With a seriously stylish wardrobe and a silky smooth voice, Yuna has been VERY busy this year. Earlier in Summer, the Malaysian-born singer released her third studio album, entitled Chapters, which includes some delicious tracks including ‘Crush‘ featuring Usher, ‘Used To Love You‘ with Jhene Aiko and ‘Places To Go‘ which was produced by none other that DJ Premier. Chapters is the follow up from her second album, Nocturnal, which came out in 2013. After its much-anticipated release, Chapters was quickly given the world’s stamp of approval with Nylon Magazine stating that “The album is an ode to the power of love” (we’d take that).
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Yuna was exposed to both Malaysian and Western music largely thanks to her dad’s love of American blues and jazz. After starting to write and compose her own songs at the tender age of 14, it wasn’t long before she began to perform in public accompanied by her acoustic guitar. Yuna’s infusion of R&B, acoustic folk, and soulful sounds makes for a deliciously different songstress.
We get to know what Yuna gets up to and can’t get enough of for her Notion mood board exclusive.
Yuna - “I love No Doubt. They are one of the first bands that I started listening to as a kid. I bought all of their albums as a kid and as a teenager! I’m a huge fan. I always listen to their songs when I’m on the road.”
“2016 is a big year for me. I released my new album Chapters and it is honestly the best album I’ve ever written. I’m excited about going on tour and performing some of the songs on Chapters. Recently we sold out almost all the venues in our European tour and that was very exciting. I love performing and going on tour and you kinda get to know your audience, which is a lot of fun. You feel like you’re really connecting and growing as an artist.”
“Sometimes I like to listen to “Smooth Operator” before I go on stage. It’s sounds funny but channeling my inner Sade helps me before I perform, it calms me down….and she is always so graceful when she’s performing. I would like to carry that gracefulness with me on stage as well. So “Smooth Operator” does it for me.”
“I love this photo of me sitting at my keyboard. It was my first introduction to music, I learned a little bit before giving up because it was so tough! Piano playing skills are no joke! I still wish that I finished off my piano course… I can play a little bit of the piano now, but I’m not as good as I was when I was a teenager.”
“I’m currently on tour and our tour manager plays the Stranger Things soundtrack in our van on our long drives and its honestly my favorite thing to listen to right now. I finished the first season when it first came out, but I still love just watching it on tour.. I fall asleep to it. I love it. I adore the casts too. A couple of weeks ago Millie (Bobby Brown aka ‘Eleven’) tweeted me back and I was over the moon!!”
“I’m excited to read this book. I like to read on long flights, so I got this book on my way back to LA from Kuala Lumpur. I went on tour and totally forgot to pack it with me.. which is a bummer! But I can’t wait to read it when I get back, and THEN watch the movie.”
“I love my cat, her name is Baby. When her mom gave birth to her and her brother the brother died shortly after, and for some reason Baby was abandoned by the mother and we had to take care of her. She was sickly but now she’s almost 8 months old and healthy! My parents take a good care of her, along with 15 cats we have at home, but Baby is definitely our little gem.”
“I just released a new clothing line with one of my good friends Hatta Dolmat called ‘HATTA YUNA.’ I always loved floral prints and I wanted to come up with a clothing line that’s colorful and fun, for girls who are confident with their own style. Hatta Yuna is available online at fashionvalet.com!”
“I love Asian food. When I’m touring, my diet consists of rice, soup, noodles and rice again! It’s definitely my comfort food. There was a time when I went on tour and was always eating western food but I can’t do it anymore, I’d always get so sick. Now I’ve found the right balance for my meals when I’m traveling.”
“This is my new favorite thing to do. I used to be kind of scared of public speaking…I was never good at it. But now that I’m a little bit older, I feel more comfortable talking to people, especially to students. I love sharing my thoughts, and my tips, and telling them to be the best that they can be and never give up.”
We’re expecting big things from Yuna. She’s just announced a US tour and we’re on the edge of our seats to see what’s next. To keep updated check out Yuna’s official website.