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Yolanda Rabun is every woman. A wife, mother, business person and artist extraordinaire, the Atlanta native’s biggest challenge is finding downtime between juggling music, acting and legal careers, motivational speaking engagements and family life. It is a convenient challenge Rabun relishes, and considering her energetic personality and vivacious spirit, it is one she overcomes easily. Being on the go is a life Yolanda has become accustomed to since she was a teenager touring and performing as a featured vocalist in Europe and Japan as a member of Northside School of the Arts’, Showbiz Kids, and even working and recording with Isaac Hayes and singing for the President (Reagan) of the United States.
Singing soulfully with power and a natural story-telling instinct, Yolanda Rabun stuns and transforms audiences because Yolanda sings with probing intelligence and passion. Her vocal flexibility and range earn high marks for taste, inventiveness and power. Phrasing is always sophisticated, and she is not afraid of taking risks. Yolanda handles all styles of music, although she favors jazz, across nearly three octaves with sensibilities that stem from years of vocal instrumental performing.
Rabun’s recent TV appearances include UNC-TV’s Black Issues Forum “Living Her Dreams”, and NBC-17’s The Scene. The TRIBE, Durham Herald, Raleigh News & Observer and Independent Weekly are among several papers and magazines that have run feature stories on Yolanda’s unique expressive voice, performances and rising music influence. Yolanda also was featured on Frank Stasio's WUNC North Carolina Public Radio program “The State of the Things". Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone and Gladys Knight are major musical influences of Yolanda Rabun, who capably serves as Corporate Counsel for a Top 10 Forbes Company and has served on many communitybased Executive boards while singing with American Idol’s Clay Aiken and as lead singer for an East Coast-based jazz band. Yolanda exploded on to the scene first on Stanley Baird’s 2007 Traffic Jam hit single, “I Want 2 Love You” that received international radio-play and ranked in Solar Radio’s year- end Top 10 List.
Yolanda has opened for Jennifer Holiday, sang with Howard Hewitt and traveled the world to Japan, South Korea, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and Jordan delivering her sultry blend of smooth jazz and soul. Those experiences opened up the possibilities of international stardom for Yolanda as a composer, producer and arranger, and her fans have confirmed that her time is now.
With the 2011 release of “So Real”, Yolanda Rabun transferred her energetic spirit into her debut CD project, bringing her personal experiences to life for all to listen. Rabun co-wrote several songs, including the title song “So Real”, which garnered the #1 Soul Jazz Song, a 7-week run on the UK Soul Top 30 chart, 50,000+ YouTube views and #1 Indie Video of the Week praise from R&B/pop singing group, LeVert's Marc Gordon and the Marc Gordon Show. For the So Real project, Yolanda also reinterpreted familiar jazz, Broadway and R&B tunes to ensure the album captured her musical essence.
In 2012, Yolanda continued to turn her unique soulful jazz style into something very real, and hit the ground running with her sophomore album, “Christmastime” that landed her immediate radio airplay, a Florida tour and an extended opening performance for Ron Isley and the Isley Brothers to a sold out Yolanda Rabun Biography Yodyful Music, LLC - www.yolandarabun.com Post Office Box 91026 Raleigh, NC 27675 (919) 845-9500 Page 2 audience in the world-class Durham Performing Arts Center. Christmastime infused Soul, R&B, Gospel, Folk, and Smooth and Traditional Jazz into classic holiday songs and became a chart favorite.
With two chart-topping albums under her belt, this NC based vocalist emerged in 2013 with a HD Official video on VEVO, Vimeo and You Tube video for her new single "Hold on To Your Dreams” that made top 100 contemporary songs and crossed genres with blends of R&B, Soul, Jazz, Gospel and Pop. Germany’s SonicSoul lauded Yolanda’s Hold on to Your Dreams single as “rock-solid”
Yolanda Rabun is no ordinary person, or is she? While the Wake Forest, North Carolina resident has performed with NC Opera, the Raleigh Symphony Free Spirits, several NC jazz orchestras and played concerts and festivals (including the Atlanta Jazz Festival) from the States to the Far East with her gifts, Yolanda is quite adept at acting achieving notoriety on regional theatre stages with magnificent reviews alongside Tony-award winning actors. In several noted plays, Yolanda has accolades of Best Actress (Archy and Mehitabel, Member of the Wedding) and Best Ensemble (Twelfth Night, Crowns) to her credit. Recent crowd-pleasing theatre appearances include Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone with Beth Leavel and Clay Aiken, Nina Simone: What More Can I Say, as Nina Simone, and Chaunesti Webb’s, I Love My Hair, The Indy Weekly’s 5-star recipient and special achievement best show honor. Yolanda has also appeared in numerous television commercials and industrials.
With an Honors degree from Holy Cross College and JD from Boston College Law School, Yolanda Rabun has won, among other professional honors, the Triangle Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 Leadership Award, and is an avid team player, inspirational leader, and often requested motivational speaker. Her most requested talks in corporate America and many schools of the arts include “Hold on to Your Dreams”, “Unleashing the Power of Your Voice” and “Anyone Can be a S.T.A.R.”
Recognized in 2012 with the President’s Call to Service Award for having accumulated 4,000+ lifetime hours in service, Yolanda has dedicated her time to several organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Safe Horizon, Arts & Health at Duke, National Day of Prayer, The Art of Cool Project and NC Arts in Action in addition to serving the United States Troops with her melodic voice overseas. If it includes the arts or self-empowerment, Yolanda Rabun is the person to involve for next level experiences. It is all in that every-woman energy she brings. It is what makes her so real.