How did you come by your stage / brand name?
My stage name is Yona Marie. In the early part of my career, I went by my first and middle name “Rachel Marie”. Over the last few years, many artists have been popping up with the same name, and hey, it is a common one, so I decided it was time for a name change in 2018. I got the name Yona from one of my favorite animes, Yona Of The Dawn. Yona in that story is a strong character who started off weak and clueless and made her way to queen status over time.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I realized my life would be centered around music at a very young age. I grew up in a very musical family that taught me a lot of the basics of singing in church, car rides, and around the house. At first, I wasn’t too sure I could grow my gift to reach the level of my family members, I had a shaky start! But by the time I hit like 12, everyone started turning their heads like, “Hey, she’s really getting it.”
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
My latest song is inspired by one of my favorite opera songs, “Dido’s Lament” by Henry Purcell. It’s a very depressing song about a woman being overdramatic about a guy, to the point of suicide but that’s what makes it so appealing. Any song with that much passion in it is sure to stick with you, especially if you have the talent of Henry freaking Purcell. I put a trap/soul spin on the song and voila, we have my latest single, “Baroque Music”.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
In no way am I the best at what I do, but I am really good at pulling together all my various musical talents to create something that is unique. My goal is always to be unique and keep getting better, but never to be the best. That’s a lot of pressure for no reason.
How can fans find you?
Fans can find my latest songs, projects, and merch at my site https://yonamariemusic.com/. Subscribe to the mailing list for more, I have some crazy fire coming!