Taufik was born to a Malay family of mixed Indian and Buginese
descent. His parents divorced when he was 13. He attended
Boon Lay Primary School, Jurong Secondary School and is a
graduate of the Singapore Polytechnic.
Taufik first started out as a singer in a local group called Bonafide
playing a mixture of hip-hop and R&B with fellow rapper, Mark
Taufik participated in the first season of the reality TV series
Singapore Idol in 2004. On 1 December 2004, Taufik was
crowned the first ever Singapore Idol at the Singapore Indoor
Stadium before an audience of more than 8,000 fans and 1.8
million viewers across the country. He scored a recording deal
with Sony BMG and a management deal under Hype Records'
artiste management arm, ArtisteNetworks. It was later revealed
that Taufik had won 682,000 of the 1.1 million votes cast that
night, while his opponent Sylvester Sim managed 418,000 votes.
Following his win, Taufik clinched a string of endorsements for
brands such as Harmuni Rice, Samsung, 7-Eleven stores and
HSC drinks. He was the first Singapore artiste to endorse for the
Swiss watch-maker, Swatch.
On 14 January 2005, Taufik released his first English album
Blessings. The album included Taufik's hits from the competition
such as Me and Mrs Jones, Let's Stay Together, Superstition as
well as the Idol winning song I Dream. Taufik also co-wrote one
track on the album titled Close 2 You. Blessings went on to a
smashing sale of 36,000 copies, making into the Singapore
Guinness Book of Records as the best selling local English album
in the past decade. It remains a record unbroken in the Singapore
On 19 April 2005, Taufik held his first solo concert showcase An
Evening With Taufik at the Kallang Theatre. Fresh from
recovering from tonsillitis (resulted from a non-stop four months
performing schedule), he charmed both the media and full-house
audience with his soulful singing and smooth on-stage moves.