|Birth name||Avraham Shabsi (HaKohen) Friedman|
|Born||March 22, 1959|
|Origin||New York City|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, musician|
Fried was encouraged towards a music career by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the rebbe of Lubavitch, and by Mordechai Ben David. Fried began his career with the release of his first album No Jew Will Be Left Behind in 1981. The title song was composed by Yossi Green and the song "Kel Hahodaos" was written by Kol Salonica. Fried went on to collaborate with Green on eight albums. Green is credited with some of Fried's biggest hits, including "Aderaba", "Tanya", and "Didoh Bei".
In summer 2009, Fried made a concert tour in Israel where he introduced Israeli singer and composer Chanan Yovel and featured the songs "Rak T'filla" and "U'Nesane Tokef". His first DVD was released in December 2009.
His music is mostly categorized as pop Jewish music, similar to Mordechai ben David and tends to integrate many styles of popular music, including pop, rock and jazz, with Jewish lyrics and themes. He also has a few "cantor" style songs on most of his albums, as well as many songs written in Yiddish. He sings his Yiddish songs with a Chabad flavor.
Fried is the youngest of eight children of the Friedman family. He has five brothers and two sisters.
His father, Yaakov Moshe Friedman, was a hassid of the Rebbe of Bluzhov, and worked as an administrator at the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Crown Heights. Fried and his siblings were educated in Lubavitcher institutions, becoming Lubavitch Chassidim.
Fried's grandfather Rabbi Meir Yisroel Isser Friedman, was the Rav of Krenitz, a renowned halakhist and staunch chassid of Sanz (Sanz, Yiddish: צאנז Tsanz). After World War II he resided in Borough Park, Brooklyn.
Fried's brothers are involved in Lubavitch outreach; His brother, Rabbi Manis Friedman, is an author, lecturer and emissary in S. Paul, MN. Benzion and Eliyahu are emissaries in Overland Park, Kansas and Tzfas, Israel respectively. Yossi works at the Kehot Publication Society and Shlomo at the Lubavitch Youth Organization. His two sisters, Feige Green in Florida and Ita Marcus in California, are also engaged in outreach.
Fried has six children and lives in Crown Heights.
- No Jew Will Be Left Behind (1981)
- The Time Is Now (1982)
- Forever One (1983)
- You're Never Alone (formerly Holyland's Greatest Hits [which includes other groups]) (1983)
- Melaveh Malka with Avraham Fried (1984)
- Goodbye Golus (1985)
- Around the Year Volume 2 (1986)
- The Good Old Days (1986)
- We Are Ready (1988)
- Around the Year Volume 3 (1989)
- Aderaba (1991)
- Yiddish Gems Volume 1 (1992)
- Hebrew Gems Volume 1 (1992)
- Shtar Hatna'im (1993)
- Yiddish Gems Volume 2 (1994)
- Hebrew Gems Volume 2 (1994)
- Bracha V'Hatzlacha (1995)
- Im Eshkachaich Yerushalayim (2 CD's) (1996)
- Hupp Cossack! (1996)
- All the Best (1997)
- Chazak (1997)
- The Baal Shem Tov's Song (1998)
- My Fellow Jew - Yochid V'rabim (2001)
- Avraham Fried Live! (2001)
- Avinu Malkeinu (2003)
- Bein Kach U'vein Kach (2006)
- Niggunim of Zeide Friedman (2008)
- Yankel Yankel (2009)
- 30 Hits One Collection (2009)
- Live In Israel (2009)
- Keep Climbing (2012)
- Ah Mechayeh! (2013)
Other solos and singles
- Eliyohu Hanovee, V'hu Rachum (Solos) [part of Eli Lipsker Albums] as a child (1971)
- V'nikeisi Damam (Solo) [part of S'dei Chemed International vol. 1] (1971) (This is what is also heard on his album Goodbye Golus).
- Hakshiva (Solo) [part of Pirchei sings Al Chomosayich] (1972)
- V'hi Sheamdah (Solo) [part of Nichoach vol. 8] (1976)
- A Moment of Meditation (Arukah M'eretz Midah) & Gam Ki Eileich (Singles) [part of Amudai Shaish Wedding Album], his first promo for the Jewish music scene (1979 or 1980).
- V'hu K'chasan & Asher Bara/Chaim Shetehei Banu (Singles) [part of Suki with a Touch of Ding 2 rereleased as The Greatest Wedding Collection 2] (1981)
- Hodu Lahashem & Bo'ee V'shalom (Solos) [part of Kol Naim Choir Sings the Best of Chaim Banet] (1980 or 1981) (using his real name, Avraham Friedman)
- Shuvi Nafshi, Habot'chim, Pikudei & Mi Ho'ish (Solos) [part of Amudai Shaish Volume 3] (1982).
- Al Kein Tzion (Single) [part of Yerushalayim All-star Cast] (1983)
- His'halelu, Niggun, & Hashem's the World (Singles) [part of Torah All-star Cast] (1985)
- Pikudei Hashem & Ki L'cha Tov (Singles) [part of Simcha All-star Cast] (1986)
- Kol Rina & Keili Atah (Singles) [part of Hallel All-star Cast] (1987)
- Prok Yas Anach & Racheim B'chasdecha (Solos) [part of MBD and Friends] (1987)
- Aleh Katan Sheli - My Little Leaf (Single) (2002)
- Moriah (Single) [part of Mona 4] (2003)
- Ani Choshev Aleichem (Single) (2005)
- Galei (Single) [part of Afikoman (Oorah)] (2007)
- Ma Oshiv (Single) [part of Harei Yehudah] (2008)
- Ge'ulah Sheleimah (Single) [part of Kosher L'Pesach Bagels (Oorah)] (2008)
- Hesech Hada'as (Solo) [part of The 8th Note] (2008)
- Rak T'filla (Single) (2009)
- Haazinu (Solo, Single) (2009)
- The Song of Miracles (Single) (2009)
- Ki Hirbeisa (Single) (2010)
- Kinor (Single) [part of Shmorg 2 (Oorah)] (2010)
- Bar Yochai (Single) [part of Kdai R' Shimon Bar Yochai - Teem Productions] (2010)
- Hu Yivneh Bayis (Single) [part of Hamenagnim, Fried and Friends] (2010)
- Kama Tov Shenifgashnu (Single) (2011)
- Toker, Nati (April 16, 2009). "The new black music". Ha'aretz. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
- Solomon, Lenny. "The Sheya Mendlowitz Story". Connections. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
- "Interview with Yossi Green". Cleveland Jewish Radio. 23 November 2003. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Abramovitch, Ilana; Galvin, Seán (2002). Jews of Brooklyn. UPNE. p. 194. ISBN 1584650036. (note 2)
- Jerusalem Post, August 30, 2007
- JTA, August 30, 2007