Looking Back at 2016 & Happy New Year!

It is wonderful to reflect on the year and to look forward to the new year of 2017
and to thank many people that have made this year so special for me.
I started 2016 by filming the video for my song “Free Will”.
It was directed by Charles H. Joslain and we completed it recently, after an idea by my husband Simon, showing the story of me as a little girl sitting at the piano and demonstrating my own Free Will and growing into the women that I am today.

My husband was inspired by a photo we found of me sitting at a piano as a child
and it’s a nice closure for me.

Press on the photo to watch the video of ‘Free Will’ –

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A big thank you to Rupert Truman who filmed the new footages of the piano and as always capturing my journey this year through photographs.

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Thanks to Charles Joslain and his team at the Central Film School.
Thanks to Gagik Karagheuzian for editing the video which, coincidentally was completed on the very same day that I composed the song on Christmas Eve all those years ago.

This year, the Jewish Festival Hanukkah also fell on Christmas Eve and is a perfect time to bring the message of celebrating light that the message of the song is all about.

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In 2016 I released my single ‘A Love Song For You’ from the album of the same name.
The song was written as a surprise for my husband on our wedding day and I co-wrote it with Barry Upton, who has achieved global success with hits over the last three decades.

tally-koren-a-love-song-for-you_single_itunesThe wonderful Regional Radio team of Hart Media were involved in the campagne, spearheaded by the vibrant Jo Hart who introduced me to Cat Hockley from Fifth Element PR – thank you. It was also a real pleasure working with the National Radio promotersLisa Davis and Mike Armstrong.

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For the release of the single I re-edited the video of the song with the help of Boyd Skinner who has been so loyal to me throughout the years – thanks Boyd!
The video premier was featured on the front page of the Female First magazine.

press on the photo to watch the wedding video :

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I was also invited by the TV station London Live for a thirty minute interview
with Vanessa Baffoe.

press on the photo to watch the interview:12928298_860467867409272_8600419452400050743_nThanks must also go to Robin Marsh and Margaret Ali for inviting me to speak at the House of Lords about Peace and Reconciliation.
This subject is so very important to me, though as a singer, it is easier for me to sing than to talk, so my heart was beating extra beats, especially after hearing the oratory talents
of Lords Eames OM. The biggest surprise for me was when Lord Eames concluded the meeting by saying that he was touched by my speech. So filled with Israeli Chutzpah, I spoke to him at the end and told him about my vision to have an event and to invite influential women from different Nationalities and Professions from around the World to discuss peace and to show the strength of the women through simple communication and to emphasise the
similarities of our cultures.

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The event did happen and I would like to thank Lord Eames with all my heart for giving me that opportunity and believing in my vision of putting the emphasis
on building bridges.

I also had a very inspiring event on International Women’s day and would like to thank the main speakers Baroness Blood, the former Mayor of Enfield, Katie Anula the Palestinian Women’s right activist Ahalam Akram. We were entertained by the Bristol TV stars Livvy and Chrissie.

I have edited a special version of my song Free Will , starting with the piano version and ending with the Latin version in the hope that it will make everyone dance.

press on the photo to watch my performance of Free Will at the House of Lords

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The launch of my album ‘A Love Song For You’ was at the heart of Piccadilly with great musicians and great guests, so I’d like to thank everyone who was there and especially Phil Curran who co produced the album with me.

For the first time in history  I used the words of Mozart himself from a letter that he wrote to his wife when and  made my own adaptation –   ‘One Million Kisses’ – to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, K.488

To watch the performance at the Launch Event press on the photo:

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I had a lovely birthday gift in May from my Lebanese friend, the journalist and actress Lina Kay and accompanied her to the Queens Palace Garden Party and it was a day to remember.

To read the full blog with special tips of how to get ready  for the Queens Palace Garden Party press on the photo:

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In July I was invited again to Birmingham to perform in front of the
Muslim Women’s charity BTM.
It was an important event and I recieved such a very warm welcome and I would love to thank Davinder Prasad from BOPA for inviting me to sing not only there but at other events in the Midlands.
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In August I was very privileged to be on the stage at the Shalom festival in Edinburgh and sing Jerusalem of Gold amongst other songs. It was very special for me to be at this Festival as a former fringe award winner but especially for the importance of its statement. Special thanks to Nigel Gooddrich for organising such an event.

To watch the performance  of Jerusalem of Gold at the Shalom Festival press on the photo:

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Thanks to the Director Arnie Voysey of the video ‘Just Want to be Loved by You’
The video illustrates the life of a women captured in a golden cage and breaking out to became a free women and it was featured in Music Week.

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Patricia Teitelbaum deserves special thanks too for inviting me In October to sing at the Antwerp Peace Festival and to my musicians Dean Ross and Antonio Soto who accompanied me. Standing on the stage in the heart of the City singing Hatikvah was a very emotional moment in my year.
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In November I met with the Archbishop of York at his Palace and what an inspiring man he is. He kindly presented me with a signed copy of his latest book Agape Love Stories which you really should read.

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On the same day I met with Steve Kay, the winner of a competition I was running in September, who is a fan and supports me through social media. We met in York and it was good to hear his feedback about my music .
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It was lovely to be involved in important Charity events throughour the year and singing raises peoples hearts, so I would like to thank Keith Best for taking both myself and Kate Anoula back to Enfield – a town were I lived first when I came to London.

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Thanks for my friend Barbara Dingle who introduced me to many people this year and to Bota Hopkins who invited me to sing at the Lansdowne Members club for a Christmas reception with prestigious guests including HRH Princess Katherine Karađorđević and Prince Mohsin Ali Khan of Hayderabad.

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photo above by Oliver Oxygen Visuals

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I thank and I bless every moment of this year and feel very excited about next year.
Happy New Year to all of you and I hope you’ll be inspired by my song ‘Free Will’ to choose moments that are best for you and for the World!

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It’s time to say goodbye to – 72 Names !

It’s time to say goodbye to – 72 Names !

Since 2010 my life was all around my first album 72 Names .

Although I had before an album with collection of songs based on the most know classical melodies – Timeless Melodies .

72 Names  album was my first album as an artist with my own melodies and words .

As an independent artist I feel so proud of what I manage to achieve and how much I learn from it.

  It’s only when you jumped to a deep water that you learn how to swim .

I learn so much about promotion , radio pluggers, public relation , production , social media ,radio,  playlist and more.

I had few critics that wrote about the album that it had allot of potential  and I am a good singer but the main criticism was that it was collection of songs with different  directions .

I completely agree with that claim as it was my intention to put collection of my best songs together and I can’t help it that I am a lady with many hats .

Looking back, yes it might be easier to market it with only one style but as I wrote in my song – Calling You

” I never look back , I never regret ”  I learn through  the different styles what I really love and who are my real audience.

And  its time to move on to something new , so Watch out for my new project !

Short video of the making of  Calling  You video  that have reached over 70000 hits by

Director Brad Watson

Thanks for all the support !

Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa – The Perfect Place to Chill Out !

I recently wrote a few blogs about spa hotels. I just love that concept as it recharges me much more than the normal hotel and the treatments give me extra benefit. I have just come back fro Bailiffscourt   Hotel & Spa in Arundel, West Sussex and I have fallen in love with all of it !

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The concept of an historic house gives a warm feeling to the whole place, especially with the maze of wood-panelled passageways and its intimate lounges which are ancient but also unashamedly stylish.

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 The hotel’s location is one of the other benefits. It is less than 3 minutes walk from  the beautiful Climping Beach.

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     In contrast to the ancient , furnished hotel, the spa has a modern style and the treatment rooms are all equipped with a water bed which adds extra

relaxation to the treatment.What I loved most was the hot tub and the heated pool outside. It was so nice to have a swim even when it was raining!

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   The spa chain has a fantastic range of beauty products called Templespa that are used in the treatments but are also available in the rooms to give you a   taste of them.One of the products which I bought was the breakfast Smoothie. It was an excellent exfoliator and my skin felt very good after using it.

The hotel spa has large fields all around and many celebrities, such as Russell Crowe, Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson, have visited it to enjoy the peace and quiet. I saw with my own eyes , some local rich people arrive by helicopter, park outside the restaurant and then enjoy its delicious food.

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I can’t wait to to go there again, hopefully for more than one night, but one night still gives you a wonderful braek and is ideal for romantic events. The hotel has a lot of special deals, so, I suggest that you look at their website or call them before booking.

http://www.hshotels.co.uk/bailiffscourt-hotel-and-spa/special-offers

I Love Hotel & Spa Weekend Breaks !

Recently I have started to enjoy using more spa Hotels. They give me the benefit of enjoying the luxury of a hotel but also allow me to spoil myself with the spa facilities with its’ special treatments and atmosphere. For my birthday we booked 2 nights at  The Spread Eagle in the heart of  Market town Midhurst .

  A beautiful village which I could explore the countryside and also relax and enjoy a luxury Spa .

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From the moment we entered the lobby we knew that we had chosen the right place. The hotel staff were welcoming and the lobby had a nice feel to it.

Our room was beautiful. For this special occasion we booked a  Deluxe Room which is more expensive then a regular and stunning . However, I would suggest that you always ask how much an upgrade would cost because if the hotel isn’t fully booked, you might be lucky like I was!

The spa had a large selection of treatments at a reasonable price. For the first time I had the hot stone massage and it was heaven !

The spa and pool were not big but they were just the right size to allow you to enjoy a few hours of relaxation.

The food in the hotel was very tasty and of a high standard.

I would highly recommend having a short break and they have a really good deals –

A glass of chilled Champagne with their  complements before a delicious dinner along with full English breakfast, 2 full days relaxing in the Spa and the Best Available Bedroom ~ all for just £99 per person – Enjoy !

http://www.hshotels.co.uk/spread-eagle-hotel-and-spa/special-offers

72 Names (Hallelujah) Day 3: Manifesto create from nothing

I am a singer-songwriter Tally Koren writing to you today about the launch of new single 72 Names (Hallelujah) which will last for 72 days. Over the campaign I’m exploring the significance of the number 72 in lots of different situations and I would like you to be part of it!

I’d like to share with you my journey as a singer-songwriter doing everything by myself (DIY) the journey of my new single campaign.

When a major record label releases a single for an artist they probably start working on it one year ahead with a large team, with lots of preparation and a big budget. But in the last 10 years, since social media began, more and more artist are doing it by themselves, and releasing their own records. At the end of the day it’s all about the music.

At the start of my last single campaign for Beauty of the Duty I was all prepared with a plugger, a PR team, a launch party, video and had more of a budget. In my new campaign I’m in the situation where there is nothing ready besides from the single itself. But I have a very unique campaign, which will last for 72 days, so please watch my video and I hope you will want to join in.

72 Names (Hallelujah) Day 1: Introduction

 

I am inviting you to watch my video of the introduction to the campaign of my single 72 Names for 72 days of the biggest and most unique project in the world!

I am creating a 72-day campaign and I will look at the significance of the number 72. I am going to consider the use of the number in all situations of life, modern and historical, artistic and spiritual. Using my blog and social media channels I want to involve you in the campaign! Each day there will be new videos posted which will include interviews, ideas and challenges surrounding the number 72 to get you thinking and involved in the build up to the release of the single.

Activities that will be taking place will include such things as:
• A competition for people to create poems and blogs about their brush with the number 72.
• Competitions for people born in 1939 (72 years-old) being 39: does life begins at 40?
• Identifying the best 72 quotes of all time from film, plays, books, celebrities.
• Visiting RAF Squadron 72.
• Opportunity to let brands use the number 72 for advertising a product or a service for example; I will dine for £72, stay in hotel for £72 or a brand will give a 72% discount for a period of time for my great fans!

You will be able to keep track of the campaign via my social networking sites: Facebook: Tally Koren Twitter: @tallykoren Youtube: Tallykoren.

Beauty Tips – I Love Chanel No. 5 & more

This is a short video about how to indulge yourself.  Some of my favourite products when I want to feel million dollars before an event, or special occasion. It can also be great idea for you if you would like to buy your lover the perfect gift.

In the video – I talk about Chanel No. 5 Soap, Chanel No. 5 Velvet Body Cream, Clarins – Beauty Flash Balm, Natura Bisse – Stimul-Eye Mask, Fashion – Almost Famous.