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The Dream Citadel Evolution Show- Artist Spotlight (YahZarah)

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YahZarah (born Dana Nicole Williams) is a classically trained R & B singer-songwriter based out of Durham, NC. Her stagename, a dedication to her grandmothers Yah and Sarah, roughly translates to ''Queen Mother is the brightest star'' in Arabic. Born and raised in Washington DC, YahZarah started singing at the age of 7 in her church choir. Her love for performance began after winning a youth talent search at the Kennedy Center at age 10. After years of honing her talent in churches, talent shows and local concerts, she entered high school at DC’s prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Upon graduation in 1997, she was accepted to North Carolina Central University in Durham on a full scholarship to the school’s jazz program. In 1998, she left NC Central and began touring as a background singer for Erykah Badu. While touring, YahZarah contributed background vocals and vocal arrangements to Badu's platinum-selling "Mama's Gun" LP. In 2001, she left the Mama's Gun tour and went on to pursue her solo career.

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