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Yvonne J / Bio

Johnny Fitzgerald
Yvonne was born and raised in Dundee, Scotland in a
household where music was ever present and it was
only natural that, exposed to this environment, the girl
was singing from an early age. There is an earthy
grittiness in the Scots which spawns great, soulful
voices. Annie Ross, widely regarded as the greatest
female jazz singer ever, Maggie Bell, Frankie Miller, Rod
Stewart, the list is endless and Yvonne J is certainly no
exception to that list.
At the age of 16 she turned professional under the
stage name Susan Childe and fronted her own band
called the Flamingoes and began a residency at, what at
the time was Dundee’s premier nightspot. Almost
instantly, the diminutive teenager with the huge, soul
drenched voice and dynamic stage act was packing the
nightclub. Her followers were of both sexes. When she
was bathed in stagelights, the audience in the
darkness of the nightclub, many of the women,
escaping from the social darkness of depressing,
deprived lives, Yvonne engaged with them, forged a
friendship and gave them hope and inspiration in a
similar way that Tina Turner fulfills that role.
From the springboard of the residency Yvonne began
performing throughout the U.K., Europe and USA, all
the time fine tuning her craft both vocally and
performance. Radio and TV appearances quickly
followed appearing with major Scottish celebrities on
regional TV stations, moving to the major national
stations and eventually worldwide appearances. She did
“The Best Disco in Town” produced by Harry
Rabonowitz (‘Chariots of Fire’) for a major national
network. She has also appeared on Ulster T.V. and
Canal Sur, Spain.
Sharing the same stage as Billy Ocean, Eddie Kendricks,
Bill Fredricks and Rose Royce, Yvonne has developed
into the consummate artiste, who through her range
and depth of experience knows how to relate to and
command attention from her audience. Great stagecraft
is not a gift from God it is a painstakingly, sweating,
sometimes disappointing journey, some bad gigs and
double deals, some great gigs and much deserved
“I was pushed hard to hone my craft by some great
musicians” says Yvonne. “I have had a wonderful career
and hope to continue to do so”.
On meeting and marrying Tony Jenkins, who was
serving in the U.S. Navy, Yvonne’s career took a new
direction with new destinations and gave her
opportunities to focus on other aspects of
entertainment. “For 7 years I lived in Spain and worked
as the Entertainment Specialist/Coordinator for the
entire Med. for USO/DOD, providing entertainment for
all Military and Families stationed overseas”. She has
even hosted a live feed radio show from Puerto Rico.
When Navy days were over Yvonne and Tony settled in
Tucson Az and after some years recently moved near
Dallas, Texas and Yvonne has immersed herself in
writing songs and recording them at home teaching
herself recording & engineering using Pro Tools.
Yet the best has still to come. In the last year or so she
has been working with other musicians to augment the
sound of her tracks notably with David Clay, Rod
Williams, Norm Peterson, Larry Talbot, Sam Hankins,
Gino Goss and Gary Fuston to name a few.
These musical collaborations have led to live
appearances as a core member of IAF ( Independant
Music Festival ) and the release of Yvonne’s CD ‘It’s All
About Love’ which has already made rising appearances
in soul charts in U.S.A. and the U.K.The music is
sometimes, staggering, witness the sax solo in "Sunrise
to Sunset" over a spacious electric piano and
fantabulous chords changes. Yvonne wrote the lyrics to
the song working with DC Jazz (David Clay). “Dreams” is
a beautiful song of loss and reflection exhibiting
Yvonne voice quality at the very best. “After the Sun
Has Gone Down” is a lovely Blues with Yvonne
caressing the listener’s ears. Not on the CD, but also
check out "Dark Blue" (Lyrics by Dave Wilson) where
Yvonne sings notes which come from a dark place
somewhere inside.
She is a prolific songwriter, writing and arranging all
her own backing tracks and possesses a voice which
wrenches emotion from your heart. We hear a soul
which, is drenched in emotion, love, pain, joy, loss,
anger and commitment. A commitment to deliver
nothing less than 100%. This is a voice which has been
honed by experience not copied note for note from a
favourite singer. We hear a voice, a sultry voice, which
solidly and soulfully delivers some great songs. There’s
a great “feelgood” affect in much of her work. Listening
to her sing, it’s not difficult to imagine yourself on a
sun-soaked beach in Brazil or at other times sipping
cocktails with a beautiful partner and gazing into the
blazing sunset. If you like your soul, smooth, sultry and
sexy a copy of this CD is a must for your collection.
As Yvonne says “I Love this ‘Musical Journey’ I am on.
Long may it last, God willing. Music is food for the heart and soul ♫

General Info

Band Members
David Booty Burns~ Drums, Rudolph Valentino Parks ~ Bass, Fulton Turnage ~ Sax,Norm Peterson is my Producer and awesome musician.
Artist Name
Yvonne J
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Jazz / Smooth Jazz

Contact Info

Irving, TX