An Exclusive Interview With songwriter and producer Yona Marie
Yona Marie is a singer, songwriter and producer currently residing in Washington, DC.
Q:When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?
Ans: I’m always way more excited than stressed when it comes to making a new song. The only part that may stress me out is finalizing the song and being satisfied enough to put it out to the public.
Q: How do you shut things out?
Ans: I like to calm crazy thoughts and loud noises out with my noise reduction headphones and some calming jazz or classical music.
Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?
Ans : Song melodies can come to me very easily, but it takes me some time and thought when it comes to the lyrics portion of music.
Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Ans: I like to live by the mantra of treating everyday like it may be your last day. You never know what this crazy world will bring, so it’s best to be your best self and put in your best effort today.
Q: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words?
Ans: Soulful R&B with modern edginess
Q: At what age did you start singing?
ANS: I started singing at the early age of 8. I was raised in a family of singers that helped me become the artist that I am today.
Q: If you could perform with anyone, in the future, who would it have to be?
Ans: I would live to be able to perform with my current favorite singer by the name of Lucky Daye. He’s so talented!
Q:Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to sing as a career or just advice about careers in general?
Ans : My advice to anyone wanting to sing is that you have to find your own voice. Whether you’re doing covers or creating original tunes, it’s important to have your own unique edge in the industry.
Q: Which famous musicians have you learned from?
Ans: I learned the most from my favorite singer India Arie. I also got a lot of inspiration from artists like Beyonce, H.E.R, Tori Kelly, and so many others.
Q:Do you have any events coming up or recording going on right now?
Ans: I have a single that will be released on the 21st of this month called “Take Me To The Moon” and it will be available on all major streaming and buying locations. For more info please check my site