Singer-songwriter Yvonne Hercules, is influenced by her own experiences, the experiences of others and wider issues that affect how we all navigate within society on a whole. The lyrical content of Yvonne’s song-writing is thought-provoking and littered with metaphors and references to nature.
Her second single entitled ‘Roving’ was inspired by issues relating to democracy and police brutality, exploring whether the western notion of freedom is something really experienced by all individuals within society. Yvonne shot a music video to accompany the release which was directed by artist/videographer Eliot Jones and featured movement artist Elizabeth Mary Williams with choreography produced by Dancer Myron Birch. The choreography was performed by Yvonne herself, Elizabeth Mary Williams, Myron Birch and Jan Vianen, the theme of which explored freedom within bodies within a confined space. Previous themes Yvonne has explored have included fear and disintegration of relationships, freedom and democracy, coming into a period of growth and the appreciation and acknowledgement that comes with this, regaining confidence and also love and loss. Yvonne has performed at The Troubadour, The Omeara, Olympic Studios, The Old Church and other venues across London.
Yvonne is looking to further engage with wider societal issues and collaborate with other artists who identify with these issues. Her previous residency with Nene Park coincided with the Black Lives Matter protests, making her conscious of the relationship between the black experience and nature. Re-reading Martin Luther King’s autobiography, she was reminded of the power & significance behind the Gospel Spiritual songs and how they were sung during the Civil Rights protest movements of the 1960s to signify togetherness and hope. This concept is something that resonated with Yvonne and the way in which people came together to protest in support of Black Lives Matter. She is looking to develop a new collection of songs based on the themes of the Gospel Spirituals, nature and also other issues relating to the black experience.