i was born in alton, illinois. eldest child of fayez and karen. mom was an art major, dad an accountant. opposites attract and then raise dysfunctional children. faris was born just 18 months after me. he plays music too. in 1970 we moved to el paso, i was just 3. our names were strange, to the general amusement of other kids. i wore big glasses. they made fun of me a lot. boohoo, i know. when i was 9 i saw the beatles white album in k-mart. i got my grandmother to buy it for me. it changed my life. when i was 16 i started writing songs. my brother was the only one who believed they were worth a crap. it screwed up his life. he started playing drums. i played guitar. he sold his car for a drumkit then moved to guitar. i moved to bass. we moved to denton, texas. i hate denton. we made nourallah brothers in 1999 on an 8-track then quit playing music together. faris has released a bunch of solo cds now. i've made 5 so far. the latest is called "hit parade." i also have a wife (jayme), son (gavin) and daughter (miette). they are wonderful.