Miri Ben-Ari in 2004
|Birth name||Miri Ben-Ari|
|Also known as||The Hip Hop Violinist|
December 4, 1978 |
Tel Aviv, Israel
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B|
|Associated acts||Wyclef Jean, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Tarkan, Subliminal, Damon Dash, Armin Van Buuren|
Ben-Ari grew up playing classical music; she started training at age 5 and at age 12, she was presented with a violin by Isaac Stern. During her mandatory Israeli military service, she was chosen to play for the Israeli Army String Quartet. During her stint in the Israeli military, she heard an album by Charlie Parker and immediately fell in love with jazz; she later said "My soul was sold." Following her service, she moved from Israel to New York  in hopes of using her classical training on stage and attended the Jazz department at The New School, but was expelled after two semesters due to poor attendance caused by Ben-Ari playing gigs to pay the rent.
She released her first solo CD Sahara in 1999.
Her persistence earned her an appearance on BET's 106 & Park; the viewer response netted her a return visit a few weeks later. Her performances caught the eye of Jay-Z, who invited her to play as one of the headliners of New York radio station Hot 97's annual Summer Jam concert in 2001, where she netted a standing ovation. Around the same time, a mutual friend introduced Ben-Ari to Wyclef Jean, who invited her to perform with him at his Carnegie Hall show, the first by a hip-hop artist at the venue.
In 2003, she released her second CD Temple of Beautiful, and followed that up with a live CD the following year entitled Live at the Blue Note.
She won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song in 2005 as one of the co-writers of Kanye West's Jesus Walks. In 2005, she released her fourth CD and first to focus on hip-hop style, entitled The Hip-Hop Violinist. As part of the promotion for it, she was part of Reebok's "I Am What I Am" global advertising campaign; Reebok was also part of the video for the first single from the CD, "We Gonna Win".
In 2007 she received the International Jewish Woman To Watch of 2007 Award and in 2008 she received the “2008 Israel Film Festival Visionary Award,” "The Jewish Federation" award and "the American Society for Yad Vashem" Award.
In 2009, she released Symphony of Brotherhood, an instrumental track featuring Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech. In part due to the song, she received the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Israeli Award in January 2008 at a ceremony hosted by the President of Israel, Shimon Peres.
In March 2011 Ben-Ari was invited to the White House by Michelle Obama as part of a Women's History Month celebration, to perform and to be honored as a "remarkabe Woman". In July 2011 she performed at the 2011 Miss Universe China pageant. and in October 2011 she performed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Presidential memorial dedication in Washington, DC.
In 2012, Ben-Ari was invited to perform for U.S. President Barack Obama
In 2013 she was appointed as “Goodwill Ambassador of Music” at the United Nations Association-Brazil.
Miri Ben-Ari is signed with the Harman Kardon brand as a Beautiful Sound artist to be featured globally in advertisements and in special appearances as an ambassador for the Harman Kardon “Beautiful Sound” brand campaign.
- 1999: Sahara
- 2003: Temple of Beautiful
- 2004: Live at the Blue Note
- 2005: The Hip-Hop Violinist
- 2008: The Hip-Hop Violinist II
|U.S. Hot 100||U.S. R&B||U.S. R&B Singles Sales||U.S. Singles Sales|
|2005||"Run This City" (Clinton Sparks feat. P. Diddy & Miri Ben-Ari)||—||107||—||—||The Pulling Strings Mixtape|
|"Sunshine to the Rain" (feat. Scarface and Anthony Hamilton)||—||—||—||—||The Hip-Hop Violinist|
|"We Gonna Win" (feat. Styles P)||—||—||—||—|
|2006||"Symphony of Brotherhood"||—||77||2||15||—|
- Aventura - José (K.O.B. Live) 2006
- Akon - Miss Melody (Trouble) 2004 and (The Hip-Hop Violinist) 2005
- Wyclef Jean Feat. M.O.P. - Masquerade (Masquerade) 2002
- Alicia Keys - Fallin' (Songs in A Minor) 2001
- Twista - Overnight Celebrity (Kamikaze) 2004
- Kanye West - We Don't Care, Graduation Day, Jesus Walks, The New Workout Plan, Breathe In Breathe Out, Two Words (The College Dropout) 2004
- Kanye West - Late (bonus track) (Late Registration) 2005
- Brandy - Talk About Our Love (Afrodisiac) 2004
- Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Eve, Ashanti, Wyclef Jean, Monica, Jadakiss, Musiq, Fabolous, Akon, Jamie Foxx, Babyface - Wake Up Everybody (Wake Up Everybody) 2004
- DJ Logic - "Soul Kissing" (The Anomaly) 2001
- John Legend - Live It Up (Get Lifted) 2004
- Janet Jackson - I Want You (Damita Jo) 2004
- Lil' Mo - Yeah Yeah Yeah (Syndicated: The Lil' Mo Hour) 2006
- Santi Debriano - ( Circle Chant (album) ) 1999
- Santi Debriano - ( Artistic License (album) ) 2001
- Subliminal - Klassit ve'Parsi (Classy & Persian) (Bediuk Kshe'Chashavtem She'Hakol Nigmar (Just When You Thought It Was All Over)) 2006
- Don Omar - Intro - Predica (King Of Kings) 2006
- Deemi - Soundtrack of My Life 2007
- Tarkan - Who's Gonna Love You Now? (Come Closer (re-release) ) (2008)
- Thalía - ¿A quién le importa?
- Styles P - We Gonna Win
- Zion & Lennox feat. Fatman Scoop & Pitbull - ¿Dónde Están las Mamis? (Yo Voy)/Jump & Spread Out [Remix] (Motivando A La Yal: Special Edition/The Hip-Hop Violinist)
- Erykah Badu - My Life
- T-Pain - Kings
- Savage Feat. Akon - Moonshine
- Wu-Tang Clan - Reunited
- Consequence - Waiting On You
- Armin van Buuren - Intense
Miscellaneous, unreleased and remixes
- Maroon 5 - "This Love (remix)"
- Britney Spears - "Me Against the Music (remix)"
- Consequence - Waiting on you
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