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YASHA
(Formerly known in industry circles as Rahni Song)


Years ago in a small room in the back of his mother’s house, a dream began. Wires, microphones and tape recorders everywhere. Hanging on the wall was a spray-painted replica of a gold album. Manuscript paper covered the floor as an electric piano sat in the middle of the room. He looks at the painted gold record and said “One day that thing on the wall is going to be the real thing!” Yasha started out as a session musician for his uncle Stanley Huckebey,who was a hard nosed perfectionist and the first producer he ever worked under. As a result of working on his uncle's two studio recordings, Yasha became instantly hooked on the science of record making.

Some years later while working at a local hospital, he saw Tony Award winner and recording artist, Melba Moore on television being interviewed. He then turns to his buddy Rich DiMauro and comments, “Give me a year or two and I’ll be producing and writing for people like her!”

At the age of 19, Yasha formed and co-founded a record company of his own with long time friend and business associate Jim Ragland. They called it Emprise Records. His first release was a group called Family Love. The album entitled “A Different Drummer” was the only recording of its kind at the time. Back in 1976, it was less than favorable to mix gospel with R&B and pop music. Though the album and the concept of his record company found itself the subject of much ridicule as a result of his vision and new concept of Gospel music, “A Different Drummer” went on to be nationally distributed and received Record World Magazine’s vote as Best New Artist and Album. The album also, received numerous reviews and recognition in other national trade publications such as Billboard and Cashbox. Most of his success with this project came from cross over radio play and mainstream acceptance. Gospel radio frowned on him at the time, not knowing this trend one day would be received as main stream music. It is clear that Yasha’s vision and entrepreneurial spirit in the 70s has made enormous contributions to paving the way for many of the radical contemporary gospel artists of today.

During one of his promotional appearances at a music store, promoting the album, funk legend and Warner Brothers recording artist Boosty Collins walked in and is introduced to Yasha by the store owner. Yasha quickly gave him a copy of the album. Not knowing that just 7 years later their paths would cross again and result in numerous collaborations. Along with George Clinton they penned a the top 5 single “Work That Sucker To Death”, then on to the hit single “Krackity Krack” by EMI recording artist Dayton. Yasha then became a regular fixture in the Bootsy Collins and George Clinton recording sessions playing keys and assisting on hits like "Shine-O-Mite" (Bootsy) and "Atomic Dog". (George Clinton)

Prior to this, Yasha’s arranging and production talents reaped many benefits. Shortly after his timely meeting with Bootsy, Yasha received a call from the legendary Ben E. King (Stand By Me) to do the string arrangement on a record Mr. King was producing for his son Benny Jr. The real surprise for Yasha was that Frank Sinatra’s string section was performing on the track. That was the beginning of what everyone used to refer to as “the madness”!

It just goes to show you what can happen when you believe in your heart that dreams do come true. Since that time, under his industry name of Rahni Song, Yasha has produced and written for some of the industry’s top recording artists. Now the records on the wall are real gold and platinum. Along with being a very serious family man, Yasha continues to responsibly fill his role as producer, composer, arranger, songwriter, recording engineer, musician, and educator.

Throughout his many years in the production business, as a producer, musician and engineer, he has kept his finger on the pulse of the ever changing music industry and its numerous trends. Without missing a one beat! From R&B and Hip-Hop to Classical, from Rock to Jazz. Unlike the predictability of many producers of today, Yasha is a true music chameleon. A producer with a very discriminating ear. "I beleive my diversity and critical toughness came from my Dad's choice of music when I was growing up. He had such a broad appreciation for great music.Our house had no genre labels attached! The music was either good or bad. If it was bad, it never made it to the Hi-Fi! Even to this very day, he's still the same way. Very picky about what he listens to."

Considering the roster of artists Yasha has produced, along with music placed in major television shows and feature films, he is just now getting started! He is currently working on his album debut and developing his new Y3K artists roster. Male R&B vocal group HeartFixa, Funk Jazz prodigy Antuan Walker, Soul artist Benjamin, and poetry wiz & vocalist, Chloe.

One of his greatest compositions is not a musical piece, but an extensive business plan for his world class company, Y3K Global Media. Yasha’s vision is a clear aggressive approach to revitalizing the entire entertainment industry by restoring that which was once important. Entertainment! Not just limited to music, but film & television as well. Along with many foundational efforts and global initiatives, he states “We have major plans to impact the entertainment industry with a new level of product integrity and credibility. Especially, in our product development geared toward our young people”.

Yasha has also passionately involved in the community around him. For many years, he was the music director at Church in his home town of Hartford, Ct. He has also played in numerous bands along with organizing and coaching neighborhood football teams as an outreach program for inner-city youth. Having earned a Doctorate in Social Education, he has placed a great deal of time and effort in teaching and encouraging as many young people as possible through public speaking, literary works and interactive workshops and seminars.

Whether conducting massive orchestras, choirs or small 6 piece bands, to signing groups of just three or four; speaking to thousands at one time or a word of concern to two or three, Yasha continues to give unselfishly what he has abundantly received.

Your influences?
My music production role models are Thom Bell,Gene Page, Maurice White, George Massenburg, Quincy Jones, Norman Whitfield and Frank Wilson. My musician role models are Bernard Purdie,Chuck Rainy,Cornell Dupree,Toots Thielmans,Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder.
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