Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch, known to her fans as “QB,” exemplifies the eclectic sound of contemporary Pakistani pop music, with influences of Jazz, Rock, and Sufi Folk. The 26-year old singer was born in Iran to a Persian father and a Pakistani mother. She is an American citizen, but moved back to Pakistan from the USA to make her mark in Pakistan’s music industry.
QB started her career in 2011 with a cover track, Ankhian Nu Ren De. She became a household name in Pakistan soon after singing the title song for the television drama serial “Humsafar.” QB has also been featured on Season 4 of the highly-acclaimed Coke Studio series, collaborating with Jal Band. Her achievements include winning “Pakistan’s Youngest Achievement Award UK and Europe 2011” in Britain, and “Best song of the Year” for Humsafar and “Best OST” for Humsafar at the Lux Style Awards 2012. That same year, QB performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra for the BBC Asian Network “Queens of Melody” in London.
Growing up, QB did not aspire to be a great singer, and she doesn’t have the typical formal training. Instead of being under the guidance of a vocal coach, she was heavily inspired by Sufi musicians Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, and especially Reshma. A hallmark of QB’s personality is her modesty and respect for these artists. Whatever success she has had, she credits to “the divine inspiration I get from the big names.”
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