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The British musician Yola is a world class artist in waiting. Under the name of Yolanda Quartey she grew up in Bristol, receiving a musical education through her mother’s record collections. These influences, among which Otis Redding, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Emmylou Harris and The Byrds, have their effect on her own songwriting.
Her voice may sound familiar, and that’s possible: she used to be part of the Bristol band Phantom Limb as a guitarist and vocalist. She has also been part of Massive Attack’s live band for years. Nowadays she’s striking out on her own, supported by her four-piece live band with whom she released her debut album “Walk Through Fire” on 22 February. The album has a large number of polished soul and country songs and was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. The singer and musician poured her remarkable craftmanship into sixties baroque pop and engaging country soul. Highly recommended to fans of: Natalie Prass, Alabama Shakes and My Morning Jacket.
“An exploration of the intersection of soul, country and rock. A mixture of Dusty Springfield vocals with elements of Laurel Canyon” – Washington Post