Junaid Jamshed was born on 3 September 1964. After graduating with a degree in engineering from the University of Engineering Lahore, Jamshed briefly worked as a civilian contractor and engineer for Pakistan Air Force
Junaid Jamshed was born on 3 September 1964. After graduating with a degree in engineering from the University of Engineering Lahore, Jamshed briefly worked as a civilian contractor and engineer for Pakistan Air Force before withdrawing to focus on his musical career. He soon began performing in the rock music scene in various local university campuses before being noticed by Rohail Hyatt in 1983. With the help of Hyatt and Nusrat Hussain, Jamshed was inducted in Vital Sign and signed a record deal with record executive and producer Shoaib Mansoor to his PTV Music Studio.
Jamshed first gained nationwide prominence and international recognition as the lead vocalist of the pop-rock, Vital Signs in 1987 with the first highly critically acclaimed and commercially successful album, Vital Signs 1 that topped the Music Channel Charts around the country. The first album included the international number-one single "Dil Dil Pakistan", and "Tum Mil Gaye". The big commercial success of Vital Signs' first album helped rise the rock music industry of Pakistan.
In 1994, he released his debut solo album, Junaid of Vital Signs, which also quickly became a national hit, followed by Us Rah Par in 1999 and Dil Ki Baat in which his song Tum Kehti ho was a great hit in 2002.
In 2003, BBC World Service conducted an unscientific poll to choose ten most famous songs of all time. Around 7000 songs were selected from all over the world. According to BBC, people from 155 countries/territories voted in the poll. "Dil Dil Pakistan" was ranked third among the top 10 songs. During the 1980s-2000s, Jamshed enjoyed a great success in the public and media, and was one of the followed celebrity of his time.
In 2004, Jamshed renounced engineering and his music career and since then, Jamshed has focused on Islam and concentrated on reciting nasheeds. His debut religious album, Jalwa-e-Janan was released in 2005 and was followed by Mehboob-e-Yazdaan in 2006, Badr-ud-Duja in 2008, and Badee-uz-Zaman in 2009. Jamshed also owns a clothing boutique with the name "J." (read as "Jay Dot"), which has several outlets throughout Pakistan.
As early as 1999, Media had been speculating about Junaid's drift from music soon after the Vital Signs faded away. The speculations soon died after Junaid released his single albums in mere two years and continued world tours. After 2001, Jamshed disappeared from the public eye, and avoided the media attention. His last two albums did not do well in the market and failed to get any positive response from the country's music critics.
His former band mates, Shahi and Hyatt, saw him struggling to negotiate the transition from one world to another. Over the years, Junaid distant from Hyatt, who continued to work on producing Music. Junaid also struggled financially after the Vital Signs, and it was Shoaib Mansoor who came to help him financially after giving him the role in Gulls & Guys television show.
After 9/11 attacks in the United States, Hyatt and Junaid's tours in the West struggled a lot regarding questions from Westerners about country's culture, terrorism, and music. Theories regarding Jamshed began to arise in media, therefore media outlets hired as much as paparazzi to follow Jamshed. It was highly reported that Jamshed has distanced himself from music and has been praying five times a day regularly at the nearby mosque.
In 2004, Jamshed officially renounced music and engineering after announcing to devote his life to Islam. Jamshed renounced engineering and to supplement his income, he opened a clothing store "J.", selling Khaadis (a form of Kurta-Shalwar).
Junaid Jamshed has been listed by "The Muslim 500" as one of the "World's Most Influential Muslims" for the 2012. Jamshed is also actively involved in charity work and has been associated with the NGO Muslim Charity since 2003. Whilst citing Junaid Jamshed, in the Arts and Culture section of the publication, The Muslim 500 states, “Muslim Charity has achieved a great deal under his leadership and expanded its operations to 16 countries.” He was awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (2007)
Junaid Jamshed was in Chitral, along with his second wife, Nayha Junaid, for a Tablighi Jamaat mission. On 7 December 2016, the two were returning to Islamabad aboard PIA Flight 661, which crashed near Havelian, Khyber Paktunkhwa, killing all on board. Jamshed was en route to deliver the Friday sermon at the Parliament mosque. He is survived by his first wife, Ayesha, three sons, and a daughter.