International singer, songwriter and peace advocate, twenty-two year Liel Kolet started her remarkable international career at the age of 12 after an impromptu duet with Bill Clinton on Shimon Peres’ 80th birthday. Liel sings in English, Spanish, Italian, French and Hebrew.
Liel Kolet was born in a Kibbutz in the North of Israel, near the Lebanese border. She experienced war as a child and decided to use her voice and music to promote peace and send the message of tolerance and unity to her generation.
Her career in Israel started when she was 11, when she won a kids singing contest called ‘Bravo,’ singing Ofra Haza’s “Le’orech Hayam,”and a year later she represented Israel in a European singing contest in Italy and was voted ‘Audience Favourite’.
At age 14, during her performance at Israel’s current President Shimon Peres’ 80th birthday, surrounded by a choir of forty Arab and Jewish children, Liel invited President Bill Clinton to join her on stage. CNN/International broadcast President Clinton and Liel singing together one of history’s most important songs about peace – John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
Their impromptu duet instigated a firestorm of publicity and she became a “highly sought after personality” for peace concerts and charities throughout the world, and received a recording contract in Germany. In Israel she was dubbed “the next Ofra Haza.”
Shortly after, she was invited to participate in a special evening all about peace, which was called ‘We All Have a Dream.’ Liel shared that stage with Sting, Bono and Elton John
Since then she performed in hundreds of concerts around the world. She received the prestigious “German Radio Award” for her work for peace, and worked with other international legends, such as Andrea Bocelli, Herbie Hancock, Patty Labelle and ‘The Scorpions.’
At age 16, Liel released her first international album in Europe and Mexico with a remarkable success.
Amongst many major TV shows, she appeared on the biggest European TV show. She represented Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest, appeared on the Mexican Telethon, as well as on the Jerry Lewis Telethon.
She is currently recording her USA album with the legendary producer and 16 time Grammy award winner, Humberto Gatica. The first single, “Calling out your name”, is planned to be released in September 2012 in conjunction with her national PBS special to be aired in August and September. Liel will also represent Israel in a new star-studded musical called “Loving the Silent Tears,” co-starring with Grammy winners Jon Secada, Jody Watley, and Tony-winning Broadway stars, in a one-time performance October 27 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.