Faranak's latest media appearances
From losing my family home at the age of 14, in war torn Iran, to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the one thing that keeps me going is the world of music I have created for myself. It has helped me cope with the toughest times and complimented the happiest ones. I aspire to share my music hoping that it helps people the same way it helped me.
The worldwide health outbreak of COVID-19 has definitely had an effect on my life. For more than two decades, I’ve been able to share my musical gifts with a live audience. But since the coronavirus epidemic, my whole lifestyle has changed. 2020 will be a historical era for Millennials and Generation Z, too, from graduates to adults. I thought about how lives have changed this year and got a lot of inspiration from it while recording my third album.
My partner, Steve Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, is a wine connoisseur. He shared his passion for wine with me over the years, which made me love a good bottle, too. Performing live for winemaker Robert Mondavi was also a special treat for me. I like to relax with a glass, unwind, meditate and then see where my creativity takes me.
Faranak Shahroozi is an Iranian-American composer, performer and pianist known for her lyrical, romantic and captivating melodies. Faranak's passion for music started at the age of 5 when her parents hired a private tutor to teach her basic musical notes and theory. Following the revolution of 1979, her world as she knew it changed forever. Because of the Iran-Iraq War of 1980, Faranak and her parents packed their bags and left their hometown of Abadan and moved to the capital city of Tehran.
In 1984, she moved to the United States, where she pursued her passion for music and received her B.A. in Classical Music from Cal State University. The dramatic changes in her life had a direct effect on her musical abilities and emotional connections, which led to a series of musical compositions and ultimately captured the attention of famed producer Preston Glass. By the late ‘90s, Faranak became the face of music in Napa Valley, where she lived and performed for many years.
With Glass's help, vision and collaboration with stars such as Lenny Williams from the soul/funk group Tower of Power, Syreeta Wright (Stevie Wonder's wife) and the endorsement of the legendary winemaker Robert Mondavi, Faranak's first album, titled "La Musica De La Vigna," was produced. Her song "Helplessly Falling" was featured in the "Down ‘n Dirty" film starring Gary Busey.
By the mid-2000s, Faranak began working with San Francisco R&B radio station KBLX. Her second album, entitled "Eternal Love," emerged as the result of a passionate romance when she met her husband, Steve Lohr of J.Lohr Vineyards & Wines. “Eternal Love” was produced by Adam Ivy and released in 2012. She has also performed for business and musical professionals like Jeff Shell/Stephen B. Burke, the [former] CEO of NBC; Johnson & Johnson; PETA; winemaker Robert Mondavi; saxophonist Boney James; and Tony! Toni! Toné!
Faranak is currently working with several music supervisors for sync licensing her songs on films and television. Her song "Remembering the 80's is featured in Johnathan Mach's up coming movie, Power Play, released in theaters this summer.
Faranak's music is being distributed and featured on DSPs worldwide by Symphonic.