Achinoam Nini, Israel. Of Yemenite origin, Noa was transplanted to New York, USA, at the age of one. She subsequently studied at the High School of Performing Arts. She then abandoned her studies to return to Israel to establish her identity and complete her military service, at which time she also began her professional singing career. She regularly performed on makeshift stages to troops stationed throughout Israel as a member of the entertainment corps. However, it was in France that she initially found favour. Her self-titled debut album was produced by Pat Metheny (her instructor at Bostons Berklee College Of Music) and Steve Rodby, and released on Geffen Records. It quickly earned gold certification (100, 000 sales) through Noas frequent television and radio appearances.
These included her performance of I Dont Know on the Europe 1 Top Live programme, and the same song on television programme Velvet Jungle (plus a rendition of Ave Maria with French duo Native). A further appearance on the Taratata television programme pushed the album higher up the French charts. Her second album, Calling, was recorded alongside long-time collaborator Gil Dor (co-founder of the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where Noa also studied) as well as Rupert Hine, who had previously produced for Tina Turner and Kate Bush. The resulting album explored themes as diverse as war (Mark Of Cain), female oppression (Camilla) and seduction (By The Light Of The Moon).
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.