Suad El-Amin, A Singer/Songwriter who truly Inspires
Suad's singing career started when she was a young child. She recalls watching the Shirelles rehearse, and them performing their songs for the public. By the age of six, Suad was singing professionally. As a young girl she wanted to tour with her musical mentor, Miss Dionne Warwick, but Dionne convinced Suad to complete her education, before embarking on a musical career.
As a teenager, Suad formed a local singing group who appeared at the World Famous Club Harlem, The Wonder Garden, and The Five Hundred Club, The Garden States Arts Center, etc. Where artists such as Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Arthur Prysock, Billy Eckstein, Marvin Gaye, Dionne Warwick, and many others would also appear.
In the 1970's Suad signed a recording contract in New York, and worked with various artists. Collaborating with the likes of The Constellations as well as Mr. Aaron Floyd of The Artistics, who were best known for their hit "I'm Gonna Miss You." Together they wrote and produced the song, "Everlasting Love". Over the years Suad has shared the stage with artists such as, The Intruders, The Persuaders, Melvin Sparks, Winard Harper, Hassan Abdullah, Jesse Hameen, and others.
In 1980, Suad formed the singing group "Shahadah". The group performed in various other places throughout the country. They were known for their message music. One of the group's highlight performances was with the gospel giant, Miss Shirley Caesar.
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In 1989 she released her first solo project, "I'll Never Let Go of You". She next produced what has now become her signature songs, "Shahadah" and "Ramadan", which have now sold over 35, 000 copies. Suad's other cd projects are "Striving For Paradise", "Don't Give Up", "Suad's Greatest Hits", "On a Positive Note", and "Born to Inspire", “Running to the Destiny”, “A Message of Concern". A song which she collaborated with Imam W. Deen Mohammed.
As a favorite performer of Muslim Leader, Imam W. Deen Mohammed, Suad was asked to perform yearly for the Annual Mosque Cares Convention, at his request. She also had the honor of being one of the first performers to be highlighted at the Annual Convention’s Public Address featuring Imam W. Deen Mohammed. Suad went on for years providing spirited uplifting music through out the country. Often times with our leader Imam W. Deen Mohammed. Imam Mohammed in his great wisdom and insight, told Suad that she “represents the spirit of our new community". And that “God has blessed Suad, to be able to go deep into the Souls of the People”.
Suad takes great pride in knowing that she worked closely with Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, in helping to establish the culture that he envisioned for our community and the world. A culture that for us, represents our Islamic spirit, in our African American music.
In 1991 Suad had the honor of performing for the "mother of the civil rights movement", Mrs. Rosa Parks at the Tropicana Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. She sang the Neville Brother's classic for the icon, "Thank you sister Rosa, you are the spark! You started our freedom movement, Thank you sister Rosa Parks!"
In 2000, Suad was one of the performers at the Focolare, American Muslim Society Interfaith Conference. Featuring Lady Chiara Lubich, (Italian Catholic Activist/Leader and Foundress of the Focolare Movement), and Imam WD Mohammed, (Muslim American Leader).
In March of 2005, Suad performed at the Millions More Movement March, in Washington DC. Sponsored by The Nation of Islam. It was there where Suad received an honorary title mention of Dr. Suad El- Amin, by The Event Hostess, Dr Julianne Malveaux. There Suad delivered a powerful performance from the steps of the United States Capitol. She shared the stage with such artists as Wyclef John, Erykah Badu, India Arie, and others.
In 2007 Suad had an opportunity to perform for The Sacred Activism, and The Power of Inclusion Conference, in Tulsa Oklahoma. Which was sponsored by The Wisdom University, with the purpose of promoting a movement of inclusion and hope. Comprised of people who have participated in the major social movements of the past 50 years. The group constitutes the new moral majority of America.
In 2009 Suad was invited by The Council for A Parliament of the World Religions to be a performer and presenter in Melbourne, Australia. The Parliament was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities. In order to achieve a just, peaceful, and sustainable world. There Suad shared with the audience, some of her faith based, inspirational music.
In 2012 Suad’s co-sponsored and coordinated a major concert at the Meadowlands Expo Center, in New Jersey, with various artists. Suad was also a performer at this concert as well. The theme for the concert was “One Nation, One Human Family”.
Suad performs for both large and small audiences alike. Her repertoire includes both original and mainstream compositions with a positive and inspiring message!