Ynana Rose sings, writes and performs with a passion to connect with people through music. Her music can best be described as “Acoustic Americana music threaded with folk, bluegrass, country, jazz and more.” She sings of the joy and heartbreak of living in a rich, soulful voice that crosses genres with ease. Pulling on inspiration from Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Sarah Jarosz, The Duhks, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Gillian Welch and more, Ynana’s music is rooted in the traditions of American music while reaching for new horizons.
Her debut CD, Ynana Rose, was released in October 2014. A finely crafted offering to the folk music genre, "Ynana Rose" is not a work of straightforward folk music. However, with Rose's rich vocals and mature songwriting, sure-footed acoustic instrumentation and lush production, "Ynana Rose" is a welcome addition to the genre. Her debut effort has garnered national airplay & great reviews:
Glen Starkey of The New Times (11-6-14) writes: “Ynana...moves effortlessly over the musical map on her new CD—from folk to waltz to bluegrass to jazz to country.”
Tom Franks of FolkWords.com (2-2-15) writes: “Listen to the debut album from Ynana Rose and you’re hit with a wealth of impressions – a superbly dynamic voice ranging across the emotion of her songs…Ynana’s songs let you into a world filled with the silky surety of a singer songwriter that will touch your soul.”
Ynana was recently awarded a Semi-Finalist placement in the "Lyrics Only" category of the "Song of the Year" contest for her song "Loving a Man Like Me."
The California Central Coast is home to fine wine, natural beauty and great music venues, and Ynana has played in many - including Live Oak Music Festival, SLO Brew, D'Anbino Cellars, Steynberg Gallery and more. Ynana [pronounced Y’nah-nah] has enjoyed a wide background as a vocalist, ranging from choral ensembles to folk, La Nueva Canción, traditional Música Folklórica, classic honky tonk, western swing, blues and bluegrass. About growing up in rural Northern California, she says, “I was an only child raised by a single mom, and we were totally off the grid. We lived on the side of a mountain with a pristine year round creek and gorgeous sky. Mendocino County boasts redwoods, giant oaks, the Pacific Ocean, and an untamed wildness that thoroughly embraces the four seasons. When we had enough ‘C’ batteries, I was attached at the hip to a little black boom box that got one FM radio station, and it was country. The late 70s and early 80s were a wonderful time in country music, and I grew up with Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris and so many more. I knew every single song & sung them to the trees and my dog as loud as I could. That music is hardwired into me.” She currently lives in San Luis Obispo, CA with her husband and two children. Ynana wrote her first song at the age of 37, which opened up a world of creative passion. She says, “Songs are like puzzles of the heart that I have to solve in order to sleep well at night. I find myself writing about longing, dying, faith, perseverance, love, everyday tragedies and miracles. Songwriting keeps me honest, staying true to the emotion and structure of the song. Music invites an eternity of pursuit, and I feel blessed to be able to go chasing it down.”