LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

I have a very exciting opportunity for you. On your smart phone, record the last chorus of my forthcoming single ” Magical Powers” and let your voice be heard.
All you need to do is watch the video of the last chorus of the song (listen on your head phones), then sing along and record your voice and send it to me at: info@tckproduction.com
The top 10 entries will be invited as my guest to see me perform at the Royal Albert Hall on the 7th November 2017.

https://youtu.be/XQPEcClSPsA

“MAGICAL POWERS”
Chorus

I’d make an end to poverty
Destroy pain and suffering
I’d make a place of peace and no wars
Comfort the child who cries
Would open pathways that didn’t exist
I’ll teach people to let go and forgive
Speak out and make peoples voice heard

Writen by Kezia Blain (Aged 13)

Composed and edited by Tally Koren (c) 2017

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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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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!

The Most important 10 Moments of my Year 2014

1.pink lion –
This is a wonderful memory that I got from January last year. I attented to the Midem music festival in Cannes where about 10.000 people from all around the world came to talk and do business in regards with music.
It’s definitely a great place for artists to do some networking and also meeting publishers and record labels. On the last day of my visit I decided to do a good meditation and visualisation before starting my long schedule day of meetings. It made me feel strong, focused and very relaxed.
I texted my husband, who is a Behaviour Strategist in Harley Street, and wrote – I feel like a pink lion. As a response, my husband sent me this wonderful photo that became my screen saver, reminding me that sensation of feeling strong but soft at the same time – Velvet glove with Iron fist .

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2. On the same day I went to the Carlton hotel in Cannes, where all the exclusive people from the music industry have their meetings. With the attitude of a Pink Lion I was looking around and also very aware of what was going on. Suddenly I saw a man in his late sixties who was talking with the Warner music representative in Israel. I was drawn to talk to him even though I felt a bit shy. I looked at my pink lion photo and went straight and started to speak to him. I was thrilled to realise that my intuition was so strong as the man was the legendary -Seymour Stein, who was the founder of Sire Records which signed pioneer artists such as Talking Heads, The Pretenders , Madonna, Depeche Mode and many more . I told him about my song ‘Free Will’ and very soon I will actually send him the single!

3. Deciding to do the kickstarter campaign was a moment that I will never forget. To do such a campaign I had to work out of my comfort zone, as we all know that asking for money is not the easiest thing.

4. Recording string section for my single.
It was the first time that I had 14 players playing my songs. I absolutely loved it and it felt very emotional. The cinematic strings section were recorded by Haydn Bendall who’s previous credit include Kate Bush, Katie Melua and Dido. The beautiful strings arrangement was done by Phil Curran who worked with me on my previous BBC 2 playlisted single “Beauty of the Duty”.

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5. Celebrating my 50th birthday at the Old Government House Hotel with my husband and receiving beautiful messages from all my fans and friends. I feel that Life begins at 50th!

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6. Singing ‘Free Will’ at the Houses of Commons.

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7. Achieving my kickstarter Goal !
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8. Supporting Mkdons and watching the game when they won 4-0 to Manchester United !

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9. Recording the piano version with special gusets – the Ely Cathedral Girls Choir conducted by Sarah E. A. MacDonald which created a pure and ethereal sound and the Latin version in English and Spanish ‘Tengo Libertad’ featuring Eric Fernandez
who is know for his collaboration with
the Gypsy Kings.

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10. Meeting and hearing the inspiring speech of HE Mr Mazen Kemal Homoud, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
at a fundraising event for empower women in the Middle East .

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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 .

Greener World

In the last few years the World had become much more ‘green’ conscious. Supermarkets and other shops are selling a bag for a life-time, famous people are constantly supporting charity events and the news provides us with coverage about Green ‘initiatives’.

I thought I was doing my bit but realised my awareness was very small about the subject until my friend Sabina Lucia invited me to a wonderful event in a delightful health shop in Kew Gardens – Oliver’s. We had the privilege to watch the movie ‘Plastic Shores’ by Ed Scott- Clarke for the first time. The event was sponsored by Greener Upon Thames and it started with a talk by fabulous guest speaker Roz Savage – National Geographic Adventurer of the year. Roz was a very interesting lady with such a beautiful character and she described her journey’s as a lone yacht-woman and the importance of bottled water. What was especially impressive was how she said that ‘one stroke in the water doesn’t lead anywhere but millions will take you from country to country and this is the same with bottles of water as each one counts although we can’t really see the difference’.

The movie was about one hour long and covered the subject in a very profound way by showing the growth of the plastic industry in our society and how it’s effecting us all today. She talked about the dangers of the countless plastic bottles in the sea that she encountered and how fish are effected by them. I think for all of us the movie gave us so much information but also practical advice about recycling and the need to take the protection of our Planet seriously. This helped me to realize how important this subject is and how just little things that I do can influence the World to be a healthier and Greener place. We all got as a gift a lifetime bag and I have been using it almost every time I go shopping!

For more information : http://greeneruponthames.org/

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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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72 Names (Hallelujah) Day 12 : Kabbalah – 72 Names of God an Interview with Janet Berenson

In this video I interview the Kabbalah teacher Janet Berenson. I met Janet when I did my BA in the Leo Baeck college and I very much like her attitude and open practicality about the subject of Kabbalah. In this video she will explore the roots of the name ’72 names of God’ and how can we use it in daily life.

For more information about Janet and to read her blogs please visit: http://www.berensontraining.webs.com

Free Download:
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