Serj Tankian (Armenian: ÕÕ¥ÖÕª Ô¹Õ¡Õ¶Õ£Õ¥Õ¡Õ¶ ; born August 21, 1967) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singerâsongwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, playwright, record producer, poet, and political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and occasional live rhythm guitarist of the rock band System of a Down. During his musical career, Tankian has released five albums with System of a Down, one with Arto TunÃ§boyacÄ±yan (Serart), as well as two solo albums Elect the Dead and Imperfect Harmonies and a live orchestral version of the former incorporating the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra named Elect the Dead Symphony. In 2002, Tankian and Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello co-founded a non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice. Tankian also founded the music label Serjical Strike Records. Tankian is ranked 26th in the Hit Parader's Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. On August 12, 2011, Tankian was awarded the Armenian Prime Minister's Medal for his contributions to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the advancement of music.