(Persian: شادمهر عقیلی; born 27 January 1973) is an Iranian pop singer, musician, composer, music arranger, producer and songwriter, and formerly an actor.
He is credited as a revitalizer of music culture post-revolution in Iran.
Aghili was born in Tehran, Iran. He started early in music and studied piano, guitar and violin, graduating from the Tehran Conservatory of Music. and working at the IRIB, the official broadcasting system of Iran.
Aghili 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), released 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 bestseller 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.
In 2009, Aghili released Taghdir (Fate), a highly praised album on a new contract with Century Records, and in 2012, Tarafdaar (On Your Side) was released on Avang Music.
Beside of his prominent use of piano, guitar and violin, he also plays santur mandolin, trumpet, harmonica, keyboard, banjo, and koto<ref>In his Taghdir song a compose of the mentioned instruments is heard. SHADMEHR CONCERT ISTANBUL
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 Roya ye Ma (Globally released A Dream) in support of World Vision USA and World Vision Canada.