Yael Deckelbaum, is a platinum award-winning Israeli/Canadian singer/songwriter and activist. Known as a founding member of Habanot Nechama, an Israeli folk band who’s self-titled album went platinum in Israel with over 40,000 records sold. Yael has performed on the same stage with Sir George Martin, Suzanne Vega, Chris Cornell, Livingston Taylor, Tom Chaplin, Bobby McFerrin, Matisyahu, Gregory Porter. She has released 4 solo albums and participated in several influential albums within Israel.
In 2016, Her song “Prayer Of The Mothers”, originally written to support the Women Wage Peace Movement, went viral on social media. In the video, thousands of Palestinian and Israeli women unite in a winding march of hope in the desert sands of the Middle East. This visionary song subsequently turned into an international peace anthem. Shared by millions, it inspired women across the globe to get together and take action.
Like Joan Baez and Pete Seeger, Yael has been recognized by many people as a groundbreaking musical activist of our time. With the streets as her stage and marching women as her crowd, Yael has led various women’s marches over the past two years in over 10 different countries -- from Europe to Asia and America to Africa. Yael performs internationally throughout Israel, Europe and the USA, where she has become more and more active in using her music to inspire positive change and support non-violent communication between cultures that are in conflict, emphasising the necessity of women leadership.
Inspired by her encounter with the women’s movements and recent events across the globe, Yael continued to write more songs for the women’s revolution, compiling them into a fresh new album Women of The World Unite. Together with The Mothers, the album also features singers such as Joss Stone, Zap Mama, Nikki Glaspie, Amyra León and more…These women are a united musical forefront of a women’s movement that will change the world one heart at a time. The debut album of Yael & The Mothers is set to be released later this year.
Yael & The Mothers is an all women ensemble based in Israel. Formed by Yael, the ensemble travels with her for the same cause, giving this global outburst a soundtrack of its own. Uniting on one stage, twelve women of secular, religious, Arabic, and Jewish background, announcing together through a celebration of music, the message of a new world. A world where we see the beauty of our diversity, unite above religion and nationality, to restore the true values of kindness, mutual responsibility and hope.
Since its creation, “The Mothers” have performed in front of thousands of people in three of Israel’s most prestigious festivals: Menashe Forest Festival, The Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival and Indnegev. Internationally they have played several notable festivals in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland and Canada. In 2017 Yael & The Mothers released a self-titled EP. The release is a compilation of live studio sessions and live shows.