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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‘Free Will’ – The One Song to Inspire Millions – Campaign !

As story growth through sharing, you can be part of a very exciting campaign and share your story to inspire millions.

It’s very simple, all you have to do is to share with us, what is that you want to change or have changed already to improve in your life, the community or the world.

My vision is having as many people as possible sharing positive things and then putting them together to a very inspiring video to inspire others to make a change.

To submit –

1. Share with us your story, either with written word, filming on iPhone 1-3 minute video, an audio recordings, Inspiring – photograph, poem, quote or a song.

You can either send it to us to tckproduction@gmail.com and we will post it, or just tag Tally Koren if you want to share it on your profile.

2. If you like can can tell us what have inspired you to do it .

3. What is the impact of your action either on your life, the community or the world.

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Post on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tallykorenofficial

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If you’ll like to take part but stay anonymous send us your story and we won’t include your name.

By submitting your material you give us the right to edit your material only for the purpose of inspiring others and not for commercial use.

Looking forward to be inspired by your stories !

The Most important 10 Moments of my Year 2014

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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 !
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/886828190/free-will-one-song-can-inspire-millions-and-change

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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All We Need is Love – Olympics Reflections

All We Need is Love –  Olympics Reflections 

I hope you all enjoyed watching the Olympics, for me the athletics, the swimming and the diving were the main highlights. It brought back to me great memories of when I was the fastest girl in school in which the climax of my running was when I achieved 8.7 in the 60 metres while I was competing with the fastest boy in school and we got the same result. I wish I had a camera at the time to film the expression of my excitement, I took the laces off my trainers and tore them apart.

I never managed to achieve that speed again as we moved to Mexico city, which is a very high place and it was difficult for me to run, but the fire stayed inside me for all those years and slowly turned into singing and writing songs. The Olympic gold medals

Winners showed me one single thing;  how much training is the first basic thing  to succeed but  support  and love are the essential ingredient  to achieve something in life.

We could see on TV how  the strong connection between  Andy Murray and Michael Phelps mothers  and  the stories of all the other champions with their supportive families .

The GB team succeed beyond our expectations  and they all say of how  much the support and love of the  audience affected them.

Last night their was a programme of the best moments in football and there was an unbelievable moment when Paolo Di Canio from West Ham at the past got grumpy with the team and sat down on the field refusing to play .

Suddenly all the crowd started to sing his name and it was like super man suddenly putting his armour on and he just woke up and played like he never played before and scored immediate goals. It was clear as crystal how the crowd effected him.

For me as an independent artist you are the support  & off course my sweet husband – every comment, every like , spreading the word, download my music and especially your personal emails give me the drive to keep doing what I love so much .

Thank You !

Miracle 3 – Calling You

Calling You is known to be the song that caused me the biggest miracle in my life, meeting my husband. It was a very cold winter evening when I was in the studio and I asked my producer Phil Curran after our session to play a few chords as I feel like writing a song. It was probably a real yearning for finding the love that I was so much looking for and because I felt so lonely in the UK, which is not my home place, which made the angel hear me.

‘I’m calling you now I’m alone, I’m calling you my angel make me strong’.

After a few weeks of writing the song I met (the angel) who after a very short time became my husband.