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Yebba is the artist name of Abbey Smith, a talented 22-year-old singer from Arkansas, who is rising to fame thanks to collaborations and shoutouts from big stars. Her controlled, smooth and powerful vocals make her a singer’s singer, like Tori Kelly and Andra Day, so it makes sense that artists like Ed Sheeran and Meghan Trainor are getting behind her. She also performed with Chance the Rapper on SNL, and features on the new A Tribe Called Quest album. Her duet with Clark Beckham from American Idol is by far the most popular video on his channel, with over half a million views. However, it’s now her solo original song My Mind which is making her name, thanks to her impressive performance for Sofar Sounds. Only released one month ago, the song has already been covered by British pop star Anne-Marie. She’s now working on new material with writers including Diane Warren, but there’s no news yet on a record deal.