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Fast Five: YolanDa Brown

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When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I began making music from an early age. At 6 I was learning the piano and later the violin, drums then sax. With all the instruments I loved to make my own songs and enjoyed how I could put whatever I was feeling into music. Doing it now as a job is amazing – every gig is like playing my diary!

I always wanted to be a racing driver and still do love racing but music was the calling!

How would you describe your music?

I would say that it is soul music. Music that makes you feeling something – especially when enjoying it live! I love to play different genres and mix them together but it’s always about a feeling or story… even when there are no words. It makes it music for everyone.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

We had a brilliant time touring internationally last year. I loved touring Jamaica and USA with my band, it is always really heartwarming to be appreciated away from home. Now we are back and the touring starts again, in the mist of it I am writing for the next record and excited about where the music is growing to.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Sting – I love his voice, writing and playing!

Whats your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Bob Marley – Songs of freedom

That way I can take most of his music with me! If you won’t allow me the box set then I’ll take Bob Marley – Legend. I love all of his music and if I was on a desert island I would need music to help me reflect, enjoy and have hope. Bob Marley’s music does all of that and more!

YolanDa Brown embarks on a nationwide tour: May –November 2014 and February – March 2015

www.yolandabrown.co.uk