I was deeply impressed by story of Kim Phuc. She was the young screaming Vietnamese girl running naked after a napalm attack in the famous black and white picture that iconized the horrible Vietnam war. I found out that she was now an adult woman leading a peace foundation in Canada.
After reading Denise Chong's biography about the life of Kim, I decided to dedicate a song to Kim Phuc. That is how "The girl in the picture" was born.
A difficult song to write, it captures the painful events of Kim's past with her remarkable strength emerging out of a desire to heal and forgive. Yanah sang the song, and forty children aged 6 to 14 belonging to the Mozaiek choir participated in the recording of "The girl in the picture". A string quartet arrangement was added as the final touch to the piano song.
The single CD was released during a press conference, where Yanah handed over the first copy to Kim Phuc. Since then, Kim and me became close friends and we see each other regularly. You can find press reviews about this event here.
In January 2004, I registered Yanah as her manager to the Eurosong preselections in Belgium. We didn't make it to the finals though. You can find the press reviews of her performance here.
Later in 2004, we released Yanah's first album, also called "The Girl in the Picture". You can read the - quite positive - press reviews of her debut album here.