Reflecting on personal experiences, family influences, and the evocative power of music, Edie Yvonne gives us a glimpse into her artistry and upcoming work.
Edie Yvonne © 2023
Today we have the honor to have Edie on Goathead
GH: Hey Edie, Great to have you here on Goathead today! How did your journey as a singer-songwriter begin? What inspired you to pursue music?
EY: Great to be here! Music has been a part of my life since I was very very young. My abuela is a Nicaraguan opera singer and we constantly sang together since I was small. I was also named after her favorite singer Eydie Gorme and we always had Eydie Gorme and Los Panchos playing throughout the house. I was lucky enough to work with singing teacher Katie Riggs when I was little and attended YADA the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts where I did musical theater - tens and tens of shows - Xanadu, Hairspray, Cats, Chorus Line….I have been taking guitar lessons since I was young as well. I then pivoted to songwriting just last year. I found songwriting to be an emotional and artistic outlet that I hope others could relate to.
GH: Can you share some memorable experiences or moments that have influenced your songwriting?
EY: Recently I went to see our dear family friend Joy Huerta (Jesse y Joy) at the Wiltern theater. The audience sings every word of every song with her. The emotion in the songs and her voice brought me to tears. Her beauty and grace on stage, flawless vocals. She is truly inspiring to me.
GH: Could you tell us the story behind your single "In The Rain"? What emotions or themes does it explore?
EY: I wrote "In The Rain" on a stormy night after an argument with a loved one. I felt as if their fears were being projected onto me and rather than absorbing them, Photo: Cathryn Farnsworth
I put the feeling into the song.
GH: As an artist, what are some of the biggest challenges you've faced in your career, and how have you overcome them?
EY: I would say since I’m really just starting this journey, that the pandemic was this unbelievable event. Being a kid in quarantine I found solace in writing music to help with the stress and anxiety of the experience.
GH: We're excited to hear about your upcoming single "On Your Mind." Can you give us a sneak peek into what the song is about and what inspired its creation?
EY: The song stemmed from a feeling of love but detachment from someone close to me and feeling like I couldn’t get through to them, always wondering what they were thinking and how I could communicate with them.
Photo: Cathryn Farnsworth ©