Yardena Arazi was born on September 25, 1951 at kibbutz Kabri. Her father was an immigrant from Germany who was an Irgun veteran and one of the founders of kibbutz Beit HaArava. Her mother was an immigrant from France, and was a cousin of Marcel Marceau. At the age of two, her family moved to Haifa, where she grew up. The family also lived briefly in France. She joined the Beit Rothschild group at age 16 and became its lead vocalist. She did her military service in the Nahal entertainment troupe. Arazi is married to engineer Nathan Tomer, with whom she has a daughter, Alona.
In 1979, the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) asked Arazi to co-host the Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem with news anchor Daniel Pe’er. Her hosting received positive reviews across Europe and she participated in TV shows in the Netherlands with Milk & Honey and in Belgium with Mike Burstyn. Arazi was signed to a recording contract with record label Ariola Records and released a mini-album with songs written by Bernd Meinunger. During this period she met Natan Tomer and decided to return to Israel.
Yardena Arazi Career:
In 1989 Arazi recorded the album Desert Fantasy than included 10 Hebrew versions of Arabic songs originally written and sung by Farid al-Atrash, Fairuz, Abdul Halim, Samira Said and others. The album which also released in the US and Japan and was hugely successful around the Middle East.
Since 1997 Arazi has focused on her career as a TV host. For 9 years she co-hosted the channel 2 morning magazine Cafe Telad. Later on she hosted at Channel 1 (Shir Hashishim), Channel 2 (Malcot Hashabat), GLZ radio station etc.
In 2008 Arazi named the most popular Israeli singer of all time at the 60th Independence Day celebration.
However, she became the lead vocalist for The Beit Rothschild Singers at age sixteen.
Above all, she sang in the Israeli finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1982, 1983 and 1985.
Recently, almost 19 years after the legendary rivalry, singer Yardena Arazi launches an exciting tribute in memory of Ofra Haza.
The special song “Longing of a Melody” performed for the first time in the framework of Arazi’s new “Touching the Grass of Time” tour.
She returns to her greatest hits of all years more than three years in which she performed with the Gevatron
|Date of Birth||September 25, 1951|
|Albums:||Gypsy Soul, Perfume on my skin, Yesh Venidme|
|Net Worth||$8 Million|
|Associated acts||Chocolate, Menta, Mastik|
|Birth Name||Yardena Feinbaum|
|Known for||Walk on Water (2004), Sarit (1974) and Beyond the Walls (1984)|
|Married Nathan Tomer||September 13, 1983|
|Languages spoken, written or signed||Hebrew|