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Leila Forouhar (Persian: لیلا فروهر‎‎, Leylâ Foruhar) (born 23 February 1958, Isfahan, Iran) is a popular Iranian pop singer. She was also an actress before the She relocated to Paris after the Iranian Revolution and then to Los Angeles in 1988.
Career
Leila is the daughter of the late Iranian actor Jahangir Forouhar, who had already established a solid background in the Iranian entertainment industry by the early 1970s. She speaks of the great influence her father had upon her interviews. She followed her father’s career path into movies, beginning with minor roles in various movies that were based mainly on the social issues of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi[citation needed]. In time she became known as a child star, and with the release of Soltaneh Ghalbhaa (King of Hearts), her fame had already spread far abroad. As a teenager, she began modeling for top fashion magazines alongside acting, with roles in Ezteraab, Three Sisters and The Thirsty Ones. Leila has more than 47 films.

Move to France
With the outbreak of war with neighboring Iraq, the Iranian movie and music industry was foundering. Initially Forouhar family decided to stay in Tehran in hopes that the conclusion of the war would signify a return to the pre-revolutionary era[citation needed]. With the war drew stretched on, however, Leila decided to leave the country.

During this time, much of the press speculated about Forouhar’s possible comeback to singing, but Forouhar did not grant interviews, desiring to remain unobtrusive (assassinations of famous expatriates were common).

Move to the United States
In 1988 Forouhar and her family moved to the United States quickly establishing contact with Los Angeles based Iranian artists who had fled at the outbreak of the revolution. That same year, she released “Makhmal-e-Naz” and in 1989 “Hedieh” (“The Gift”), and the song “Ey Dil” (“Oh My Heart”) became very popular[citation needed], rekindling a craze similar to that inspired by “Cheshma-e-Nour” (“Eye of Light”)[citation needed]. Releasing an album a year[citation needed], by the 1990s she re-established her reputation as a popular female vocalist amongst Persian audiences[citation needed].

Leila is very popular among Middle Eastern countries like Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kurdistan, Armenia and also in the United States. She has received appreciation from the Los Angeles mayor several times. Releasing an album a year, Leila has released more than 20 albums since she has started her singing career. One of her best sold album was “Planet of Harmony”, that consisted of famous songs in different languages like English, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Afghani, Armenian, Turkish, and Kurdish. Her albums are available in Tower Records and iTunes.

In 2005, Leila married a Los Angeles-based Iranian-American businessman in a ceremony that included many fellow singers and entertainers with whom she had made albums[citation needed]. Forouhar’s nephew is American Muslim reformer Reza Aslan.

Live In Tajikistan[edit]
In 2006, Leila Forouhar had a performance in Tajikistan for a celebration commemorating Aryan civilization.[citation needed] During three concerts that she performed there more than 40,000 people came at the concerts.[citation needed]

Celebration of Nowrouz
In celebration of Nowrouz as an international ceremony in the United Nations calendar (2010), Leila Forouhar performed a program as a representative of the Iranian Community with the presence of numerous US politicians as well as those of Middle East countries in the Thomas Jefferson congress Hall.[citation needed]

Dolly Parton’s Jolene
Leila has covered Jolene, the most famous song composed and performed by Dolly Parton, in her album called Do Parande (The Two Birds, Persian: دو پرنده‎‎) in 1976. She is one of the first popular singers that has sung “Jolene”.

Discography
Unknown Release

1974: Hadis
Avang Records Releases

1977: Leila Forouhar 2 (Ham Parvaz)
Caltex Records Releases

1988: Makhmal-e-Naz
1990: Hedieh (with Shahram Solati)
1991: Shaans
1994: Attal Mattal (with Ebi)
1995: Tapesh
1996: Saraab
1997: Love Songs
1997: Planet of Harmony
1997: Dance Beat
1998: Love Story
1999: Didar (with Shahram Shabpareh)
1999: Yek Samado Do Leila (soundtrack from the play “Yek Samado Do Leila”)
2000: Tasvir
2001: Story of Yours, Story of Mine
2003: Live in Concert at the Kodak Theatre
2005: A Kiss
2008: My Moon
2012: From My Heart
Taraneh Record Releases

1993: Hamsafar
1994: Do Parandeh
2012: From My Heart
Pars Video Releases

1988: Makhmal-e-Naaz
1994: Parandeha (with Mahasti and Shahram Solati)
1999: Ghahremanane Vatan (with Andy and Dariush)
MZM Records Releases

1992: Bahaaneh
2008: Maahe Man
Other Records Releases

2000: Lets party (with Maxim & The Boyz)
single Records Releases

1970s: Entezaar
1974: Delshoureh
1975: Yeki Yepoole Khoroos
1977: Zalzalak
1992: Amad az rah fasle zibaye bahar
1994: Telesm (With Shamaei zadeh)
1995: Nefrin (with Mekabiz)
1996: Zamin larzid
1998: Iran barande mishe
2001: Azadeh Irani
2002: Mosabbeb
2003: Sayad Nojva
2006: Music (with 23 singer)
2007: Iran Iran (with Omid Soltani)
2007: The Memories (Dedicated to Mahasti)
2009: Bedoon Iran Nemimir
2010: Nowrooz
2011: Do Parandeh (Remix)
2013: Kashki
2013: Eshgham
2014: Ba To
2014: Khayli Hasasam
2014: Fereshtehaye Kucholo
2015: Kheili Dooset Daram
2016: In Roozha
2016: Hesse Taraneh
Notable singles[edit]
Leila’s Top Songs-People’s Choice (Zirishk Poll 2008)
RANK SONG ALBUM YEAR
1 Maahe Man Maahe Man 2008
2 Hastrat Attal Mattal 1996
3 Khoob Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
4 Kalaghaye Khabarcheen Leila Forouhar 1976
5 Keyfar Hamsafar 1993
6 Akharin Jofte Zamin Hadis 1974
7 Golhaye Lala-Abbasi Attal Mattal 1994
8 Tapesh Tapesh 1995
9 Shaans Shaans 1991
10 Chi Seda Konam Toro? Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
11 Yek Booseh A Kiss 2005
12 Nazdiktar az Eshgh A Kiss 2005
13 Shamim Shaans 1991
14 Pardis A Kiss 2005
15 Pishkesh Love Story 1998
Leila’s Top Songs-Critics’ Choice (Zirishk Poll 2008)
RANK SONG ALBUM YEAR
1 Khabare Tazeh Attal Mattal 1996
2 Do Parandeh Leila Forouhar 1976
3 Iran Tapesh 1995
4 Azad Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
5 Saraab Saraab 1996
6 Hoshdaar Tasvir 2000
7 Bahaaneh Bahaaneh 1992
8 Eshgh Mesle Atisheh Leila Forouhar 1976
9 Hamsafar Hamsafar 1993
10 Ghadima Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
Videography[edit]
Rouzegar (VHS)
The Return (VHS)
Flashback (VHS)
A Kiss (DVD)
Live in Concert at the Kodak Theatre (DVD)
4 DVD Collection #1
Filmography[edit]
Khak
King of Hearts (1968)
Aramesh dar Hozooreh Digaraan
Baagheh Boloor
Shabeh Aftabi
Ezteraab
Four Sisters
The Thirsty Ones
Morad & laleh
Iman
The Beauty Sin
Golden Cage
The Springtime Connection
Soltaneh ghalbha