By COLlive reporter
A lot has changed in the Jewish music industry since Avraham Fried sang his first songs, leading him to become nothing less than a legend.
One of the transformations in the scene is the amount of Fried’s nephews that followed his footsteps and jumped on stage.
In an interview with the Kol Yisroel newspaper, Fried shared what he thinks of each one…
On Shmuley Marcus and Bentzi Marcus of the 8th Day band from California:
“They are geniuses! Not imitating anyone, they simply invented something new. Important teachings from the world of Chassidus are being presented by them in good taste.
“And with unique manner and style, they are succeeding in bringing close many youngsters and youth. Their style is a novelty that has really succeeded! So they first and foremost get the credit, and I wish them they should succeed to bring Jews close to their father in Heaven through their music.”
On Benny Friedman from New York:
“He’s a big success! He succeeded in entering and sweeping the younger market through his discs and songs. His style is one that is found in the Chassidic market, and yet, he succeeded to stand out with great songs like ‘Yesh Tikvah’ and ‘Torah’. He is very professional and serious, and according to what I know, he’s very busy and successful.”
On Eli Marcus from New York:
“Eli is in another mode. He didn’t look for gimmicky songs, he wanted serious songs with depth. Yossi Green composed for him most of the songs in his album – which means the style of the album is quality and professional. I know he has good guys he’s working with that understand what he wants to do and I’m sure he has a lot more to give in the music world. He’s definitely very talented.”
And finally, his take on Simcha Friedman from Israel:
Simcha’le brings the simcha, as his name indicates. He has another ‘color’ and succeeds in making (people) happy. These days he is working on his first album and it will be very interesting to hear it.”