Let us start off by saying we’re ecstatic Yuna entered the music industry instead of pursuing a career in law after graduating in 2009 with a law degree in her home country, Malaysia. Yuna’s talent was evident from a young age. As she talks about in the heartfelt track “Time” on the Deluxe Version of Chapters, her new album, Yuna would always sing along to the songs her mother played in the car in an attempt to make her smile until her mother realized Yuna’s immense talent for the craft.
They started going to auditions and saw results. Long story short, good thing there’s audio systems in cars. Fast forward to now, three years after the release of the underrated gem that was Nocturnal, Yuna returns with another brilliant album, Chapters, released on May 20. Chapters encapsulates the 29 year old’s sweet vocals along with chill vibes that evoke the feelings you received when listening to 90’s R&B music. Packing lush electronic sounds accompanied by profound lyrics, Chapters is a must listen for those craving good music as its one of the best albums of the year. After the listen, you can tell others you knew of Yuna before she was big.
Yuna was once an independent Malaysian singer-songwriter. At the young age of 14, she began writing her own songs, with the first performance of her songs coming at the age of 19 after learning to play the guitar by watching YouTube videos. Yuna started a MySpace page in 2006 and garnered her following by releasing videos of her singing in both English and Malay. Eventually, she was discovered by the Indie-Pop record label. They flew out to Malaysia in an attempt to sign Yuna and then proceeded to get her a deal with Fader Label, a record label based in New York. In March of 2010, she released her debut U.S. EP, Decorate, beginning her global journey.
On January 24 of 2012, Yuna’s single “Live Your Life” debuted on iTunes. Being produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Pharrell Williams, this track received acknowledgment from many, resulting in her singing it on late-night TV shows such as Conan and Last Call with Carson Daly which furthered the recognition of her ability to captivate an audience.
After the release of “Live Your Life”, Yuna released her self-titled debut album, Yuna, in 2012. 2013 saw Yuna signing to Verve Records, as well as the release of her EP Sixth Street in May. 2013 also witnessed the release of the album Nocturnal, which made for another delightful listen. Now that we’re caught up with her releases, Friday, May 20th of 2016, marked the date of her evolving sound in Chapters. Mixing contemporary Pop and soulful R&B along with her pleasant vocals, Chapters infuses a 90’s sound into the tracks with its distinctive production, making us come back for more listening. Yuna’s emotionally charged tracks are deeply felt and melodically irresistible at the same time. Follow the rising star on social media to keep an eye out for her future ventures. Happy listening till then!
In 2014, Yuna re-opened her clothing shop she had founded with a new name, ‘November Culture‘ (previously ‘IAMJETFUEL’). The shop is situated in Subang Jaya but boasts a worldwide online presence. The official brand title, ’14Nov’ by Yuna Zarai are clothes and scarves that are designed by Yuna herself. She began showcasing this brand in North America by promoting the attire in fashion shows (Fashion Fighting Famine or #FFFShow) in California. She also opened a couple of pop up locations in New York as well as Los Angeles. The whole idea of the brand is to remain as an affordable fashion option and to promote a positive lifestyle which caters to all shoppers who love the constant flow of fun and creative clothing designs. You can visit and support her line by visiting HERE.