Serj Tankian

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Serj Tankian (Western Armenian: Սերժ Թանկեան, pronounced [ˈsɛɾʒ tʰɑnˈkjɑn]; born August 21, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist and occasional live rhythm guitarist of the rock band System of a Down, formed in 1994 by four Armenian-American friends.

During his musical career, Tankian has released five albums with System of a Down, one with Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Serart), as well as five solo albums Elect the Dead, Imperfect Harmonies, Harakiri, Orca, and Jazz-Iz-Christ. A live orchestral version of Elect the Dead incorporating the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra named Elect the Dead Symphony was released. In 2002, Tankian and Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello co-founded a non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice. Tankian also founded the music label Serjical Strike Records, and is represented by Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group under System of a Down. On August 12, 2011, Tankian was awarded the Armenian Prime Minister's Medal for his contributions to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the advancement of music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Elect the Dead Serj Tankian 5 10
2010 Imperfect Harmonies Serj Tankian 3
2012 Harakiri Serj Tankian 3
2012 ORCA Serj Tankian 1
2013 Jazz-Iz-Christ Serj Tankian 2

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Elect the Dead Symphony Serj Tankian 2 2
2013 Orca: Symphony No. 1 Serj Tankian 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Empty Walls Serj Tankian 5
2008 Sky Is Over Serj Tankian 3
2008 Bird’s Eye Marc Streitenfeld, Mike Patton & Serj Tankian 2
2009 Fears Serj Tankian 1
2010 The Charade Serj Tankian 2
2010 Left of Center Serj Tankian 1
2012 Figure It Out Serj Tankian 1
2012 Cornucopia Serj Tankian 1
2014 Shooting Helicopters Benny Benassi feat. Serj Tankian 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Lie Lie Live Serj Tankian 1
2011 Imperfect Remixes Serj Tankian 1

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