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Shatha Amjad Al-Hassoun (Arabic: ; born 3 March 1981 in Casablanca, Morocco) is a Moroccan-Iraqi singer who rose to prominence as the winner of the 4th season of the pan-Arab television talent competition Star Academy Arab World's fourth season. She was the first Arab woman to win the competition. She is now one of the Middle East and Maghreb regions' most well-known singers, and is dubbed the "daughter of Mesopotamia" by many.
Hassoun was born in the UAE to an Iraqi father who is a well-known journalist from Hillah and a Moroccan mother who is a history teacher from Safi. Hassoun split her time between Morocco and France as a young woman. She studied English Literature in Casablanca and continued her university studies in Tangier, where she joined the Hotel and Tourism Management program. In France, where she obtained her master's degree, she continued her studies.
Hassoun has performed in many languages, including Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German.
Although she now lives in Dubai, her family, including her parents and her only brother, lives in Morocco.
Hassoun was the first female winner of Star Academy 4 in 2007, making her the first female winner. Fairouz's song "Baghdad" earned her 58% of the vote, allowing her to reach the finals. Hassoun prevailed by 41% of the votes, along with the other four finalists.
Hassoun released her debut "Rooh," written and composed by Lebanese songwriter Nikola Saada Nikhla shortly after winning the competition. It was the first song to debut at number one on Rotana's PEPSI Top 20 charts for two weeks and then soared to the top of the charts for the second week, eventually peaking at number one. "Asmallah Asmallah" or "Ebin Bladi," was written and composed by Iraqi poet Karim Al Iraqi as a gift to the Iraqi people and the Iraqi national football team, which won the Asian Cup 2007. Marwan Khoury, a Lebanese singer, wrote and performed "Oushaq." Hassoun has revived several traditional Iraqi songs; "Allela 7elowa" and "Aleik As'al" as a pair with Ilham al-Madfai; "Allela 7elowa" and "Aleik As'al" are also available. "Mza'elni," an Iraqi song written by Amar Almarhon and composed by Mohand Mehsen, as well as "Lo alf mara," Melhem Barakat's first song composed by Melhem Barakat for a non-Lebanese artist. Hassoun is also working with Iraqi poet Karim Al Iraqi to create new Iraqi songs, who has performed with the likes of Kazem al Saher. Hassoun has collaborated with Salah Al-Sharnoby, Ramy Ayach, Assi El Helani, Abadi Aljawher, and George Wassouf for a common art work.
Hassoun has appeared in an Iraqi-Syrian-Egyptian television series named Rasael Men Ragol Mayet (letters from a deceased man), as well as Syrian actor Ghassan Masoud and several Iraqi actors. Between 1979 and 2005, the series explores the challenges of Iraqi society. The series, directed by Hassan Hosny, was shot in Syria and aired on Al-Baghdadia TV in the month of Ramadan 2008.
Shatha performed in late July 2009 in Baghdad, both in her country's capital Baghdad and second in Hunting Club, where she spoke about her joy in being a first Iraqi and Arab singer after war 2003 despite the chaos in Baghdad and Predict murder in 2009 from one of Astrologer.
Hassoun is recording an album that will include songs from Iraqi, Lebanese, Gulf, Moroccan, and Egyptian dialects. Her main aim, as she said in an interview, is to represent her beloved country Iraq in the best way possible.
Hassoun filmed her music video for the song "O'd 3rgoub" with Lebanese director Yehia Saade, and has toured through North America, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Egypt.
She appeared at a concert in Dubai with Fares Karam in 2010.
- 2007 Murex D'or Award – Best Uprising Artist (held in Casino du Liban)
- 2008 DG Festival Award – Best Rising Female Singer
- 2008 Art Festival Award- Best Rising Female Singer
- 2009 Murex D'or Award