Serj Tankian

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Serj Tankian (Armenian: Սերժ Թանգեան [ˈsɛɾʒ tʰɑnˈkʰjɑn]; born August 21, 1967) is an Armenian-American singer–songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and a political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and occasional live rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning rock band, System of a Down.

During his musical career, Tankian has released five albums with System of a Down, one with Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Serart), as well as two solo albums Elect the Dead and Imperfect Harmonies and a live orchestral version of the former incorporating the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra named Elect the Dead Symphony. In 2002, Tankian and Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello co-founded a non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice. Tankian also founded the music label Serjical Strike Records.

Serj Tankian is named as the 26th greatest metal vocalist of all time by Hit Parader magazine.



Early life

Tankian was born in Beirut, Lebanon on August 21, 1967.[2] His father is Khatchadour Tankian. When he was eight years old his family immigrated to Los Angeles, California.[2] In his youth, he attended a school for Armenian-Americans, The Rose & Alex Pilibos School,[3] which was also attended by Tankian's future System of a Down bandmates Daron Malakian and Shavo Odadjian.[4] Doing well academically[3] Tankian attended California State University. This is where Tankian first began to play instruments and write songs.[2]

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