yolanda rabun BIO

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Yolanda  Rabun is Styled by:
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Azani Couture | Katina Bryson

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Having graduated from a renowned performing arts high school in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, Yolanda Rabun (pronounced yo∙lawn∙duh | ray∙bun) honed her singing and stage skills from a young age.

She is a fierce songstress and North Carolina based recording artist who also is versatile enough to handle all styles of music, although she favors jazz and soul. She often says, “…people ask me where have I been, and I tell them, I never went away! But I’m so glad you stopped to listen!” Ask any of her supporters, once you hear and experience Yolanda, you are a fan for life.

Early Studio Albums and Live Shows

Rabun exploded onto the jazz scene first on Stanley Baird’s 2007 Traffic Jam hit single, “I Want 2 Love You,” and, in 2011, released her debut CD project, “So Real,” on which she co-wrote several songs, including the title song. In 2012, Rabun infused Soul, R&B, Gospel, Folk, Smooth and Traditional Jazz on her sophomore solo album, “Christmastime,” and followed in 2013 with the Adult Contemporary single, “Hold on To Your Dreams.” More was to come!

A skilled singer with a natural storytelling instinct, Yolanda Rabun comes out the gate stunning her live audiences with her endless energy, commanding vocal power, and inventiveness. Her stage shows are engaging, full of passion, and include straight-ahead and contemporary Jazz, Blues, Folk, Pop, and even Gospel. And, Yolanda is never afraid to take risks. This rich-voice chanteuse has opened for and sung with such iconic artists as Jennifer Holiday, Howard Hewitt, Ron Isley and the Isley Brothers, R&B singer KEM and the world-renowned iconic drummer, Sheila E.

Yolanda has also performed with the NC Opera, the Durham Symphony, and the Raleigh Symphony Free Spirits; she appeared on a number of TV and radio programs.  A proud equity-actor, Yolanda even has achieved notoriety on regional theatre stages with magnificent reviews alongside Tony-award winning actors, and is an often requested motivational speaker.


An award-winning attorney, Yolanda has always decidedly had an interest in creating good music. She even promised the legendary Isaac Hayes after touting she would study law that she would always sing. Isaac Hayes did a special arrangement of “God Bless America” that Yolanda Rabun sang for the late President Ronald Reagan.  To her credit, Yolanda has also picked up fans musical admirers around the world at Atlanta’s Jazz Festival, D.C.’s acclaimed Blues Alley Jazz, and Hollywood’s Catalina Jazz. In fact the idea for Yolanda’s third studio album, YOLANDA, was born on the road.

For the YOLANDA project, Yolanda Rabun effortlessly shifts between eras and genres to produce a mix of classics, standards and originals. The YOLANDA album, includes songs that showcase Yolanda Rabun’s unique ability to interpret diverse material and deliver meaningful musical stories (whether new or told before) with bare honesty and striking stylings.

Modern Day Rennaissance Woman

Yolanda is also a Voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (the Grammys), a registered BMI songwriter and a publisher with both BMI and ASCAP.

Imagine a wise person who is sophisticated and well-educated with self-respect and compassion for others, but is also multi-talented in many fields with expert knowledge to tout; As a wife, mother, corporate lawyer, professional actor, music entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and acclaimed recording-performing artist extraordinaire, Yolanda Rabun is that person.  She is a true Renaissance woman, and in her own words, “not done!”

"I’m just delighted to be able to share great stories through song!" says Yolanda, who laughs when people rattle off who they think she sounds like!  She is living at the speed of passion for sure!  Yolanda Rabun’s brand of Soulful Jazz is here to stay. Check her out!