Zak Abel

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Zak Abel
Birth nameZak David Zilesnick
Born (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 23)
OriginEngland, United Kingdom
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Zak David Zilesnick (born 1 March 1995), better known as Zak Abel, is a Moroccan-English singer, songwriter and musician. He has also been an English Cadet national table tennis champion.

Early and personal life[edit]

His father, who had been born in Morocco and emigrated to Israel, passed away when Zilesnick was 12 years old.[1] Zilesnick is Jewish.[2] He grew up in Hendon with his mother Rachel, and attended the Jewish state school Matilda Marks, and University College School, from which he graduated in 2013.[3][1] He has moved to Hackney.[1]


Zilesnick won a competition to sing at a Yom Haatzmaut celebration in Wembley Stadium when he was in primary school.[1]

He is most notable for his featured appearance on the UK top 20 hit "Unmissable" with Gorgon City. He has also released two extended plays, entitled Joker presents Zak Abel and One Hand on the Future.

In 2016, he worked with producers such as Kaytranada and Wookie on his debut album, Only When We're Naked, which was released on 6 October 2017,[4] and debuted at number 100 on the UK Albums Chart.[5] He was signed by Atlantic Records.[6]

Table tennis[edit]

He was ranked No. 1 in the Cadet age group in England and was 2009 Cadet Boys' Singles national champion at the age of 14; he was also ranked No. 5 for under 18s in England.[7][6] Between 2008 and 2010 he won the Under 15 national singles and Under 18 doubles titles.[7] In 2010 he was ranked number 39 in the senior category.[7]


Studio albums[edit]


  • Joker presents Zak Abel (2015)[8]
  • One Hand on the Future (2015)[9]


  • "These Are the Days" (2014)
  • "Wise Enough" (2015) (with Joker)
  • "Say Sumthin" (2015)
  • "Everybody Needs Love" (2016)
  • "Unstable" (2017)
  • "Rock Bottom" (2017) (featuring Wretch 32)
  • "All I Ever Do (Is Say Goodbye) (2017)
  • "Only When We're Naked" (2017)
  • "The River" (2017)
  • "Love Song" (2018)
  • "You Come First" (2018) (featuring Saweetie)

As featured artist[edit]

Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Written with:
"I'll Be Gentle"
(with John Legend)
2017 Paloma Faith The Architect Paloma Faith, Thomas Barnes, Peter Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn
(with HRVY & Nina Nesbitt)
2018 Sigala Brighter Days Bruce Fielder, Sky Adams, Daniel Shah, Lawrie Martin-Prime, Justus Nzeribe


  1. ^ a b c d [1]
  2. ^ The Jewish Chronicle: 2016-05-20 - "ZAK ABEL"
  3. ^ "The Gower 2013". 19 January 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Only When We're Naked by Zak Abel on Apple Music". iTunes Store (AU). Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Zak Abel Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Zak Abel: From table tennis star to music sensation" — Table Tennis England
  7. ^ a b c [2]
  8. ^ "Joker Presents Zak Abel – EP by Zak Abel on Apple Music". iTunes Store (GB). Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  9. ^ "One Hand on the Future by Zak Abel on Apple Music". iTunes Store (GB). Retrieved 3 February 2018.

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