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12 April 1972 (age 46)
Şebnem Ferah (born April 12, 1972 in Yalova to Turkish immigrant parents from Skopje, Macedonia) is a Turkish singer and song-writer. She was the head vocalist of the all-female hard rock band Volvox until 1994, after which she went on to pursue an illustrious solo career. Her music style varies from Acoustic Rock to Hard Rock though her later albums have progressively incorporated more of the Hard Rock sound.
She got her first guitar when she was in the first year in boarding at Bursa Namık Sözeri High School. She got acoustic lessons. During her second year, she hired a studio with her friends and formed the group Pegasus. The group had their first stage experience during a rock festival in Bursa, in 1987. After a while, Pegasus disbanded. In 1988 with her four friends, Şebnem formed Volvox, which was named after the microorganism named volvox they encountered in a biology lesson.
After a period which she attended Middle East Technical University, studying economics in Ankara, she moved to Istanbul, where she attended classes on English language and literature at the Istanbul University. For two years she performed in various bars with Volvox, until 1994, when Volvox disbanded.
She released her first solo album Kadın in 1996, and has gone on to release a total of five full studio albums, the last one being Can Kırıkları, released in 2005, which also marked her return to the hard rock genre after her previous experiments with soft rock. She is seen by many as the leading rock artist in Turkish music and one of the most admired singers in Turkey. In addition to composing the music and writing the lyrics of every song in her albums, she occasionally sings cover versions of work by artists of similar vocal qualities and style, like Amy Lee and Skin, on stage.
On her third album, Perdeler, she collaborated with the Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica.
Şebnem's current group consists of Buket Doran (bass guitar), Metin Türkcan (electric guitar), Aykan İlkan (drums) and Ozan Tügen (keyboard), who have been performing with her in studio and on stage since her 3rd album, Perdeler.
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