Yael Naim

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Yael Naïm
Yael Naim 2016.jpg
Yael Naïm in 2016
Background information
Birth name Yael Naïm
Born (1978-02-06) 6 February 1978 (age 40)
Paris, France
Origin Ramat HaSharon, Israel
Genres Indie folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Piano, guitar, ukulele
Years active 2000–present
Labels Warner Music France
Tôt ou tard
Atlantic Records
Website Yaelweb.com

Yael Naïm (Hebrew: יעל נעים‎, born 6 February 1978 in Paris, France), is an Israeli-French singer-songwriter. She rose to fame in 2008 in the US after her hit single "New Soul" was used by Apple in an advertising campaign for its MacBook Air. The song peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Yael Naïm was born in Paris, France to Sephardic Jewish immigrants from Tunisia. At the age of four, she moved with her family to Ramat HaSharon, Israel, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She served in the Israel Defense Forces as a soloist in the Israeli Air Force Orchestra.[1]

She began her singing career with a part in the musical Les Dix Commandements[2] and her first solo album, In a Man's Womb (recorded in Los Angeles with Kamil Rustam), was released in 2001. She also sang the song "You Disappear" by Bruno Coulais for the film Harrison's Flowers. In her early work, she was credited simply as Yaël. She also performed a duet with Din Din Aviv titled "Mashmauyot".[3]

Naïm joined with percussionist David Donatien and, over a period of two years, they arranged and recorded thirteen of Naïm's songs in a studio in her apartment in Paris.[4] These were released as her second album, Yael Naïm, on 22 October 2007, on the Tôt ou tard label. The songs are in French, English and Hebrew and received critical acclaim.[2] The album entered the French album chart at No. 11 the week after its release. Her style has been described as having a touch of folk and a touch of jazz, with mysterious and evocative words sung with a delicate and intentionally husky voice.[5]

In January 2008, Apple featured her song "New Soul" in its debut commercial for the MacBook Air laptop. Steve Jobs himself picked the song for the launch of the laptop line.[6][7][8] Owing to high U.S. digital sales, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 for the chart week of 16 February 2008, at No. 9, becoming Naïm's first U.S. top ten single, and making her the first Israeli solo artist to ever have a top ten hit in the United States. "New Soul" moved up to No. 7 the following week. The song was also featured on the soundtrack of the movies The House Bunny and Wild Target.

Her third album was released in November 2010. The first single from this new record was "Go to the River".


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
2001 In a Man's Womb  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –
2007 Yael Naïm 10 2 15 6  – 27  – 18 50
2008 Yael Naim and David Donatien
(jointly with David Donatien)
 –  –  –  – 24  – 17  –  –
2010 She Was a Boy
(jointly with David Donatien)
 – 27  – 14  –  –  – 63  –
2015 Older  – 22  – 12  –  –  –  –  –


Year Album Peak positions Album
2008 "New Soul" 29 2 1 7 2 4 6 12 21 5 30 7 Yael Naïm
Performing in 2008.
  • 2001 – "You Disappear"
  • 2001 – "Do I Do"
  • 2001 – "Avril"
  • 2007 – "Toxic" (SPAIN Peak #35)
  • 2008 – "Too Long"
  • 2009 – "Far Far"
  • 2010 – "Go to the River"
  • 2010 – "The Only One"
  • 2011 – "Come Home"
  • 2015 – "Dream in My Head" (FRANCE Peak: #77)
  • 2015 – "Coward" (FRANCE Peak: #123)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2008 Victoires de la Musique Album of the Year (World Music Category) Won
NRJ Music Awards Francophone Revelation of the Year Nominated
Prix Constantin Album of the Year Nominated
2009 Victoires de la Musique Best Female Singer of the Year Nominated
2011 Victoires de la Musique Best Female Singer of the Year Won


Naïm's voice was used in a Season 21 episode of The Simpsons, entitled "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed". She voiced Dorit, the niece of an Israeli tour guide named Jakob (voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen).

Her single "Come Home" was in an episode of Season 7 of Grey's Anatomy and in episode 6 of the ABC Family series Switched at Birth. Also, her cover of Irene Cara's "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" was used in the promotion video of The Voice UK in 2014.


On 27 November 2015, she participated together with Nolwenn Leroy and Camélia Jordana at the national memorial day for the victims of the November 2015 Paris attacks singing the song "Quand on n'a que l'amour" from Jacques Brel.[17]


  1. ^ Shechnik, Raz (29 July 2008). "Yael Naim makes the cut". Ynetnews. Retrieved 29 July 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Yael Naïm – News http://artists.letssingit.com/yael-naim-jv79n/news/
  3. ^ Din Din Aviv and Yael Naim – Mashmauyot on YouTube
  4. ^ YAEL NAIM & David Donatien https://www.myspace.com/yaelnaim
  5. ^ Yael Naïm – Chanson http://www.telerama.fr/musique/20994-yael_naim.php
  6. ^ Mac Ad Raises Yael Naim's Profile : NPR Music
  7. ^ Hey, Let's Write a Song Called "Steve Jobs Is Dreamy" 100 And Single, Idolator. Accessed 12 February 2008
  8. ^ Farber, Jim. Apple ad creates recognition for Yael Naim, New York Daily News, March 11, 2008.
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  17. ^ Emeline Cazi; David Revault d'Allonnes. "Hommage aux morts des attentats aux invalides" (in French). LeMonde.fr. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 

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Preceded by
by Agnès Jaoui
Victoires de la Musique
World music album of the year
Yael Naïm
by Yael Naïm

Succeeded by
by Rokia Traoré