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July 11, 1989 |
Kvutzat Kinneret, Israel
Liel Kolet was born on 11 July 1989 to Jewish Israeli parents in the Kibbutz Kvutzat Kinneret and grew up there.
At age 11, Liel won a talent contest in Israel by singing a song originally performed by Israeli singer Ofra Haza called "Leorech Hayam". After winning she was sent to represent Israel in a European contest where she also won and was later discovered by her soon-to-be manager, Irit Tenhengel. A year later she recorded her first album, The Daughter of the Kinneret, which has sold over 3,000 copies. It included songs such as "Prayer", "Eyfo Ata Achi" (Where Are You My Brother), a song for families whose sons have been taken in Israeli wars, and "Don't Be a Hero", a duet with Sasi Buganim. A single of her first English song, "Find It in Me", has been added to the album.
When Liel was 14 she performed the song "Imagine" on Shimon Peres' 80th birthday and invited President Bill Clinton to sing along. The clip has been shown on TV shows all over the globe. After this performance, she started to receive invitations to perform from around the world.
A year later Liel started to work with German producer Jack White who produced her first international record called Simply Me. Kolet recorded several covers as well as original songs and was exposed to the German audience by performing in Magor TV shows like Ferstein si spas, Herts fur Kinder and many more. Later on she received the German Radio Award for her work to promote peace and support children in need all over the world. At a 2006 aid concert for tsunami victims in Berlin, Liel performed "Imagine" with the Scorpions' singer Klaus Meine. Meine invited her to perform with him. Together they recorded five songs, including a special version of "Send Me an Angel", which became a big hit, a special version of David D'or's song, "Tishmor al HaOlam Yeled" ("Keep the World Child"), and a new song which Meine wrote for Liel, "Bigger Than Life". Together, they also performed one of the most well-known Israeli songs, written by one of the best-known poets and songwriters of Israel, Naomi Shemer "Jerusalem of Gold". Liel also released her first international album, "Unison", which later turned out to be the same name as Celine Dion's first English album. she released her album in Mexico where she performed and appeared on major TV shows as well as on the news. Liel sold over 40,000 copies in Mexico City Only. In 2006, she took part in the Eurovision Song Contest, representing Switzerland, with the band Six4One which brought 6 singers from different countries to send a message of peace and unity together they sang a song called: "If We All Give a Little" which was produced by Swiss producer Ralph Siegal.
In 2008 Liel performed at the 10th anniversary of the Peres "Center for Peace" an organization she supports. Liel performed throughout the whole evening but the most memorable moment was when she sang a duet with Andrea Bocelli. Together they performed a song called "Ray of Hope" which was written by the President of Israel Shimon Peres and was composed by Liel. They surprised the President and performed it there for the first time ever. Liel has performed with artists such as jazz musician Herbie Hancock, Andrea Bocelli, Patti LaBelle, guitarist Slash, and others. She also released her album titled: "Be Free" in Israel, Europe and Mexico which included collaborations with the artists above. In late 2008, Kolet enlisted in the Israeli Defence Forces. Where she performer for soldiers all over the country. Liel always says that the best weapon in the microphone. Liel also shared a stage with the Latin star Julio Iglesias; together they sang his famous hit called "All of You". After her release from the Israeli army, Liel decided it was the right time to try the American market.
Liel has been filmed for a documentary on her life on the American channel PBS and received and toured all over the East Coast. She currently lives in Los Angeles and is recording an album with producer Humberto Gatica.
- Kineret Child, An Israeli Album (2003)
- Too Young to Love, single (25 October 2004)
- Jerusalem, single (2004)
- Jerusalem - With Klaus Meine and Matthias Jabs (Scorpions), single (2004)
- I'd Rather be Alone with You, single (9 May 2005)
- High Energy, single (22 August 2005)
- See On Me (רואים עליי In Hebrew)
- Hava Nagila, Single
- Simply Me, album (October 2005)
- Send Me an Angel - With Klaus Meine (Scorpions), Single
- Lost In You, Single
- Bigger Than Life - With Klaus Meine (Scorpions), Single
- Unison, Album.
- If We All Give A Little - With Six4One
- Elohim Sheli (also known as "Ratziti Sheteda", or "I wanted you to know", or "My God"), Single
- Be Free , album
- Ray of Hope, album
- I Can Hear Christmas - with Ebi , Single (2013)
- German Radio Award 2005
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