Yola Carter is a UK born country-soul singer-songwriter. Raised in a small seaside town just outside of Bristol in the South West. From a broken home, and in an environment that was tangibly further right than would make a black woman feel comfortable, writing came quickly and performing followed closely as a means of expression and maybe even escape. In many ways, music was principally a catharsis of sorts, giving voice to the feeling of being largely overlooked as a black girl in a societal sense but somehow simultaneously, directly attacked in her immediate environment for merely existing.
From her late teens, Yola Carter (born Yolanda Quartey) quickly earned credibility and respect throughout the industry as one of the UK’s top Singers and a uniquely gifted Songwriter. As a lover of Soul and Country music her influences include The Staple Singers, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Band and Otis Redding. Carter found that her soul voice was the first to get attention and graduated quickly to touring internationally straight out of school with critically acclaimed acts such as Bugz in the Attic on their world tour and later Massive Attack, most notably headlining The Glastonbury Festival’s Other Stage Live on the BBC to 60,000 people. Other notable supports and live collaborations include The McCrary Sisters, The Fairfield Four, Willie Watson, Jan Howard, James Brown, Elizabeth Cooke and The legendary Staxx Band with whom she duetted “Knock on Wood” live with Eddie Floyd.
Starting early was a blessing as she came from a poor family, but had side effects of often being absorbed into projects. Her talents as a writer, however, made this side effect work in her favour as time went on.
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