Yoodee: Not Another Pop Princess
By Deandra Mouzon
Self-titled entertainer, philanthropist and writer Yoodee Frances is making her mark in the world of music. At 21 years old this young lady has taken on many challenging endeavors and steps toward her career. Now, with her eyes on her targets, Yoodee explains where she began, where she is and where she is most surely heading.
“I grew up in West Orange New Jersey. Suburban life to me was miserable… I was always dreaming about the city…my only way out was to go to college.”
And she did, Yoodee applied and was accepted into Parsons School of Design where she began studying fashion. It wasn’t until later that she realized her true calling.
“I’ve been singing all my life in choir- church choir and school choir- but I never took that seriously. It wasn’t until I met with my producer while I was going to fashion school…I had written a few songs and did a few demos and stuff like that and I just really fell in love with music.”
The love has been blossoming ever since.
These days Yoodee likes to describe her style of music as “Power Pop,” saying it is often melodic on top and hard on the bottom. The term “Power Pop” actually evolved out of the fact that her music is heavily influenced by the idea of encouraging women.
“A lot of my music is inspired by women empowerment so it’s very powerful and very motivational.”
VAR EZ, Yoodee’s main in house producer has produced songs like “Yo Mama” and “Material Girls” for her. However she has also worked with producers A-Rex who produced “One Less Lonely Girl” for Justin Bieber and El Boog DaCompoza who produced a track called “No Doubt” for Yoodee.
With all this talent one has to wonder who has impacted Ms. Frances and moved her to create the art that she has made.
“Musically my biggest influences I would have to say are people that take risks with their music, people that cross boundaries, people like Prince and Madonna and Lenny Kravitz… and Michael Jackson of course. Those are people that crossed several different lines and that’s what I want to do with my music.”
While Yoodee appears to be a genuine optimist she admits that she does face some challenges in this industry.
“Oh my goodness,” says Yoodee with a sigh, “the biggest challenges in the industry is fighting off the genuine people from the fake people… it’s very tough dealing with situations because a lot of people are out to attack you so you have to have your walls up, your defenses up.”
When asked who she would like to collaborate with Yoodee replied, “So many people!”
“I would love to collaborate with Kanye West – he’s amazing… Jay-Z –he’s so…he’s so unavailable!” she says laughing.
Besides music Yoodee says that she would definitely like to expand her charity, The Just Because Organization, which recently worked toward helping the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. In addition to that she says that she would also love to own a fashion boutique and a record label.
With her many aspirations and her love for music Yoodee’s dreams are similar to that of many other artists.
“I want to touch the masses, like I want to touch the world…It’s so powerful for you to experience something, write it, sing it and then have someone who doesn’t understand the language or whatever be able to feel that same emotion. I think that’s just amazing and I want to do that for the rest of my life.”
Currently Yoodee, who calls her fans her “bunnies,” is working on a documentary that will be out soon which will be filmed by Nunnie. She also has an official music video dropping for her song “Secretary” which was directed by Baltimore based filmmaker Toni Branson as well as new music including a song called “Sicker Than Average” which you can check out here.
And in the words of Ms. Yoodee Frances “work hard, play hard.”