YahZarah (born Dana Nicole Williams) is a classically trained R & B singer‐songwriter based out of Durham, NC. Her stage name, a dedication to her grandmothers Yah and Sarah, roughly translates to "Queen Mother is the brightest star" in Arabic.
Born and raised in Washington DC, YahZarah started singing at the age of 7 in her church choir. Her love for performance began after winning a youth talent search at the Kennedy Center at age 10. After years of honing her talent in churches, talent shows and local concerts, she entered high school at DC’s prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Upon graduation in 1997, she was accepted to North Carolina Central University in Durham on a full scholarship to the school’s jazz program. In 1998, she left NC Central and began touring as a background singer for Erykah Badu. While touring, YahZarah contributed background vocals and vocal arrangements to Badu's platinum-selling "Mama's Gun" LP. In 2001, she left the Mama's Gun tour and went on to pursue her solo career.
Bio via theforeignexchangemusic.com
Production locations included Philadelphia's famous Silk City Bar Diner & Lounge and the campus of Drexel University. DeanMark photographer Stephen Stewart was behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew, documenting every step of the process.
"YahZarah is a singer who always turns heads. No one expects such a powerful voice to emanate from a relatively small woman. She truly takes away your breath. The video concept was a homage to the 80s cartoon series 'Jem and the Holograms' and included great chroma key work and choreographed dance sequences. Kudos to YahZarah, Director Matt Koza, Executive Producer Aimee Flint, and the rest of the cast and crew."
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