YM has spent over a decade touching every corner of one of the most chaotic, passionate, diverse, and innovative regions in the world. Right at home in a whirlpool collision of Europe, Asia, and Africa, his journey took him from hitchhiking teen to budding artist to a major player in a freshly emerging Jerusalem music scene, one that offers the most eclectic mixing of ethnic and stylistic traditions. With a deep sensitivity to the spiritual human struggle, he has performed for over a million people in settings and styles as varied as the cultural landscape.
YM’s folk-rock funk pop debut album charted on Billboard during its first week of sales this past June. Moving from New York to Jerusalem alone when he was just seventeen, YM has performed in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, South America and is winding down from his current Scandinavian Tour of Denmark, Sweden Norway and Finland.
A master of almost anything with strings, YM was mentored by some of this decade's best talents, including Grammy award winner C Lanzbom. Influenced by Dylan's poetry and simplicity of language, YM incorporates the elegance of Leonard Cohen, the swagger of Sinatra and the rhythm of Michael Jackson into a surprisingly balanced rhythm. It resonated with Ronny Vance, a veteran executive in the industry who noticed something fresh in YM's sound, and launched a long and fruitful collaboration to capture it and record it for the rest of the world.
“Dear God” is YM's first full-record offering, a symbioses of genre, vibe, reflections and hopes. Sometimes the track itself reaches out to poke you with a sudden shift in both mood and technique. The move-along groove and the gently laid lyrics ease you into a journey through identity, love, loss, war and peace. Eclectic, sometimes-edgy arrangements and ensembles prove worthy of a maturing, grander perspective, echoes recalled in a smooth and sensual vocal performance. What comes out is a classy and suave flirtation of jazzy flows and bluesy bass, peppered with the occasional ballad and campus quad acoustic. “Dear God” is YM's witty, subtle, well-seasoned prayer for the world.
After a jam with Alicia Keys, YM is now ready to remind the world that we don’t need to agree in order to love by presenting his Funk R&B band booking worldwide this coming fall.