By COLlive reporter
Lubavitcher singer Chanale Fellig-Harrel titled her 6th album, “I Am The Land.” This week, she can also declare that she is in the land.
Chanale, her husband Daniel Harrel and family emptied their home in Florida and made Aliya this week to Israel with the help of the Nefesh B’nefesh organization.
“It’s happy and sad and all the emotions you expect it to be,” the singer said about relocation from the USA, wishing goodbye to family, neighbors, friends, and fans.
She said the decision to make Aliyah wasn’t an easy one, but her love for the land is reflected in the songs of her new album. One of the songs, “This One’s For You,” was written by Tzippy Cohen of Melbourne about the impact of terrorism.
“I believe that one day we will all be in Israel – that’s why we’re going,” Chanale said. “It’s the home of the Jewish people – that’s where I want to be and where we all want to be.”
Music for four of the tracks, including the title song “I Am The Land,” was produced by musician and arranger Aron Niasoff of Sydney, who is also the band leader of Rikod band in Los Angeles.
The album also includes the song “Hamalach Hagoel” where her two daughters Hadassa and Yaffa sing a tribute to their Zeidy and all grandfathers. Sholom Lieberman of Crown Heights contributed music to this moving track.
Chanale began writing songs as a teenager and many of her compositions are featured on Rabbi Ruvi New‘s upcoming album “Storm The World”. She is currently working on a Parsha DVD with Chaim Hershkowitz and plans on continuing to perform for women in Israel.
“It’s not that far anymore,” Chanale told American fans about her relocation across the Atlantic. “I will stay connected. ”