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26-year-old Yebba has had a long, difficult road to the stunning singer's debut album "Dawn." Yebba, born Abbey Smith, is a preacher’s daughter from West Memphis, Arkansas. In 2016, her mother died by suicide, and her last few years have been a blur of extreme isolation and attempted reconciliation. Her album, "Dawn," named after her mother and the rise of a new day—is not only the debut from an artist who has been amassing steady buzz online for nearly five years but a haunting and tangible final product in the ongoing, gruelling process of healing. From opening with lyrics that hit the nail on the head (“How many years will it take for these tears to dry?”) on “How Many Years” to the more subtle ones on “October Sky” (“Right by my cigarettes that I smoke since you left / ‘Cause you said you had to fly in your October Sky”), Yebba’s mother is felt throughout the album. Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe-winning musician and producer Mark Ronson executive produced the album, among many other key collaborators. Yebba released her breakthrough video for “My Mind” in 2016. Soon after, she released her first single, “Evergreen,” instantly captivating a passionate fan base leading to support and collaborations, including her 2019 Grammy-winning performance with PJ Morton on “How Deep Is Your Love.” This collaboration resulted in her first GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

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