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Rev. Yolanda

Give the gift of music this Holiday Season with Rev. Yolanda's unique blend of Chanting, Country Gospel, Pop, and Rock !

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Heaven Is in Me

Rev. Yolanda & Rev. Chanda

Melodic, Passionate, Spirit-filled vocals accompanied by acoustic guitar, bass, organ, medium rock beat and a heavenly choir. A satisfying blend of Traditional, Contemporary, and New Thought Gospel music.

Rev. Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes, http://www.yolanda.net
singer/songwriter/drag performer and Interfaith Minister who's work as an Artist and Sacred Activist has earned him a place in The GLBT Hall Of Fame. He has been called: " The Alien Love Child of Louise Hay and John Waters, with a splash of Dolly Parton ! " Rev. Yolanda is an eccentric, and ecstatic performer with a southern rock, country gospel style. He brings his message of Non Duality into every event by merging GLBT and Mainstream Popular Culture with Integrated Spirituality. With a soulful voice, a message of oneness, great costumes, and a wicked sense of humor, his shows and CDs emphasize love, beautiful melodies, interesting stories, and a bit of inspiration.

Rev. Chanda, http://www.revchanda.com “Chanda Rule's singing is an experience of absolute, sheer joy. Her soulfulness comes through each note, each movement, each song. The congregation is often moved to tears or to stand and dance in the aisles in celebration of the Divine. Chanda's music is food for the body and the Soul, the heart and the mind, young and old; you cannot help but be moved...deeply!” Rev August Gold, Co-Founder of Sacred Center New York About Rev. Chanda: “You made an evening of music about spirituality and not religion which can separate people. Your wordsand the music were available for everyone no matter what their beliefs were about the Creator. They made the room feel very much a safe space. You brought us together…” Doug Motel, audience member

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Live At Cbgb's

Yolanda & The Plastic Family

gritty ol fashioned Rock and Roll at the World Famous CBGB's on the Bowery in Manhattan's Lower East Side. CBGB's was the home to major worldwide Rock & Roll acts. This live cd was recorded before gentrification happened in the area and drove CBGB's out.

Yolanda and The Plastic Family was the original band by the award winning drag queen recording artist and Interfaith Minister now known as Rev. Yolanda. This live cd at CBGB's is gritty and RAW Rock&Roll just like Rev. Yolanda was in the early days of her recording career. Using Rock&Roll to speak to gender politics... Yolanda was then and still is a force of nature! Yolanda: vocals Robert Urban: guitar/vocals Toshio Mana: bass Anthony Mauella: drums/vocals

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House of Joy

Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes

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The bluesy, raw, Southern-style rock on "House of Joy" is a great match for Mapes' take-no-prisoners voice, and the artist's lyrics pay homage to his Southern roots while exploring provocative themes about gender and self-expression.

SIRIUS Radio's Larry Flick says Roger is "the most original artist to come from the LGBT community in the last 10 years".

ROGER ANTHONY YOLANDA MAPES: Welcome to the "House of Joy"- a review by Jed Ryan

"Don't you know that the South will rise again?!" Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes declares with unyielding conviction on "Muscle Shoals", the tribute to the singer/songwriter's Bible Belt hometown. Through the years, the same can be said of Mapes himself. Here's a performer who has fought to make his mark as a truly self-styled, one-of-a-kind artist... with a fair share of both struggle and critical acclaim along the way. Voted "OUTmusician of the Year 2003", Mapes has undergone many changes in his persona through his years of performing. As one-name wonder "Yolanda", Mapes used to do "high" drag (Think evening gowns, wigs, high heels, and makeup..) before switching to a more androgynous, gender-fucking image (think beard, combat boots, and makeup...), and then seemingly making peace with his Y chromosome. But what's remained constant is Roger Mapes' strong, powerhouse voice. This singer knows how to belt! "House of Joy", Mapes' new CD, features ten full-blooded original songs, plus an impressive reworking of Bobbie Gentry's 1967 hit "Ode to Billy Joe". Robert Urban ("OUTmusician of the Year 2006", and-- to restate the obvious-- an acclaimed performer in his own right) produced and arranged the CD, as well as contributing background vocals, guitar, and a variety of other instruments. The bluesy, raw, Southern-style rock on "House of Joy" is a great match for Mapes' take-no-prisoners voice, and the artist's lyrics pay homage to his Southern roots while exploring provocative themes about gender and self-expression. "I Wanna Know" features an unrelenting serpentine rhythm and superb guitar work courtesy of Mapes and Robert Urban. The song breaks into an intense, high-energy climax that leaves the listener spent. For "Muscle Shoals" we're again treated to some superb guitar work as Mapes sings about Muscle Shoals, Alabama, "the hit recording capital of the world". On "We are Angels", Mapes adopts an ethereal, almost otherworldly vocals style-- well-suited to the song's title and its lyrics. "Freedom", a song about Brandon Teena (the transgendered man who was murdered in 1993), doesn't dwell on the tragic aspects of Brandon's life; but rather, it's a celebration of the late trans man's decision to live life as he saw fit. It's a grand, triumphant highlight of the CD, as is the quietly beautiful "Control Queen". "The Greatest Love of My Life" is a truly sweet--as-molasses love song. With the bonus track "Intimacy", Mapes gives us a taste of his sound when he was known only as "Yolanda" with his band The Plastic Family. It's, as you'll hear, a very different musical style from the rest of the CD. More than just strong music, "House of Joy" emerges as a portrait of an singer/songwriter/performer who's got a lot to say, and who's not afraid to break "the rules" to say it. For "Nice Girl", a song where Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes gets to display a whole range of his vocal talents, the artist declares, "It doesn't pay to be a nice girl, I'm telling you; It doesn't pay to be a nice girl, so here's what you do..." It's good advice for all of us, whether you're a boy, a girl, or a boy who's not afraid of putting on a little makeup.

Credits: HOUSE OF JOY words & music by ROGER ANTHONY YOLANDA MAPES except "Ode To Billie Joe" by Bobbie gentry produced & arranged by ROBERT URBAN at URBAN PRODUCTIONS, NYC www.roberturban.com mastered by FREDDY FREEMAN www.freddyfreeman.com cover design and graphics: JAY FREEMAN (your website-contact info-business name??) photos: ROGER MAPES, ROGER MAPES - lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar ROBERT URBAN – all guitar solos, backing vocals, gospel choir, electric and acoustic guitar, flute, organ, tambourine, piano, bass, Hammond organ, drums, bottleneck slide guitars, Orchestral strings & horns, musical interlude for "Angels" and “Intimacy” STEVEN SULLIVAN - bass guitar TOM O'NEILL - organ, synths, keys, bass, sound efx , music for “Intimacy” MARK VOLLENWEIDER- drums & percussion GLEN MUNOZ - blues harp MAXINE – mandolin C 2009 Roger Anthony Mapes Song lyrics are available by emailing rogermapes@yahoo.com (subject: House of Joy Lyrics) Special thanks to: The greatest love of my life: Glen Ganaway, Rev. Shawn Moniger, The Monday Night Mighty Companions.

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Welcome to Yolanda World (Special Edition)

Yolanda and the Plastic Family

Drag Queen Jazz Fusion

This is the first album from Rev. Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes when he was performing with his original jazz fusion band "Yolanda and The Plastic Family". This album was originally recorded in Burlington VT in the late "90's, while he was living there. In 2001, Yolanda moved back to NYC and re-formed The Plastic Family with new members and recorded a short EP. In 2002, producer Freddy Freeman created a dance mix of the song "Alien Love Child". In 2009, Producer Robert Urban created a jazz fusion dance mix of a Plastic Family tune "Intimacy". In this Deluxe Edition, all of the originals, and dance mixes are included. Original Plastic family members: Adam Wood-keyboards, Eric Rorbach- drums, Jon Akland- bass, Tom Henglesberg- guitar Martha Seyler- backing vocals NYC Plastic Family members: Robert Urban- guitar, Jess Jurkovik- piano, Dave Berger- drums, Robin Burdulis- percussion, Dan Freeman- bass dance remixes by Freddy Freeman and Robert Urban

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Welcome to Yolandaworld

Yolanda & the Plastic Family

The original cd from Yolanda & The Plastic Family. Jazz Funk Rock Pop Folk Fusion. This is the cd that made Vermont music history and put Yolanda, Bernie Sanders, Howard Dean, and Ben and Jerry in the same movers and shakers entrepreneurial category.

This is the first album from Yolanda when s/he was performing with hir original jazz fusion band "Yolanda and The Plastic Family". This album was originally recorded in Burlington VT in the late "90's, while s/he was living there. Original Plastic family members: Adam Wood-keyboards, Eric Rorbach- drums, Jon Akland- bass, Tom Henglesberg- guitar, Martha Seyler- backing vocals From first listen you know this is going to be an experience. You soon realize one you will not forget. Yolanda and The Plastic Family received several awards for the cd "Welcome To YolandaWorld": StoneWall Society Pride In The Arts Awards 2002 Pride In The Arts Award Transgendered Favorite Musician - "Welcome to Yolandaworld" 2002 Pride In The Arts Award Camp Pride Song - for "Eat Me" 2003 Pride In The Arts Award Transgendered Favorite Musician Yolanda on received the 2003 Outmusic OutMusician Of The Year Award for more on Yolanda ...now Rev. Yolanda visit: www.yolanda.net

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Miracles Are Seen in the Light

Rev. Yolanda

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Interfaith Holiday Song influenced by medieval music, Gregorian chanting, and A Course In Miracles.

Rev. Yolanda and singer songwriter producer Freddy Freeman created this Interfaith Holiday song that combines Christmas musical sounds with Medieval instruments, Old Testament Scripture and A Course In Miracles lesson - "Miracles Are Seen In The Light". It full of joy and light with a Medieval dance beat! With much love from Rev. Yolanda. See more of Rev. Yolanda's music: www.yolanda.net/buy_music_here

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