Written by Shasha Abushara
You know that feeling you get when you’re driving around with some of your favorite people and you don’t have anywhere to be or anything to worry about? It’s arguably one of the best feelings in the world and the only thing better than that is finding music that makes you feel that way, too. Yuna is a great example of this.
Yuna is a Malaysian singer-songwriter and businesswoman who’s been in the game since 2006 and has built up quite the repertoire. I don’t know about you, but I think that representation in the music industry is so important. One of the coolest things about Yuna is that she is unapologetically herself. One look at her and it’s obvious that she’s Muslim. With her hair always wrapped up in hijab and dressed in the cutest modest fashion, she’s truly out there proving women can do anything they put their minds to; no matter where you come from or what you believe.
Over the course of her career, she’s worked with musical icons like Usher, Pharrell Williams, Jhene Aiko, and Owl City and has had her music featured on popular TV shows like Arrow and Pretty Little Liars. 2016 was also a pretty huge year for her. She dropped her third international album Chapters through Verve Records, dropped the music video for her song “Crush” featuring Usher and announced her North American tour!
Her latest album is full of total jams and bops that continue to blow me away. A few of her songs that I feel really capture the elements of her music and her artistry are “Places To Go” and “Live Your Life”, which were produced by Pharrell Williams. I feel that both of these songs, despite being released earlier in her career, embody the concept that she has places to go and things to achieve and sometimes life gets to be a bit much, but you have to keep going no matter what.
Her music has this indie pop meets R&B meets alternative feel that is soothing and mesmerizing all at the same time. When I first heard some of her songs, I fell in love with the light and content vibes they gave off. Her song “I Wanna Go”, in particular, makes me think of spontaneous summer adventures you go on with friends make you feel alive and thankful for the people you choose to spend your time with. No matter what year of her career the songs you decide to check out are, there’s definitely going to be something that’ll peak your interest and make you fall in love with music all over again.
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