Music Mondays: Yuna


Not many artists would take on a Nirvana classic, especially a relative newcomer. Malaysian-born Yuna isn’t your conventional musician, though. She actually started performing while attending law school. Along with her striking and slightly subdued cover of “Come As You Are,” Yuna’s first U.S. full-length, self-titled album was recently released on the Fader label.

Yuna grew up in a Muslim household in Malaysia listening to alternative rockers like No Doubt, Fiona Apple and The Cranberries. She self-released an album over in Malaysia back in 2008, and has already accrued several awards. She began penning tracks in English, but found those songs weren't getting much traction in her home country. Yuna's tone is reminiscent of a young Sade or the effortless stylings of Norah Jones. This rising star brings her own twist to the industry, performing in a hijab and collaborating with progressive producers like Pharrell Williams. He was behind three tracks on Yuna, including her first single, "Live Your Life." This upwardly-mobile singer/songwriter will even hit the Lollapalooza stage later this summer. We admire Yuna immensely for deciding to forgo her career as a lawyer, and follow her passion for music. She's certainly one to watch as she breaks out on a truly global scale by forging her own creative path and identity.

Check out Yuna's take on "Come As You Are" below and then head over to I AM THAT GIRL's YouTube channel. While you're there, don't forget to tune into our Music Mondays playlist, which is updated every week.

Image courtesy of Guardian.co.uk

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