Yo Vanderkley
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Yo Vanderkley

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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“Soft sensuality with subtlety . . . a restrained passion”

Jean-Francois Dubois
The Continuous Music Network (Galaxie) - The Continuous Music Network (Galaxie)

""Strange Life" New Cd by Yo Vanderkley"

“Sensuous; gentle; wishful.... her lyrics are delightful, the arrangements are perfect and Yo’s delivery is unbelievably heartrending.
Her songs are a wistful and quirky walk through a familiar neighbour-hood. A well crafted musical poem, that makes you think about where you were, makes you remember how things used to be and makes you consider how things are.”
Louise Peacock
Program Coordinator/Acting Station Manager
IndieTalent.ca - IndieTalent.ca

"New Release"

Brutal honesty in lyric, combined with subtle flowing musical
“Yo is the proverbial ' Iron fist inside the Velvet Glove '.
Juno winner, Cathy Young ( Catharsis, My Life is a Book)
- CD Baby


Genre(s): Ambient & New Age, Contemporary, Folk, Indie, Jazz, Pop, Singer Songwriter, Smooth jazz, World

It is literally impossible to review every CD that comes through WomensRadio, but it feels soooooooo good to present the first album review of 2010 – and who better to cut the ribbon than Holland-born Canadian singer/songwriter, Yo Vanderkley, or better known simply as Yo, with her 2009 release titled Strange Life.

To sum up Strange Life in one sentence, we would say that the CD comes with a halo hanging around it. Ranging from the subtle jazz/pop introduction of “Every Second Tuesday” to the ballad, “Heel Vreemd” (translated to English as “Very Strange”), Yo’s hickory smoke voice spins honest and upbeat tales of life, love and heartbreak.

While emitting an emotional aura all throughout, Strange Life features several standout tracks, such as “Slow Kiss”, which showcases Yo’s strong blues/jazz styled vocals coupled with minimal percussion and contemporary progression to place the listener in a ballroom dance floor setting, much like that in Beauty and The Beast, and sets them spinning into “high-caliber contemporary” oblivion.

“Lucky In Love” gets a little funky, and features a slide guitar, while maintaining strong pop sensibility with impressive, and sometimes metaphorical, lyrics, innovative guitar playing and a heartfelt approach to the ultimate human desire – love. Short after follows a track titled, “Ella”, which is another bright and cheerful number worth checking out. It is probably the most likely song on the album to receive “anthem” status. Boy could she dance, that Ella.

Several times throughout Strange Life, the listener hears sounds reminiscent of The Beatles. The title track of the album shows this influence in a light confirming Yo as a master of her art. A master that writes with a hilariously altruistic perspective on life, suggesting through her lyrics that, “We should start at 95 years old and rewind to the light”, and bold enough to mix it up musically with an almost Hawaiian vibe on the track.

Our personal favorite, and instantly-claimed “Favorite Original Jazz Song of 2010”, “You, Me And Your Horn” starts with a sexy bass intro and is brought to life through John McLeod’s trumpet and Yo’s smoldering hot vocals that fill the room like thick cigar smoke…picture musical notes gently floating through the clouded air, gently spinning on their axes as they effortless float on by.

“All in all, the strange life of Yo Vanderkley is one that is both intriguing and inspirational—one that is not to be overlooked.” – Brian Ball, Music Editor
- Brian Ball womensradio.com


Cd, "Strange Life"
Tracks, "Ella", "A Bowl of Steamed Rice" streaming on CBC Radio 3
"Slow Kiss" has received national airplay in Canada



Yo is a Dutch Canadian singer/songwriter who's musical influences are both North American and European. Her brand of pop brings to mind Chrissie Hynde and Joni Mitchell with it's honesty and sharp focus on the heartbreak and triumph in everyday situations. As a founding member of "Harlow" Yo went to #15 on The Billboard dance chart. She charted at #27 on The British High Energy chart. Her songs have been recorded by Long John Baldry, Boiling Point and have been featured in film and TV.