She has developed a strong passion for creating helpful content for artists and musicians who share a similar plight of making their way through an ever-changing digital music world. We are happy to introduce you to a talented session singer, writer and producer – Yona Marie !
[Blaster] Thank you for your time Yona! What music did you grow up listening to?
Yona Marie: I grew up listening to R&B and Gospel music. My family, specifically my father taught me how to sing and we sung in church a lot.
[Blaster] How did you become involved in music production?
Yona Marie: I got my first rrecording software back before Protools or Logic were even a thing. The application was just called Record Producer. I was like 11 making beats lol.
[Blaster] How would you describe your musical style?
Yona Marie: I put a little bit of R&b flavor into everything, but I do pop, gospel, classical, jazz, funk, and EDM music.
[Blaster] Who writes your songs?
Yona Marie: I write my songs for the most part. Sometimes I’ll get a friend or a family member to cowrite with me. Most times I’m writing songs for other people, though.
[Blaster] Is there a hidden meaning in your music?
Yona Marie: A lot of my songs are about my previous love experiences and they aren’t that hidden. Some of my bars have deep metaphors and hidden meaning in them, though.
[Blaster] Do you collaborate with other musicians? What is that process?
Yona Marie: I do a lot of works for hire, so most of my songs are a collaboration of sorts. A lot of people come to me for hooks, songwriting, backing vocals, and even rap verses.
[Blaster] What skills have you learned that will help you in your music career?
Yona Marie: I’ve learned how to sing, write, read music, produce music, audio engineer, and perform in a way that has gotten me paid a decent amount of money over the last few years!
[Blaster] Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organization?
Yona Marie: I don’t havea label affiliation at the moment. I do have ties to a few companies including ASCAP and Tribe of Noise.
[Blaster] Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
Yona Marie: Not to brag on my family too much, but them of course! I also love classic R&B legends from the 70s, 80s and 90s. I get a little bit of inspiration from everywhere in the music world. I enjoy a lot of different genres from metal to baroque.
[Blaster] What are the main topics for most of your songs? Do you think topics will change overtime?
Yona Marie: I’m a sucker for a love song, but I cover most things that people can relate to like struggle, desire, pain, greed, jealousy, anxiety, etc.
[Blaster] What are you working on right now? Did you release something in the past?
Yona Marie: I’m currently working on my Youtube channel. I know Youtube can be hard to grow so it’s going to be a huge talent that I hope I keep at for a while.
[Blaster] What do you feel is the best song you ever released and why?
Yona Marie: My favorite song ever relases is called “Just Wanna Love You” featuring Eli Way. It’s such a great track all around. It has a timeless feel to it and I haven’t got tired of hearing it yet.
[Blaster] Who are you inspired by?
Yona Marie: I’m inspired by almost anyone who has an undeniable musical talent and a serious work ethic to go along with it. It’s hard to find both, and that’s how I want to be.
[Blaster] What would be your dream collaboration, with any musician or producer?
Yona Marie: I would love to work with Lucky Daye on a song. There are so many other people that I want to work with, but he is the first name that pops in my head. And actually, the producer that did his painted album. What a genius.
[Blaster] How do you balance your music with other obligations – school, hobby, job?
Yona Marie: It’s hard to balance. I have to sacrifice some other things to make my plans work for me. I’m glad I’m at a point in my life where I have enough time to work on my current dreams. I want to get to a certain point in the next few years, then have a kid or a few.
[Blaster] At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
Yona Marie: I just want people to be able to tap into the beauty of the art. It’s that simple.
[Blaster] Would you like to give any message to your fans?
Yona Marie: I want my fans to know that I haven’t lost sight of the fire I had since way back in the early 2010s! I’m still here and I’m coming with some heat.
[Blaster] Feel free to share your contact information for possible collaborations with musicians and social networks links, so fans can follow your work and access your music.
Yona Marie: If you want to reach me, find out more about me, find my socials, and find my new music, visit http://yonamariemusic.com/
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