Ya Yah Townsend
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Ya Yah Townsend

Chicago, IL | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | INDIE

Chicago, IL | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2004
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"Ya Yah's "Swagger" leads New Music update"

The video above shows Ya Yah tellin' and actin' out a story that the ladies can likely relate to about a man they can't quite let go. She looks good doin' it too in the simple, yet well-executed video premiere...

- GoWhereHipHop: Chicago's #1 Hip Hop Blog


"Independent Artists Making their Mark in Chicago"

Honestly, I feel she may be the world's next Lauryn Hill. In Ya-Yah's songs, you can feel that they're written with heartfelt warmth, sung with an electric sophistication and executed with a certain charm. Alicia "Ya-Yah" Townsend's debut EP "Just Me" has been released and its more than amazing; it's Grammy worthy. - Chicago Now.com (Chicago Sun Times)


"Ya Yah's Just Me album leads New Music update"

rom top to bottom, Just Me, is an entertaining listen that dives into the person and personality of the Chicago-bred singer Ya Yah from a lyrical standpoint, all over a diverse amount of fresh sounds...

Read more: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/gowhere-hip-hop/2010/08/ya-yah-just-me-album-leads-new-music-update.html#ixzz13D4MHUGU - GoWhereHipHop: Chicago's #1 Hip Hop Blog


Discography

Debut album, Just Me:
www.soundcloud.com/justme2010

FEATURES:
-Phillip Morris: Tha Truth Campaign, 2010
http://phillipmorris.bandcamp.com/track/what-the-hood-couldve-done-to-us

-Gray Area: Place Ya Bets, 2010
http://grayarea.bandcamp.com/track/u-feat-alicia-ya-yah-townsend

http://grayarea.bandcamp.com/track/moment-in-time-feat-alicia-ya-yah-townsend

-Iowa Rockwell: Adventure Island
http://iowarockwell.bandcamp.com/track/in-the-sky

http://iowarockwell.bandcamp.com/track/dreams

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Bio

Alicia “Ya-Yah” Townsend is the product of a strong musical upbringing and years of training in the performance arts. Townsend's passion is strongly motivated as a songwriter and dancer.

As a youth, Ya-Yah's youth in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago was characterized by a heavy involvement in her family's Baptist church, which conscripted her to sing in choir at an early age. In choir she began to develop her talent as a gifted vocal performer at the age of five years-old.

Townsend focused her skills as writer both in song and literature with stints as an editor for her high school newspaper and also as the chief songwriter in musical products and bands. Musical projects she's been involved with include Chi, CrazyLovesickMule, 2Bijoux & Rock N' Soul.

These writing and vocal talents were enhanced by Ms. Townsend's extensive training as a performance artist starting at the age of ten years-old studying at the Boitsov Classical School of Ballet in Chicago. She was also popular high school as a cheerleader and later on attended the Joel Hall Dance Center where she trained in ballet, jazz, modern and tap dance performance on a scholarship.

Townsend's persistence as a proponent for giving back to the community led to her involvement with the Free Streets Programs in Chicago. Her talent and generous work led to amazing opportunities enabling her to travel New York City and Germany workshopping theater and musical performance.
Currently, Townsend resides in the cozy Bay Area with her son, Ty—a feisty nine year-old Scorpio. Townsend enjoys going to live shows, yoga and thrift store shopping in her spare time. She admits to having a penchant for 60's classic rock pioneers like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and rock n' roll godfathers like Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

Quite simply, Alicia “Ya-Yah”Townsend can summed up thusly: She does what she does, the way she wants to do it—and if you need a box to understand that, then you'll miss her adaptability as an artist. Her talents as both a performer and writer couple Townsend's two greatest strengths as an artist. Ya-Yah's songs are written with heartfelt warmth, sung with an electric sophistication and executed with the charm of a cobra.

Alicia “Ya-Yah” Townsend's debut EP “Just Me” is now available.

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