Serj Tankian (Armenian Սերժ Թանգեան, born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and American poet of Armenian origin, best known as a member from the American metal band System of a Down.
During his musical career, Tankian released five albums with System of a Down, one with Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Serart), and five solo albums: Elect the Dead, Imperfect Harmonies, Harakiri, Orca Symphony No. 1 and Jazz-Iz-Christ . He has also worked with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in a live album called Elect the Dead Symphony.
In 2002, Tankian and Rage Against the Machine guitarist / Audioslave Tom Morello founded an association committed to political activism, Axis of Justice. Serj Tankian also founded his own music label Serjical Strike.
On August 12, 2011, Tankian was awarded the Medal of the Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan for his contributions to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide but also for his musical work.