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 !

72 Names (Hallelujah) Day : 47 Creating from Nothing – Manifesto 7

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.

This is the sixth week of my campaign, creating from nothing. In this video I share with you the development of my campaign.

To claim your free download go to http://www.tallykoren.com

72 Names (Hallelujah) Day : 46 An opportunity for You to Make a Name for Yourself! – Rap Competition

This is your opportunity to have your voice and lyrics  heard  throughout the UK and be heard by millions of people. Receive professional constructive criticism from people who know their music and can turn dreams into reality.

Tally who is a London Fringe Award Winner of 2011 and her last single was played by Chris Evans, Graham Norton on the BBC Radio 2 playlist, feels that there is a big potential for her new single 72 Names (Hallelujah) to become a hip-hop edgy hit which could be taken to the world.

Tally is looking for a rapper either to create their own lyrics of the verses of the song or to use her words

We at Tck are looking to get your track on the radio so it must be ‘radio friendly’, we want to get you as a rapper heard by the  industry professionals.  With Tally’s heart warming vocals and the right creative direction from U.K Hip-Hop Heavyweight – Rising Son the winner of Sony’s “Rhyme With Nas” competition, will guide all applicants to make your track as good as it can be.

Every applicant will receive comments on their track and be given time to improve it before the final deadline, it gives you as an up and coming artist the chance to work to industry briefs and be guided by our industry professionals to help make progress your skills. The winner will receive studio time only and guidance from the team to create the potential next single for Tally Koren which will be promoted out the UK on national and regional radio stations.

The winner will be chosen by Tck Team, Tally Koren and Rising Son.

You have three weeks until 18th of September to submit your rap on the SoundCloud page.

GUIDELINES:
To apply please go to http://www.tallykoren.com and enter relevant information where is says rapping competition. You will then be sent the lyric and  the backing track with Tally singing the chorus where you will be able to record your rap on the verses. You need to submit your track to

http://soundcloud.com/groups/72-names-hallelujah-rapping-competition

If the upload is before the 3 week deadline you will receive guidance on how to improve your track to make it better and more radio friendly.
The recording doesn’t need to be professionally mixed or recorded it’s the idea and spirit that we are looking for. If successful, it will be professionally mixed and mastered in a studio.
Everyone who enters WILL receive feedback from an industry professional, this your chance as a rapper to be heard. It only takes one person with authority within the industry to change your music career.

Tally’s words about the competition: “This is a very big opportunity for you but also me at the same time. As collaborations as such can create something unique and different and that’s what the world is looking for. I’m looking forward to hearing what you create!”

First Prize
The winner will receive studio time only to record their vocals and the final track will be released by Tck.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

All files are the property of Tck Production(C) 2011 & made exclusively available for the sole purpose of the ’72 Names (Hallelujah) rapping competition’. Only one entry per person aged 16+.By downloading the backing track you enter the contest and agree to be bound by its terms and the judges’ final decision.
• The final track will be property of Tck Production and any commercial use is prohibited without prior written consent.
• Non-commercial use of rap IS allowed. You may post your work on your web page provided that correct credit is given to named artist and writers.

Day 25 : Clip of my New Single 72 Names (Hallelujah)

This is the first clip of my new single. There is always a dilemma if you should play people the single before the release date and let people hear it for free, while my main target and aspiration is to get into the chart, which you need to do about 2000 to get into the Top 100. At the end of the day we all love the music, singing the publicity but to maintain it for a long period and not only a small boost to the ego you need to sell. It is a business and the 72 day campaign for me is my own research, who are my target audience, the people that identify with my music and grow with me. I’m planning to do a really big show at the end of the campaign to choose my best 72 fans and the prizes and the reward are still a surprise!

To claim your free download go to http://www.tallykoren.com

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Day 24 : Radio plugger – Handing my single 72 Names (Hallelujah) to Neil Ashby

The reason I’m writing to you is as choosing the right radio plugger was what made all of the difference with my first release Beauty of the Duty which was on the Radio 2 playlist and championed by Chris Evans, Graham Norton and Steve Wright.

A radio plugger is the person that takes the final product of the single or album to the radio. In the UK radio pluggers are divided by national and regional pluggers. The aim of every plugger is first of all to get it to the national radio playlists (Radio 1 or Radio 2) and once it gets there it becomes obvious that the regional radios will follow suit. Finding the right plugger is a very important step if your doing it by yourself as first it’s very expensive with prices from £500 – £3000 per month, it’s important to make sure the plugger really loves the music and has had previous success and is not just after the cash. From my experience at the beginning of my career I remember I almost hired a plugger who used to be a top plugger but not longer had her heart on the pulse of the industry. I immediately felt that she was not confident enough to present my music, which is not the most obviously mainstream, and I pulled it at the last moment. Saying that, which is a good thing, top pluggers will not represent you if they don’t believe that they can make it happen for you even if you offer a lot of money. Most are sincere; one was so sincere he told me that over his dead body would one of my tracks be played on national radio! It was an old demo so I forgive him but following this luckily I found Neil Ashby. Please watch my video to hear Neil speak about 72 Names (Hallelujah)…

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72 Names (Hallelujah) Day 5: Mixing advice

My blog today is about mixing, something that I’ve really learnt the importance of through my years of recording songs. If I take the parable of baking a cake – you can have the best ingredients to make a chocolate cake but if you put too much of one ingredient in, over the others it will destroy it, if you over cook it or under cook it that will make a big difference, and it is the same with mixing – watch my video from the mixing room of making of my new single 72 Names (Hallelujah).