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Yasan Lee Chang

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Yasan Lee, whose full name is Yasan Lee Chang, was born in Philadelphia. Her parents, Patrick and Aron Chang raised her in South West Philadelphia. She has four (4) sisters and two (2) brothers.

Yasan attended The City School of Philadelphia, formerly Spruce Hill Christian School. She was classically trained in music from the age of five (5) to 18 by the Jazz great Ruth Naomi Floyd. Yasan currently attends the Community College of Philadelphia. She is currently pursuing a career in Chemical Training and is looking forward to transferring to Temple University in the fall of 2022.

Jazz, Reggae, R&B, Country music, and an eclectic array of cultural music influence Yasan’s music. She has graced the stage as an opening act for the Reggae Great Luciano in Baltimore and has performed at numerous local events. In addition, she has also collaborated on projects with Valerie Gay and Ruth Naomi Floyd on recordings and performances.

Yasan has traveled the United States with her school choir to various music festivals and performances for years. In addition, Yasan enjoys modeling and can undoubtedly give any supermodel a vogue walk of fame.

Yasan has been graced with many different gifts; she enjoys writing music and poetry. She is also a social media influencer who is often known as being raw and open. She often shares her emotional journey with depression, the healing process through prayer, and motivational talks on various Social Media networks.

Yasan also enjoys painting, playing the piano, and fashion designing, in addition to being an amazing singer. Yasan is known for her acting ability, dramatic voice acting, and personality impressions among peers and family. With a heart of gold, Yasan is just a lover of music and wants to see everyone healed so they can live their best life every day.

Yasan’s first single, “Momentum,” was released on the Singers Anthem in October 2021. “Momentum” was a great collaboration with Anthony Red Rose, a Jamaican icon singer, and producer. Thus far, “Momentum” is doing well on the airways in Jamaica, England, and other parts of Europe. Yasan’s recent interview on the Ronn Machette show on Edge 105.3 aired in Jamaica.

The future is looking bright for Yasan. She plans to release her music video for “Momentum” in late January 2022. In addition, she has plans to record this summer in Jamaica with the Reggae Great Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare (who is recently deceased).

Stay tuned because this beauty, brains, with a heart of gold, and voice of blessings, Yasan is likely to grace the center stage and win the hearts of everyone who hear and meet her!

Follow her on Instragram @IAMYASANLEE

For Booking contact: www.jamanesemusic@gmail.com

What was life like growing up for you? What type of family did you have?

Growing up, I was always around my family. I honestly don’t remember it being the happiest of times. My parents invested a lot into my and my sisters’ education and imagination. My sister and I played with Barbie’s, Bratz dolls, and American Girl dolls that my parents gave us.

I remember there being various dramatic highs and lows in our family. I always remember music being a huge part of my life growing up during these times. From morning until late evening, my family would play music. Looking back, I’m not entirely sure why we played music all the time, but I am grateful because it helped grow my musical bones.

How old were you when you became passionate about the arts?

I remember being four or five years old when I told myself I would be great at everything related to the arts. Being exposed so young to opportunities such as singing, modeling, dancing, freewriting, and acting was a great experience and helped nurture my “outside of the box” thinking.

The school I attended only had a few programs centered around the arts. Growing up, I made sure I was involved in anything to do with the Arts despite the lack of funding. The Arts were my home away from home; they still are. Since the age of five, I knew that the Arts is where I belonged.

Were you a dreamer growing up? What kinds of dreams did you have? Do
Do you still consider yourself a dreamer?

I was definitely a dreamer growing up and still am. Growing up, my family experienced constant financial struggles. Because of this, I thought it would be impossible to accomplish my dreams because of what I watched and felt my family go through.

It took me a while to understand that just because you are born into struggle does not mean you have to stay in a state of struggle. Your past does not mean that you can’t pursue your dreams.

As a child, I played with dolls, and I plated “make-believe” with my sisters all the time. I remember that we would give our dolls the lives we always wanted. Deep inside, we knew that we’d have those lives too.

I had dreams of being a famous singer on stage. I would also dream that I owned buildings, clothing brands, and most importantly, I had a beautiful family. So, this is what my sisters and I would enact when we would play with our dolls.

Sometimes I still dream about those things. At this point in my life, I realize how vital it is to never stop dreaming. When I dream about something, I know that I want it bad. Dreams help align your goals, and aligning your goals makes your dreams your reality.

How do you stay focused on your goals?

I stay focused on my goals by reminding myself of my dreams and my

promises to myself. I do not see any barriers to where I can go and what I can do if I stay focused. I constantly remember how hungry and thirsty I am for success. This focus also helps me ensure that I put in the work, and I diligently work to achieve things that will get me closer to my dreams.

An example is that I dedicate a lot of time to writing and rewriting schedules. I constantly write daily, weekly, and monthly schedules for myself until I find one that works for me during a particular time. Schedules help me not feel overwhelmed. They also help me stay focused. I also feel a sense of accomplishment when I see the small tasks and goals I achieve.

How do you maintain your integrity in an otherwise extremely competitive
and sometimes unscrupulous world?

I maintain integrity in situations by reminding myself of who I am. It is natural for me to feel a little nervous before I sing at concerts, have interviews, speak in front of people, or situations requiring a high level of professionalism.

Thought like “What do I day?”, “How do I say it?”, “and “Are they really watching me?” run through my head. In those situations, I remind myself of who I am. I state and declare to myself that I am meant to be her. I take deep breaths, and I stop and think before I speak. I remind myself that I need to be confident.

Who is in your support system? Do you have a mentor?

My family is my support system. My older sister Gabriella and my little sister Abigail support everything I do. They are my biggest cheerleaders.  My vocal instructor, Ruth Naomi Floyd, is also part of my support system. Ruth Floyd has been my vocal instructor since I was in Kindergarten.

She’s professionally trained me in Classical, Jazz, African

American Spirituals, and Gospel music. Ruth Floyd has taught me techniques in those genres. These techniques have allowed me to strengthen and diversify my techniques in other genres of music, such as Reggae and R&B.

What do you do just for fun?

I create fun content for my social media accounts, write poems, write music, or practice playing my piano. The word “fun” to me translates to “create.”

Who is one person you would really like to meet?

If I could speak to one person, dead or alive, and have a conversation with one, it would be Nina Simone. She is an amazing artist. Listening to her music has transformed the way I write and sing music. Her music has deepened my love for Jazz tremendously.

I would love to ask her a few questions to gain wisdom and guidance regarding music and life. I would love to tell her how much her music has impacted people of today.

What is the one thing you want people to remember most about you and
your work?

When people think about me, I want them to remember that I lived to love. I also want them to remember that I showed them what it looks like when you share love with others.

Just like me, love isn’t perfect. Just like my songs, love drives your emotions. There will be highs and lows. I want people to know that love is important. More importantly, it is important for them to love themselves

What advice do you have for other young people who want to be artists or

If you’re doing what you love to do, stay consistent, believe in yourself, and have faith. I want young entrepreneurs and artists to be confident in their wants and needs before anyone else.

Many times, we let what others say drown out what they think and what we have to say.I want people to know that it is okay to listen to others. However, there is a time to speak up for yourself and what you believe

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