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Israeli singer Nurit Galron is performing in Atlanta for the first time in 35 years.
One of Israel’s most beloved vocalists is coming to Atlanta for a performance at City Winery on Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Nurit Galron, who broke into the Israeli music scene in the late 1970s with a self-titled debut album, will perform a set of her greatest hits as part of a five-city U.S. tour that also includes Palo Alto, Calif., Los Angeles, New York and Boston from Jan. 27 to Feb. 6.
It will be Galron’s first performance in Atlanta in more than 35 years.
“It’s been so long since I’ve been to Atlanta,” she said. “All I remember from last time is how amazed I was at the big airport there. This time I’m looking forward to making some new memories.”
Galron, who lives in Tel Aviv, helped usher in a new era of Israeli music in the late 1970s and 1980s. She took part in the legendary 1978 Nuweiba Pop Festival, which became known as the “Woodstock of Israel.”
Galron’s tour is a celebration of the 30th anniversary of her 1988 album, “Something in the Heart,” which is her most critically acclaimed and best-selling album.
It was her first real rock album and spawned several No. 1 hits in Israel, including “This Is How We Separated,” “That You Know,” “Love Song” and “This Is the Rain,” which all remain popular in the country.
“I will be performing some of my favorite songs and some of my greatest hits for the audiences on this tour,” Galron said. “I will also be playing a few new songs from my more recent albums.”
Although the landscape of Israeli music is far different from 40 years ago, Galron remains focused on the future. In 2015 she released her 19th album, “Awakening.”
“I think music in Israel has changed a lot since I started my career, but so has music in the world. I try to change my music as well, but the process for making music remains the same,” she said.
The Israeli population in Atlanta is much larger than it was the last time Galron visited, but the singer still hopes to see some familiar faces at her show Jan. 31.
“Who knows?” she said. “Maybe I will see some of you that were here the last time I came to Atlanta.”
Who: Nurit Galron
Where: City Winery Atlanta, Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave., No. 201, Old Fourth Ward