Maher Zain was born in 1981 in Lebanon. His father Mustafa Maher was a local singer in his hometown Tripoli, Lebanon. His family moved to Sweden when Maher was only eight,where he continued his schooling. Maher got his first keyboard when he was ten.He later entered university and got a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering. During his teenage years, he liked to spend late nights at school with his friends where they would sing, rap, compose and experiment with music.
2008: Involvement with RedOne
After being involved for a while in the music scene as a music producer, Maher was introduced to RedOne, a Swedish music producer of Moroccan origin in Sweden. Maher started working with RedOne on some of the latter's projects. Later, he moved to New York where he took part in producing Kat DeLuna on her debut album including hits "Whine Up" and "Run the Show". Then he returned for a while to Sweden where he had his spiritual 'awakening.
2009-2010: Breakthrough success & Thank You Allah
In January 2009, Maher Zain signed up and began working on an album with Awakening Records. Maher’s debut album Thank You Allah reached the number 1 spot on Amazon.com World Music charts and number 9 on the R&B charts.
Following Maher's concert in Malaysia, Maher's name became the fastest rising name search on Google in Malaysia.
2011-present: Insha Allah in Malay and upcoming studio album
Maher Zain announced that he had released a Malay version for "Insha Allah", having released French and Arabic version along with videos already, while adding that it would be a track on his second album.
Maher has now commenced working on his new studio album which will be released in April 2011.No title has yet been announced. Maher sang a portion of a song from the album without backing music in a morning talk show slot at Malaysia's television channel, TV9. Maher explained that the song, a dedication to his mother, would be a "happy" song, as opposed to the usual songs dedicated to mothers that "are sad, and you want to cry listening to those."