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Strange Life

by Yo

Award winning singer/songwriter with heart, soul and a great vocal delivery (also known as Yo Vanderkley)
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Every Second Tuesday
4:25 $0.99
2. Slow Kiss
4:04 $0.99
3. If You're Too Stupid (To Fall in Love with Me)
3:40 $0.99
4. Lucky in Love
4:20 $0.99
5. Ella
3:17 $0.99
6. Darling, Come to Bed
3:31 $0.99
7. A Bowl of Steamed Rice
4:08 $0.99
8. In My Own Sweet Time
4:00 $0.99
9. You, Me and Your Horn
3:53 $0.99
10. Strange Life
3:04 $0.99
11. Wish I was a Stone
2:49 $0.99
12. Baby Steps
4:43 $0.99
13. Dinosaur
4:53 $0.99
14. Heel Vreemd
3:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
Yo Strange life

“Soft sensuality with subtlety . . . a restrained passion”

Jean-Francois Dubois
The Continuous Music Network (Galaxie)
“Sensuous; gentle; wishful.... her lyrics are delightful, the
arrangements are perfect and Yohanna’s delivery is unbelievably
Her songs are a wistful and quirky walk through a familiar neighbour-hood. A well crafted musical poem, that makes you think about where you were, makes you remember how things used to be and makes you consider how things are.”

Louise Peacock
Program Coordinator/Acting Station Manager

Yo has a rare and valuable musical ability to sing directly to the heart. Her lyrics are simple and direct and her melodies are seductive and unforgettable.

Karen Fraser
Women Like Me
The Women’s Business & Networking Directory & Ezine

Yo Vanderkley was born in Holland and is a Canadian singer/songwriter . As a founding member of the group Harlow, she made #15 on the Billboard Dance Chart. As a writer and artist Yo landed at # 15 on the British High Energy Chart and the Canadian Country Music Chart. (ouch...not an easy stretch!)

Yo has sung back up vocals for Patti LaBelle, Roch Voisine, Liona Boyd, Rita McNeil and Ronnie Hawkins and her vocals were featured on the Alicia Keys DVD, “The Diary of Alicia Keys”.

She’s shared the stage with Elton John, Tears for Fears, Men at Work and Liz Tilden and has worked on T.V. in Italy, Portugal, the U.S. and Canada.

Still, to quote Yo, “ I can safely shop at Walmart without the paparazzi stalking me except to ask me for a price check”.

All of Yo’s writing and performing experience come together to make “Strange Life” the perfect starting point for those who wish to know her as an artist.

The single “Slow Kiss” co-written with legendary keyboard player Rob Gusevs, has already received airplay across Canada.

Yo's website is http://www.musicbyyo.com



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C. de Bruijn

Strange Life
Do yourself a favour and listen carefully to this cd. I can’t decide what I enjoy more, the seductive sensuality of Yo’s jazz infused pieces like "Slow Kiss" and "You, Me and Your Horn", the storytelling of tracks like "Dinosaur" or the humour and insights about this strange life in pieces like "Darling, Come to Bed". A find!

Brian Ball, Music Editor, WomensRadio

High-Caliber Contemporary Oblivion
It is literally impossible to review every CD that comes through WomensRadio, but it feels soooooooo good to present the first album review of 2010 – and who better to cut the ribbon than Holland-born Canadian singer/songwriter, Yo Vanderkley, or better known simply as Yo, with her 2009 release titled Strange Life.

To sum up Strange Life in one sentence, we would say that the CD comes with a halo hanging around it. Ranging from the subtle jazz/pop introduction of “Every Second Tuesday” to the ballad, “Heel Vreemd” (translated to English as “Very Strange”), Yo’s hickory smoke voice spins honest and upbeat tales of life, love and heartbreak.

While emitting an emotional aura all throughout, Strange Life features several standout tracks, such as “Slow Kiss”, which showcases Yo’s strong blues/jazz styled vocals coupled with minimal percussion and contemporary progression to place the listener in a ballroom dance floor setting, much like that in Beauty and The Beast, and sets them spinning into “high-caliber contemporary” oblivion.

“Lucky In Love” gets a little funky, and features a slide guitar, while maintaining strong pop sensibility with impressive, and sometimes metaphorical, lyrics, innovative guitar playing and a heartfelt approach to the ultimate human desire – love. Short after follows a track titled, “Ella”, which is another bright and cheerful number worth checking out. It is probably the most likely song on the album to receive “anthem” status. Boy could she dance, that Ella.

Several times throughout Strange Life, the listener hears sounds reminiscent of The Beatles. The title track of the album shows this influence in a light confirming Yo as a master of her art. A master that writes with a hilariously altruistic perspective on life, suggesting through her lyrics that, “We should start at 95 years old and rewind to the night”, and bold enough to mix it up musically with an almost Hawaiian vibe on the track.

Our personal favorite, and instantly-claimed “Favorite Original Jazz Song of 2010”, “You, Me And Your Horn” starts with a sexy bass intro and is brought to life through John McLeod’s trumpet and Yo’s smoldering hot vocals that fill the room like thick cigar smoke…picture musical notes gently floating through the clouded air, gently spinning on their axes as they effortless float on by.

“All in all, the strange life of Yo Vanderkley is one that is both intriguing and inspirational—one that is not to be overlooked.” – Brian Ball, Music Editor

Cathy Young

Strange Life
Brutal honesty in lyric, combined with subtle flowing musical
Yohanna is the proverbial ' Iron fist inside the Velvet Glove '.