Israeli singer Noa performs at a music festival in Spain. Israeli singer Noa performs at a music festival in Spain. Israeli singer Noa performs at a music festival in Spain. (Photo: Jorge Guerrero / AFP/Getty Images)

Musician makes her mark on world's stage

Achinoam Nini, who goes by the name Noa, has come a long way since her debut nearly a decade ago.

As this year's Eurovision song contest gets underway this weekend, one of the competition's alumni is headed out on a world tour. Achinoam Nini, who goes by the stage name Noa, will be performing in the U.S., Spain and Italy. As she takes the stage, we take a look at her storied career.

Paul Simon is her muse

Paul Simon performs at the Glastonbury Festival in England.Paul Simon performs at the Glastonbury Festival in England. (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The Israeli-born Noa studied music just outside of the coastal Mediterranean metropolis of Tel Aviv at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, which is affiliated with the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She's said that some of her influences come from the folk icons of the 1960s like Pal Simon, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor.

"Rimon was a small school, and the relationship between the students and teachers was very open and flowing," said Noa. "There was an opportunity to collaborate with a couple of the teachers." One of those teachers, Gil Dor, became a lifelong collaborator with Noa; the two of them often write songs and perform together.


You may have heard of some of her singing partners

In addition to sharing the stage with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, she's sung with a veritable who's who of the industry – including Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli and Sting. In 2004, when producer Quincy Jones was looking to make a sequel to his famous "We are the World" anthem, he tapped dozens of artists including Noa, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Josh Groban and Alicia Keys.

Oprah Winfrey performs at the 'We are the Future' benefit concert produced by music legend Quincy Jones in Rome in 2004.Oprah Winfrey performs at the 'We are the Future' benefit concert produced by music legend Quincy Jones in Rome in 2004. (Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)


She's got a great voice

The multilingual 47-year-old has performed all around the globe, from Carnegie Hall to Rome's ancient Colosseum. But one of her largest performances was when she sang Schubert's classic masterpiece "Ave Maria" for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in front of a live audience of 100,000 – with millions more watching the broadcast on TV.

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