Yael Deckelbaum (Songwriter and Vocalist ) was born in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1979 to an Israeli mother and a Canadian father. She grew up in a small village near the city. Her father, David Deckelbaum, a dentist and a banjo player, was a founding member of a folky, country, Celtic, good-time band, "The Jerusalem Taverners". He quickly recognized his daughter’s musical talent, and Yael has performed with her father’s band as a guest singer and musician throughout her entire childhood.
In the five years prior to the production of "Ground Zero", Yael has been performing solo and with the band all over Israel while recording and creating this, her first solo debut album. And this apparently did the trick, as two songs from the CD have been incorporated into the soundtrack of American TV drama series, "The L Word". The songs – "Alice" and "100% Light" – have been played in episodes of the series' fourth season, and a third song, which Deckelbaum created and performed with her all-female band "Habanot Nehama" was chosen to accompany the final episode of the series' sixth and final season.