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"It's amazing," marvels Naim, sitting in Austin's Driskill Hotel, where she and Donatien are performing as part of the South by Southwest music festival.
"In one year, we had so many things happen, we can barely believe it," says Donatien.
It's not the first time Naim has had a whirlwind affair with the record industry, but last time, there wasn't such a happy ending. She was 21 when she returned to Paris from Israel, where her family had moved when she was age four, to perform in a charity concert. Producers from EMI happened to be in the audience and, on the spot, asked her to stay and record an album.
"It was a complete disaster," remembers Naim. "It was the system: It was a big company with big expectations. I was really young and I got confused by the melding of big business with the music, which sometimes doesn't go so well together." After rushing her to produce 2001's "In a Man's Womb," "nothing happened," she says. She split from the label and supported herself for the next few years by singing in French comédies musicales.
When she decided to embark on her latest effort, Naim took the process more slowly. After meeting Donatien in 2004, the pair worked daily in her living room for the next two and a half years, despite not having a record deal in sight. "People laughed at us because we were working all the time but not producing anything," says Naim, who sings in English and Hebrew.