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Raya Yarbrough: Raya Yarbrough

Raya Yarbrough is like the musical equivalent of an undertow, sometimes gentle as a nudge, other times powerful enough to drag your imagination miles off course. For years she has impressed her fellow Angelenos both with her songwriting skills and her multi-hued vocal prowess. Crisscrossing the blurry borders dividing pop, jazz and soul, she seems equal parts cool Patricia Barber gravitas, scorching Aretha Franklin authority and naked Janis Ian integrity.

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