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Amal Maher, or Ammal Maher (Arabic: آمال ماهر) (born 19 February 1985), is an Egyptian singer. Her powerful voice has captured the hearts of many listeners, and she is heavily influenced by Umm Kulthum. She has performed many concerts in Egypt and neighboring countries, and in her concerts she often pays a tribute to Umm Kulthum. Amal Maher is considered one of the most talented artists of her generation, She began singing as a child and was discovered by the general public at the age of fifteen by taking up the songs of Umm Kulthum. Deciding to forgo traditional schooling, Maher enrolled at the Conservatory of Arabic music to start a singing career. She soon met the composer Mohamed Diae, whom she eventually married. The couple has a son named Omar. Diae helped Amal Maher release a song and videoclip for Ely Binak W Binah. The song was popular on radio and music television. Maher recorded her first song in 2006 and received the support of Ammar El Sherei, who she considers to be her spiritual father because he has been a loyal supporter and mentor throughout her career. In 2006, she released her first album, Isa 'Ini Ana with many singles such as Eini Aliki Ta Tiba, Makanak, Alo El Malayka, Ana El Basha Ghona, Ana Baadak and Ya Marsr. Maher has held several concerts in Egypt and the neighboring countries. In 2009, she appeared in several festivals in the region. She recorded a second album which is still unreleased. Initially scheduled for 2010, the release date was postponed to the New Year, then to mid-January, and so on and so forth. Still influenced by her idol, the diva Umm Kulthum, Maher has said she remains confident about the future and her goal of becoming one of the most influential singers of her generation. She released an album called Araf Mnein in 2011,and it won an award for "Best Female Album".