|Birth name||Yacov Meir Young|
|Also known as||YY,|
|Born||November 25, 1976|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Contemporary Jewish religious music|
|Occupation(s)||Vocalist, Composer, Rabbi|
Yacov Young (born November 25, 1976) is a Canadian-born American Hasidic Jewish singer and songwriter popular in the Orthodox Jewish community. He is known by his stage name Yacov Young (Hebrew: יעקב יאנג) or its initials, YY. He has sung in over 10 plus albums while performing worldwide.
Yacov grew up in Toronto, Ontario, where he was part of the Chabad Lubavitch movement. He studied at Ner Yisroel of Toronto, Manchester Yeshiva, The Rabbinical College of America and in 770 Eastern Parkway were he was ordained (Smicha) as a Rabbi. He got married and moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Genre and career
Yacov Young started his musical career in the early 1990s, as soloist for the revival of the Toronto Boys Choir with choir director Yehudah Gilden. From there he went to continue in Yeshiva. From Yeshiva and on he been taught by many famous operatic voice teachers. "I joined the Toronto Boys Choir in my early teens, and I began classic voice training when I was eighteen."
Young who is a Lyric Tenor, is known for his very high and sweet voice which can carry almost any tune. Young's music is considered "soul touching", with most of his lyrics based on Hebrew prayer, Biblical passages, and Tehillem. Other songs are composed in English and Yiddish. His recordings include traditional Hasidic melodies (Niggunim) of Eastern Europe alongside more modern jazz, pop, and rock music.
Throughout his career, Yacov has worked with many composers and arrangers, most notably Yisroel Lamm, as well as Yossi Green, Yitzy Waldner, Yitzchok Rosenthall, and Abie Rotenberg. He has also collaborated on albums side by side with well known musicians including Shmuel Brazil, Shlomo Simcha, Yehuda!, Shloime Dachs and many more. He has performed at various concerts and sing's almost nightly at weddings.
In 2009 Yacov started his own orchestra, The Yacov Young Orchestra.
Music and albums
While on the road to Jewish music stardom Yacov was featured in Yehudah!'s Kol Yisroel Chaveirim - Yehuda! and Friends (2000), and as a featured singer in The Music of Miri Ben-Ari and Friends (2000), he was also in the choir for Shlomo Simcha's Aneini (2001). In 2002 Yacov had his first "solo" album, which was Shmuel Brazil's "Habet Na" with Yaakov Rosenblatt, and was featured on Negginah's Dance with Negginah 5.
Then in 2006 together with the well-known producer and head of Negginah Orchestra, Shelly Lang, Yacov produced his first solo album, Yogati Matzasi, in 2006, with songs composed by Yossi Green, Yitzy Waldner, Yitzchok Rosenthall, Pinky Weber and Elimelech Blumstein, and arranged by the famous Yisroel Lamm. The music was by the Negginah Orchestra and Yaron Gershovsky. The album has a mix of styles ranging from disco, hora, rock, klezmer and classical.
Over the years, Yacov appeared as a guest soloist/singer on a number of albums. He has appeared live with many famous Jewish singers including Mordechai Ben David, Avraham Fried, Lipa Schmeltzer, Shlomo Simcha, Abie Rotenberg, Yaakov Shwekey, the Miami Boys Choir, Shloime Dachs, Shloime Daskal, Shalsheles and many more.
- Kol Yisroel Chaveirim - Yehuda! and Friends (2000)
- The Music of Miri Ben-Ari and Friends (2000)
- Aneini - Shlomo Simcha (2001)
- Habet Na - Shmuel Brazil (with Yacov Young & Yaakov Rosenblatt) (2002)
- Dance with Negginah 5 (2002)
- Yogati Matzasi (2006)
- The 2nd Dance (2007)
- Harei Yehudah - Songs of Yehudah Gilden (2008)
- Dance All Night with the Shloime Dachs Orchestra (2009)
- Oorah's The Shmorg 6 (2014) (and a Music Video)
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