Triangle’s Soulful Jazz Chanteuse to open for the Isley Brothers at the DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, 12.21.12

Yolanda Rabun is ending an already astonishing year with a Christmas CD and sharing the stage with Soul legends

Raleigh, NC    National Recording artist Yolanda Rabun will wrap her sultry-smooth soulful voice around tunes from her debut jazz album, So Real, on Friday, December 21, 2012, to open for the legendary Isley Brothers’ Gift of Music tour at Durham’s DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center.   The invitation comes on the heels of Yolanda’s recent SOLD OUT and unique brand of high energy soulful jazz shows in the Triangle.  The songstress, who is also an award-winning Triangle actor and barrister, is simply elated and thinks this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is a perfect gift for Christmas since it comes amidst Yolanda’s plans to release a Christmas project in mid-November.

Influenced by Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone and Gladys Knight, Yolanda Rabun made large strides in 2012, earning a devoted following since the 2011 release of her So Real album that included a 7-week run on the UK Soul Top 30 chart with the hit, “So Real”.  The five feet tall (without 6 inch heels) vocal powerhouse kicked off 2012 with several sell out houses in Raleigh and Durham and an appearance at Raleigh’s Artsplosure Festival, before touring So Real to Florida and then making a final stop in Atlanta with a memorable main stage performance at the acclaimed Atlanta Jazz Festival.

Rabun, who is already looking forward to the holiday season, is in fact working on her first holiday album that she promises will be “the real deal.”  The album titled The Christmas Gift will be a soulful jazz spin on original Christmas compositions with traditional holiday classics. Yolanda will be re-interpreting songs and letting her imagination rule with jazz swing and jazz funk influenced by R&B and Gospel elements.  The Christmas Gift will include some of Yolanda’s favorite standards: “Silent Night,” “That’s What I Want for Christmas” and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

The Christmas Gift is set to be released November 20.

On December 21st, Yolanda Rabun fans will be able to experience Yolanda’s soul-captivating take on Christmas and So Real at the DPAC when she opens for one of the most important and influential groups of the last half-century, The Isley Brothers.  Yolanda says of the moment when she got the call to play, “I dropped to my knees and then jumped with excitement!”…”we’ve been preparing for some time for this leg of the So Real journey, so let’s ride on it!”

Come share in a great musical experience! This is one performance you don’t want to miss.  All performances are presented in partnership with the DOME Group.

Tickets go on sale October 5 at 10am:

• Online at DPACnc.com

DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC

• Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000

• Ticketmaster outlets including Walmart


About DPAC

Since its opening in 2008, DPAC, the Durham Performing Arts Center, has become the center for live entertainment in the Triangle. Recognized for its contemporary design, DPAC features 2,700 seats, intimate sightlines and state-of-the art sound and video. Listed four times in the top 50 in Pollstar magazine’s worldwide theater attendance rankings, DPAC is currently the #1 ranked theater in the U.S.

About Yolanda Rabun

For more information about Yolanda Rabun, check out www.yolandarabun.com

You Tube Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPEEM71FGL8

By Triangle A&E

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