In the ever-evolving world of pop, blues, and R&B, Yolanda Arrey has emerged as a celestial force to be reckoned with. From the heart of Cameroon and now based out of California, she comes shrouded in a veil of mystique that spellbinds the airwaves. She has a voice of gold, a magnetic stage presence, and is revered for her authentic, organic storytelling style. She has been compared to legendary voices due to her diverse old-school powerhouse range, unmistakably warm and charismatic personality, courageous attitude, and readiness to convey vulnerability through her avant-garde musical ideas. She was introduced to music as early as 7, which instilled in her a deep love and appreciation for music that endures to this day.
As an artist, she hopes that through her music, she can weave stories of hope and love, serving as an agent of healing and restoration in a world that desperately needs both. Her music is also a creative endeavor, exploring the story of contemporary womanhood through a personal lens. She brings visibility to the black feminine experience and the necessity for authentic, intimate storytelling.
She is now gearing towards the release of her new album, “I AM THE STORM”- a deeply personal project that borrows from a dark phase in her life and how she was able to overcome it, backed by a conqueror’s mentality. The album consists of 12 songs, rich with charged lyrics and melodies, that capture the collective consciousness of the time. A vision of hope and perseverance also emphasizes it. Through it all, we persevere because we have that power and beast within us that begs to be unleashed in moments of great despair and defeat.
Through this work of art, Yolanda seeks to remind listeners that, even standing at the edge of the proverbial cliff, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone, because there is a world of people who are also sharing your experiences. Like you, they contemplate what it means to be human. For herself, you, and others like you, Yolanda dedicates this record.
This album is bound to be a powerful number that will convey the chaos of a storm through soulful, bluesy, catchy, lively, and enchanting instrumentals backed by her gospel sensibilities. At every track’s heart will be an uplifting message to resonate with. Yolanda wants to remind you that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from; at some point in life, we all face a situation beyond our control. The wind howls at your door as darkness fills the sky, and everything you know is being tested. You don’t know if you can survive it!
At times like these, it feels hopeless, but it’s not. There is a path through the storm and a way out of the seemingly insurmountable chaos. “I AM THE STORM” will be your timely reminder that you are indeed the storm, ready to face any challenge, storm to storm. The storm will pass; don’t let it bury you…you are indeed the storm, and you can face it off, storm to storm!
The two lead singles, “Beast” and “Darkest Hour” are already out on well-known platforms, including eye-catching music videos on YouTube.
Yolanda’s Western African tribal upbringing has also been a great influence on her music, and through this clash of cultures, she has been able to come up with a sound that is recognizable to her. She is a trailblazer, leaving her own distinctive trail marked by her unapologetic authenticity and undeniable charisma…one cannot help but be proud of the woman and artist she has become.
“I AM THE STORM” will officially debut in April 2024 and is a project I honestly cannot wait to see.
Yolanda Arrey is continuing her ascent in the contemporary R&B world as she continues to break barriers every step of the way!
Catch Yolanda Arrey’s music on popular platforms, and for more on her story and musical journey, visit https://www.yolandaarrey.com/