Tally Koren

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Tally Koren
Birth nameTal Cohen
Born6 May 1964
GenresSinger Songwriter, Pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter Producer Voice-over artist
Instrumentsvoice piano
Years active1992 to present

Tally Koren is an Israeli-born international singer-songwriter and voiceover artist. In 2011, she received the London Fringe Awards for best Singer Songwriter and her single Beauty of the Duty (2011) was placed on the BBC Radio 2 playlist and subsequently played on over 100 radio stations around the globe. She is extremely passionate about using her music and voice as a harmonic means to bridge the gap between different cultures. In 2014, she hosted a concert – Music for Peace in the Middle East – where Palestinians, Iranians and Israeli artists performed on one stage and she received a prestigious award as an ‘Ambassador for Peace’ at the House of Commons. Her deeply felt understanding of the need to encourage integration between different cultures comes from her own personal multi-cultural upbringing from Syrian and Polish backgrounds. She completed a BA in Jewish Studies and Theology at Leo Baeck College and has a great interest in philosophy, different schools of mysticism, such as Kabbalah and she has an holistic approach to health and wellbeing.


Koren began her career as a model in her home town of Haifa at the age of 13, she went on to model in Tel Aviv, New York City and Mexico City.

She returned to Israel to serve in the Israeli Army and it was during this time that she won the “Miss Water” beauty competition.

After working as a model and completing her military service, Koren's musical career started in 1992 whilst under the management of Chaim Slutsky, she has since co-written and worked with a number of musicians in Israel, including Itzhak Klepeter, Micha Shitrit and Dudi Levi.

In 1995 she was a finalist in the Israeli Eurovision Song Contest.

During the late 1990s, she relocated to London and subsequently worked with producers and writers such as Dave Dix who has produced albums for Alison Moyet and Black (singer).

In 2004 Koren started to edit songs on her home computer based on classical music and put them together to an album named Timeless Melodies.

The album consists her adaptation of her favourite classical compositions by great composers such as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Piazzolla, Chopin and Mozart.[1] The song "In My Dreams" based on the melody of Pavane by Gabriel Fauré featured on the EMI compilation Super Star Cross Over. The song Wake Up My Child based on Erik Satie's Gnossiennes featured on the soundtrack of an independent film Cargo.

In 2007 Koren wrote the song "Rotten Fruit" for the film Man Who Sold The World that was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

Her second album 72 Names was produced by Koren, Phil Curran and one of Europe's most successful producers Yoad Nevo, who has worked with the Pet Shop Boys, Jem, Bryan Adams, The Sugababes, Goldfrapp, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Girls Aloud. The first single Beauty of the Duty was played by Chris Evans (presenter), Graham Norton,[2] Janice Long and Steve Wright (DJ). The single was later placed on the playlist for BBC Radio 2.

Her song "Free Will" was composed in one take on Christmas Eve. The cinematic strings sections and vocals were recorded by Haydn Bendall who has previously collaborated with artists such as Kate Bush, Katie Melua and Dido. Its featuring Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir which is directed by the conductor Sarah MacDonald.

Koren has used the title of the song to help spreading a positive message on social media platforms, encouraging people to take advantage of their free will and choice for a better life for the community and the world by sharing their stories to inspire others to make change.

Her third album A Love Song For You is a collection of love songs, containing classic covers such as "What a Wonderful World", "The Look of Love", "First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" and for the first time in history Koren has used the words of Mozart himself from letters that he wrote to his wife with her own adaptation to Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, K.488 song named – "One Million Kisses".

The title track was co-written with Barry Upton as a surprise for her husband Simon Edwards on their wedding day.

On 8 March 2016 Koren has created her first event at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Eames OM for International Women's Day. Her guest speakers were – Baroness Blood, the former Enfield town mayor Kate Anoula and Ahlam Akram, the founder of a not-for-profit British Arab initiative that cares for universal women's rights.

Between 2003 and 2006 Koren worked as a freelance journalist for the Israeli magazine Alondon,[3] contributing a column on alternative health.

Koren is a trained voice-over artist and an actress. She has contributed her voice to The Debt and Quantum of Solace. Her other clients have included: TCM, Fisher Price Toys, National Geographic Society, Discovery Channel, Rally Queen, Coffee Club, Google, Iberria Airlines, Turkish Airlies, General Electric and more.


Koren completed a BA in Jewish Studies at Leo Baeck College. She is a Reiki Master.

Charity work[edit]

Koren has been involved in charity work from a young age with her first fashion show as a teenager being in aid of the Wizo. In December 2008, she was requested to appear in an exclusive solo guest performance for the Israeli President Shimon Peres at a charity event for Or Yarok, where she sang her song “Lets give Love on the Road” which was co-written with Moshe Ivgi.

She was a guest singer at the London launch of the Meir Panim Charity UK where Avram Grant was a guest speaker.[4]

‘The Song for the Forgotten’ was written by Koren to bring awareness to the suffering in Third World Countries. She is collaborating with Water Aid for future events. To watch footage supplied by Water Aid and hear the song please follow the link [1]

Touring and appearances[edit]

Koren has performed across the globe to international audiences at prestigious events at such the Marbella Film Festival and the birthday celebration of William Blake at the Tate Britain.[5] She has performed in venues such as Lauderdale House, Bartók, Cobdan club, Soho Review Bar, The Forum, Acoustic room Mean Fiddler, 12 Bar Club, Kashmir club, Belgrade Theatre in Coventry for World War 1 event by Bopa, The Hidden Rooms Cambridge and other selected venues.

Personal life[edit]

In 2008 Koren married Simon Edwards who is a Harley Street hypnotherapist and behavior strategist.


  • Timeless Melodies (2008)
  • 72 Names (2011)
  • Free Will (EP) (2015)
  • A Love Song For You (2016)

Other credits[edit]

The new siddur songbook, Seder Hatefillah, included the Tally Koren song, "Shiru Ladonai", based on the text from Psalm 96.


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