Born to a Lebanese father Zakaria Khoury and a Syrian mother Youmna Saud, Elissa Khoury (إليسار زكريا خوري) was raised in the The Bekaa valley in Lebanon. She earned a degree in Political Science from the Lebanese University. She is a Maronite Catholic. Elissa’s father, Zakaria Khoury, who studied and taught Arabic literature, died of cancer in 2004. She has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Her brother Kamel Khoury is a DJ. Her sister Norma is married and lives in Canada, her two other brothers are Ghassan and Jehad.
Famous for her passionate style of music and unique vocal capabilities, Elissa is often referred to as the “Queen Of Romance” and “Queen Of Feelings”. Elissa was the first Lebanese musician to win the World Music Award in 2005, 2006 and 2010 for best selling albums in the Middle East (Wikipedia).