HEGAZY is the brainchild of twin sisters and singer/songwriters, Leila and Omnia Hegazy. After maintaining parallel careers as solo artists in seemingly opposite genres, Leila, a vocally-driven R&B singer and Omnia, a rebellious pop-rock artist, combined their individual styles to create an art even more powerful than the sum of its individual parts. The results: silky vocal harmonies, driving guitars, smoky keyboards, and infectious pop melodies.
Born in San Diego, California to a Brooklyn-Italian mother and an Egyptian father, the twins grew up in Staten Island, New York. They wrote their first few songs together at 11 years old before going their separate ways for high school and college to explore their own musical and personal identities.
By her early 20s, Leila had already performed at several of New York’s most well known venues including SOBs and the legendary Apollo Theater. Her debut release, The Black and White EP, was recorded by Grammy-nominated producer Dr. Joseph Ferry; her second, a full-length album called Looking Glass, was funded by fans on Kickstarter. She studied Studio Composition at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where Regina Spektor and other renowned singer-songwriters recorded their first records.
Meanwhile, Omnia attended the Clive Davis Institute at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and played her way through the Lower East Side’s indie music scene. She became the more politically outspoken of the two sisters, inspired by American folk artists of 1960’s and the revolutionary musicians of the ongoing Arab Spring at the time. She released two EPs independently and a fan-funded music video with unapologetically feminist themes, garnering press from prominent media outlets in both the US and the Middle East, including Fox News, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and pan-Arab newspaper Al Sharq Al Awsat.
The sisters reunited musically in 2012 after they graduated from college and began sharing an apartment, writing songs in adjacent rooms. Perhaps subconsciously, their sounds began to meet in the middle, and with the careful prodding of those closest to them, they began to collaborate. When their father passed away days before the start of 2016, they came together for more than just emotional support. Within months, Leila and Omnia had officially joined forces as HEGAZY, memorializing their father, who always insisted that they were more powerful together.