Keren Ann

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Keren Ann
Keren Ann performing (1).jpg
Background information
Born (1974-03-10) 10 March 1974 (age 46)
Caesarea, Israel
Genrespop, folk-rock
InstrumentsGuitar, piano, clarinet
LabelsMetro Blue, Blue Note, Capitol Music, Parlophone/WEA
Associated actsLady and Bird, Barði Jóhannsson

Keren Ann Zeidel (Hebrew: קרן אן זיידל‎ born 10 March 1974 ) known professionally as Keren Ann (קרן אן), is an Israeli-born singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and engineer based largely in Paris, Tel Aviv, and New York City. She plays guitar, piano, and clarinet. She also engineers and writes choir and musical arrangements.

Early life[edit]

Keren Ann Zeidel was born in Caesarea, Israel, to a Russian-Jewish father and a Dutch-Javanese mother.[1] She lived in Israel and in the Netherlands[2] until the age of 11, when her family moved to Paris, France.[1]


Keren Ann performing in 2006

Keren Ann has released seven solo albums: La Biographie de Luka Philipsen (2000), La Disparition (2002), Not Going Anywhere (2003), Nolita (2005), Keren Ann (2007), 101 (2011) and You're Gonna Get Love (2016).[3] Many of her songs have been covered by other artists, including Henri Salvador, Jane Birkin, Francoise Hardy, Rosa Passos, Jacky Terasson, Emmanuelle Seigner, Benjamin Biolay and Anna Calvi. Her music has been featured in TV series including Grey's Anatomy, Six Feet Under and Big Love, and in movies including Love Me No More (2008). Her song "Beautiful Day" has been the sound of the "Skyteam" campaign, and in 2008 her song "Lay Your Head Down" was the synch for the international H&M Spring commercial.

Keren Ann and Icelandic musician Barði Jóhannsson formed the musical duo "Lady & Bird"; the two released a self-titled studio album in 2003, as well as a live recording of their performance with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2009. The two co-wrote the 2011 opera Red Waters; it was produced by the Opéra de Rouen and directed by Arthur Nauzyciel, and performed in four opera houses around France.

Keren Ann co-wrote Henri Salvador's 2000 album Chambre Avec Vue, and wrote the lyrics for Sophie Hunter's 2005 debut album Isis Project, to music written by Guy Chambers. In 2008, Keren Ann composed, with Tibo Javoy, the entire sound design for the European TV channel Arte. She co-wrote and co-produced, with Doriand, Emmanuelle Seigner's 2010 album Dingue.

She contributed to the soundtrack of the French film Thelma, Louise et Chantal (2010), directed by Benoît Pétré, including cover versions of French songs from the 1960s. She also contributed six songs to the Israeli film Yossi (2012), directed by Eytan Fox, as well as appearing onscreen as herself, performing a music concert.

On December 15, 2018, Keren Ann announced that her 8th solo album, entitled Bleue, will be released on March 15, 2019.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Though she has lived and recorded mostly in France and New York, Keren Ann retains her Dutch and Israeli citizenship. She is fluent in English, Hebrew, and French.

In July 2012, she gave birth to her first child, Nico.[5]

Writings and recordings[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Collaborations and scores[edit]

  • Chambre Avec Vue with Henri Salvador at Source-Virgin France (2000)
  • Lady and Bird, with Bardi Johannsson at Labels (2003)
  • Isis Project with Guy Chambers and Sophie Hunter at Sleeper Music UK (2004)
  • ARTE New Sound with Tibo Javoy
  • La Ballade of Lady & Bird with Icelandic Symphonic Orchestra at EMI
  • Dingue for Emmanuelle Seigner with Doriand at Sony Music France
  • Thelma, Louise et Chantal original score
  • Red Waters, opera, with Bardi Johannsson (2011)
  • "Soleil Bleu" / Sylvie Vartan @ Sony Music France (2011)

TV soundtracks[edit]

  • Grey's Anatomy ("Not Going Anywhere")
  • Skyteam Advertisement ("Beautiful Day")
  • Six Feet Under ("Jardin D'hiver")
  • Big Love ("L'onde Amere")
  • The L Word ("Do What I Do") (Lady & Bird)
  • TGV Advertisement ("Malmo Lives") (Lady & Bird)
  • H&M Advertisement ("Lay Your Head Down")
  • Daewoo Motor Sales Iaan Advertisement ("Right Now & Right Here")
  • Orange Advertisement ("Lay Your Head Down")
  • Galia Advertisement ("Right Now & Right Here")
  • Nurse Jackie ("My Name is Trouble")
  • Normal People ("Strange Weather")


  1. ^ a b Hoerburger, Rob (March 11, 2011). "Gangsta Folk". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Grant (May 7, 2007). "The Sweet Songs of Keren Ann". Time. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  3. ^ a b Kopiejwski, Faustine (15 February 2016). "KEREN ANN: UN NOUVEL ALBUM MARQUÉ PAR L'AMOUR, LA NAISSANCE ET LA MORT". Cheek Magazine.
  4. ^ "Keren Ann". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  5. ^ "La chanteuse Keren Ann, maman d’une petite Nico" (in French). Elle. Retrieved 2018-04-08.

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