Call My Name
Sultan & Ned Shepard Feat. Nadia Ali

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SULTAN & NED SHEPARD

'Life works in mysterious ways. One minute you're doing one thing, then one decision later the whole path of your life has been redrawn' - Sultan

The unlikely crossing of paths between two classically trained musicians at an EDM show over ten years ago has blossomed into the successful DJ, producing, and remixing team Sultan + Ned Shepard. Using their vast knowledge of all musical genres, the Montreal duo has created a melodic blend of rock, pop, and house that has received worldwide acclaim from fans and critics alike. Sultan + Ned Shepard's innovative approach, easily-accessible sound and unforgettable live sets have allowed the team to quickly establish themselves at the forefront of the house music scene.

Few producers have managed to maintain their studio output with such stamina and consistency as Sultan + Ned Shepard. On the studio front, they were tagged by Beatport as the 'kings of the progressive scene' with countless chart-topping productions and remixes including their collaboration with Funkagenda on Past Dreaming, and Crimson Sun featuring Grammy winners Dirty Vegas. They also became one of 2011's most in-demand remixers with their unique take on Kaskade's Fire In Your New Shoes, Tiesto and Calvin Harris' Century, and Morgan Page's Fight For You, amongst others.

Continuing their hot streak, Sultan and Ned collaborated with the 'Queen of Clubs' Nadia Ali, releasing Call My Name. This smash hit peaked at #5 on the Billboard Dance Chart, #2 on the UK Music Chart and #1 on the Beatport Electro chart, and in the process cemented its status as one of this year's anthems, with major club and radio support through the US and Europe. Following up on the success of Call My Name, Sultan & Ned teamed up with Dutch superstar Fedde Le Grand to create the unstoppable monster anthem Running. Already reaching the Top Ten on Beatport, it has received praise and support from some of the top DJs in the world, including the pied-piper of dance music, BBC Radio One legend Pete Tong.

In addition to their stellar productions, they've gained international praise for their live sets, hitting major venues and festivals across the globe. After launching Harem Nights at the world renowned Stereo Nightclub in Montreal, Sultan + Ned Shepard toured extensively across the world, rocking dance floors at festivals such as Dance Valley (Amsterdam), Global Gathering (Kiev & St. Petersburg), Creamfields (Peru) and Sunburn (India) as well as the world's leading nightclubs like Ministry of Sound (UK), Green Valley (Brazil), Pacha (Argentina, Egypt, Germany) and the ultimate venue, Privilege (Ibiza). With dates supporting David Guetta on his tour across Canada, an unforgettable live performance featuring Nadia Ali at LIV nightclub in Miami and an action packed, tent-rocking experience at Ultra Music Festival, their shows have proven to be truly epic events.

2012 shows no signs of Sultan + Ned Shepard slowing down. The duo launched a new residency at XS in Las Vegas to showcase their DJ talents and have several new releases including the single "Walls" which is featured on Tiesto's new Club Life Miami compilation, and "Somebody to Love"- a collaboration with Thomas Sagstad and Steve Smith of Dirty Vegas to be released on their own imprint, Harem Records.

NADIA ALI

Nadia AliNadia Ali was born in the Mediterranean and grew up in Queens, New York City. In her teens, Nadia listened to a hugevariety of music - anything from Reggae, Hip Hop, Latin house and from Motown to alternative rock. However, Nadia considers classic rock and Indian music to be her biggest genre influences. Artistically, the three performers having the most influence on her are Stevie Nicks, "because of her haunting vocals and songwriting;" Sade, "because she has such a distinctive sound;" and Madonna, "For being such an intense performer". Artists ranging from U2, Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison, Carole King, Depeche Mode and eastern icon, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, among others, have also heavily ininflucenced her.

Nadia's voice is astonishingly pure and rich despite the fact that she never once had vocal training. Earlier in her life she looked at singing as a hobby(she wrote her rst song at 16) and instead went to college for academic purposes rather than pursue a career in music. But life sometimes has other ideas for us.

While working in the NYC Versace oce - trying to balance full time employment with college - a colleague (who had heard her singing in the oce) introduced Nadia to a producer named Markus Moser. The first song Nadia sang for Markus was Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" and it blew him away - He knew Nadia had something special.

At Markus' suggestion Nadia soon quit college to focus exclusively on singing and songwriting, a period that soon yielded dozens of songs. One such track was the mighty "Rapture," a song in which the lyrics were written by Nadia in a mere 30 minutes.

Together, Markus and Nadia would formally release "Rapture," a second single "At The End" and the album Poetica under the stage name Iio. "At the time I had no idea how big the song was gonna become. I don't think anybody knew how massive it was gonna become. I started hearing all these strange names like oh "Sander, Pete Tong, Seb Fontaine, are all playing Rapture" I remembered how crazy it was when I first heard it on the radio I freaked. I mean growing up in NY, since I was 14 I had gone to clubs like the Tunnel, the Palladium, Roxy and Limelight and really only knew a handful of names the likes of Tenaglia, Deep Dish, Sasha & Digweed. I had no idea that all these names would eventually go on to playing my record I mean I remember my first 2 dance (Cassette Tapes!) being Danny Tenaglia's "Tourism" and a Junior Vasquez mix compilation. It was all surreal," Nadia says What does the future hold in store for Nadia Ali? Well, the future is now!

Nadia recently collaborated with Armin Van Buuren on a track called "Who is Watching." Much dierent that the high energy trance Van Buuren is known for, the track is very minimal, complete with an acoustic guitar. Remixes of "Who is Watching" is being played out at clubs now and the original version is available on Van Buuren's new CD "Shivers."

Nadia also collaborated with producers John Creamer & Stephane K and male vocalist/singer/songwriter Rosko on the duet "Something To Lose.""I chose working with Armin Van Buuren (well known for his melodic trance productions) and John Creamer & Stephane K (known for their sexy deep progressive house) because I wanted to do two records very different from each other. The Van Buuren record is very emotional and melodic and the record with Creamer and K has a lot of energy and attitude. It's also really interesting to work with them because both Armin Van Buuren and Creamer and K remixed "Rapture" and I always wanted to work with them," says Nadia.

Nadia has performed in all parts of the world, from Texas to Taipei, Bucharest to Melbourne, and Moscow to Istanbul. She brings a unique passion and intensity to each of her performances, the result of a true connection to each track she sings.

Nadia continues to 100% exclusively write and sing her own lyrics in order to bring across that true emotion to her fans. She is at the heart of what makes dance music young, fresh, exciting and new. "

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