Alicia Townsend, also known as "Ya Yah", admits to having a wide range of influences from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Hendrix to Kanye West and Amy Winehouse, which has provided her opportunities to open up all kinds of artists including Too $hort, Kafani, Sly and the Family Stone and Erk the Jerk. She 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 upbringing in the west side 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.
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” has been released this past August and you can buy it on amazon.com>>www.amazon.com/Alicia-Ya-Yah-Townsend/dp/B0040EZLHY