Yentl’s journey to Nashville started out in 2008. “I’m a late bloomer when it comes the music industry, but I’ve always been fascinated with the USA and it plethora of music genres. I grew up with gospel and the sounds of Michael McDonald, Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby, Amy Grant, Steve Winwood, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson. After my trip to Alabama in 2008 I started listening to country music more I got more and more interested by it, and never let it go. It just touches me so deeply. It so true to life. It’s melancholic like blues, yet it celebrates life as well. It comforts, it connects, it puts things in perspective, it laughs and it cries. Country music honors our humanity with all its struggles and successes.
Four years later Yentl met with producer/composer/ songwriter, Henk Pool (not related), for a demo recording. “From the get go we hit it off and the main topic of our convo was Nashville and country music.
Henk knew all the artists I so admired; Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Dixie Chicks, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Amy Grant Fleetwood Mac, Vince Gill, James Taylor and… Little Big Town (my favorite). After that encounter, we started working on music together.”
Yentl writes her songs for the bigger part on her ukelele. “Gradually Henk and I started to elaborate on my songs, while searching for a sound and feel that would fit me best. Pretty soon it got clear to us what that sound needed to be. We’re both very inspired by bands like Little Big Town and Fleetwood Mac and artists like Bruce Hornsby. I think those infuences are noticeable in our music. I love that the sound the EP now has, is what my songs carried in them in potential, but really came to life with the help of Henk’s arrangements. The song remains the core, but the production gives it its spirit.”
Eventually, Yentl and Henk took to Nashville to work in Chad Cromwell’s LampLight Studio. “We agreed that, for the music we ultimately had in our hands, there was only one place it would get that spirit we looked for: Nashville. (Not that they do not make good music anywhere else. It’s just a place with a certain focus on and approach to music, that really appeals to me.) Henk was able to gather an amazing band of session musicians for this project.”
*Chad Cromwell – on Drums (played with Joe Walsh (Eagles), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Peter Frampton and Lady Antebellum).
*Chris Rodriguez – on Guitar (played with Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Loggins, Amy Grant, Wynona Judd, Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain and Faith Hill).
*Jimmie Lee Sloas – on Bass (played with Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Kellie Pickler, Reba McEntire and Jessica Simpson).
*Dan Dugmore – on Pedal Steel Guitar (played with Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Little Big Town, Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter, Tim McGraw, Neil Diamond, Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and Stevie Nicks).
Meanwhile, the EP 5 original songs has been finished and will be released on June 13th, 2017. “I cannot wait to let people hear the songs. And there is more music in my head that I want to write down and record. So, music never stops!”