He has been a singer, songwriter and producer since 2001, releasing his first solo album Face Behind the Face on MapleNationwide/Universal in January 2006, …
… followed by a second album Bite the Bullet in November 2007.
Through his company, Lone Wolf Management, Karl Wolf also manages a number of new artists with his long time manager Pascal Malkoun.
In 2015, he announced a new collaboration under the name BAE (Be All Equal) with Show Stephens, Brenda Mullen and producer MasterTrak.
Karl signed a new solo contract in Canada with Cordova Bay Records out of B.C. as well as two new worldwide deals in Los Angeles, …
… one for a publishing contract with BMG and another Digital “Youtube” deal with Collective Digital Studios.
He studied in the UAE. In an interview with Shave Magazine, Karl explained that in Arabic, his family name (Abou Samah) means ‘father of forgiveness’.
His stage name ‘wolf’ comes from a nickname he received on his high school basketball team because he was the smallest and quickest in his team.
He also says his mother and father drove him to a career in music.
Wolf’s mother was a piano teacher and his father played guitar, drums and the traditional Middle Eastern oud.
He began his career “behind the scenes,” and has been writing co-producing since 2001.
Initially he was a backup singer for some hits by the Quebec band Dubmatique.
The 2001 hit album from Gabrielle Destroismaisons generated two singles co-written by him that reached #1 on the BDS Francophone Charts, …
… where he was recruited as a singer-songwriter becoming Sky’s new lead singer in 2002.
Wolf co-wrote and co-produced the third Sky album, Picture Perfect (on Sextant/EMI), with strong airplay across Canada.
The subsequent album was the biggest-selling album in Canada in 2003, …
… notching a phenomenal sales in Canadian terms and earning Karl Wolf a SOCAN Award for Most Popular Song.
A Star Académie II sequel in 2004 was another big success, the album going double-platinum.
In 2005 Wolf ventured into a solo career. He released his debut solo album Face Behind the Face“ in January 2006.
Since its release, the album broke in the Canadian Top 100 sales chart and spawned three singles, “Butterflies” and “Desensitize”, …
… Wolf followed with a second studio album Bite the Bullet in November 2007.
The Karl Wolf remake features Canadian artist Culture.
In early March 2009, with the release of the single on iTunes for digital downloads, …
… it surged up from #32 to #2 on the issue of March 14, 2009 based on huge amounts of downloads over the previous week.
It peaked at #1 on the iTunes charts and It also stayed at #2 for four further week on the chart of March 21 and 28 and April 4 and 11, 2009.
Prior to iTunes download, it had topped at #20 in the same chart. This is so far Karl Wolf’s most successful single to date.
His follow-up single this year titled “Carrera” climbed to peak at #39 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.
Nightlife, his third album was released on 17 November 2009.
… followed by a worldwide deal with Universal Music Canada in 2011.
EMI Japan and EMI Middle East who still had exclusive license to Karl Wolf’s upcoming album released Finally Free, his fourth album on July 10, 2012.
Through his company, Lone Wolf Management, Karl Wolf also manages a number of new artists.
In addition to his solo career, Wolf has established “LW Entertainment” …
… and his own record label “LW Records” and recording studio (with LW standing for Lone Wolf).
Karl Wolf has collaborated with a number of artists, mainly from Canada.
… whereas Rime and Kaz Money are featured in “Yalla Habibi“.
In 2015, he announced a collaboration under the name BAE (Be All Equal) …
… that includes Karl Wolf and hip-hop artist Show Stephens and singer-songwriter Brenda Mullen.
Karl Wolf and BAE were included as one of the opening acts for renowned singer Akon’s 2015 Canada-wide tour …
… which also included acts like Peter Jackson and Afrocen3.
Also in 2015, Karl Wolf co-wrote with Omar Pasley (OMI), Jenson Vaughan and Matthew Humphrey …
- Karl Wolf was a featured artist on the Arabic version of Star Academy broadcast on Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC).
In the fifth season of the show, he was seen mentoring the contestants.
Some joined him for renditions of his hits, including “Butterfly” and “Africa”.
- In 2011, he organized a Close Up Arabia campaign for recruiting participants in a music video project of his. and the resulting music video .
- Karl Wolf has also collaborated and performed in concerts with Akon, Ne-Yo, T-Pain and many more artists and as a special guest also.
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|Year||Album details||Chart positions|
|2006||Face Behind the Face||—|
|2007||Bite the Bullet
|2005||“Butterflies”||— -100||—||Face Behind the Face|
|2006||“Desensitize” (feat. Choclair)||—||—|
|2007||“She Wants to Know”||—||—||Bite the Bullet|
|2008||“Africa” (feat. Culture)||2||20||
|“Yalla Habibi” (feat. Rime Salmi & Kaz Money)||24||51||
|2010||“Hurting” (feat. Sway)||55||—|
|2011||“Ghetto Love” (feat. Kardinal Offishall)||20||—||
|“Mash It Up” / “Fuck Shit Up” (feat. Three 6 Mafia)||28||—||
|2012||“DJ Gonna Save Us” (feat. Mr. OxXx)||58||—|
|2013||“Go Your Own Way“||—||—||Stereotype|
|2014||“Magic Hotel” (feat. Timbaland & BK Brasco)||75||—|
|“Summertime” / “Let’s Get Rowdy (feat. Fatman Scoop)||48||—|
|2015||“Not Over Me Yet” (feat. MasterTrak)||46||—||WOW|
|2016||“Amateur at Love”||100||—||
|2017||“Wherever You Go”||—||—|
- 2007: “Hollow Girl” (feat. Striger)
- 2007: “Butterflies” (with Eve)
- 2008: “Like This” (feat. Sandman)
- 2009: “Maniac Maniac” (feat. Culture)
- 2009: “You Forgot About Me” (feat. Imposs)
- 2009: “No Way Nobody” (feat. Loon)
- 2011: “Tell Me” (feat. Nirvana Savoury)
- 2013: “Go Your Own Way” (feat. Reema Major)
|Date||Song title||Performing credits||Peak Chart
|2006||“Get Down / Respire”||VJ Malik Shaheed feat. Karl Wolf||–||Franglais by Malik Shaheed|
|2006||“Weekend”||Choclair feat. Karl Wolf||–||Flagship by Choclair|
|2006||“Makes Me Wonder”||Chopovski feat. Karl Wolf||–||Bite the Bullet by Chopovski|
|2008||“Crazy Girl”||Taio Cruz feat. Karl Wolf||–|
|2010||“Si jeune”||Jacob Guay feat. Karl Wolf||–||Si Jeune by Jacob Guay|
|2011||“Enta Ma’ai”||Diana Haddad feat. Karl Wolf||–||Bent Osol by Diana Haddad|
|2011||“Yalla Asia“||Jay Sean and Karl Wolf featuring Radhika Vekaria||–||non-album single|
|2011||“Everything Is All Wrong”||Marc Mysterio feat. Karl Wolf and Jamie Sparks||–||non-album single|
|2012||“Awel Mara Atgara”||Sandy feat. Karl Wolf||–|
|2012||“Turn It Up”||Kardinal Offishall feat. Karl Wolf||32|
|2012||“Frente A Frente”||DJ Ricky Campanelli feat. Karl Wolf||–||Modestia Aparte|
|2013||“Unbreakable”||DJ Antoine feat. Karl Wolf||–||Sky Is The Limit by DJ Antoine|
|2013||“Fire”||David Obeji feat. Karl Wolf||–|
|2013||“Stick Up”||Shawn Desman feat. Karl Wolf||–|
|2014||“Incredible”||Jaden Chase feat. Karl Wolf||–|
|2015||“Beat Again”||Project 46 feat. Karl Wolf||–||Beautiful by Project 46|
Awards and nominations
|Awards and nominations for Karl Wolf|
|2001||ADISQ (Felix Award)||Best Mix and Sound of the Year||“Gabrielle Destroismaisons”||Won|
|2004||SOCAN||Best popular song||“Je vais changer le monde”
(Star Académie) in Quebec
|2007||Juno Awards||R&B/Soul Recording of the Year||Face Behind the Face||Nominated|
|2008||MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Arabia Act||Himself||Won|
|2009||MuchMusic Video Awards||Favourite New Artist/Group||Himself||Nominated|
|Pop Video of the Year||“Africa”||Nominated|
|2010||Sounds of Blackness Awards||Best Anglophone R&B Artist or Group of the Year||Himself||Won|
|Anglophone Single of the Year||“Africa”||Won|
|Canadian Radio Music Awards||Fan’s Choice Award||Himself||Nominated|
|Best New Group or Solo Mainstream A/C Artist of the Year||Himself (for “Africa”)||Nominated|
|Best New Group or Solo Hot A/C Artist of the Year||Himself (for “Africa”)||Won|
|SOCAN||Urban Music Award||“Africa”||Won|
|SOCAN||Anglophone Song of the Year||“Africa”||Won|
|2011||Juno Awards||R&B/Soul Recording of the Year||Nightlife||Nominated|
|2012||Juno Awards||R&B/Soul Recording of the Year||“Ghetto Love“||Nominated|
|2012||SOCAN||Anglophone Song of the Year||“Hurting”||Won|
|2013||Canadian Urban Music Awards||Urban Artist of The Year||Himself||Won|
|2013||SOCAN||Anglophone Song of the Year||“Mash It Up”||Won|
|2017||CUT Hip Hop Awards||R&B Album of the Year||“The Export Vol 1”||Won|
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