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Daily Inspiration: Meet Noleac Yahsin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noleac Yahsin.

Noleac, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born in Louisiana, raised in Virginia. I showed interest in music at a very young age and credit most of this interest to my late aunt Verneda. My interest was also heavily influenced by the areas I spent my rearing, Louisana and Virginia both of which are filled with unique sounds. In Louisiana, I had trail rides and Zydeco, and Virginia, Timbaland, Pharrell and the likes. Throughout grade school, I predominantly chose chorus as my electives but somehow maintained a shyness towards my craft until college. It was 2010 in my Junior year of college at Virginia Commonwealth University that I had the opportunity to intern at a recording studio. After learning the basics of a recording engineer, I thought I’d give myself a shot at recording something of my own. So I did, and I liked it so much so I kept it to myself for two months before showing my mentor at the recording studio and a friend in the art department at school. From there, I worked with my friends, Devyn Symone and Aj Daughtery to create my first music video. At this point, I had decided this was my “thing” and I wanted to take it seriously in life and make it my main focus. After college, I moved around a bit and continued to develop my sound and work with other artists. In the year 2018, I moved myself to Los Angeles to further pursue my dreams and enjoy the beautiful view the city has to offer. Approaching year three, the city has taught me a plenty and I’ve been using these lessons to fuel my new music.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’ve been pretty blessed to have more minor bumps than big. However, there are some key points that led me to big choices. One being a breakup in 2017 that moved me from New Jersey to Maryland, which soon after landed me in Los Angeles. This happened to be one of my favorite blessings in disguise. Fresh in LA, I was bright-eyed and adventurous. Often meeting people who told me, “not to let LA take my smile.” After the first year things got really tough, I was having a harder time supporting myself financially and cried often because of it. It was this point where I realized LA was teaching me where to put my trust, making me stronger and to do so I had to learn to weather the storm (figuratively because “it never rains in Southern California” except when it does, it may pour). I began to take music courses at Los Angeles City College and felt like my natural technique was wrong, and this insecurity made me stop creating for months. Looking back, it was all for greater purpose, and served as a hibernation/hyperbolic chamber moment and allowed me to renew my reasoning for creating. Which I found to be to serve and uplift the Most High, all my hardships brought me closer to my faith.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in singing and writing lyrics, my genre is an amalgamation of various genres I’ve listened to growing up. I like to call my genre ModeRnB, as it’s music from my soul that is of the current time. I’m most proud of my will to keep creating, even after breaks, and setbacks I always come back to my purpose. I’ve had training and lessons, but I feel I always let my musical instincts lead and that makes me most proud. Being myself sets me apart from others.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I learned the importance of simplicity, less is more and very natural things bring me true happiness. Spending time with my family and loved ones is most important to me as this time has shown me life is fleeting. While life moves fast, taking my time is my main priority so that I may learn, give, share and enjoy every moment I have here.

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Devyn Symone

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