Nancy Ajram (age 33) is a Lebanese pop folk singer and multi-platinum recording artist. Born in Lebanon to a Maronite Catholic family, she developed a flair for music at a young age. At the age of eight, she appeared in a singing contest for kids on national television in Lebanon. At the age of 12, she participated in a Lebanese reality television competition, ‘Noujoum Al-Moustakbal, (“Stars of the Future”), where she won a gold medal. Subsequently, she started focusing on her voice and also took theory lessons, which led to the release of her first studio album as a teenager. Although her first two albums achieved moderate success, it was her lead single ‘Akhasmak Ah’ and third studio album ‘Ya Salam’ which gained her much popularity in the Arab World. The following year, she released another international best-seller ‘Ah W Noss’, which cemented her pop icon status in the Middle East. For her 2008 album ‘Bitfakkar FiEih’, she received her first ‘World Music Award (WMA)’ as the Best-selling Middle Eastern Artist. Nancy Ajram is considered to be one of the richest and most successful music-stars in the Arab world.