LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… The next act to take the stage was the husband and wife duo YVR. Courtney Jenaé and Stephen Stahl … and this is no exaggeration… blew me away with their music.
I won’t sugarcoat it, I think I prefer hearing their music live. The drops hit harder. The crescendos feel so much bigger. I remember when they performed “What If”, and Courtney belted the chorus in full chest voice, I had what can only be classified as a “permanent stank face”. Mon, Dieu. That was a moment. Perhaps it was because it was the first time I heard that song, but man… I think I have stank face writing this sentence right now just thinking about it.
I read somewhere after the gig that the couple had spent some time in the far east as k-pop writers (with multiple #1 Korean pop hit credits on their songwriting resume), and it didn’t surprise me. You could hear the craft in each of their compositions. Perfect lead-ins. Catchy hooks. Seamless transitions of both mood and sections. The choruses of “Out Of It” and “Always You” … I mean, how big and catchy can a song get? Catchy enough to lure me in. I’m sold on this couple…”