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?
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 https://www.pushpowerpromo.com/yona-marie-i-gave-you
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