Eyal Golan

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Eyal Golan
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Eyal Golan in 2011
Background information
Birth name Eyal Biton
Born (1971-04-12) April 12, 1971 (age 44)
Origin Rehovot, Israel
Genres Mizrahi, Pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1994–present
Website EyalGolan.co.il

Eyal Golan (Hebrew: אַיָּל גּוֹלָן‎; born Eyal Biton on April 12, 1971) is a popular Israeli singer of Yemenite and Moroccan Jewish origins who sings in the Mizrahi style and considered one of the most successful singers of the Mizrahi genre in Israel. Eyal Golan reported the highest income of all singers in Israel in 2011 [1]

Music career[edit]

Golan started performing in nightclubs at the age of 20. His first album, Lehisha ba'Laila (in Hebrew לחישה בלילה meaning Whisper in the Night) was released in 1995. In 1996, he put out another album, called BeHofa'a Haya (in Hebrew בהופעה חיה) being a live concert which included songs from famous Israeli singers such as Shlomo Artzi and others.

In 1996, Zeav Nechama and Tamir Kliski, members of the "Ethnix" were searching for a Mizrahi singer for producing a music album. The two saw Golan in a concert in the "Chava Club" in Petah Tikva, and decided to feature Golan's vocals the album. Their collaboration lasted until 2000 resulting in three hugely successful albums: Bila'adayikh (in Hebrew בלעדייך meaning Without You) in 1997, Chayal shel Ahavah (in Hebrew חייל של אהבה meaning Soldier of Love) in 1998 and Histakli Eilay (in Hebrew הסתכלי אלי meaning Look at me) in 1999 before they parted in 2000.

Meanwhile Eyal Golan continued solo with ever-increasing success. He was managed for a long time by record producer Ishai Ben Zur, who was responsible for the success of many of Eyal's albums. However, because of financial disputes, they stopped working together.

In 2008, Golan put out the album Hoze Otah Muli (in Hebrew הוזה אותך מולי meaning Imagining you facing me) and in two months sold over 145,000 albums. Based on the immense success of the album he toured in Israel including important shows at the Caesarea Amphitheater in 2008 and 2009. He also toured internationally remaining very popular in all countries of the Jewish Diaspora and with world music enthusiasts. Except for his debut album, all of Golan's studio albums have become platinum albums.

Sports career[edit]

Born in the neighborhood of Kfar Marmorek in Rehovot, at 10, he enrolled in the youth program of the neighborhood football (soccer) club Hapoel Marmorek where he played in the youth program from 1981 to 1988

In 1988, he moved to the senior side of the club playing until 2005. In his last year of athletic sports life, he played for Maccabi Sha'arayim for one season (2005–06).

In June 2014 he became the owner of Hapoel Marmorek.

Television: Eyal Golan Is Calling You[edit]

Eyal Golan Is Calling You
(אייל גולן קורא לך)
Genre Talent show
Created by Eyal Golan
Judges Eyal Golan
Yosi Gispan
Adi Leon
Yaron Elan
Country of origin Israel
Original language(s) Hebrew
No. of seasons 2
Original network Music 24, Israel
Original release 20 February 2011

On February 20, 2011, Eyal Golan introduced a new reality show on Israeli Music 24 called Eyal Golan Is Calling You (in Hebrew אייל גולן קורא לך) where he is searching for the next mizrahi music singer together with Yosi Gispan, Adi Leon and Yaron Elan.

On April 12, 2011 and in the first season finale in Haoman 17 club, Moran Mazor won the contest.

The show was renewed for a second season, and the winner in the finale broadcast on 25 March 2012 was the Arab-Israeli singer Nasreen Qadri.


In 1997, he was awarded the " Performer of the Year" award by Israeli Channel 2.

Personal life[edit]

Eyal Golan was born on April 12, 1971 to Daniel (Dani) Biton and Ronit Jamil and grew up in the neighborhood of Kfar Marmorek in Rehovot. He lived in Rehovot until 2010 before moving to Tel Aviv. When he was 4 his parents divorced and Eyal lived with his mother's family.

On September 12, 2002 Golan married the Miss Israel of 2001 Ilanit Levi. The couple's eldest son Liam was born in 2003, and their youngest daughter Alin was born in 2006. In October 2008 the couple divorced.

In 2012, Golan began dating Israeli model Ruslana Rodina. The couple gave birth to a son Yan, in 2014.

Statutory rape allegations[edit]

In November 2013, Golan was arrested as part of a group of men suspected of having sex with underage girls. Golan denied the charges, but admitted that his father, Danny Biton, had brought girls to his home to have sex with him. Although the charges against Golan were later dropped for lack of evidence, the allegations caused Golan's songs to receive less radio airplay and for performances to be cancelled.[2]



Studio albums[edit]

  • 1995 – Lehisha ba'Laila – לחישה בלילה (A Whisper in the Night)
  • 1997 – Bila'adayikh – בלעדייך (Without You)
  • 1998 – Chayal shel Ahavah – חייל של אהבה (Soldier of Love)
  • 1999 – Histakli Eilay – הסתכלי אלי (Look at Me)
  • 2001 – Tslil Meytar – צליל מיתר (Sound of String)
  • 2002 – v'Ani Koreh Lakh – ואני קורא לך (And I Call You)
  • 2003 – Chalomot – חלומות – (Dreams)
  • 2005 – Metziout Acheret – מציאות אחרת (A Different Reality)
  • 2007 – Bishvilekh Notzarti – בשבילך נוצרתי (I Was Made For You)
  • 2008 – Hoze Otah Muli – הוזה אותך מולי (Imagining You Facing Me)
  • 2009 – Ze ani – זה אני (That's Me)
  • 2010 – Derech LaHayem – דרך לחיים (A Way of Life)
  • 2011 – Chelek Michayai – חלק מחיי (Part of My Life)
  • 2012 - Nagt li Balev - נגעת לי בלב (You touched my heart)
  • 2013 - Halev al Hashulhan - הלב על השולחן (The heart is on the table)
  • 2014 - Yamim Yagidu - ימים יגידו (Time will tell)
  • 2015 - Besof Kol Yom - בסוף כל יום (At the End of Every Day)

Live albums[edit]

  • 1996 – BeHofa'a Haya – בהופעה חיה (Live in Concert)
  • 2000 – haMofa'a haMeshoutaf: Ethnix v'Eyal Golan – המופע המשותף עם אתניקס (The Duet Concert of Ethnix and Eyal Golan)
  • 2008 – Eyal Golan Baheichal Hatarbut – אייל גולן בהיכל התרבות (Eyal Golan Live at Heichal Hatarbut (also on DVD)
  • 2009 - Eyal Golan Caesarea (2009)
  • 2010 - Eyal Golan at Nokia Arena (2011)
  • 2011 - Eyal Golan part of my life Live the Sultan's Pool (2012)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.forbes.co.il/rating/list.aspx?en6v0tVq=H
  2. ^ Hartman, Ben; Bob, Yonah Jeremy (2014-05-02). "State drops all charges against Eyal Golan". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2015-07-13. 


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