Nawal Al Zoghbi (born 29 June 1972, Byblos, Lebanon) is a Lebanese singer. Performing in Arabic she has a solid fan base throughout the Arab world and extending into Iran and North America and Europe.Her musical career has spanned over 20 years. Zoghbi believes her success is due to the true emotion she delivers through her voice. She is quoted as saying “whether a voice is big or small, if it lacks emotion it will never succeed”.
Nawal George Al Zoghbi is a Lebanese singer. Born to a Maronite Catholic family in the coastal small town of Jal Al-Deeb, she holds Canadian citizenship. Al Zoghbi is the oldest born among three brothers and one sister. Al Zoghbi began singing at an early age, despite familial opposition to the lifestyle of a musician. Members of her family changed their minds when they realized she was serious in her ambitions. In 1988 she participated in the Lebanese talent show Studio El Fan. In 1990 she married Lebanese music manager Elie Deeb and went on to have three children with him. The couple legally separated in 2008, Al Zoghbi is currently waiting for the Maronite Catholic Church to recognize their divorce.
1996–2002: Stardom and controversy
In 1996 Nawal released one of her most successful albums, named “Habeit Ya Leil”. In 1998, Nawal Al-Zoghbi released her album and single, “Mandam aleik”. Nawal’s next album Maloum was released in 1999. Her next two releases “El Layali” (2000) and “Tool Omri” (2001) were both launched within a year of each other. In 2002, she worked with music video director Sherif Sabri to create a new image for her song “Elli Tmaneito”.
After a two-year break, her next album, “Eineik Kaddabeen”, was released in the summer of 2004. This album was accompanied by two singles: “Eineik Kaddabeen” and “Bi’einek”. Immediately after promoting that album, Nawal then began work on “Yama Alou”. She released the first single, “Rouhi Ya Rouhi”, in August 2005. The next single released from Yama Alou was “Shou Akhbarak” in February 2006.
Yama Alou was intended to be released throughout the Middle East on 17 July 2006, however, due to the Israeli attacks on Lebanon, its release was postponed. It was then released on 26 July 2006 in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. In the following weeks, the album was made available in other countries around the Middle East and was finally released in Lebanon on 14 September 2006, once the war was over.
On the 23rd of March 2007, it was announced that Nawal al Zoghbi would be producing her next album with the production company Rotana. Nawal officially joined Rotana at a press conference at the Movenpick in Beirut on the 28th of March, 2007. At a press conference held by LG Global at Dusit Dubai on 25 April 2007, it was announced that Nawal Al Zoghbi will be the face to advertise LG cellular phones which the company will put out in 2007–2008 in the Middle East. The conference was attended by a large crowd from various media, which exceeded a variety of over 100 means of information between written, visual and audible.
On 20 May 2007, Al Zoughbi was a guest on Dubai TV’s hit show Taratata along with four other singers. Nawal sang duets with the other four singers who will be making appearances on the show. Ibrahim El Hakami winner of Super Star 4) and the Lebanese-Canadian singer Massari were among the four guests that appeared and sang with Nawal on Sunday. On 12 June 2007 Nawal released the music video of her song, “Aghla El Habayib” from her album “Yama Alou” which was a continuation to the song “Shou Akhbarak” from the same album. On 8 August 2007, Al Zoughbi returned to the Carthage Festival after an eight-year absence.
“Khalas Sameht” was released on 22 January 2008 in Nawal’s native Lebanon. It was released internationally the next day. It reached # 1 on the charts the first day, and sold extremely well the first week. The first music video from the new album, titled Albi Esalou, was first shown on TV channels on 5 February 2008. The album was then officially launched at a press conference in Cairo, Egypt on 12 February 2008. “Leih Moushtalak” was the second music video for “Khalas Sameht”. It was released on 25 July 2008.
On 29 May 2009, Nawal released the single, “Mona Ainah”, which is in the Khaliji dialect. It began airing on radio stations in the Middle East, and was performed first time on the programme Star Academy 6, on the same day. After much problems with Rotana not wanting to air it, “Mona Ainah” was then released by Melody in October 2009, as a music video directed by Yehya Saade. Al Zoghbi spent her own money to make the video. Nawal left Rotana in October 2009, and signed on with Melody who will produce her next album, that was due out for release in the summer of 2010.
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