|Posted by M.Elkhoury on May 10, 2011 at 7:41 PM|
Elissar Zakaria Khoury (born in Deir el Ahmar, Lebanon on October 27, 1964) simply known as Elissa is a Lebanese singer. A well-known best-selling female singer in the Arab World, she has won many awards including three World Music Awards. She is also known for her collaborations with well-known Arab and international artists, notably Ragheb Alama, Cheb Mami, Fadl Shaker, Chris DeBurgh and Gypsy Kings.
Born to Lebanese father (Zakaria Khoury) and Syrian mother (Youmna Suud), her debut was in 1992 in Studio El Fan, a popular music competition where she won a silver medal. Her debut album in 1999 was Baddi Doub on EMI followed by W'akherta Ma'ak and Ayshalak. In 2004 she signed with the major pan-Arab label Rotana Records, with Ahla Donya being the debut on the new label, followed by Bastanak, Ayami Beek and Tsadaq Bmein. Elissa is working on her new album set for release in 2011, being her 8th studio album.
1992: Second place on Studio El Fan in 1992
2002: Murex d'Or award for best female artist and best music video for "Hobak Wajaa (Inta Lameen)".
2002: Best music video for "Ajmal Ihsas" at the Arabic Music Awards
World Music Award for Best Selling Middle East Artist in 2005, 2006 and 2010
"Bitghib Betrouh", a duet with Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama
"Baddi Doub" features The Gypsy Kings
"Lebanese Nights", a duet with Chris DeBurgh appearing on the latter's album Timing Is Everything
"Halili", a duet with Cheb Mami
"Jowa Rouh", a duet with Fadl Shaker
"La Trouh", a duet with Aytaç