'When people get to know each other, they realise that underneath it all, we are humans. Peace will eventually come from people not from politics.’
Lina made history in 2013 as the first Arab to win Israel’s biggest TV Talent show, The Voice. Having impressed all the judges, it was with the people’s vote that she stormed to victory. The American-Palestinian is fluent in five languages, and is much more than A singer, songwriter and star whose life story and achievements are already dramatic, colourful and inspiring.
Within three days of her first appearance on The Voice, she had a quarter of a million views on YouTube, a gigantic number for a country of Israel’s size. She swept to victory and the enormous talent of this Palestinian artist was recognized by an International Israeli born manager Irit TenHengel who signed her to her label Yodan Productions for a world-wide deal.
After the success of her first single "This Ain't About You" which reached top 10 on both Music-Week's Club and Pop Charts, her second single the infectious 'Dance Sucker’ rose even further to #4 on Music Week's Official Club Chart. It's a powerful dance record that is a vibrant reflection of her multi-cultural roots. “Dance Sucker” is a preview of Lina’s new album “Walking on a tightrope” produced by Grammy Award winner Jerry Wonda and new kid on the block, Tal Forer. The album features songs written for Lina by some of the world’s most successful songwriters and includes the song ‘Tightrope’ which she co-wrote with the prolific Karen Poole (David Guetta / Janet Jackson / Kylie Minogue) and the revered writer/producer and Grammy Award winner Eliot Kennedy (Spice Girls / Take That). Lina is currently finishing up her album with writers such as Brit Award Nominee Maegan Cottone (Demi Lovato / Iggy Azalea / Britney / Little Mix), Hiten Bharadia (Craig David / Lemar / Omi / Tiesto) and Knightstarr (Anne-Marie / Janelle Monae).
Lina has captivated audiences with her powerful voice and live performances which led her to being selected as the opening act for the Legendary band Queen + Adam Lambert in September 2016 in front of an audience of 51,000 people. Lina also turns heads on social media having recently been discovered and lauded by Alicia Keys who shared Lina’s special version of “Holy War” which she made her own with her ethnic influences.
While the stats are all impressive within their own right, the now household name in her native Israel holds that it is always the personal impact that is the most important. While she will always remember her conversation with Brian May, she is thankful for the fans who feedback directly to her the impact her creativity and positive message have upon their lives. Lina proves that when you have such charisma, determination and talent, music is a worldwide language that can break down seemingly impossible barriers between people and cultures.