Alicia Townsend, also known as "Ya Yah", is a Chicago native who has a wide range of influences from The Beatles to Kanye West, which has provided her opportunities to open up all kinds of artists including Too $hort and Sly and the Family Stone. Ya-Yah's songs are written with heartfelt warmth, sung with an electric sophistication, and executed with the charm of a cobra.
Ya Yah has had the privilege of singing at the world-renowned House of Blues numerous times, and once alongside co-founder and ABC’s According to Jim’s James Belushi. Townsend's persistence for giving back to the under priviliaged communities led to her involvement with the Free Street Theater Company in Chicago. This prompted her professional theater and dance career. Ya Yah's talent and generous work led to amazing opportunities enabling her to travel New York City, Germany, Holland and Poland.
Quite simply, Alicia “Ya-Yah” Townsend does what she does, the way she wants to do it—and if you need to box her into a general category to understand that, then you'll miss her adaptability as an artist. Her new single, Chocolate Kisses, is out now!