Born in France to Tunisian parents, Yael Naim grew up in Israel. Showing an interest in music from an early age, she studied classical piano for 10 years at the conservatory. In her teens, she took up the guitar and started writing songs. After appearing in French musicals Les dix commandements and Gladiateur, the singer-songwriter released her first album, In a Man's Womb, in 2001. Three years later, she hooked up with percussionist David Donatien. Together, they recorded the eponymous Yael Naim, which received a warm welcome in 2007. Follow-up She Was a Boy came out in the fall of 2010. A couple months later, Naim was elected Female singer of the year at the 2011 Gala des prix Victoire-France's equivalent to the Grammy Awards.