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English Country-Soul Singer-Songwriter

Yolanda Quartey, better known by her stage name, Yola, is a Grammy-nominated country-soul singer-songwriter from Bristol, England. She has also gone by the name Yola Carter.

She became the lead singer of the band Phantom Limb, who released their first album in 2010. She has sung backing vocals for numerous artists including Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers and Iggy Azalea.

Yola released her first solo EP, Orphan Offering, in 2016.

In February 2019, she released her debut album Walk Through Fire on Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label, to much acclaim. The album title references both a fire which damaged Yola's home and an abusive relationship from which she escaped. Brittney McKenna of NPR Music's First Listen declared, "It's the work of an artist sure to stun audiences for years to come." The Wall Street Journal stated, "The album is an introduction to a seasoned, major vocalist that stands to be remembered as a breakthrough."

She sings the verse about a freedom rider The Highwomen's single "Highwomen."

Yola received four nominations at the 62nd Grammy Awards, including the all-genre Best New Artist category.


Artist You Need to Know: Yola - Rolling Stone

Yola was at home in Bristol in December of 2015 when she realized her kitchen was beginning to fill up with flames. “I was walking around burning like a human  ...

British Singer Yola Combines Grit And Softness On Debut ...

Yola Carter caught the music bug as a small child growing up in a tiny seaside town in southwest England. Browsing through her mother's varied record ...

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