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Born with an unusual name that is eclipsed only by her talent, Yewande (pronounced E-wán-day) has been recognized as one of the most sought after independent artists in the world. After nearly a 5 year hiatus from the recording industry, she is back to finish telling her story on her highly anticipated album, “Rebirth.” Blessed with a voice “heard only once in a lifetime”, her message is unapologetically the same - to speak universal truths about issues that many artists shy away from – poverty, war, religion, love – but while she still proudly rocks the unique brand of Alternative Soul that first captivated fans and critics alike, something is profoundly different. With original songs that include titles like “Tomorrow”, “Skin”, “Cold” and “Criminal”, her sound is bigger, bolder, and if at all possible even more confident than her early award-winning songwriting (www.yewande.com). “Rebirth” reflects the journey of a lioness who’s been patiently waiting to capture her prey. Her target is squarely aimed at your heart and based on insider response, will undoubtedly land in heavy rotation on your mP3.
Much like her progressive contemporaries - Lenny Kravitz, BOB, Outkast, Black Eyed Peas, Meshell N'degeocello, Seal, Kina - Yewande's music continues to defy boundaries. She shares, "my music is written from the rollercoaster called life, colored with shades of joy, loss, struggle and triumph. Soul, Rock, Hip-Hop are all simply a reflection of real human emotion so how do you categorize that? I'm all of these things." With songs written by Yewande, arrangements lead by guitar phenom Brandon Thomas and music by Angie Stone's powerhouse band Soultron, “Rebirth” is a welcomed departure from music that has become lost in a sea of predictable lyrics and beats. In an industry where image and formula driven artistry have so often trumped talent, listeners may be wondering if this new sound was inspired by her abrupt departure. Perhaps its dedicated to a legion of fans that demanded to hear more even when Yewande wasn’t certain she had any more to give. Or is it simply her birth name, which in the Yoruba dialect of Africa means “reincarnation of mother”, that predicted her inevitable return to finish what she started? Soon enough, listeners will be able to decide for themselves, but for now we’re just glad to know that that the road less traveled has lead her back to the music that the world has been waiting to hear.