Bilal Khan is a Pakistani pop singer and songwriter, but before reaching fame he was a struggling student at one of Pakistan’s most competitive universities, he turned to songwriting as a creative outlet.
In his senior year, when his sad song, “Bachana,” went viral on YouTube and caught the attention of the team behind Coke Studio, a popular TV series featuring live performances from top Pakistani artists. He was invited initially to record one song, but during his first meeting with show producer Rohail Hyatt in Karachi, he picked up an acoustic guitar and auditioned three more.
Until that point, Khan had performed primarily as a solo act, playing tunes he’d written in his bedroom on an acoustic guitar. The producer Rohail Hyatt took his sparse, unplugged compositions to the next level sonically – and, eventually, to an audience of millions.
His first international concert was held in Kuala Lumpur and he has performed in the United Kingdom, US, Canada and United Arab Emirates.
Besides composing and singing in his native language, he also can sing with a ridiculously good American accent.