RALEIGH, N.C. – Feb. 12, 2016 – North Carolina Singer/Songwriter Yolanda Rabun announces the global release of her highly anticipated third studio album, YOLANDA, for Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
The Yodyful Music release is available now for pre-order on the iTunes Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/yolanda/id1079151749) and Yolanda’s exclusive online store via Square (http://mkt.com/yodyful-music-llc/yolanda)
A number of fans, most of whom were Kickstarter backers that helped Rabun net over $21,000 to create the soul-infused jazz project, already have access to the new music. A few other lucky fans have snagged a copy of YOLANDA by attending a live performance of Rabun in February.
The YOLANDA album, recorded in Raleigh, NC, at Haggard Recording Studios was engineered by Thurman Woods of Raleigh, NC who together with Yolanda paid particular attention to each track to ensure this fan-funded project had the unified sound people get from start to finish at Yolanda’s live shows. Yolanda notes, “The whole process of recording the music live for YOLANDA was really fun, organic and spontaneous, and what ended up coming through were songs that are powerful and dramatic, and musically cohesive.”
Yolanda feels she has made an album that’s bursting with energy, soul and big life-affirming moments such as the deliciously ebullient Latin jazz tune, Take the Day Off, the uplifting emotional power ballad, I Hope You Dance, and the folk/funk-powered Nina Simone anthem, Be My Husband.
Yolanda gives her own smooth but straight-forward twist on two rhythm and blues staples: Rocket Love and Feel Like Making Love. The huge-hearted Hold on to Your Dreams, first featured as a single in 2013, finds a home on this album and continues to be Yolanda’s mantra to never give up on your gifts or your dreams. Rabun also co-wrote the wedding anthem, Yes, as a personal testament to love, marriage and God.
Yolanda Rabun says she has never enjoyed making a jazz recording, undeniably fused with soulful interpretations, more than this one. Nor has she been happier with the results. The jazz classic but also blues-soaked Gershwin tune, Love is Here to Stay along with previously recorded songs Believe in Love and Set for Life tend to be Rabun’s favorites.
The album cover photography for YOLANDA is by renowned Visual Artist, Christopher R. Charles of Creative Silence in Durham, NC. Azani Couture and Aura Beauty Salon and Boutique also put the finishing touches on Yolanda’s new look which is reflective of the new music and new brand: focused, fierce, and fearless.
“Pre-ordering the YOLANDA project is a great opportunity to help promote indie artists worthy of recognition for quality work”, says Yolanda. By pre-purchasing a copy of YOLANDA from Yolanda’s online store at www.yolandarabun.com, music lovers will be supporting Rabun more directly and getting the bonus of an autographed CD and downloads that include CD Liner Notes and Photos when the album becomes available March 8.
Additional news and updates can also be found at both http://www.facebook.com/YODYFULMUSIC and http://www.twitter.com/yolandarabun (@YOLANDARABUN).
AVAILABLE MARCH 8, 2016
1. Be My Husband
2. Believe in Love
3. Feel Like Making Love
4. Rocket Love
5. Set for Life
7. Hold on to Your Dreams
8. Love is Here to Stay
9. I Hope You Dance
10. Take the Day Off
About Yolanda Rabun
An extraordinary gifted singer and songwriter, Yolanda’s rich, robust, soulful voice draws repeated comparisons to Gladys Knight and Nancy Wilson, but Yolanda is creating a path of her own. She released, independently, her debut So Real “Enhanced CD” with a 7-week UK Soul Top 30 chart run, played several main stages at jazz festivals, traveled to Asia/Mediterranean, and opened for the Isley Brothers as well as R&B sensation, KEM and renowned drummer and artist, Sheila E. Yolanda has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center and headlined the acclaimed Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles and International Atlanta Jazz Festival.
Yolanda also has been called a modern-day Renaissance woman by many since she is also a wife, mother, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, professional actor and “practicing” corporate attorney. She holds an Honors B.A. degree from Holy Cross College, a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, and has won, among other professional honors, the Triangle Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 Leadership Award. http://www.yolandarabun.com