Inspired by country and soul from the likes of The Band, Gillian Welch, Gene Clark, The Byrds, Staple Singers, Emmylou Harris, Otis Redding and Dolly Parton, Yola Carter is a force of nature and an incredibly talented singer-songwriter. After 15 years as a writer, producer and featured vocalist with dance and pop artists such as Massive Attack, Duke Dumont, Katy Perry and Chase & Status and two albums and several years fronting the acclaimed band Phantom Limb, she embarked on the latest chapter of her career as a solo Americana artist at the start of 2016.
Live, the killer combination of Yola’s powerhouse voice, stage presence and superb soul-baring songs has proved completely irresistible from her very first show. 2017 has seen her play major stages all over the UK as well as festivals in Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Canada, blowing audiences away everywhere – whether performing as a stripped down acoustic trio, her full 10-piece country soul orchestra or in several different lineups in between.
Yola was chosen to represent the UK at the prestigious Americana Music Association showcase in Nashville in September 2016, where she made a huge impact, being selected by the massively influential broadcaster NPR as one of their top 10 artists and generating an electric music industry and media buzz. She has been invited to return in Sep 2017 as part of the main AMA showcase programme and was an incredibly popular choice as the UK Artist Of The Year at the AMA UK Awards in London in Feb 2017.
Her debut EP Orphan Offering was released in November 2016 to great critical acclaim and it provided a perfect showcase for her stellar abilities as a singer, writer and producer. Two separate tracks from it made the 100 Top Songs of 2016 list from 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. Yola is currently recoding her debut album for a 2018 release.