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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United Nations International Women’s Day 2013 Event at the House of Common

What a fascinating evening I had last night in the House of Common for

United Nations International Women’s Day 2013.

The event was Hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma MP and there were

so many inspiring women on the panel includes –

Lady Fiona Hodgson, chairman of GAPS – ( Gender action in peace security )

Charlotte Simon Co – Founder of Mothers in Congo.

Baroness Oona King of Bow – Diversity Executive as channel 4.

Brita Fernandez Schmidt – Executive Director – Woman For Woman.

Baroness Meral Hussein – Ece OBE.

Cllr. Mimi Harker OBE , Mayor of Amersham. Seema Malhotra, MP, PPS

and the wonderful  lady that was behind all the organisation of that event

                                        Margaret  Keverian Ali Director of UPF.

You can imagine  with such a team of ladies how interesting was the event .

The main subject was violence towards women in the world .

I was shocked to hear stories about rapes and murdering women from babies to adult .

The only positive side of the event was to see the other side of the world, people that gives their  life to make a change for a better world.

We as individuals , can also contribute by spreading  the message around the world ,  Focus on the right campaigns and the most important,

 make politicians  more aware of situation  and take actions !

Woman  were always the minority in the high positions  through history but we have the inner voice and  the power and when we comes to  positions

  We  make the change .

That was the main message from all the ladies on the panel that got to those high positions  and encourage us to do so as well.

Get into your  local communities , or get involve there are  so many organisations that needs your help now .

For  me as a singer songwriter that write about positive things –

changing and making a better life,

it was a real boost of inspiration !

 I was asked at the end of the evening to sing a song.

The truth was that I wasn’t prepared at all  and my voice wasn’t warm to sing but it was such a moving event , with so many passionate people , so  I wanted to contribute as well and my way is with songs.

I chose to sing my song My River and sang it acapella

 The song is  apparition for the goodness that we have and a prayer  for a better place .

My River

When the sun is shining
I am looking at my river
Seeing all that left behind
Fading far away.
I am looking at my river
Seeing Thy reflection
I smile to you with gratitude
For all the goodness that I haveI am talking to my river
When I feel your distance
I pray to you with all my heart
To wash my tears away

I listen to my river
In silence I can hear you
sings through me just words of love
Then I know that you are there .

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 !

72 Names (Hallelujah) Day 56 Kabbalah & 72 Names of God an Interview with Rabbi Larry Tabick

A very inspiring interview with Rabbi Larry Tabick who is the Rabbi of Song of Life – Hampstead Reform Jewish Community. He shares with us his knowledge about Kabbala , 72 Names of God, meditation and more.

For more information about his teaching please visit http://www.tabick.abel.co.uk/home.html

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72 Names (Hallelujah) Day : 53 El Hayam – The First Version of my Single in Hebrew

My single started from the Hebrew version El Hayam (into the sea). When I was looking for inspiration to write a song about water and I opened the bible at Exodus 14 when I saw the text of Moses splitting the sea, and the rest is history! The text immediately inspired me to write the melody. I always believe that where there is a good text it will lead to a good melody. Although I am very attached to the English version of the single I had to go and record the vocals in Hebrew in this production as at the end of the day, I’m Israeli and Hebrew is my native language and it always feels like home to go back to your roots.

The song 72 Names sang in Hebrew, Spanish, English and very soon Arabic.

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72 Names (Hallelujah) Day 28 : My Spirtual Journey & Why I Chose 72 Names to be the Title of My Album

In this video I’m sharing with you a bit of my long spiritual journey. It started from Eastern philosophy, meditation, yoga, Sai Baba, doing healing as Reiki, mystic therapy. Then I discovered that close to my roots there is much to find in Jewish Mysticism and I started to study the Kabbala.

I started with Doctor Tali Loewenthal studying the Hasidic texts of the Tanya book.  Then I had some classes with Rabbi Tatz. and my favourite teacher Jeremy Rosen who was the Rabbi of Yakar,  as he combines Kabbala, philosophy and psychology  in a very deep but also practical way. Then I studied two courses with the Kabbala Centre which is known to the world as a lot of celebrities like Madonna, Jerry Hall and many more have studied there.
Then life took me to do a degree of BA in Jewish studies which I was exposed to the holiest texts in Kabbala like the book of creation and the Zohar but also study philosopher as  Maimonides, Ramban, Spinoza  Martin Buber.  On the course I studied the history of Kabbala and  the academic side of the way it all developed. All this mixture of knowledge brought me to a very balanced way of seeing life and please join in and watch my video.

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72 Names (Hallelujah) Day 13 : If you are 72 years old – I would love to hear from you!

In this video I am inviting 72 year old people to share with us how it is to be that age – the positive and the negative aspects. There is a competition and some great prizes so please watch!

Everyone who enters gets a free download. To claim it go to http://www.tallykoren.com

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