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NYC-based vocalist and songwriter, Hadar, is shining a new light on the enormous contribution made by Jewish composers to the distinctly American invention of jazz and the Great American Songbook with her album, “It Never Was You”. Released on 12/3/2019 at a private engagement just miles from Tin Pan Alley where the “Standards” were composed, and spanning the works of Gershwin to Hammerstein, Kern to Rodgers and many more, Hadar’s performance on the album breathes new life into some of the most iconic songs in history.  Produced by Robert L Smith, “It Never Was You” features an all-star NYC-based band of Jewish musicians, including Yaniv Taubenhouse, Ronen Itzik, Danny Weller, and Sam Sadigursky.

 

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Hadar grew up performing at various nationally televised events, including an appearance on the first season of Kochav Nolad (“Israeli Idol”). After serving as a nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare defense trainer in the IDF, she found her way to NYC by way of the Rimon School of Music and Berklee College of Music. Hadar has since made a name for herself as a songwriter and recording artist, with 4 album releases, 4 song placements in film and TV, and writing or performance credits on over 10 other releases.  She is also a highly regarded live performer, making over 100 appearances across North America each year. 

 

Hadar recently rekindled her love of “standards” while performing at multiple receptions for well-known dignitaries such as Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Madeleine Albright, Dick Cheney, Nikki Haley, and Ehud Barack.  While exploring the “Great American Songbook”, Hadar was surprised to discover that not only were an overwhelming number of “standards” composed by Jews, but many of the compositions themselves are based on Jewish melodies, stories, and texts. As a Jewish composer herself, Hadar wanted to honor and highlight the music, the composers and the stories behind them, by recording 10 “standards” in her own unique style.  

 

Sponsored by NYC’s own Temple Emanu-El and Temple Israel, “It Never Was You” is Hadar’s first step in sharing the often-overlooked Jewish connection. Since the pandemic eliminated the band's ability to tour with the project, Hadar created and produced a cutting edge LIVE FULL BAND VIRTUAL CONCERT which she is now featuring for communities, organizations and individuals all across the word, combining the performance of the music with the stories behind the compositions and composers and their uniquely Jewish origins. The revolutionary production and graphics as well as Hadar's soulful vocals, heartfelt delivery and contemporary arrangements offer a new interpretation of beloved jazz standards, and aim to revive a love of them in the public consciousness.  

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With a career defined by reinvention including two years as a nuclear, biological and chemical warfare defense trainer in the IDF, TV appearances on programs such as Kochav Nolad (“Israeli Idol”), and performances at receptions for international dignitaries such as Barack Obama, it is no wonder that Israeli-American vocalist, songwriter, and performer Hadar continues to establish herself as one of the most highly sought-after soloists and performers in NYC with her jazz debut album “It Never Was You”. Having released 3 indie pop EPs, receiving multiple placements in film, TV, press and podcasts, and touring over 100 dates a year, Hadar is shining a new light on the enormous contribution made by Jewish composers to the distinctly American invention of jazz and the Great American Songbook. Spanning the works of Gershwin to Hammerstein, Kern to Rodgers and many more, Hadar’s performance on “It Never Was You” breathes new life into some of the most iconic songs in history.  Hadar can be found touring virtually with her brand new cutting edge LIVE FULL BAND VIRTUAL CONCERT of "It Never Was you", featuring the performance of the music from the album along with the stories behind the compositions and composers and their uniquely Jewish origins. The revolutionary production and graphics as well as Hadar's soulful vocals, heartfelt delivery and contemporary arrangements offer a new interpretation of beloved jazz standards, that aim to revive a love of them in the public consciousness. 

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"A rising star has hit the scene and she's not to be taken lightly.  Hadar Orshalimy is a driving force, with singing and song-writing being at the top of a long list of talents that I can't wait to witness....this hard-working young woman is destined for greatness."  Donna McElroy, Vocalist/Grammy nominee

 

With a career defined by reinvention including two years as a nuclear, biological and chemical warfare defense trainer in the IDF, TV appearances on programs such as Kochav Nolad (“Israeli Idol”), and performances at receptions for international dignitaries such as Barack Obama, it is no wonder that Israeli-American vocalist, songwriter, and performer Hadar continues to establish herself as one of the most highly sought-after soloists and performers in NYC.

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Hadar’s early singing career began with appearances on national Israeli television, radio, and sporting events. Upon completing her mandatory army service, Hadar spent two years at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Tel Aviv before moving to Boston to complete her degree at Berklee College of Music, where she graduated with honors.

Since moving to NYC, Hadar has been making a name for herself as a songwriter and recording artist with credits on more than ten commercial releases.  She is a co-writer and vocalist on four of her husband Sheldon Low’s albums which have sold over 100k copies to date. In 2013, Hadar received her first placement in film for her original composition, “Take Me Home” produced by Robopop.  Following up on that success, in 2016 Hadar and Sheldon formed pop-folk duo “We Are The Northern Lights,” and have since completed four national tours and received three placements in the TV series, Startup, starring Adam Brody, Martin Freeman and Ron Perlman. 

Since 2018, Hadar has been performing at receptions for luminaries such as Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Madeleine Albright, Dick Cheney, Nikki Haley, and Ehud Barak.  While exploring the “Great American Songbook” in support of these gigs, Hadar was inspired by the outsized contribution of Jewish composers to Jazz music and “The Standards,” and decided to record an album highlighting some of the iconic songs written by Jewish composers.

In May of 2019, less than six weeks since first conceiving the idea, Hadar finished recording the 10-song album titled “It Never Was You”.  Produced by Robert L Smith, “It Never Was You” features an all-star NYC-based band of Jewish musicians, including Yaniv Taubenhouse, Ronen Itzik, Sam Sadigursky, and Danny Weller.  It is set for release in December of 2019.​

In March of 2020, due to the pandemic, Hadar began touring virtually, playing weekly concerts from her home studio and bringing intimate and high quality produced concerts to people all around the world. In December 2020 Hadar and her band released a brand new cutting edge LIVE FULL BAND VIRTUAL CONCERT of "It Never Was You" produced by Sheldon Low. The concert features the performance of the music from the album along with the stories behind the compositions and composers and their uniquely Jewish origins. This revolutionary production and graphics as well as Hadar's soulful vocals, heartfelt delivery and contemporary arrangements offer a new interpretation of beloved jazz standards, that aim to revive a love of them in the public consciousness. 

Hadar lives in Harlem, NY and between writing, recording, and performing, she can be seen regularly singing for Shabbat and High Holiday services at Temple Israel of the City of New York and Temple Emanu-El of the City of New York, or dancing in the front row of Zumba classes across NYC.

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