Respect | Yoncia

Irie Magazine | Respect - Yoncia

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Biancia Francis more commonly known as ‘Yoncia’ was born in the parish of St. Thomas in Jamaica. She had a great love for the Arts from an early age, participating in school events connected to poetry and music. With musical influences such as Beres Hammond and Shirley Ceaser, she grew a devotion to reggae music.

Yoncia paid close attention to the beat of the ‘kette’ drums alongside the vibrant melodies of the legendary Bob Marley. This seemed to always have an effect on her, as she gravitated to it. She frequent local events and familiarized herself with authentic reggae music. At 16 years old she migrated to the United States where she expressed her poetry to her colleagues. The words from her poetry turned to lyrics in her music.

Even with her musical interest she was keen on completing school. She graduated from Montclair State University with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Journalism. A diversified woman, while in college she entered the pageant world where she garnered the attention of the judges with her natural beauty and captivating musical talent.

In 2015 she teamed up with Cashflow Records, Breadback Productions and 17th Street Production. She released a total of five singles entitled ‘Our Time’, ‘Where I’m From’, ‘Low mi’, ‘Neva Hurt Yuh’ and ‘Whine Pon Yuh’. Yoncia is now set to release her first EP in March 2016 entitled ‘She is Yoncia’ with VPAL Music, record label based in Queens New York.

Yoncia describes her music as ‘Empowering’ and ‘Truthful’ and is eager to break boundaries in the music industry.

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