Born and raised in Philadelphia, Yvette traveled extensively as a child and was exposed to many different cultures. In each she heard the song of the divine and saw the common thread that connects us.
Upon college graduation with a BA in Music and Theater Interpretation from Northwestern University, Yvette enjoyed an extensive career in Musical Theatre. While living in Manhattan she co-wrote and recorded an original rock musical “Atom & Eve – The Second Desert Sky” about lost teenagers on a spiritual quest for paradise. Atom & Eve bore its first incarnation at the Westbeth Theatre under the direction of Tom O’Horgan of Jesus Christ Superstar.
In her mid-twenties she happened upon Paramahansa Yogananda’s “Autobiography of a Yogi.” An inner recognition burst free. Every page rang familiar and sang to her. She became certified as a yoga instructor in TriYoga in 2003 and soon after began offering Kirtan (chanting) to her Philly yoga community.
Kirtan is a musical expression of devotion, a 'call and response' chanting style, that is gaining popularity within the Western yoga community and beyond. With roots in the ancient sacred traditions of India, the Sanskrit mantras sung at Kirtans are words of great vibrational power. Kirtan is a practical method of repetitive singing that allows us to quiet and transcend our rambling "monkey minds." Chanting in the company of others offers us the opportunity for deep and transformative healing.
Yvette owes much gratitude to her mentor, the late Thomas Ashley-Farrand, who taught her the meaning and sound efficiency of Sanskrit mantra. She also gracefully acknowledges her Kirtan inspiration: David Newman, Krishna Das, WAH!, Deva Premal, Jai Uttal, and Snatam Kaur.
She released her concept album "The Song of Breath" co-produced with Ben Leinbach and featuring chant artists Girish and Benjy Wertheimer in 2013; Her Kirtan CD debut “Into the Arms of Love” featuring David Newman in 2010 was co-produced with Frank Wolf, both received with much acclaim.
Yvette has recorded with Girish, Gaura Vani, David Newman and has shared the Kirtan stage with Russill Paul, author of “The Yoga of Sound.”
An activist for LBBC’s Living Beyond Breast Cancer events, Yvette offers live sacred music at the Annual ‘Yoga on the Steps” Living Outdoor Expos throughout the country.
“Yvette is a beautiful soul and spirited singer who brings it straight from the heart.”
- Ben Leinbach
"The world needs more artists like Yvette offering their best to the world with humility and grace.” - Gaura Vani