Kyra Goldman records music video in Israel

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Kyra Goldman (Photo: Facebook)

International recording artist, singer/songwriter Kyra Goldman was in Israel to record a music video for her new Hanukkah song – Nes Gadol Haya Sham (a great miracle happened there) – with well-known Israeli music producer Avi Perrodin.

Goldman graciously took time out of her schedule to speak with KNI before flying out to the MJAA Southeast regional conference in Orlando, Florida where she will be performing.

The soft-spoken artist was born in New Jersey and has lived all over the United States, currently calling Tennessee her home. Music has always been part of her life. Goldman’s parents were also musical: Her father played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and the couple sang in an Irish Band called The Shenanigans.

Apart from Goldman inheriting natural talent, her parents fostered a love of music in their daughter. Goldman started writing songs when she was 14 and is often compared to Joni Mitchell because of the singer/songwriter style of her music.

Growing up in a mixed Jewish and Christian home, Goldman was taught about Yeshua. Her father encouraged her to think for herself, to question things and not have “blind faith.” As a teenager she was personally drawn to God and started reading the Bible, surprised by what she found. About half a year before her mother suddenly died, Goldman had a personal experience with God that cemented her faith and influences her music to this day.

Goldman’s goal as a musician is to be a bridge between the secular and believing world. She likes to sing about spiritual truth using language not off-putting to non-believers and, although she mostly plays in Messianic and Christian congregations, she has had good responses from non-believers also.

“I believe that if people perceive you are trying to convince them of something it makes them feel like a project, but if the same truth is presented in song, they are more likely to be receptive to it because they can tell if it comes from a genuine place in the heart,” Goldman said. “I hope my music would be a light as I write out of my relationship with the Lord. Believers would be able to identify with things we all go through as believers and non-believers might see something and be intrigued or drawn to it.”

For as long as she can remember, Goldman was drawn to Israel. In 2015 her dream came true when she was able to visit for the first time after touring the Netherlands and Belgium where she performed at various churches and was interviewed on the bi-national Christian radio station – Groot Niews Radio that services those two countries. The singer was also featured in a segment on Gott sei Dank, an inspirational documentary German TV program.

In Israel, Goldman stayed with different local believers and traveled around seeing some of the tourist attractions and biblical sites. During this trip, her love for Israel increased and it was only fitting that she returned again as soon as possible.

Since Goldman’s first visit to Israel, her schedule has been full. She has recently released her first full-length album titled By the Light along with a short Hebrew version including four of the songs from the English album – the translations were done by an Israeli believer. She shared the stage with Paul Wilbur at the MJAA conference and met the Israeli team that came over to lead worship at the convention.

Before flying into Israel in November, she was a guest of Jonathan Bernis in Phoenix, Arizona at the Messianic Leadership Roundtable.

The Hannukah episode of Jewish Voice will also showcase the song Nes Gadol Haya Sham on Dec. 24. Goldman will be singing on board ship at the 5th Annual Southeast Inter-congregational Cruise.

“If I had to choose only one country to visit it would be Israel. I fell in love with the land and the people and my heart is here,” Goldman said. “I look forward to my next visit and hope to be able to share in congregations in Israel!”

For more information about Kyra visit her website or her Facebook page.

Click below to watch Kyra’s music video for “Oil Run Down”.

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Israeli-born Dee Catz is a Jewish believer in Yeshua, happily married with children. She has an interest in cooking and baking and all things Biblical. History, Geography, and Archaeology are some of her favorite hobbies, as well as touring Israel's national parks and landmark sites with her family and friends. She has been contributing to Kehila News Israel since December 2015.