[A]s one YouTube comment rightly described, Abbey Smith AKA YEBBA’s sounds are probably what heaven sounds like. So for her latest track, Evergreen, she quite literally took us to church: heading over to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in NYC, the singer brought together the worlds of gospel and neo-jazz.
Co-signed by Ed Sheeran last year, he described how the Sofar Sounds performance of her song ‘My Mind’ was so powerful it made him cry. ‘Evergreen’ is just as heartfelt as ever, describing the significance of the visuals below, Abbey opened up:
“I grew up doing music in my dad’s church from a baby, so I’ve spent about a seventh of my life on the front row, beside my momma, and right behind my dad’s organ. Church has always been a place of honesty, questioning, and family. So after we saw mom’s suicide, and that sense of family seemingly dissolved, a building I had become entirely estranged to seemed like the only place I could go.”
Both freely emotional and exceptionally controlled, Sam Smith described how “her voice sounds like a heart breaking”. Her soulful Arkansas lilts echo movingly through the New York church, as she performs with a full vocal choir under the direction of Francesco Carrozzini. Collaborating on the video with Beats 1 and Apple Music, Zane Lowe explained how “YEBBA is an artist in every sense of the word, and working together to bring her vision to light was truly remarkable. She has one of the more powerful and exciting voices to come along in years, and we are excited to introduce her to the world”.
Follow YEBBA on Instagram here. The YEBBA film and more exclusive music videos are now available on Apple Music here and stay tuned for more from YEBBA hopefully very soon…