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Yasmeen’s musical career spans several decades and includes a variety of types of music but never without her humble gospel beginnings as her base. In 1973, Yasmeen became a two-decade member of the Grammy Award winning internationally acclaimed a cappella sextet, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Yasmeen brought her African American Baptist Missionary gospel music tradition and song writing skills to this union.

Her early music experience includes sharing the stage with the famous Caravans, Sally Martin, as well as working side by side with National Baptist Convention choir directors such as the Reverend Cleavant Derricks, author of “Just A Little Talk With Jesus” and then pianist for the convention, Richard Smallwood, author of “Center of My Joy” and more.

According to Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, oral historian, gospel music scholar, and founder of Sweet Honey In The Rock, Yasmeen is a prolific gospel artist who has permanently affected the music of the group Sweet Honey In The Rock. Dr. Reagaon included Yasmeen’s original lines to one of her songs entitled “My Way” (Compositions, p.23) as a salute to Yasmeen’s virtuosity. Mike Joyce of The Washington Post wrote “…there was no mistaking the power and beauty of Yasmeen’s voice – a strong, soulful alto that could be called lusty if it didn’t reveal its gospel roots so readily. Her phrasing too was a treat to hear, wonderfully pliable and often streaked with melisma flourishes…the singing transcended the songs and left one wishing to hear more of it.” Richard Harrington from the Washington Post said this of Yasmeen’s genius as a lyricist and vocal arranger: “The readings of the church standards are excellent, but the most memorable moments come in Sweet Honey’s introduction of two stunning West African songs “When I Die Tomorrow,” uncovered at a Baptist church in Liberia and re-arranged by Williams, is a compulsive swirl of polyrhythms and congregational communion.”

Yasmeen has recorded three solo CDs, consisting mostly of songs penned by her and is currently completing her fourth cd out of the bowels of her experience with pancreatic cancer. She has written and recorded approximately 32 gospel songs. Her third and most recent finished original cd features 10 song with Christmas and Easter themes. These two themes were combined because she believes it is impossible to write about Christmas without writing about the Resurrection. When asked why, she replies "Because Jesus was born to die." The one song, which is not an original, "We Three Kings" includes a partial sermon of her father (now deceased) the Reverend Dr. Edgar L. Williams, Sr., former Pastor of Yasmeen's home church, Second New St. Paul Baptist Church located in Washington, DC.
Yasmeen is a member of BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc., the Gospel Music Association, the Gospel Music Workshops of America Chapter, and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. Her watch care membership is under Bishop Kelsey of New Samaritan Full Gospel in Washington, DC and Bishop Morton of Changing a Generation Full Gospel in Atlanta, GA. She is a miracle who is still singing, recording, and performing with a testimony to make time stand still. The more blessings Yasmeen receives, the more grounded she becomes in her faith and in her gift of gospel music.
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Genres:
Traditional Gospel, Gospel, Inspirational
Hometown:
Washington, District of Columbia

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About Ysummermusic

Yasmeen’s musical career spans several decades and includes a variety of types of music but never without her humble gospel beginnings as her base. In 1973, Yasmeen became a two-decade member of the Grammy Award winning internationally acclaimed a cappella sextet, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Yasmeen brought her African American Baptist Missionary gospel music tradition and song writing skills to this union.

Her early music experience includes sharing the stage with the famous Caravans, Sally Martin, as well as working side by side with National Baptist Convention choir directors such as the Reverend Cleavant Derricks, author of “Just A Little Talk With Jesus” and then pianist for the convention, Richard Smallwood, author of “Center of My Joy” and more.

According to Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, oral historian, gospel music scholar, and founder of Sweet Honey In The Rock, Yasmeen is a prolific gospel artist who has permanently affected the music of the group Sweet Honey In The Rock. Dr. Reagaon included Yasmeen’s original lines to one of her songs entitled “My Way” (Compositions, p.23) as a salute to Yasmeen’s virtuosity. Mike Joyce of The Washington Post wrote “…there was no mistaking the power and beauty of Yasmeen’s voice – a strong, soulful alto that could be called lusty if it didn’t reveal its gospel roots so readily. Her phrasing too was a treat to hear, wonderfully pliable and often streaked with melisma flourishes…the singing transcended the songs and left one wishing to hear more of it.” Richard Harrington from the Washington Post said this of Yasmeen’s genius as a lyricist and vocal arranger: “The readings of the church standards are excellent, but the most memorable moments come in Sweet Honey’s introduction of two stunning West African songs “When I Die Tomorrow,” uncovered at a Baptist church in Liberia and re-arranged by Williams, is a compulsive swirl of polyrhythms and congregational communion.”

Yasmeen has recorded three solo CDs, consisting mostly of songs penned by her and is currently completing her fourth cd out of the bowels of her experience with pancreatic cancer. She has written and recorded approximately 32 gospel songs. Her third and most recent finished original cd features 10 song with Christmas and Easter themes. These two themes were combined because she believes it is impossible to write about Christmas without writing about the Resurrection. When asked why, she replies "Because Jesus was born to die." The one song, which is not an original, "We Three Kings" includes a partial sermon of her father (now deceased) the Reverend Dr. Edgar L. Williams, Sr., former Pastor of Yasmeen's home church, Second New St. Paul Baptist Church located in Washington, DC.
Yasmeen is a member of BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc., the Gospel Music Association, the Gospel Music Workshops of America Chapter, and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. Her watch care membership is under Bishop Kelsey of New Samaritan Full Gospel in Washington, DC and Bishop Morton of Changing a Generation Full Gospel in Atlanta, GA. She is a miracle who is still singing, recording, and performing with a testimony to make time stand still. The more blessings Yasmeen receives, the more grounded she becomes in her faith and in her gift of gospel music.
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Genres:
Traditional Gospel, Gospel, Inspirational
Hometown:
Washington, District of Columbia

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