On Sunday, October 16th in Washington DC, the Martin Luther King Memorial was dedicated by President Barack Obama, Aretha Franklin, Tommy Hillfiger and Grammy Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari. Performing original compositions called ”Black Tone” and “Bus Passed” which she performed with PoemCees, the hip-hop violinist who gained widespread notoriety after being invited by Jay-Z to perform during Hot 97′s Summer Jam concert in 2001. Between collaborations with artists like Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, and her 2005 Grammy for co-writing Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks”, the Israeli-born artist has been making her mark on the industry for quite some time. When asked what it means to be performing at the memorial, Ben-Ari, stated “I moved to the US all the way from Israel with a dream. It has been a tough journey; legacies such as MLK’s inspired me not to give up and to follow my Dream.”
Ben-Ari moved to NY from Israel at eighteen to pursue her dream and after years of hearing “No” from music execs, she started hearing “Yes” after she was discovered on BET’s 106 & Park.