Shlomi Shabat was born on August 30, 1954 in Yehud, Israel. Both his parents came from a Turkish background. He is one of Israel’s greatest musician, composer and performer. He went to “Makif Yehud” High School and served in the military in a Medical unit. He then travelled to New York and discovered his passion for Middle Eastern music performing at night clubs. His first album, “I’ve Returned From The Darkness”, was released in 1986.
His big breakthrough was in 1989 with the single “Because Of The Wind”. His sister, Leah Shabbat composed the hit song and the lyrics were by Mika Shtarit. Following the success of his album Shlomi Shabat became one of Israel’s greatest musicians. He participated in the Eurovision contest in 1991 performing “From Here” along with the band “Natasha’s Friends” . In the same year he also performed in Festigal with the song “Thanks to The Salsa”. Also that year his third album “Don’t Go Too Far” was released which included songs influenced by Central America, which was a huge success. The following year he performed for the second time at Festigal with the song “When I Was A Child”.
In 1993 Shlomi released his fourth album “An Hour Together” which was influenced by Sephardic music. In 1998 he released his fifth album “Shlomi Shabat” , which was a Sephardic – Gypsy style. In the year 2000 Shlomi Shabbat made his return with the single that he composed to the lyrics of Uzi Hitman, “Everyone Has” This collaborative duet with the singer Lior Narkis and was recorded for his album “Only With You” which became a huge success and was awarded “Song Of The Year” in the Israeli Music Charts of Reshet Gimel. A year later the song was incorporated into the “Shlomi Shabat And Friends” album which Gidi Gov and Arkadi Duchin also participated in. The album sold over 200,000 copies.
Riding on the success wave Shlomi released another album, performed at Caesarea and recorded his seventh album “Time Of Love” which was released in 2003. The album was identified as Pop/ Middle Eastern style including singles “The Beach of Tramptoni”, “In The Name Of Love” and “Time Of Love”. The album also included “You’re Also Sacred”. In 2006 Shabat released another duet album “Friends 2” which included duets with Shiri Maimon, Pablo Rosenberg, Gad Elbaz and Moshe Peretz. That year Shlomi started his acting career starring in a musical “Like In A Movie” alongside Miki Kam and Harel Moyal.
In 2007 Shlomi Shabat and Pablo Rozenberg toured together, their show included a new song “Dad” which Doron Modeli composed for them and turned it to one of Shabat’s classic hits.
In 2008 Shlomi was performing as a guest artists in “Catch The Festigal” touring around Israel. He also recorded a cover to Yizhar Cohen “Song Of The Neighborhood” for the project “Avoda Ivrit”. In September of that year he released “I’m Singing To You” album which became a gold album in only few weeks of its release date.