Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey Sharif Alexander Hamdan grew up in a family of eight musically inclined sibling. Cutting his teeth at the age of fourteen as a gregarious drummer in high school, Sharif co-founded punk rock bands - The Shades and C.O.D. playing proms and backyard parties bashing out crowd pleasers like - "Heinz 57 Sauce N' French Fried Potatoes".
In his senior year Sharif was recruited by Princeton University Country Blues band Mojo Bone (formerly The George Dickel Whiskey Band) recording and touring on the national stage, opening for the likes of the late great James Brown, Etta James, Johnny Winter, Doctor John, Pinetop Perkins, Albert Collins and The Icebreakers, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and was even scheduled to open for the incomparable Stevie Ray Vaughn (before his untimely passing). It was during this time that Sharif "paid his dues", learning the ins and outs of the music business and the ups and downs of life on the road.
After experiencing The Blues first hand, having lost his long time girlfriend to seemingly endless life on the road and subsequently getting 86'd from a club, after going "Keith Moon" on his drum set in the middle of Mojo Bone's cover of the great George Gershwin classic "Summertime", Sharif found the painful inspiration and motivation to begin writing his own songs, ultimately trading in his drumsticks for a microphone and a pen.
Following his run with Mojo Bone, Sharif headed West to Los Angeles with brother Khalil Hamdan to escape the Eastcoast, attending Musicians Institute in Hollywood, eventually returning to N.J. with Khalil to join forces with several of their other musically inclined siblings to form the alternative rock band ZIAD.
Throughout his career performing with his siblings in the alternative rock arena, Sharif was also busy writing songs across all genres of music, including rock, pop, blues and country.
In 2021, together with his musically gifted son Ziavyer Reign Hamdan and their trusty companion Scout, Sharif made the move to Nashville, where he has been thriving writing songs for known & emerging artists.
Loving life with his family in Tennessee, Sharif is both excited and truly honored to be part of Nashville's Amazing Music City Songwriting Community.