If anyone understands that love isn't always perfect, it's Yahzarah.
When she abruptly left her first love, music, to take a day job at Banana Republic in 2003, she knew something seriously had to give. Heartbroken after the release of her lackluster second album, Black Star, she was drained -- creatively, emotionally and mentally -- and needed to hibernate from the music industry.
"There was a point when I started to believe them, started to believe that I really couldn't write songs and be myself," she says, recalling her frustration at fighting what would turn out to be a losing battle over creative control.
But eventually, the people who loved her, even in her low point between albums, persuaded her to get back to music. "[Soul singer] Ledisi was like: 'You have a job now? Are you crazy?'" she remembers.
(Photo courtesy Foreign Exchange Music)
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