Inspired by the the age-old use of song to unite people in their common experiences, joys and struggles, Dawud Wharnsby began singing as a sidewalk busker in his late teens. Over thirty years later, his writings have taken on lives of their own.
In time-honoured, community/folk-music custom, Wharnsby’s melodies can be heard ringing out around the world in primary schools, universities, places of worship, rallies, conventions and sing-a-longs ~ his poetry and lyrics having found their way into the hearts of listeners regardless of age.
As a voice for the socially conscious and spiritually motivated, Dawud’s books, recordings, articles and live presentations on multiple continents have inspired a generation of educators, musicians, poets, artists and professionals.
Within sacred-music circles, Wharnsby is cited as a pioneer in the composition of English anasheed, hymns inspired by Muslim tradition. His work has been referenced in textbook publications affiliated with Harvard University in the USA, as well as Oxford University, Edinburgh University and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
Dawud has worked with the non-profit, community bridge-building organization Sound Vision Foundation in countless creative roles since 1996, redirecting his song royalties toward humanitarian and educational initiatives. In addition to his international work as a writer, audio producer and community musician, he has also hosted numerous television programs and documentaries for both children and adults. The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (Jordan) has consistently included Dawud on their annual list of the 500 Most Influential Muslims for his contributions to entertainment and the arts.
A strong advocate of Simple Living and Traditional Trades, Dawud’s handiwork as an artisan over the years has included woodworking, photography, painting, puppetry, storytelling, illustration, film production, beekeeping and candle making.
Dawud resides in Nashville, Tennessee USA, where he continues to write, garden and fix things that get broken around the house.
“Wharnsby’s message is substantive, and his vocals are compelling,
similar in style to Peter Yarrow and Paul Simon.”
~ Dallas Morning News
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