Yentl started her journey to Nashville in 2008. “I’ve always been fascinated with the USA and its 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. During a vacation in Alabama and I heard something on the radio that touched me deeply. The melodies, the vocal harmonies, the lyrics and stories. Wow! It really hit home. When I heard it, I knew: ‘this is something I want to make and sing!’ I dove into the music more and more and just never let go. It is so true to life. It’s melancholic, yet it celebrates life as well. It comforts, it connects, puts things in perspective, it laughs and it cries. Country music honors our humanity with all its struggles and successes. Later on, when I lived in Alabama for a while, my love for country only deepened. So, nothing seemed more perfect than to record my EP in Nashville. It’s a place that has a part of my heart and it’s the place where the heart of songwriting beats the loudest.
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 represents me. 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 you can really hear those influences in our music. I love that the sound the record has now, is what my songs carried in them in potential, but really came to life with the help of Henk’s arrangements. The song is 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 had in our hands, ultimately 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).
*The EP was mixed by recording engineer/producerSteve Marcantonio(Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning).
Meanwhile, the EP “The Beginning of Me” with 5 original songs has been released in 2017.“I cannot wait to let people hear the songs. Also, I’m working on new music and writing a lot (for myself and others;) For me, music never stops!”