Six years after his last album, world renowned Hassidic singer Avraham Fried is releasing his brand new album, “Keep Climbing”.
The new album includes thirteen songs, which were composed and arranged by Yossi Green, Moshe Laufer, Yitzy Waldner, Yuval Stupel, Avremi G, Elimelech Blumstein, Mendy Jerufi, Meshulem Greenberger, Ruli Ezrachi, Eli Lishinsky, Naftali Shnitzler and Lipa Schmeltzer. Fried wrote several of the songs himself.
In honor of the occasion, Arutz Sheva's Yoni Kempinski sat down with Fried for a special interview.
“I love the songs,” Fried said of the new album. “I think there’s some great material. There are great messages. There are songs to cry to, there are songs to dance to, there are songs that will inspire. I think it’s a solid album.”
Fried said that he has adopted a certain style to which he has stuck in this album as well. “I have a certain style which is what we call the Hassidic style. In that Hassidic style there are some areas where we’ll take a disco feel or a rock feel, but that’s the extent of it.”
He added, “I want it to be a Jewish sound with a Jewish feeling and the main point, of course, is that it should bring the listener closer to G-d.”
Fried, who sings in English, Hebrew and Yiddish, said that he chooses the language of a particular song based on his feeling.
“Sometimes I’ll feel that this particular message will sound better in Yiddish,” he said. “Sometimes the message will sound great in Hebrew. It’s just how it rings which helps make the decision.”
Fried’s last visit to Israel included a participation in the memorial ceremony marking one year since the massacre of the Fogel family in Itamar. During that ceremony, a new beit midrash (house of study) was dedicated in memory of Rabbi Udi Fogel, who was murdered by terrorists along with his wife, Ruth, and three of their children.
Fried recalled how, during one part of the dedication ceremony, there was singing and one of the grandfathers of the Fogel children led the dancing.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” he said. “The tragedy boggles the mind, but also how Jews react. It’s incredible. They can dance and find the strength to get out of their seats, not just to continue living but to dance and to get everyone else to dance as well.”
“By far, the holy land is the one place in the world where I feel a certain energy that I don’t feel anywhere else,” said Fried. “I feel like a certain part of my soul sings here that I don’t tap into anywhere else. There’s no question about it that here is where my soul sings like no other place.”