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YEBBA: A VOICE YOU DIDN'T
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1/13/18

Through his album, The Thrill of it All, which rose to #1 in 2017 and remains Top 10 into 2018, Capitol's Sam Smith introduced us to YEBBA, the vocalist on “No Peace,” and the sole credited feature on his album.

Previously known as Abbey Smith, the Arkansas native changed her name to YEBBA, a switch she made in honor of her late mother. Since performing original song “My Mind” at Sofar Sounds in NYC, the gut-wrenching ballad, which reportedly made Ed Sheeran cry, has pulled in more than 1.6m video views, resulting in a well-deserved fanbase.

Comparable to the likes of Adele and Andra Day (as well as Smith), the independent artist started posting videos of herself singing on Facebook early in 2016. She has since provided backing vocals for Chance the Rapper and Tribe Called Quest, opened for Sheeran, duetted with Smith and released her first single official, “Evergreen.”

YEBBA embodies all the characteristics of a star and yet remains unique and authentic. She digs deep with her emotionally exposed lyrics and raw vocal talent, tugging at heart strings you didn't know you had.

Albeit somewhat elusive at this point, she's an artist to keep an eye out for—and one that could be headed for greatness.

YEBBA's repped by Park Avenue Artists. You can get more information on what's next for her here and listen to her performance of "My Mind" below.