Midway through the 1970s, 14-year-old Yvonne joined her first singing group, the Soulettes. Membership of the Soulettes had included a host of Lawndale neighborhood talent since releasing "It's Alright" b/w "Find Somebody New" for Bo Dud's Dud Sound label earlier in the decade. Comprised at the time of Patricia Redmond, Marion Robinson, and Adeline Robinson, the quartet was managed by Robert Tabor, who groomed the group, helping to advance each individual vocalist. After adding Marcella Willis, Tabor changed the group's name to Love. He then brought the quartet to Chicago arranger Donald Burnside, who was creating a national buzz writing for AVI recording artist Captain Sky. An opportunity to tour behind Burnside and Sky's 1979 album Pop Goes The Captain pulled her away from the group, and set her on a path towards The Chicago Party.