Moshe Hecht

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Moshe Hecht
Born 1985
Queens, New York
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Genres Jewish music
Folk rock
Reggae rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2008-present
Labels Aderet
Associated acts Moshe Hecht Band

Moshe Hecht (born 1985 in Queens, New York) is an American Hasidic singer-songwriter and rabbi, best known as the eponymous lead singer of the folk rock group Moshe Hecht Band.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Hecht was born in Queens, New York in 1985 to a Hasidic Jewish family, one among 14 children.[1] He is the grandson of prominent Chabad rabbi Chaim Gutnick.[2] He displayed interest in music at an early age, singing in school choirs and even writing a musical for Hanukkah when he was 18. He also began listening to secular musicians like Bob Marley, Simon & Garfunkel, and Bob Dylan, but was often forced to hide their records from his devout friends and family.[1]

After high school, Hecht spent a year in the Ukraine doing community service, then 18 months in Melbourne completing his rabbinic ordination.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Hecht gained a strong community following in 2008 with the release of his song "Lamplighters", a tribute to the Chabad missionaries killed in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.[3] Building a community following from this and other singles, he formed the Moshe Hecht Band in 2010 with a group of local musicians. The band's debut album, Heart is Alive, was released by Aderet Music on October 18, 2011.

Discography[edit]

  • Heart is Alive (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Prafder, Erika (2012). "Soul Music". New York Post. Retrieved 31 March 2013.  (As archived on the band's website.)
  2. ^ "Interview: Talking Music with Moshe Hecht". CrownHeights.info. Nov 9, 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Bruck, Shmuel (July 2011). "Diverse and Eclectic Moshe Hecht Releases Single". Algemeiner Journal. Retrieved 31 March 2013.