Rock by Funk Tribe front woman Iyeoka Okoawo released her very first â€œEvolving Albumâ€ entitled SAY YES this past November. Made up of 9 songs and 2 poems SAY YES is evolving in nature, being that when the album is purchased from IYEOKA.com the purchaser will continue to receive pieces of content over the course of the year , on top of the 11 tracks that come in the original SAY YES package.
Daughter of Nigerian born parents Iyeoka was a practicing pharmacist before launching her career as a poet, performer, songwriter and activist. Iyeokaâ€™s work as an artist and an activist has garnered her praises and accolades from all over the world. In 2009 Iyeoka placed 2nd at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship and was a 2010 TED Global Fellow. She has toured in support of artists such as Femi Kuti, Zap Mama, Soulive, was featured on the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and has performed nationally at the TBS Trumpet Awards, the Sullivan Honors Awards at the Kennedy Center and Russell Simmonsâ€™ Def Poetry Jam on HBO.
In 2009 Iyeoka teamed up with producer David Franz, to transform her work into more traditional song structures, the result of which became SAY YES. Planet Ill called SAY YES â€œa holistic experience which feels like you are receiving an invitation into the beautiful mind and soul of the ever-evolving creative mastermind.â€
The lead off track the YELLOW BRICK ROAD SONG, an inspiring and upbeat track about following your dreams was featured in an episode of HBOâ€™s How to Make it In America and can now be heard every Thursday night as the theme song for the USA Network’s new series Fairly Legal which airs on Thursdays at 10PM (9PM central time).
“This burgeoning optimism is also apparent in much of the material on her album, with The Yellow Brick Road Song the opening track, being a perfect example.” Mainstream Isn’t So Bad