Raya Yarbrough is a singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, and playwright, whose poetry and pros are the basis for many of her songs. Currently she fronts a 5-piece string ensemble, backed by her electronic beats and soundscapes, crossing genres from artistic-pop, to jazz, to poetry set to music. She is also a director of her own award-winning music videos – her video for “Holler Down To Your Girl” a setting of one of her original poems, has won multiple film festival awards, including an independent Film Festival at Cannes. In 2013 she wrote and mounted an original musical, North of Sunset, West of Vine about the people she knew and the places she remembered from her childhood, living on Hollywood boulevard. This musical became her 2018 album of the same name.
Yarbrough may be most easily recognized as the evocative solo vocal in the opening credits of the hit TV series Outlander, and as the ephemeral female voice from the 2003-2009 Battlestar Galactica series. Currently her vocals can also be heard on the new Rings Of Power series on Amazon Prime. Yarbrough has performed internationally with world class musicians such as Terrance Blanchard, and Portugal.The Man, and performed at The Hollywood Bowl. She has a degree in Jazz performance from the USC Thornton School of Music and has released five albums of original music.
About The Hotel Cafe
From a close-knit family of local singer songwriters, to well known icons opting for a more intimate setting, the Hotel Cafe has been celebrating the live music experience for over 20 years.
With early career performances from names like Adele, Katy Perry, The Lumineers, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Sara Bareilles, Leon Bridges, Haim, Mumford and Sons, Lord Huron and many others, the venue has been labeled a break-out room for independent and burgeoning artists.
The venue itself is located in the Cahuenga Corridor in the center of Hollywood, CA. With a total capacity of 300 over performance rooms, the vibe is intimate, yet bustles with the artistic community that survives by it as much contributes to it. It is a genuine listening room, where the performance on stage takes precedent.
The Hotel Cafe is also more than just a music venue, however. It is an internationally-known entity whose name has top-lined tours and music festivals from coast to coast in the US, UK and Europe. But most importantly, the Hotel Cafe is a community of discovery. Whether musicians or music fans, all realize this carefully curated roster of talent is no aberration; it is consistent, cultured and begs attention. Everyone who sets foot in Hotel Cafe is part of something special.