Ahmad Khawaja, the lead singer of the band, The Outcasts, started singing at an early age. He came from a family of singers and ever since, he was always in a certain band singing the lead. Also, he is quite talented with an electric guitar and drums which always got him grounded for disturbing his neighbors back in New Orleans.
Ahmad Khawaja was the youngest of 3 children, enough reason for him to be doted upon by his mother. By the time he was in middle school, he expressed his wishes to join in a rock band. This, of course, was frowned upon by his father who was a highly conservative and religious person. Although also a musician, his father’s genre of music was into the classical and religious scenes. When he was in junior high, he and his high school band, The Boarders, started playing on their school gigs. They later started playing on the local shows in town during special events.
The Boarders, however, soon disbanded for different reasons. Two members of the band, Ahmad and his best friend Michael Pensworth decided to pursue their career as rock star artists. After meeting the other members of the group in a local bar, The Outcasts was formed.
At the start of the band formation, everything was not really smooth with them that the group almost disbanded. It was Ahmad who made the group promise that they were not to disband without even trying for one last gig. It was at this gig that they started to be noticed and soon afterwards, the rest was just history. Producers soon came knocking on their doorsteps with various offers of supporting them as well as endorsements. The Outcasts write their own songs and compose their own music with messages regarding love and nationalism. The Outcasts are actually the youth’s idol when it comes to the rock star band of the 21st century without the drugs and the booze.
Ahmad Khawaja and The Outcasts have come a long way since. Ahmad claims his inspirations when writing songs and singing his rock songs and ballads would always come from his high school girlfriend turned wife Julie Tyler. His fans are also another source of his inspiration as they never fail to amaze him with their love for him and his music. He says he will continue to write and sing for them as long as they want him to.
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