Yael Naïm was born in Paris to French and Tunisian, Sephardi-Jewish parents. At the age of four, she moved with her family to Israel and served in the Israel Defence Force as a soloist in the Israel Air Force Orchestra. Naïm eventually joined with percussionist David Donatien, and over a period of two years they arranged and recorded thirteen of Naïm’s songs in a studio in Naïm’s apartment in Paris. These were released in October 2007, as her second album, Yael Naïm. Yael Naïm rose to fame in 2008, after her hit single "New Soul" was used by Apple in an advertising campaign for its MacBook Air. The success of this song made her the first Israeli solo artist to have a top ten hit in the United States. The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs on this album are in French, English, and Hebrew.