOU ARE SIMPLY THE SWEETEST TO ME, AND I LOVE THE POSITIVITY THAT FLOWS OUT OF YOU ALL THE TIME. DON’T EVER CHANGE, SWEETNIDA! LOVE YOU!
WOLFIE, YOUR LITTLE TUMBLR POSTS AND YOUR TWEETS ALWAYS MAKE MY DAY. I CAN ALWAYS DEPEND ON YOU FOR A SMILE ON DAYS WHEN I NEED IT, I JUST SEARCH MY NAME ON TUMBLR! LOVE YOU. HUGS!
JIM, YOU ALWAYS KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY WHENEVER I NEED SUPPORT. I’LL NEVER FORGET HOW YOU KEPT TWEETING ME THAT DAY OF THE COMPETITION IN LONDON. IT’S LIKE YOU WERE THERE WITH ME CHEERING ME ON. I THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING YOU SAID WHILE I WAS ON THAT STAGE. I WAS A WINNER IN MY HEAD BECAUSE OF YOU AND THE GANG. I WILL ALWAYS CHEER YOU ON. KEEP TAKING PHOTOS UNTIL YOU’RE THE BIGGEST PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE WORLD!
DENNIS, YOU SHOULD WORK FOR RECORD COMPANIES AND SPOT MUSIC TALENT! YOU WERE OFFICIALLY MY FIRST EVER FAN. YOU HEARD ME SING WHEN I WAS 14 AND YOU INSTANTLY NOTICED SOMETHING IN ME THAT NO ONE ELSE DID… INCLUDING MYSELF! I LOVED SINGING, BUT LISTENING BACK ON MY OLD RECORDINGS, I NEVER WOULD HAVE PICKED ME OUT OF A CROWD. THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME SINCE DAY ONE. IT WAS AMAZING MEETING YOU IN LONDON AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS OF ONLINE FRIENDSHIP. YOU ARE VERY SPECIAL TO ME. HUGS!
ANTHONY, MY MOST ANALYTIC FRIEND! I LOVE HOW YOU ALWAYS JUST SEEM TO DISSECT MY MUSIC & READ INTO THE DIFFERENT MESSAGES AND SOUNDS, AND FIND REASONING FOR EVERYTHING THAT I DO. YOU MAKE ME WORK EVEN HARDER TO MAKE MY MUSIC THAT MUCH MORE MEANINGFUL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENDLESS SUPPORT. IT MEANS THE WORLD TO ME.
NASSER Q, THANK YOU FOR BEING ONE OF THE FIRST MUSIC BLOGS TO BELIEVE IN ME. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE WAY YOU SUPPORTED ‘RESURRECTED’. I WILL NEVER FORGET HOW IT MADE ITS WAY ON LOFT965.COM'S 100 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR CHARTS. YOU HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY GENEROUS & SUPPORTIVE TOWARDS MY CAREER AND FOR THAT, I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL TO YOU. I AM PROUD TO CALL YOU MY FRIEND. THANK YOU.
JOHNO, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME ON YOUR SHOW AND FOR PLAYING MY MUSIC! YOU ROCK!
RAMI AFUNI, THANK YOU FOR THE MUSICAL THERAPY! ;)
LIANA AFUNI, FOR ALWAYS BEING SUPPORTIVE OF MY MUSIC AND PLAYING ‘HEARTBEAT’ 379047130941 TIMES. I LOVE YOU. NO FORK!!!
ODAI AFUNI, FOR YOUR AWESOME DESIGNS! I WOULDN’T HAVE SUCH COOL PICTURES WITHOUT YOUR MAGICAL TOUCH ON THEM!
FABRICIO EMANUEL, I AM NOT A STAR, BUT YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE ONE! THANK YOU FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT! HUGS!
GREG WHITE, THANK YOU FOR BEING SO KIND TO ME AND FOR TRYING YOUR BEST TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT ME. THAT MEANS THE WORLD TO ME!
HERVE HOLIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VERY KIND AND EXTENSIVE REVIEW OF ‘RESURRECTED’! I’M SURE THAT THAT TOOK YOU AGES TO WRITE. I CAN’T WAIT TO READ YOUR REVIEW OF ‘SOUNDPROOF’!
HOWARD REESE, THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME ENOUGH TO CREATE NOT 1, BUT 2 VIDEOS ON YOUR CHANNEL TO PROMOTE ‘RESURRECT ME’ & ‘RESURRECTED’. YOU’RE AWESOME AND I WISH YOU EVERY SUCCESS. YOU DESERVE IT.
A.S., THANK YOU FOR FOR ALWAYS MAKING ME FEEL LIKE THE MOST TALENTED GUY IN THE WORLD. I KNOW THAT I’M NOT, BUT IN YOUR EYES I SEE SO MUCH HOPE AND BELIEF IN ME. IT TOUCHES ME EVERY TIME. PLAYING MY MUSIC TO YOU IS ALWAYS A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE AND I LOVE SEEING YOUR REACTIONS TO MY SONGS. YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO SPECIAL AND LOVED. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.
THERE’S NOT ENOUGH SPACE, BUT OTHER AWESOME PEEPS I NEED TO THANK FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND FOR DIFFERENT REASONS ARE: AHMED AL MATROUK, TAMIRIS UEDA, DAVID HANSON, DIEGO TIDUS, DAMIAN SALMON, PLYMOOD, KOOKEEJOOJEH, RUFEIDY, REYNALDO MEDINA, STEVE MOREHEAD, RATEDROCKIN, SARIS FLYNN, MONIRA BOARKI, MISHAL W., ABDULLAH ALHATHRAN, YILMAZ OZDEMIR, CESAR JUNIOR, LUIS QUARTAROLIS, KALI, ABDULLAH BASSAM, SULAIMAN ALSAEED, RATIB ANANI, ELIAD ASHER, MOHAMMED TAHER, NOOR QUDIMAT, AMONI JONI, ALAA ASSADI, DARIUS BONYADI, FLAVIEN,… THE LIST GOES ON AND ON!
THIS ALBUM IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF LAURA GREEN.
GONE TOO SOON, BUT IN OUR HEARTS YOU WILL STAY. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.
I HOPE THAT THIS ALBUM INSPIRES YOU TO FREE YOURSELF FROM SOCIAL CHAINS & NORMS THAT EXPECT YOU TO BE AND LIVE YOUR LIFE A CERTAIN WAY. BREAK FREE, BE YOURSELF, GO AFTER YOUR OWN GOALS & ASPIRATIONS WHATEVER THEY MAY BE, DARE TO DREAM AND VISUALIZE WHAT YOU DREAM, NOTHING’S AS IMPOSSIBLE AS IT SEEMS. DON’T LET ANYBODY TELL YOU ANY DIFFERENT. THAT’S ONLY A REFLECTION OF THEIR OWN NEGATIVE MENTALITY & PESSIMISTIC OUTLOOK ON LIFE. AS OF TODAY, YOU ARE SOUNDPROOF
LOVE, LIGHT & INSPIRATION,
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