Hafiz Zainal is a 23-years-old Malaysian artist acknowledged as a rising talent in South East Asia. Born in the Southern Malaysian city of Johor Bahru, Hafiz’s unique talent was first noticed by his family at the tender age of 5 years old. By the age of 12, Hafiz was already performing in front of local audiences and winning talent competitions in his hometown.
Fast forward ten years and Hafiz is now winning awards on both a national and international scale. After releasing a series of popular YouTube covers between 2011 and 2013, Hafiz has built a fan base of more than 80,000 loyal ‘Hafiziers’ and amassed over half a million views on YouTube, owing to his phenomenal voice and the excitement generated around his videos.
This early success led to Hafiz being shortlisted and eventually winning the NOVA Media Social Award at the prestigious Anugerah Planet Muzik Awards in 2013, an annual industry awards ceremony held in Singapore, celebrating the best artists across Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Earlier in 2013 Hafiz was also awarded with the Runner Up prize in the Awakening Talent Contest, a global online competition that drew in over 1000 entries from across the world in search of the newest star of the Muslim world. Judges included the Directors of Awakening Records and Multi-platinum selling artist, Maher Zain.
As of 2014, Hafiz has signed an exclusive recording deal with Rumpun Records in partnership with British record label UMA Global and is now based in Kuala Lumpur where he is working with leading local and international composers as well as also embarking on his university degree in Dentistry at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Hafiz’s debut single, Cinta Bukan Jalan Kita, was released in early April 2015 and the future certainly looks bright for this emerging star.