Pulse of Entertainment: Billboard
Chart's #1 Vocalist Yola Nash Releases ‘Touched by Love' Album
16, 2020) - "My debut was 10 years ago, it became pretty successful reaching the Top 40's," said Poland born Jazz
vocalist Yola Nash about her debut album "Another Girl", which garnered a Billboard #1
single "I Wanna Be Loved By You." Currently Nash is promoting her sophomore album "Touched By
Yola explained that the independent label she was on wanted to do too much changing,
especially with her award winning musicians. She credits two people for this album, her musical director/pianist that gave
her the idea for the album, and a poet who encouraged her through the label ordeal that had her on hold for three years. She
also dedicated this album to her mother Danusia who encouraged and supported her since birth to follow her dreams to success.
"Touched By Love" was produced by Yola Nash in partnership with Grammy winning Jazz pianist Edsel Gomez
(Dee Dee Bridgewater) - her music director.
"The project is not regular and it's a miracle. I had so many
obstacles that most people would have given up," Yola pointed out.
Yola is a miracle. She relocated to New
York from Poland, not speaking English. She earned a Bachelors degree in Nursing and in Fine Arts, and has a Masters in Psychology.
For someone coming to a country not knowing the language, Yola not only learned the language, but mastered it. She went on
to become a highly successful radio talk show host on "The Yola Nash Show" at WABC Radio. It's a celebrity driven
radio show where she has interviewed such icons as Billie Joel, William Shatner, Kevin Bacon, Christ Botti and Melissa Etheridge
- to name a few.
"I was interviewing Chris Botti...He said, ‘Show what you got...and let it be',"
she said about launching her vocal recording career.
"I was 5 years old," she said when I asked when
her family knew she was musically inclined. "We are born with certain qualities or tastes. No one told me to love Jazz
or R&B. I had a friend who had a mandolin. She would play and I would make a microphone from a rope. I would sing to the
forest. My music teacher in elementary school encouraged me. In high school a teacher trained my voice for free. He had me
in vocal contests and I was winning. This made me move forward."
Yola Nash's sophomore album "Touched
By Love" also features Grammy winning percussionist Luisito Quintero, pianist Dr. Octavio Vazquez, guitarist Graham Keir,
bassist Dave Baron, and Grammy nominated accordionist Alex Meixner. Nash wrote all the songs on the album except one, "Dance
With Me" which was penned by poet Fella Cederbaum. Her vocal career includes singing for Pope John Paul II, as the first
Polish-American to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - overseen by musical director Wynton Marsalis, and at
New York's Fashion Week.
Speaking in perfect English, Yola said, "You know it's like supper important to over
come that challenge (learning English). I came to American after my Masters degree. I had no friends or connections. My mother
she's been my foundation. I knew a few words...I'm still learning English everyday!"
Yola Nash is also mentioned
in the Guinness Book of World Records for a graphic designed she created for the "Anne Frank" play, as the biggest
theatre poster in the world.
"It was a graphic design made on the computer," she informed me. "I
work for a company that makes original art work for plays and musicals. The Anne Frank Foundation had a competition...many
competed. I was awarded (the job), it took 5 months. When I was designing it, they never told me they were going to print
it so big!"
As you can see, Yola had many obstacles, but she over came all of them, making a success life
here in America as a Jazz vocalist with Grammy winning musicians; a songwriter whose song debuted at #1 on a Billboard Chart;
as a producer of her own album and radio show; as a radio show host, and as a graphic design artist. Her album "Touched
By Love" combines, musically and vocally, Smooth Jazz with her Poland roots creating a fresh new Smooth Jazz sound and
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS,
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