France names Yael Naim singer of the year

March 2, 2011 10:29

Israeli singer Yael Naim was voted performer of the year on Tuesday at the 26th French Music Awards in Paris.

Naim's third album, She Was A Boy, sung in English, was released late in 2010. She rose to fame in 2008 after her hit single, New Soul, was used by Apple in an advertising campaign for its MacBook Air.

Born in Paris in 1978 to Jewish parents from Tunisia, Naim grew up in Ramat Hasharon and served in the Israel Air Force Orchestra. She sings in English, French and Hebrew, her voice is husky and her style has been described as a combination of folk, pop and jazz.

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