Listen to “October Sky”:
Live Acoustic Performance Video Premieres at 12 noon ET: https://smarturl.it/OctoberSky/youtube
High Res HERE – Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini
What the Press is Saying About Yebba:
“She has the range…Her daring vocals leap from …falsetto to sultry, guttural contralto.
Her delivery defies convention.” – Pitchfork
“(Her debut album) is from start to finish the most incredible body of work and will be one of those albums that will travel with you for the rest of your life.… Really special… Embrace it, enjoy it, it will bring so much joy to your life.” –
Zane Lowe, Global Creative Director and Host, Apple Music
“Soon, she will be heralded, her voice is like the whole hymn, no choir needed.”- Uproxx
“A soulful treasure.” – CLASH
(New York – June 11, 2021) Today, Grammy-Award winner, Yebba releases a new song today with a live acoustic performance video “October Sky” from her forthcoming debut album Dawn, to be released September 10th via RCA Records.
Listen to “October Sky”
Watch the live acoustic performance video at 12 noon ET:
“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.
“October Sky” is the second track released from her forthcoming debut album following “Distance.” The lead single “Distance” was nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award for “Best Traditional R&B Performance” 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$AP Rocky, Kaytrananda, Pino Palladino, Smino, James Francies, Smokey Hormel and many more. The album was recorded at New York City’s Electric Lady Studios.
Find complete track listing below.
Most recently, she collaborated with Lucky Daye on “How Much Can A Heart Take.” Watch their appearance last month on Jimmy Kimmel Live! HERE.
The 26 year old soul singer, songwriter, arranger grew up singing and listening to gospel music, along with arranging and music directing choirs in her hometown of West Memphis, Arkansas. She released her breakthrough video for “My Mind” in 2016. Soon after, she released her first single “Evergreen,” instantly captivating a passionate fan base leading to support and collaborations, including her 2019 Grammy-winning performance with PJ Morton on “How Deep Is Your Love.” This collaboration resulted in her first GRAMMY award for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Yebba has been a go to collaborator for a-list musical talent. She has performed and collaborated with A Tribe Called Quest (“Melatonin”), Stormzy (“Heavy Is The Head”), Ed Sheeran (“Best Part of Me”), The Robert Glasper Experience (“Fuck Yo Feelings”), Mumford and Sons (“Beloved”),Sam Smith ( “No Peace”), Chance The Rapper(“Same Drugs”), and was the featured vocalist on three tracks from Mark Ronson’s latest studio album Late Night Feelings (“Don’t Leave Me Lonely,” “Knock Knock Knock” and “When U Went Away.”)
Dawn album cover art HERE
“October Sky” single cover art HERE
Dawn Track Listing:
How Many Years
All I Ever Wanted
Far Away feat. A$AP Rocky
Louie Bag feat. Smino
One More Smile (interlude)
Love Came Down
Read Yebba’s bio HERE