Michel Emile Kfoury (born September 15, 1974 in Hawch al Oumara, Zahlé, Lebanon), known by his stage name Wael Kfoury, is a well-known Lebanese singer, musician and songwriter.
After graduation in secondary school, Wael Kfoury enrolled at Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik and the Conservatoire libanais national supérieur de musique. He had his breakthrough when he took part in Studio El Fan, the popular musical competition programme at the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, for the 1992-1993 season, and took the gold medal for best male singer.
After winning the Studio El Fan music competition, he had a first successful single in “Ma Wa’adtak bi Njoum el Leyl”, immediately followed by “Meen Habeebi Ana”, a duo with another Studio El Fan winner Nawal Al Zoghbi.
Wael Kfoury signed with the Music Box music label and released three albums in 1994, 1995 and 1996 with the label, and that year was chosen as Best Singer in Lebanon.
He had to suspend his musical career for one year to do his mandatory military service in the Lebanese Army from September 1996 to September 1997. Prior to joining up, he released the popular single “Rayeh ‘al Jeysh” encouraging other youth to enrol in military service. During that period, he was highly publicised by the Lebanese Army as a role model for Lebanese youth, with frequent musical appearances in the media. He was also seen performing to other Lebanese conscripts on national occasions including Lebanese Independence Day, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Lebanese Army Day, and at the end of his service he released a full album of songs recounting his experience in an album entitled 12 Months, the duration of obligatory
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