Published on 06 May 2014 | over 3 years ago
Country of origin: Pakistan
Jal (Urdu: جل, literal English translation: "water" is a pop rock band from Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The band originally consisted of song writer, vocalist and lead guitarist, Goher Mumtaz and vocalist, Atif Aslam and later joined by bass guitarist Omer Nadeem Founded in 2002, they first became popular playing in Lahore's underground music scene with the release of their song "Aadat", which was a massive hit in Pakistan topping all local music charts.
The band initially achieved critical and commercial success with the release of their music video "Aadat", directed by Umer Anwar, in 2003. After the success of the single, lead vocalist, Atif Aslam due to musical differences with lead guitarist Goher Mumtaz, parted ways with the band to pursue a career as a solo artist. This led Mumtaz recruit musicians Farhan Saeed on vocals and Aamir Sheraz on bass guitar. The band's new lineup followed with the release of their debut studio album, Aadat, in 2004. The album was declared as the best selling album of 2004 on Geo TV by the record label Sadaf Stereo. Soon afterwards, the band recorded and released their second studio album Boondh in 2007, which topped several music charts in South Asia. The success of both the albums has led the band to achieve several awards, most notably winning the MTV Asia Award for Favorite Artist India in 2006. In 2011, Farhan Saeed also left the band to pursue a solo career with Goher Mumtaz taking over as the lead vocalist of the band. Jal came out with their third studio album 'Pyaas' which was released to the fans delight on March 11, 2013 in both Pakistan(by Hum Network, M Records) and India (Universal Music)
Jal are one of the most commercially successful and influential rock music groups of all time in Pakistan. Also, the band is well known for being one of the few contemporary Pakistani music bands to have fused Urdu lyrics with modern pop music.
Goher Mumtaz is now the current Lead Vocalist of JAL and sang the new album boondh as he has sung man songs in his previous albums too ( Dil harry, panchi, Woe Lamhay, Hamein itna pyar). Goher sang panchi mixing up with mohammad ali shakki and legendary Alin Fakeer 's old song, teray ishq mein joe bhi doob giya' in Coke studio 4 . that song has become rage in music industry.
JAL performed in London O2, Arena in June 2013 and performed their album Pyaas and old hits.