The singer of R&B and soul known as Yolanda Arrey has released her latest LP record, “The Bayou.” It consists of 15 tracks for an approximate total listening time of one hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. Built on grooves, blues, beats, and the clarion singing of this contemporary chanteuse from Cameroon, “The Bayou” proves Yolanda Arrey to be one of today’s most evocative singers.
Right away “The Bayou” evidences whose singing Yolanda Arrey appreciates most. She cites as her main inspirations Whitney Houston, Billie Holiday, and the Temptations. Yet her style sets her apart from these legends, letting her retain qualities and characteristics all her own.
Arrey’s sonic individuality begins at the writing stage. She clearly writes songs with a mind to create new patterns of flow and phrasing while at the same time paying strict attention to the content of her lyrics. This latter artistic principle alone puts Arrey in a select percentage of singer-songwriters, but her natural tones also single her out as a special performer in today’s burgeoning independent music scene.
“My album is about the inspiration to press on, to love, to grow and to be thankful,” writes Arrey. “It’s a collective expression of all that we feel when we are in love, both good and bad, joyful and sad. It’s an expression of strength in difficult times and the motivation to press forward in the face of unwaveri