Omer Adam

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Omer Adam
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Omer Adam
Background information
Born (1993-10-22) October 22, 1993 (age 25)
United States
OriginMishmar HaShiva, Israel
GenresPop, Mizrahi
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009 – present

Omer Adam (Hebrew: עומר אדם‎; born October 22, 1993) is an Israeli singer whose music fuses elements of eastern "Mizrahi" (Oriental-Middle Eastern) and Western pop instrumentation. In 2009, he participated in the seventh season of Kokhav Nolad (in Hebrew כוכב נולד), a popular Idol series show in Israel, but was disqualified because of his age at the time of application.

Biography[edit]

Adam was born in the United States[where?] to an Israeli family. On his paternal side, His father, Yaniv Adam, was of Mountain Jewish (Kavkazi Jew) descent, whereas his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. His father was a special forces officer in the Israel Defense Forces who served as deputy commander of the Shaldag Unit and Battalion 202 of the Paratroopers Brigade. His paternal grandfather Shmuel served as a senior commander in the Israel Border Police.[1] He is also related to General Yekutiel Adam and his son General Udi Adam. When Adam was an infant, his family returned to Israel. Initially, they lived on Palmachim Airbase, and when he was three, the family moved to moshav Mishmar HaShiv'a.[1]

Kokhav Nolad[edit]

In season 7 of the Kokhav Nolad show, Omer Adam sang the following songs:

  • Audition: "Aba" (Father) from Shlomi Shabat[2]
  • Week 1 (29 June 2009): "Isha ne'emana" (A loyal woman) from Yishai Levi
  • Week 2 (5 July 2009): "Tza'ir lanetsakh" (Forever young) from Rami Kleinstein
  • Week 3 (12–13 June 2009): "Niguna shel hashkhuna" (The neighborhood's song) from Izhar Cohen (as a duo with Moran Mazuz)
  • Week 4 (19 July 2009): "Ma hu ose la" (What does he do to her) from HaGashash HaHiver (as a trio with Re'em Cohen and Hovi Star)
  • Week 4 (20 July 2009): "Marlene" from Zohar Argov (originally by Enrico Macias)
  • Week 5 (26 July 2009): "Yak'had" (Together) from Kobi Peretz & Ishtar) (as a duo with Vladi Blayberg)
  • Week 5 (27 July 2009): "Mima'amkim" (From the depths) from Idan Raichel's Project
  • Week 6 (2 August 2009): "Aba" (Father) from Shlomi Shabat
  • Week 6 (3 August 2009): "At Vaani" (You and I) from Shlomo Artzi

As a result of his performances in week 6, initially the judges classified him as 3rd of 9 for his "Aba" performance, and 4th of 8 for his "At Vaani" performance.

However a blogger revealed that Adam was just 15 years and 7 months when he applied,[3][4] while the minimum age is 16. Adam withdrew from the competition mid-way through the season. Zvika Hadar, host of the show, responded by saying: "The important thing is that Omer realized his mistake, apologized and took the right decision. Our role is to provide equal admission to all contestants, we cannot compromise on this case. Many candidates who came for auditions were rejected because of their age."[5] Adam's disqualification was announced officially on August 5, 2009, despite him being one of the favorites to reach the final.

Singing career[edit]

Adam enjoyed great popularity despite leaving Kokhav Nolad. He toured the country giving more than 150 performances in less than a year. In late 2009 he released his debut single, called "להיאבד ברוח" ("Lost in the wind"). He followed it up in July 2010 with "חוזה בנשמה" which became the theme song for the television show "חתונת השנה" (in English, "Wedding of the Year") on Israel's Channel 2 station.

In December 2010, he put out an album entitled נמס ממך ("Melting because of you"), including the already released singles in addition to new songs including "נעתי בתוך מעגל" ("I moved in a circle"), "בלילה קר" ("Cold night"), and "לא תדעי דמעה" ("Know a tear"). He also included some remixed versions of his songs.

In 2011, he released a second album "מאושרת" ("Happy"). In March 2011 the first hit from the new album was released entitled "בניתי עלייך", followed by "קסם" ("Magic") as a duet with Itzik Kalla (in Hebrew איציק קלה). In May 2011 came his hit "מליון נשיקות" ("Million kisses"), with immense online success, followed by "קרוב אלייך" ("Close to you").

On 15 June 2011 he appeared in a live show attended by thousands in Caesarea Maritima, a venue on the Israeli coast, becoming the youngest artist to be featured as a main artist.[4][6][7]

On 29 January 2012, he released his third album ילד טוב ילד רע (meaning "Good boy, bad boy"). The first single from the album was "אל תחפשי", followed by "Meusheret" ("מאושרת") and "Baniti Alayich" ("בניתי עלייך"). He also appeared on a reality television show הסוכנים on the HOT Israeli Entertainment channel (in Hebrew, הוט בידור ישראלי).

In August 2015 he released his fourth album "I thank" (מודה אני), which became very popular very soon after its release.

Adam performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 Maccabiah Games on July 6, 2017.[8]

He had the biggest selling song in Israel in the 2017-18 period, measured between Rosh Hashana in successive years, with "Two Crazy People" (שני משוגעים) ahead of their Eurovision 2018 Winner performed by Netta Barzilai. Stav Beger was a key producer in both songs[9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2010: Namess Mimekh (Melting because of you) | נמס ממך
  • 2012: Good Boy Bad Boy | ילד טוב ילד רע
  • 2013: Music and Silence | מוזיקה ושקט
  • 2015: Mode Ani | מודה אני

Singles[edit]

  • 2010: "להיאבד ברוח"
  • Meusheret "מאושרת"
  • Milion Neshikot
  • Met Lehabek Otah
  • 2010: "חוזה בנשמה"
  • 2014: Mahapecha Shel Simcha
  • 2014: Hi Rak Rotza Lirkod
  • 2018: Haverot Shelach
  • Ohevet Oti Amiti
  • Shnei Meshugaim
  • Rachok Mikulam
  • Meusheret Biladay
  • 2019: Tagidi Li SheTov Lach
  • Haverot Shelach 2

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