Emad Alaeddin & The Final Wish
Emad Alaeddin spent the better part of a decade playing in a hard rock band in Los Angeles. Things were so difficult at times that he even lived in his band’s rehearsal room; right in between metal bands that would blast their deafening sounds through the night. Emad’s had bottles of beer thrown towards his head while performing and has even been punched out on stage. Despite all the signs that he should call it quits, Emad pushed on, and in 2007 became the first and only Arab to be nominated at the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2007. In 2008, he won awards for two of his songs at the songoftheyear.com songwriting competition. After spending 10 years in Los Angeles, Emad decided to move back home to his family and continue his musical journey. His first single after arriving in Jordan was “Sunshine,” which received airplay on MTV Arabia. Emad has toured the U.K., Germany, Spain, China, Jordan, Syria, and the United States to support his debut solo album. He’s even started his own charity called “Bring Change” that benefits local underfunded schools in the countries that he tours. His new band, The Final Wish, features multi-talented drummer Natasha Dahdaleh, who's been playing the drums since she was seven years old. Don't let her beauty fool you; her unique, hard-hitting sound is proof that she is an integral part of the band. Ibrahim Khries is a self-taught bassist whose natural grasp of the groove is unmatched in the region. The band has already played major festivals in Jordan as well as Beirut’s Music Hall. Rehearsing and performing frequently has transformed The Final Wish from a band into a real family that have shared many great memories and are working hard to create even more to come.