Morteza Barjesteh ((@mortezabarjestehofficial
)) best known by his stage name Morteza, is an Iranian pop singer-songwriter and composer who gained fame in Iran during the 1980s. Morteza has recorded over 300 songs.
Born in Tehran, Iran Morteza finished his primary and secondary education, and then studied architecture and graphic design. While in Iran, he worked with several advertising companies as a designer.
Morteza’s musical career began at age of 16, when he started singing in Iranian movies. He eventually recorded over 150 songs for Iranian films.
In 1969 he competed in a singing festival called ‘Mikhake Noghrehi’ (Silver Carnation), a TV show by Fereydoon Farrokhzad and broadcasted from Iran's national television for the first time, and he won the competition.
Before the Islamic Revolution of Iran Morteza sang around 180 songs while collaborating with many famous Iranian songwriters and composers.
In 1981 he left Iran for the United States and settled in Los Angeles.
He has continued his singing career in the United States by participating in Iranian folk music festivals and despite some financial pressures recorded two albums called "Dayeh Dayeh" and "Anar Anar", both of which were well received by the Iranian community.
In the 1980s Morteza began singing political songs in opposition to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran with "Darugheh" ("the sheriff") gaining popularity.
After the 2009 Iranian elections which resulted in the “Green Movement", Morteza performed a number of songs in support of the Movement. The most celebrated of which was a bilingual song called named "Hamishe ba Neda" ("Always with Neda”) accompanied by Dariush, Sattar, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Parviz Sayyad, and a few other American artists.
In 2002, Morteza founded the "Iran Culture House" in order to unify the Iranian-American community. The cultural center offers workshops and performances in theatre, arts and music and holds lectures on social matters.
Morteza has kept up with his graphic designing background and has designed covers for both of his own albums as well as other artists'. He was the first Iranian who used computer graphics for album designs in 1983.