Born with an unusual name eclipsed only by her talent, Yewande (ye-wan-day) has been recognized as one of the most sought after independent artists in the world. As Monarchy Records' "First Lady of Alternative Soul", her genre-bending songs still speak unapologetic truths about issues that many artists shy away from - poverty, war, race. Her powerhouse vocals hearken to the days of Tina Turner and Pat Benatar. With the angst of Rock, a dash of Hip-Hop and a whole lot of Soul, Yewande's second forthcoming album "Better" is like a carefully scored soundtrack that will leave you wanting more.

 

Listeners may wonder what inspires this artist, activist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador who devotes much of her time to lecturing and empowering vulnerable youth through her humanitarian organization (www.changerocksfoundation.com).  Is it faith?  Ambition?  The music?  Maybe its simply her Yoruba birth name (which means "reincarmation of mother") that foretold this story long before her journey began.

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NOUS AIMONS LES JEUNES! (November 2014)

Yewande takes her humanitarian organization's (changerocksfoundation.com) work to France! During the trip, she lead Gospelfest de Croix's first annual Youth Summit and leadership workshops for Lille University students from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She concluded the trip with two live concerts for local music lovers.

 

CNN HERO NOMINEE (August 2014)

Yewande receives 2014 CNN Hero Award nomination for the second year in a row! Since 2006, her humanitarian organization (changerocksfoundation.com) has used music and arts education to empower over 40,000 youth with critical life skills (education, leadership, sustainable skills) in 10 countries from Africa and Europe to the Americas.

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"WAR" (from Yewande's forthcoming album "Better")