Yolanda Arrey surprises with deep and powerful new single “Darkest Hour”

R&B singer, songwriter and producer, Yolanda Arrey, has released her latest official single, alongside its associated music video, “Darkest Hour.” Yolanda has proudly produced this release independently without the involvement of the corporate music industry. With a gospel music heart and a classic Motown soul, “Darkest Hour” showcases Yolanda Arrey as one of the most intriguing contemporary R&B artists of the new era promising she has plenty more where that came from.

Yolanda cites her artistic influences as Whitney Houston, Adele, Michael Jackson, the Temptations, Jennifer Hudson just to name a few. Yolanda’s sound takes elements from these artists, combined with her Cameroonian West African roots, creating a fresh and unique style unlike anything music fans have heard before. With an emphasis on elevation, inspiration, and raw emotion, “Darkest Hour” has a little something for every fan.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Darkest Hour,” Yolanda writes, “It carries a message of loving your dark side. The side of you willing to go to war. The side of you which has been suppressed through conformity to the world. The side that is ready to explode. ‘Darkest Hour’ carries the message that the night is darkest just before dawn. Endure that dark hour because soon there will be light.”

For Ms. Arrey, this message is not just something for a bumper sticker, it is a guiding principle for life’s battles and struggles penning:

From my personal experience,” writes Yolanda, “when I venture towards a goal, I often fail on the road to success. Before I finally see the light, I must embrace the dark in order to appreciate the power of light. While I am in the dark, I will not resist it. I will accept it. I will love it. Knowing that dawn draws near.”

Darkest Hour” by Yolanda Arrey is now available on all major platforms including Spotify and iTunes with the music video made available on YouTube.

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Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-bayou-a-new-life-deluxe-edition/1109874877

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/yolandaarrey

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Yolanda Arrey releases new album ‘The Bayou’

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 unwavering challenges. Most importantly, it’s about the freedom to express how we feel at any given time without judgment.”

Arrey began her singing career at the age of seven as a songwriter. By nine she had joined several a-cappella groups in Saker Baptist College where she later attended high school in Cameroon and was lead singer-songwriter for the popular dance group, “GST.” Before relocating to the United States at 19, she would sing in many more. She participated in many bands in college, and memorized most of her school studies by making music out of her classroom lecture notes.

Writes Arrey, “I have written over 150 songs for others and for myself. It’s a good balance with my nerdy side, and it’s the one thing that keeps me going no matter what else is happening in my life. I am truly grateful for its amazing power.”

Yolanda Arrey has collaborated with pop musician Prince of Cats and appears as lead vocalist in his hit 2013 video, “When You Loved Me.” More recently she appeared on her brother Eliel Arrey’s album, “The Essentials,” singing “Your Highness.” Her new record’s title track, “The Bayou,” is co-written by the world-renowned composer, Lawrence Nachsin.

“The Bayou” by Yolanda Arrey is available online worldwide at over 700 digital music stores now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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