Singer-Songwriter Yela was born to an Austrian father and a Zimbabwean mother in Vienna, Austria, and currently lives in New York City.
She began her musical career during high school in Austria. Growing up her musical inspirations ranged from Billie Holiday, Bob Marley, Miriam Makeba, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchel, McCartney/Lennon, Jimmi Hendrix and more.
She received a scholarship from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee she continued to work with internationally acclaimed musicians and producers, such as: Rodney Hunter (G-Stone Recordings), Stereotyp (G-Stone Recordings), Dzihan & Kamien (Couch Records), and Café Drechsler, Thomas Rabitsch, and Waxolutionists, and toured throughout Europe.
She sang background vocals for Grammy nominated soul singer Musiq Soulchild, and Joy Denalane, and has worked with US musicians/producers Kelo Saunders and Chris Sholar, to name a few.
Yela co-wrote for the Austrian submission to Eurovision song-contest, the biggest international song-contest outside of the US.
She released her EP “Just The Way You Are” with Philadelphia based producer Steve McKie in Sept 2012 and is currently working on a new release for next year.