Lior Narkis

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Lior Narkis
Background information
Birth nameLior Narkis
Born (1976-11-08) November 8, 1976 (age 46)
Holon, Israel
GenresMizrahi, pop
Years active1992–present

Lior Narkis (Hebrew: ליאור נרקיס; born November 8, 1976 in Holon, Israel) is an Israeli singer.


Lior Narkis was born in Holon. His father, David Narkis, was of Iraqi-Jewish origin. His mother Hanna Narkis, was of Serbian-Jewish descent and also had Greek-Tunisian-Jewish ancestry. Narkis speaks Hebrew, Serbian and French. He is married to Sapir Vanunu, who is thirteen years his junior. They have two sons and a daughter, and live in Savyon.

Music career[edit]

Narkis dreamed of becoming a singer since childhood. He released his first album, Tfilat Chayay (The Prayer of My Life)[1] at the age of 16. A few years later during his military service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Narkis joined Tamir Tzur to form the first Mediterranean musical group.

His sixth album, Rak Itakh (Only with You), which includes the hit "Lekhol Ekhad Yesh" (Everyone Has), placed Narkis at the center stage of Israeli music. This song was also chosen as the "Song of the Year" in Israel, and was very popular among football (soccer) fans. In 2001, Narkis released his album Ze Mehalev (Straight from the Heart). As with his previous albums, this was a great success and many of its songs became hits.

In 2003, the song "Words for Love" (Hebrew: "Milim La'Ahava" Hebrew script מילים לאהבה) won at the national finals organized by the Israeli Broadcasting Authority ("IBA") television channel, Channel One, against three other songs for the right to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003,[2] The song ended up 19th out of the 26 Eurovision finalists.

At the age of 26, Narkis released his eighth album Milim La'Ahava (Words for Love), named after his Eurovision entry.

Narkis performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 Maccabiah Games on July 6, 2017.[3]



  • Tfilat Chayay (The Prayer of My Life)
  • Rak Itakh (Only with You)
  • 2003: Milim La'Ahava Hebrew script מילים לאהבה)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lior Narkis Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine official website
  2. ^ Simon Barclay (June 17, 2010). Eurovision Song Contest – The Complete & Independent Guide 2010. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  3. ^ "Maccabiah Games: Your Guide to Celebrating the 'Jewish Olympics' in Israel". Haaretz. June 28, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by