Carl Abou Samah ( كارل أبو سمح) a Lebanese-born Canadian musician based in Montreal (QC), Canada. He is better known by his stage name Karl Wolf. He has been a singer, songwriter and producer since 2001, releasing his first solo album Face Behind the Face on MapleNationwide/Universal in January 2006, followed by a second album Bite the Bullet in November 2007. His third album Nightlife was released on November 17, 2009. After 9 years with EMI Music, in March 2010 he signed a new recording contract in the United States with Universal Republic.
Karl was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Later on his family moved to Dubai, UAE, a few years later due to the civil war in Lebanon. In an interview with Shave Magazine, Karl explained that in Arabic, his family name (Abou Samah) means 'father of forgiveness.'. His stage name 'wolf' derives from a nickname he received on his high school basketball team as he was the smallest but yet the quickest in his team. He also says his mother and father drove him to a career in music. Wolf's mother was a piano teacher and his father played the guitar, drums and a traditional Middle Eastern musical instrument called oud.
Karl began his career "behind the scenes," and has been writing co-producing since 2001. The 2001 hit album from Gabriel Destroismaisons generated two singles co-written by him that reached #1 on the BDS Francophone Charts, and the record earned him a Felix Award at the L' ADISQ Awards for "Best Mix and Sound of the Year".
Wolf's work with Gabrielle brought Karl Wolf to the attention of Antoine Sicotte, of the top-selling Canadian pop band Sky, where he was recruited as a singer-songwriter becoming Sky's new lead singer in 2002.Wolf co-wrote and co-produced the third Sky album, Picture Perfect (on Sextant/EMI), with strong airplay across Canada. Sicotte and Wolf cooperated on the hugely successful Star Academie reality TV show in Quebec. The subsequent album was the biggest-selling album in Canada in 2003, notching a phenomenal sales in Canadian terms and earning Karl Wolf a SOCAN Award for Most Popular Song. A Star Académie II sequel in 2004 was another big success, the album going double-platinum.
Karl Wolf has collaborated with a number of artists, mainly from Canada:
- He was featured in Quebec rapper and VJ Malik Shaheed's song "Get Down / Respire"
- His song "Hollow Girl" features Quebec artist Striger
- His song "Desensitize" features Canadian rapper Choclair
- He is featured in Choclair's song and music video of "Weekend" from Choclair's Flagship album
- He released with Eve a bilingual (English / French version) of his single "Butterflies" (Co-written by Jordan Kaahn)
- He was featured in Taio Cruz recording "Crazy Girl"
- His song "Like This" features Sandman
- His song "Africa" features Canadian rapper Culture
- His special track "Triple R" features international rap artist Snoop Dogg
- His single "Yalla Habibi" features Rime and Kaz Money
- He is featured in Diana Haddad's single "Enta Ma'ai / Kol Hayati"
- He is featured in Jacob Guay's bilingual French/English single "Si Jeune" (Written by Jordan Kaahn and produced by Karl Wolf)
- His single Hurting features Sway
- The Jay Sean single "Yalla Asia" dedicated to 2011 AFC Asian Cup held in Qatar features Karl Wolf and Radhika
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