A force of nature and an incredibly talented singer-songwriter, Bristol-based Yola Carter was raised on gospel and is a greatly in-demand singer and writer on the dance scene.
However, country and soul from the likes of The Band, Gillian Welch, Gene Clark, The Byrds, Staple Singers, Emmylou Harris, Otis Redding and Dolly Parton has always been her true passion. After 15 years as a writer, producer and singer with artists such as Massive Attack, Duke Dumont, Chase & Status and Bugz In The Attic and two albums and several years fronting the band Phantom Limb, she embarked on the latest chapter of her career as a solo Americana artist in early 2016.
Yola’s powerhouse voice and stage presence, superb soul-baring original songs and her fantastic band have blown audiences away across the summer at UK festivals including SummerTyne, Southern Fried, Maverick and Nashville Meets London. She was also chosen to represent the UK at the prestigious Americana Music Association showcase in Nashville in September, where she made a huge impact, being selected by NPR as one of their top 10 artists and generating a huge music industry and media buzz.
Yola released her debut EP Orphan Offering in November to great critical acclaim and it provided a perfect showcase for her stellar abilities as a singer, writer, songwriter and producer. Two separate tracks from it made the 100 Top Songs of 2016 list from the massively influential broadcaster NPR Music and the prestigious magazine American Songwriter’s Top 50 in the US while the EP was ranked Number 9 in Stereogum’s 20 Best Country Albums. Paste magazine also listed her among their 20 Best New Bands Of 2016.
As a fitting finale to a breakout debut year, her sensational live performances earned Yola the UK Artist Of The Year title at the AMA UK Awards; an incredible achievement considering she had no recordings available during the qualifying period.
“A phenomenal talent, drawing on gospel, soul and country inflections” The Independent
“A voice to die for…it could be likened to Aretha Franklin. She is that good.” Maverick
“Country gospel with the driving energy of old-fashioned soul music…Her songs brandished big hooks and she filled them with stirring vocals, shouts, and yes, yodeling.” The Guardian
“Soul-strutting sensation Yola Carter, who quickly became the talk of the festival.” No Depression
“Authentic Americana with a British soul” **** The Times
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