Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi has been the phenomenon of the year 2003; she had her own style in singing and offered something new that none of her competitors did before. She did not claim to be a singer, and instead she insists to referred to as a performer, which is what she likes to call herself.
She was able to take her popularity internationally and became the center of talks and lights which ended by being personally interviewed on the international television network CNN.
According to the London based daily, Al Hayat, Haifa disclosed that CNN had reflected a bright point of view about Lebanon and the people and expressed her happiness to be one of Lebanon's friendly faces. She added that she felt very proud as the cameras  were following her and showing the amount of appreciation people hold towards her and her art.
Haifa added that she is working on her second album which is due to be released next March by the Rotana Music Production Company. In her album she revealed that she cooperated with some people who helped her in her first album and also new people will be participating in the second album among who are Omar Mustafa, Mohammed Rifa'i, and Mohammed Raheem.
After getting intensive vocal training, Haifa is going to sing new songs in a different style than what she did before. Haifa noted that she gained lots of experience, which she appreciates especially after being trained by prominent Lebanese poet Elias Nasser, and said that she wont change her looks or her style in singing.
With regards to the reason she is always targeted by critics, Haifa commented that it is because she is very popular so everyone talks about her whether in a good or bad way. Haifa added that she is so special because of her spontaneous performance. She added that most of her generation does not sing but perform, but there are many singers in the Arab world like Melhem Barakat, Elias Karam, and Najwa Karam.
Haifa asserted that she benefits a great deal from constructive critic and she tries to rectify some mistakes that she was not aware of, but what hurts her is critics who only want to harm her reputation. Haifa said “Many had gambled on my failure and expected it but to their surprise I was gaining more and more success everyday. This made me more selective in my works. To tell you the truth I was not expecting this success, I was like a chef who makes a cake and did not know how it will end up tasting.”
Haifa considers her beauty is a gift from god and she appreciates it a lot. She said that people have jokes about her and her colleague Nancy Ajram and this proves how successful they are. She added that people compare her with Nancy Ajram and Elissa because they became popular at the same time. –Albawaba.com
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