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(New York — June 17, 2021) Today, Yebba released a lyric video for the song “October Sky” – watch it HERE. The song premiered on Friday along with an acoustic performance video, to critical praise and love from artists like H.E.R., Justin Timberlake, Brandi Carlile and Mark Ronson, who produced “October Sky” and executive produced the album.
Over the weekend, Ronson shared a beautiful, heartfelt post about working with Yebba and called the song “one of the most gorgeous, heartbreaking, perfect vocals I’ve ever recorded. And the song itself is a 10/10.”
Read his full post HERE.
“October Sky” was written by Yebba and produced by Mark Ronson. Other musicians on the track include Questlove on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, Charles Myers on acoustic guitar, James Poyser on keyboards with James Francies on piano and keys, who also arranged & conducted the strings.
Previously released single “Distance” also featured on Dawn was nominated at the 2021 Grammys for “Best Traditional R&B Performance,” was included on Barak Obama’s annual playlist, and received stellar critical praise. Clash raves: ‘Distance’ is a phenomenal exhibition of Yebba’s dramatic vocal ability.” Rolling Stone concurs “Yebba delivers a characteristically stunning vocal performance,” Idolator declares it “truly divine,” and NPR calls the song “the ultimate exercise in restraint. Fully aware of her ability to vocally run circles around any production, she matches the tenderness of the orchestration and lyrics.” Okayplayer continues “At just 25 years old, Yebba has become an acclaimed vocalist due to her unforgettable sound.”
Yebba paused on releasing her debut album Dawn during the summer of 2020. The album title has dual meaning — Dawn is the name of Yebba’s mother who she lost to suicide. Dawn also refers to the first glimpse of light in the sky after the darkness of night, offering a radiant sense of possibility with her debut album.
Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe winning musician and producer Mark Ronson executive produced the album, and other key collaborators include Questlove, the Roots, A$AP Rocky, Kaytrananda, Pino Palladino, Smino, James Francies, Smokey Hormel and many more. The album was recorded at New York City’s Electric Lady Studios.
Find complete album track listing below.
Most recently, she collaborated with Lucky Daye on “How Much Can A Heart Take.” Watch their appearance last month on Jimmy Kimmel Live! HERE.
The 26 year old soul singer, songwriter, arranger grew up singing and listening to gospel music, along with arranging and music directing choirs in her hometown of West Memphis, Arkansas. She released her breakthrough video for “My Mind” in 2016. Soon after, she released her first single “Evergreen,” instantly captivating a passionate fan base leading to support and collaborations, including her 2019 Grammy-winning performance with PJ Morton on “How Deep Is Your Love.” This collaboration resulted in her first GRAMMY award for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Yebba has been a go to collaborator for a-list musical talent. She has performed and collaborated with A Tribe Called Quest (“Melatonin”), Stormzy (“Heavy Is The Head”), Ed Sheeran (“Best Part of Me”), The Robert Glasper Experience (“Fuck Yo Feelings”), Mumford and Sons (“Beloved”),Sam Smith ( “No Peace”), Chance The Rapper(“Same Drugs”), and was the featured vocalist on three tracks from Mark Ronson’s latest studio album Late Night Feelings (“Don’t Leave Me Lonely,” “Knock Knock Knock” and “When U Went Away.”)
Dawn album cover art HERE \
“October Sky” single cover art HERE
Dawn Track Listing:
How Many Years
All I Ever Wanted
Far Away feat. A$AP Rocky
Louie Bag feat. Smino
One More Smile (interlude)
Love Came Down
Read Yebba’s bio HERE