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Yola brings a touch of soul to Americana, filling the genre with a voice as ebullient as it is moving. 

The singer gained her start as a feature vocalist for UK-based trip-hop and electronica artists, but later paused singing when her mother passed away in 2013. 

That hiatus gave her time to hone her craft. Yola began playing guitar and writing her own music, which focused on the isolation she felt as a black woman artist in the U.K. 

From that songwriting, she released her debut EP Orphan Offering in 2016. Yola spent the next three years building up momentum, which culminated in her debut studio album Walk Through Fire, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. 

It went on to become a critical darling, garnering rave reviews from prestige outlets and three Grammy nominations — for Best Americana Album, Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance (for “Faraway Look”). Yola herself was nominated for Best New Artist. 

After her first appearance at the 2019 Newport Folk Festival and a subsequent feature on supergroup the Highwomen’s title track, she further solidified her place in Americana. 

In 2021, Yola released her sophomore album Stand for Myself, which she called “a paradigm shift.”

  • Full name: Yolanda Quartey
  • Born: July 31, 1983
  • Hometown: Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Genre: Americana
Album - Yola - Stand for Myself
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STAFF PICKSYola - Stand for Myself

By Hal Horowitz, July 26, 2021

Relish in one of contemporary music’s most dynamic voices at the peak of her songwriting powers and soul saturated vocal intensity.

Holler Country Music
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ESSENTIALSHoller's Tracks of the Year

By Holler , December 22, 2020

It's been quite a year, but thankfully the music never stopped.

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PODCASTHoller Weekly Ep.05

By Holler , April 27, 2021

Baylen and Kelly discuss how good the forthcoming albums from Kacey Musgraves and Yola are going to be and how RVSHVD is one of the next big things in Country. Finally, Jof Owen joins the gang to really settle the age-old question... What Is Americana??

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Yola Channels 90s Hip-Hop Vibes in 'Stand For Myself' Video

By Holler , May 27, 2021

The video's aesthetic was inspired, in part, by Missy Elliott's music videos.

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Yola announces new album ‘Stand For Myself’

By Zoe Hodges, April 22, 2021

The new album, produced by Dan Auerbach, will be released via Easy Eye Sound on July 30, 2021.

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Mavis Staples And Yola To Appear On New Spotify Show 'Duet'

By Zoe Hodges, February 18, 2021

The show will air on Thursday, February 18th.

AMA UK Award Winner: UK Song of the Year - Yola
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Yola wins AMA UK Award for UK Song of the Year

By Holler , January 28, 2021

The singer-songwriter took the prize with her song 'I Don't Wanna Lie'