Singer / Songwriter Yona Marie talks New Single, Inspirations & More [Interview]

Singer / Songwriter Yona Marie talks New Single, Inspirations & More [Interview]

Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself?

Yona: My name is Yona Marie aka Rachel Marie and I’m a singer, songwriter and producer.


Getmybuzzup: How long have you been in the music industry?

Yona: I’ve been publishing songs and performing since I was 10 years old.


Getmybuzzup: How did you get started in the first place?

Yona: My family is full of musical talents; they raised me up in the music world.


Getmybuzzup: How would you describe your sound?

Yona: My sound is mostly soulful R&B with a hint of pop.


Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

Yona: My number one musical inspiration is India Arie.

Getmybuzzup: How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?

Yona: I like to create my beats first most of the time (using Logic) starting from the rhythmic instrumentation, but sometimes I’ll just record an 8 bar melody that’s in my head and go from there.


Getmybuzzup: What are you currently working on?

Yona: I’m currently releasing singles and submitting them to licensing opportunities in hopes of getting my songs placed on a show like HBO’s Insecure.


Getmybuzzup: What is the concept behind your latest project?

Yona: My songs are heavily influenced by my time and energy spent in relationships.


Getmybuzzup: Any plans on touring to promote your latest project?

Yona: For now I’m going to focus on local performances is the DC area, but touring could be an option in the future.


Getmybuzzup: What did you buy with your first check off music?

Yona: I can’t remember that far back, but I’m sure it was food from a paid collaboration.


Getmybuzzup: What are must haves when your in the studio working?

Yona: Silence, my MacBook, good headphones, my phone (I forget lyrics a lot since I write so fast), and water.


Getmybuzzup: What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?

Yona: Make your own opportunities because it will take a while before the major players will notice you.


Getmybuzzup: Will you be collaborating with any other artists on this project or in the future?

Yona: I’m waiting for my producer friend Eli Way to bless me with some new heat that I can sing on. One of our last tracks is my favorite collab.


Getmybuzzup: Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

Yona: I would say my voice content, only because I feel like I have to catch-up my lyrical talent and beat talent to my vocal talent since I have the most experience singing.


Getmybuzzup: What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc..)

Yona: Better production, more networking and gigs, and more consistency! I fell off major when I was working on a few business projects and didn’t make time to create.


Getmybuzzup: What’s your all-time favorite song?

Yona: Storm – Glenn Lewis. Simple and perfect.


Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?

Yona: Beyonce. No need to explain lol.


Getmybuzzup: Who have been some of your favorite artists that you’ve been able to work with?

Yona: Mark Morrison, Eli Way, Tre Smooth, John Lass, J Ashley


Getmybuzzup: How do you feel about the current state of music?

Yona: The music world is overcrowded but I appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm.


Getmybuzzup: Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?

Yona: The Grammys!


Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as far as music?

Yona: It may sound crazy but I want to be lowkey successful, not super mainstream but well respected by those who are mainstream.


Getmybuzzup: Who would you say your music relates to the most?

Yona: Women in relationships with these crazy males out here lol.


Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)

Yona: I’m heavily involved in the whole creative process.


Getmybuzzup: When you’re not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

Yona: Chill near a beautiful body of water like I have no cares in the world.


Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any producer who would it be?

Yona: Timbaland


Getmybuzzup: When performing and the crowd is singing along how does that energy make you feel?

Yona: That only happens to me in church, so, blessed lol


Getmybuzzup: Where can the fans check out for your music?

Yona: My latest song is available for free download at

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