Hearing Yonat & Her Muse play their eclectic and groovy folk-soul songs will break your heart wide open.
Yonat Mayer, the band's front woman, songwriter and singer has been crafting songs for over a decade and performing as a solo artist. Her songwriting is reminiscent of Norah Jones meets Adele meets Lauryn Hill. She has released 2 full length albums on CD Baby. In collaboration with guitarist Mark Bailey and drummer John Russell, the band is currently performing at Bay Area venues and quickly gaining popularity. They are recording their debut album and hit single "Wild Hearts" in the Oakland hills to be released soon.
Yonat's music is a product of musings and meditations on love and longing. Born in Milwaukee, her original vocal role models are powerful divas such as Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill, and other soulful heavyweights like Joni Mitchell and Carole King.
Having spent ten years in Israel she is also deeply influenced by Jewish prayer and Israeli soul music. Yonat studied music at Israel's leading contemporary music school, Rimon and is also inspired by her ongoing training in Indian Classical Vocal music.
Yonat released one live album in 2006, "Yonat - Live in Milwaukee" and a fully produced studio project in 2009 called "City of Longing". Her recent and most intimate live recording, "Hineni" was released in May 2011.