Hadad was born as Sarah Hudadatov (Hebrew: שרה חודדטוב) in the town of Afula, Israel to Mountain Jewish parents who had made aliyah from Dagestan in 1976. Hadad is the youngest of eight children: she has three brothers and three sisters. In 1980, her family moved to Hadera. When she was ten years old, she participated in a contest for young talent, where she performed on the piano. She also played the organ, guitar, accordion, and darbuka.
Hadad comes from a musical family and was recognized as a child prodigy. She began performing at the age of eight. Apart from classical piano, she taught herself to play the organ, guitar, accordion, and a Middle Eastern drum known as the darbuka. At the age of 15, she joined the Hadera Youth Band. When she was 16 she was discovered by Avi Gueta, who is still her manager.
Hadad’s career as a pop singer has been highly successful, with many of her songs topping the Israeli charts. Israeli Television selected her to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002. The song, Nadlik Beyakhad Ner (Light A Candle) (in Hebrew: נדליק ביחד נר), came in 12th place.
In 2004, she collaborated with David D’Or to record the DVD Pets in Tunes.
In December 2006, Hadad drew crowds in New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles with her “Sing with Sarit” tour. In July 2007, Madonna revealed that she is a fan of Hadad, and enjoys listening to her music when dining at a kosher restaurant near her home.
Hadad typically performs Mizrahi music, often employing Arabic lyrics.
Hadad does not generally perform on Jewish holidays or on the Jewish Sabbath (“Shabbat”).
Sarit Hadad sings in multiple languages including English, Arabic, Georgian, Turkish, Greek and Hebrew. She was the first Israeli to perform (professionally) in Jordan.
In 2010 she won the Singer of the Decade of Israel. In 2020 she did a duet with Neta Barzilai, winner of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.