Frédéric Yonnet, Angie Stone, Yoshi's San Francisco
These days, the U.S.-based Yonnet travels with pedal boards, mixers, amps, microphones and more than 50 diatonic harmonicas. "I'm pretty intense on the harmonica and I like to have the 'sharpest ax' at all times." To be sure, he's not afraid to wield it. There aren't many musicians who would go tête-à-tête with Stevie Wonder on the harmonica, but Yonnet has proved himself more than capable. "Frédéric Yonnet - a Wonder disciple - had a crazy harmonica duel that almost sent Stevie flying off the stage in a frenzy," said Fox News following their performance at Madison Square Garden. Without a doubt, Yonnet's friendship with Wonder has been his biggest musical inspiration.
At the same show in 2007, Prince first witnessed Yonnet's expert musicianship, exhilarating panache and inexhaustible stage presence. It would be months before their paths crossed again, but when they did, Prince seized the opportunity to have Yonnet jam with him and his band at a house party. "Genius recognizes genius," said saxophonist Mike Phillips, who performed with them that night and witnessed the energy that Yonnet brought to the band. Since then, Yonnet has recorded with Prince and performed with him as a featured guest at numerous shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on Prince's 20Ten European tour.
While Yonnet enjoys the excitement of performing with some of the world's greatest music legends, he knows that it's the technical mastery of his instrument - along with innovative collaborations and solo projects - that will earn him recognition as one of the greatest harmonica players in the world.
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If Angie Stone had her way, she'd sit down next to every single one of her fans and pour out her heart - and soul - to them. She'd empower them with hard-earned wisdom; lessons learned from her very own heartache and happiness, mistakes and triumphs that led her to three Grammy Award nominations, two Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, and four Top 10 R&B albums (with her The Art of Love & War going all the way to number one). And with her new album, Rich Girl¸ the neo-soul songwriter has done just that, delivering a powerfully intimate collection of songs that wrap themselves around you like a warm embrace full of love and compassion, strength and wit.
"I spent a lot of time over the past few years working with other people, writing with them, working with producers. And then one day I realized that while I was doing everything I could to help them succeed and watching them grow, I was losing pieces of myself in the process." she explains "I shaved a lot of my originality off when merging with so many other people. Fans weren't getting Angie Stone. They were getting Angie and so-and-so. I knew I had to get back to my own music and skills. It's time for Angie to do Angie." That journey returned Stone to her songwriting roots, determined to record an album where making great music and sharing her soul were the only things that mattered.
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