Elissar Zakaria Khoury, commonly known as Elissa, is a Lebanese recording artist.
Elissa has sold over 30 million albums and was the highest-selling female Middle Eastern artist for 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010. In 2005, 2006, and 2010 she received the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist.
Since 2013, Elissa has also been a judge on the television show MBC The X Factor.
Elissa was born to a Lebanese father (Zakaria Khoury) and a Syrian mother (Youmna Suud), in Deir el Ahmar.