Fady Fatrouni, known by his stage name Faydee, is a master of combining pop and Arab sounds and creating exciting and catchy music.
That has been his goal since he was 13-years-old. He always wanted to combine the Middle Eastern culture with western music, he told Lebanese Examiner in an exclusive interview.
His voice might be familiar to U.S. listeners due to his feature in the mega hit song, Habibi (I Need Your Love).
Faydee pushed heavily for the song to contain Arabic undertones and for the name to include the word Habibi.
“One of my proudest moments is that the song charted in the top 100 in the U.S.,” Faydee said. “For me that was a surreal thing that the Arabic-English version (of the song) got the most recognition.”
“I want Arabic music to be as accepted as Spanish music is in the pop culture,” he added.
Faydee said his parents initially disapproved of his plans to be a singer, telling him to pursue other careers that were “more tangible.” However, when they realized the talent that their son had, they turned into his biggest supporters.
“For them, the proudest they were of me is when I accepted an award from the Beirut (& Beyond) International Music Festival,” he said. “Seeing me receive an award from the place they grew up was big.”
In the future, Faydee wants to venture into acting and continue to expand his brand by making new Arab-Western fusion music often.
Listen to his single Habibi Albi featuring Leftside by clicking the link below: