Yuval Banay (Hebrew: יובל בנאי, born June 9, 1962) is an Israeli musician, best known as the lead singer of the influential Israeli pop rock band Mashina.
Yuval was born on June 9, 1962 in Tel-Aviv to Yossi and Ilana Banai. He was one of the more prominent members of the Banai family, which includes many noted entertainers, among them Yuval Banay's uncles Gavri, Ya'akov and Haim (actors) and Yitzhak Banai (judge); his cousins Ehud, Uri, Me'ir, and Eviatar, all of whom have found success as musicians, and Orna, an actress and comedian.
He married actress Orly Silbersatz in 1987, and they had three children together before divorcing in 2007. After divorcing her, Banay met screenwriter and novelist Amalia Rosenblum, his partner since then. The couple have a child together, Aaron Banay, born February 2013.
Yuval Banay served in the Artillery Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, and took part in the Lebanon War. During his service, he met guitarist Shlomi Braha and the two began playing together. The two went in different directions after their military service ended, with Banai forming the band "Shlom Ha-Tzibur" ("Public Safety"). In 1984, he and Braha decided to form a new band, which they called Mashina. In 1985, the band released its self-titled debut, which quickly became a hit on the Israeli charts. Over the next decade, Mashina released several successful albums.
In May 1995, Mashina announced their retirement from the Israeli music scene, and performed in four heavily-publicized farewell shows. Banai went on to release several solo albums: "Yuval Banay" (1997), "Rashi Dub" (1999) (produced by bass player Yossi Fine), and "Nish'ar BaMakom" ("Staying Put") (2001). Mashina reformed in 2003, and in 2005 they released an album entitled "Futuristic Romance" ("romantica atidanit"). In 2008, Banay released another solo album, "Me'ever Le'harim" ("Over the Mountains"), produced by alt-folk singer Allan Moon.
Banay has also worked as an actor, appearing in Yaky Yosha's Summertime Blues and in the movie Nadia in the 1980s, as well as in the TV series Chunt Lee (2002). Recently Banay has returned to TV, this time as a Mentor on the Israeli edition of The Voice.
His most recent musical project is titled "Mobius Trip", an electronic music project which consists of new songs as well as electronic remixes of existing work.