Shadmehr Aghili (Persian: شادمهر عقیلی; born 27 January 1973) is an Iranian pop singer, musician, composer, music arranger, producer and song-writer, and formerly an actor. Aghili was born in Tehran, Iran. He emigrated to Canada first, but currently resides in Los Angeles."Roll Over, Khomeini! Iran Cultivates A Local Rock Scene, Within Limits". The Washington Post. 23 August 2001. Retrieved 9 April 2010. "Rock Rolls Once More in Iran As Hard-Liners Back Pop Revival". The Wall Street Journal. 2 June 2000. Retrieved 9 April 2010. "مصاحبهی اختصاصی با شادمهرعقیلی". BBC Persian. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
Aghili started early in music and studied piano, guitar and violin, graduated from the Tehran Conservatory of Music.
He has worked at the IRIB (the official broadcasting of Iran) for a while. He released his cassette album Bahar e Man (My Spring) in 1997, an instrumental music album where he played piano, guitar and violin. The album Fasl e Ashenayi (Season of Acquaintance) in 1998, was another great effort with a number of collaborations. The follow up Mosafer (Traveler) was also well received by the public. Aghili appeared also on screen with the movie Par e Parvaz (Wings to Fly), a best-seller in Iran for that year. He also wrote the soundtrack for the film. He had also a lead role in Shab-e Berahne (The Naked Night).
Aghili immigrated to Canada where he was signed to Nova Media. His first album in Canada was Khiali Nist (I Don't Care), quickly followed by Doori o Pashimani (Separation and Regret), Adam Foroush (Traitor) and Popcorn.
He released Taghdir (Fate), a highly praised album on a new contract with Century Records, in 2009. And in 2012, Tarafdaar (On Your Side) was released on Avang Music.
Shadmehr Aghili is a versatile artist, violinist and musician. Beside of his prominent use of piano, guitar and violin, he also plays santur, mandolin, trumpet, harmonica, keyboard, banjo, and koto in some recordings. Shadmehr also remains active politically recording a track in 2010, conveying his support of the Iranian Green Movement recorded over background music, encouraging Iranian people to protest against their government and using music as a tool to get to freedom and liberty. And in 2012, in a collaboration with singer Ebi, he released the anti-war Royay e Ma (Globally released A Dream) in support of World Vision USA and World Vision Canada.http://www.buzzle.com/articles/famous-violinists.html http://www.jorgeberges.com/famous-violinists.html Shadmehr is seen playing the mandolin in his Mashkook (Suspicious) music video In the movie The Naked Night, Shadmehr plays the harmonica many times In his Taghdir song a compose of the mentioned instruments is heard.