Born with an unusual name eclipsed only by her talent, Yewande (ye-wan-day) has been recognized as one of the most sought after independent artists in the world. As Monarchy Records' "First Lady of Alternative Soul", her genre-bending songs still speak unapologetic truths about issues that many artists shy away from - poverty, war, race. Her powerhouse vocals hearken to the days of Tina Turner and Pat Benatar. With the angst of Rock, a dash of Hip-Hop and a whole lot of Soul, Yewande's second forthcoming album "Better" is like a carefully scored soundtrack that will leave you wanting more.
Listeners may wonder what inspires this artist, activist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador who devotes much of her time to lecturing and empowering vulnerable youth through her humanitarian organization (www.changerocksfoundation.com). Is it faith? Ambition? The music? Maybe its simply her Yoruba birth name (which means "reincarmation of mother") that foretold this story long before her journey began.
AMAZING GRACE (June 2015)
Yewande returns from her latest youth empowerment initiative (www.changerocksfoundation.com) in Lagos, Nigeria. This work will be captured in a documentary shot by award-winning filmmakers, The Horne Brothers, called "Amazing Grace: Freedom's Song". The film will attempt to uncover the underlying causes of human trafficking from America to Africa.
RUNNING INTO THE DARK (April 2015)
Yewande was recently selected to present a TED Talk about sex trafficking at TEDX RVA (April 10, 2015). Her talk, "Running Into the Dark", will shed light on her foundation's use of music and the arts to confront social issues from poverty to human trafficking. Watch raw footage of her presentation at www.tedxrva.com (click "Live Stream").
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"WAR" (from Yewande's forthcoming album "Better")