Jewish group wins BBC award
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2013-01-04
A Californian girl group made up of three Jewish sisters are being tipped for chart stardom after winning the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll.
Haim - which consists of siblings Este, 26, Danielle, 23 and 21-year-old Alana Haim - fought off competition from 14 other bands and singers to top the list, which aims to predict which new artists will make it big over the next 12 months.
Previous winners of the poll have included Adele and Jessie J, who have since become two of the biggest acts in the UK.
The trio, who hail from the San Fernando valley, have been compared to 70s legends Fleetwood Mac following the release of their debut EP Forever, which blends 70s-style folk rock with synth pop and a touch of R&B.
They also won themselves a loyal following after supporting chart-toppers Florence And The Machine at London's O2 Arena recently,
But while they might be playing to thousands now, the girls came from more humble beginnings, starting out in a family band with their Israeli-born father Mordechai and their mother Donna - with one of their earliest gigs reportedly at a deli in Hollywood which paid them in matzah ball soup.
And while they remain close to their family - with their grandmother jetting in to London from Israel to see them at the O2 and their parents often joining them on stage during shows - the band recently told website Shalom Life that their parents' attempt to describe them would 'sound kind of like the part at Passover when you get to explaining the four children''.
Haim are set to release their debut album later on this year while the Forever EP is out now, on iTunes.