Yoza’s passion for the lyrical world began at age five, when she taught herself how to play her brother’s ukulele. At 12, Yoza conquered the saxophone (which later helped her achieve a full scholarship to Hawaii Pacific University). At 18, she took on the guitar, and by 23, she was playing with Ho’okahileo, a traditional Hawaiian group. But soon after, her desire to change tunes began to grow. “I love traditional Hawaiian music,” she explains. “I respect it. But that’s not what I want to do. And it’s not in my heart. Acoustic R&B and soul. That’s just what moves me.”

Today, Yoza is a full-force acoustic soul artist, her rich, sultry vocals layered over her smooth, acoustic guitar strums serve listeners a goose-bump worthy batch of straight-up soul, and her sexy rasp recalls the sounds of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu.

Yoza mixes up her sets with original pieces and R&B-twisted covers (ranging anywhere from Outkast to John Mayer) and her love of music radiates off of her whenever she’s on stage. “Music’s the best catharsis ever,” she says. “It can immediately put you in any emotional state. It can make you incredibly sad, or it can make you so super happy. It is something that does something to you that nothing else can.”

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Watch Yoza's full episode: Yoza is back on HI*Sessions and his time she's brought a kick ass band to rock out with her. Check out this awesome performance of "Gave You All My Love" from her album "PROLOGUE."






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