YOLA NASH - Singer, Songwriter, WABC Radio Host, Producer
GRAMMY® Award - Yola Nash's new album Touched By Love is up for Grammy in two Jazz Vocal categories this year:
1. Album Of The Year
2. Best Jazz Vocal Album
listen to Touched By Love
Yola Nash is often described as a European-American treasure for her art, media, and humanitarian achievements.
As an internationally accomplished singer, she successfully debuted on the Top 40 AC radio charts in the USA, has
performed for Pope John Paul II and made history by becoming the first Polish-American singer to perform and
record with the world-renowned, Grammy-winning Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and its music director,
legendary, multi Grammy winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
After her successful beginnings in her native Poland during which played many concerts and festivals, winning
numerous prestigious nationwide and international vocal contests, she came to NYC and quickly started studying
R&B and Jazz with Patti LaBelle's Dee Jackson and respected Jazz Prof. of Manhattan School of Music Nancy
Shortly after she recorded and produced her debut album “Another Girl” with Grammy-winning producer/engineer
Bob Ebeling (Eminem, Kid Rock) and Norah Jones’s engineer Pete DeBoar. Her debut album on Nile Rodger’s
Sumthing Label (David Bowie, Madonna, Mariah Carey) and Top Shelf Records was chosen by critics as “Best New
Music”. She quickly climbed the radio charts all over the US. During it's first week out her music got to #1 place
as ”Most Added” to the radio playlists around the country charting Yola’s name next to such stars like: Norah
Jones, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz and many more on the Top 40 AC radio charts in the USA.
She received rave reviews, highlighting her artistic sensibility, passionate style, thought provoking lyrics, multi-
cultural flavor and unique vocals. One of the most powerful music critics in history Scott Yanow said about her
debut: “…album full of passion, electronics, and power. Yola...shows strong potential.”
She appeared on the “NYC Profiles” with Fox TV popular host Mickey Burns between such great music guests as:
Roberta Flack, Gloria Gaynor, and Chuck Mangione. Yola was a part of the “Women in Rock” series in LA, on KRLA
and appeared on various other shows and publications; Satelite XM Radio in NYC, WKCR Jazz NYC, WBGO Jazz
Station, WOR NYC Joey Reynolds Show, NY1 TV, Polonia TV, Polmusic TV, WNYE TV, Jazz Forum, Onet.pl, Super
Express Warsaw just to mention a few.
And now, Yola’s highly anticipated second studio album, “Touched By Love”, poised for release August 26th. 2020,
is a stunning collection of original songs. It's a crossover Jazz-Pop.
Her refreshing, sultry, passionate and poetic vocal style branches out into the realms of Jazz, Pop, European Folk
and Latin flavors.
All songs written by Yola and acclaimed composer Dr. Octavio Vazquez and an award winning guitarist, composer
Dr. Graham Keir. Yola also experiments with poetry by featuring a beautiful poem “Dance With Me” written by an
award winning, brilliant Poet, Writer, Poetry Film Dir. Fella Cederbaum. Also featured on the track.
Her songs derive from the depths of her personal experience and they paint the full spectrum of colors of human
emotions. Often intertwined with love as the basis for her powerfully personal songs.
And as music critics often emphasize Yola's Polish roots and vibes place her in a long line of female performers
whose exotic delivery adds appeal to their music.
This excellent collection of her original, poetic songs and musical ideas, married perfectly with the brilliant,
artistic vocabulary of her band, has allowed the magic to happen and has taken her project to a unique dimension.
On this eagerly awaited new album she collaborates with extraordinary musicians, including: the multi-Grammy
winning percussionist Luisito Quintero (also a member of legendary Chick Corea's band), Grammy nominated
master accordionist Alex Meixner, an award winning jazz guitarist Dr. Graham Keir, accomplished bassist Dave
Baron (known for his collaborations with Herbie Hancock) and Edsel Gomez, the multi-talented Grammy winning,
extraordinary pianist, composer, former music director of Grammy winning jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater, who
came on board to help produce together with Yola her dream album.
Yola's songs, like her life are filled with love, perseverance, hope and light, smiling through the oppression,
poverty and abuse that she experienced growing up in communist Poland. And it's so interesting Yola says, “I
recently have discovered that Dolly Parton's dramatic life story is very similar to mine. It makes me feel I'm not
alone, and once again it reassures me that the positive spirit and the passion for your art cannot be killed. And it
can help you survive the most horrific events of your life, including a brush with death.”
So aside from the music, you'll want to read Yola's inspiring personal story, a story of triumph over adversity. While
dodging bullets has been a nine-lives survival technique, winning accolades for her golden voice has made it all
As she often emphasizes, she landed in this country in NYC with only $1000 in her packet, (money she borrowed
from her Mother and Grandmother), without speaking English, with no place to go. And she's not only survived in
this one of the world's most competitive places but most importantly made her life meaningful and successful
becoming a chart topping singer, accomplished artist, producer and popular radio host in America, powerfully
inspiring her audiences around the globe.
If you love artists like: Norah Jones, Melody Gardot, Sade, Stacey Kent you gonna love Yola’s new album ”Touched
By Love” that is coming out August 26th. Look out for it on all digital platform and online stores.
Yola Nash is currently also an On-Air Personality on WABC Radio New York, the number one talk
station in the USA, hosting and producing her own talk show, The Yola Nash Show. She also
exclusive celebrity TV interviews on WABC Stage 17.
Refreshing and inspirational, The Yola Nash Show gives listeners and viewers exclusive access to
conversations with a wide range of fascinating guests: A-list celebrities, world changers,
world-renowned experts, spiritual leaders, celebrity authors, inspirational speakers…even poets!
Known for her personable style Yola lately interviewed: Kevin Bacon, Olivia Newton-John, Seal,
Sarah McLachlan, William Shatner, Gloria Gaynor, Melissa Etheridge, Howie Mandel, Barry Manilow,
Presley, Paula Abdul, Fran Drescher, Vanessa Williams, Jessye Norman, Neil deGrasse Tyson,
Cesar Millan, Michio Kaku, Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of Poland,
Bloomberg, former Mayor of NYC just to mention a few.
For more information about Yola, her new album “Touched By Love”,
and her WABC radio show,
please visit: www.YolaNash.com
Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
@YolaNash or YolaNashShow.
The Yola Nash Show airs on Sat @5pm ET. And Stage 17 TV show on 77WABC Podcast.
ACCOLADES - received a special Commendation of Heroic Action from the Governor of the State
of New Jersey, Richard J. Codey.
Yola Nash's CPR Story. She made headlines by saving another performer's life, while
onstage. She performed CPR in front of thousands onlookers.
In recognition for this action, Yola received a special Commendation of Heroic
Action from the Governor of the State of New Jersey, Richard J. Codey. She was also
endorsed by such honorable organization as the American Heart Association.
Inspired by that event she formed the nonprofit organization CPRAwareness.org,
established a CPR Awareness Day of NYC and she is producing series of jazz concerts
Feel the Beat to promote CPR - life saving measure. In support Yola and her organization
received a special proclamation from Mayor of NYC Michael Bloomberg.
Yola Nash has been invited to the universities, national conferences and high schools
as a Speaker on CPR to teach about the life-saving measure.
My Jazz Story
My JAZZ STORY - From Oppression to Expression. Being born, raised and educated in communistic regime in Poland I view jazz as an incredibly powerful
tool that connected people who were fighting for their freedom, peace, culture, language, liberties, their life, their art, their passions in a bit similar way like faith
did. You see, throughout history governments prohibited music that inspired free, creative expression with the message of freedom. Nazi's prohibited Chopin's
pro-Polish Polonaises, because of its powerful pro-independence symbolism, same went for Jazz. Jazz in Poland was wiped out during the World War II, as
Nazi's considered it degenerate and dangerous. Conflicting with their enslaving agenda. And then after the war ended, when the Communists took power
motherland they officially banned Jazz music as a "decadent Western art".
Imagine that the saxophone itself was forbidden by the state. And those jazz fans and musicians caught playing or listening to Jazz were put on a special
blacklist and had problems to find a job or could even be imprisoned. Sounds surreal today but it's true.
So Jazz was considered underground and forbidden art form at those days. Thanks God all has changed. And learning stories about those times, and jazz
musicians it made me so curious what's in it really that it is so dangerous that governments, or invaders of my country had to banned it. So, luckily for me
my life path took me to NYC where I truly discovered the beauty of that art form. And I can surely say today I was exposed to jazz in NY in the most powerful, beautiful way I
could ever ever imagine. Once I landed here and met and had interviewed on my radio/TV shows such legends like: Grammy winning Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Chris Botti,
Cassandra Wilson, Herb Alpert, just to mention a few. And played or recorded with Grammy winning Luisito Quintero, Edsel Gomez, Marc O'Connor, Marcus Printup, and many
others. And learned their stories, experienced their art on the most brilliant level, I realized I'm so blessed to have discovered Jazz. It gave me a deeper understanding that I can
feel free as a person, free to create, free to make music, perform, experience the beauty of life and art, no matter the nationality, language, age, culture, etc.
It's incredibly liberating!
So summarizing, I fell in love with Jazz because it represents freedom of expression and that means freedom of your heart.
Yola Nash - Singer, Songwriter, Artist, Producer, WABC Radio Host.