Yola Carter is a rising country-soul singer songwriter from Bristol. Her recent successes include being voted ‘UK Artist of the Year’ at the AMA UK Awards, a much-hyped performance at AmericanaFest in Nashville and embarking on a first headline tour. Towards the end of 2016, Yola has been touted as an ‘artist to watch’ by publications ranging from The Guardian and NPR to Stereogum and No Depression.
Her influences include Sixties country, Stax-era soul and gospel ranging from The Staple Singers to Otis Redding and Yola is unafraid to address difficult issues in her lyrics. Coming from a broken home and growing up in a working class community, writing music quickly became an outlet and a means of expression and touring a means of escape.
From her late teens, Yola worked hard to earn credibility and respect throughout the industry as one of the UK’s top singers and a uniquely gifted songwriter. She graduated 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 notable headlining Glastonbury Festival’s Other Stage to 60,000 people as well as broadcasting live on the BBC. Other notable supports and live collaborations have included The McCrary Sisters, The Fairfield Four, Willie Watson, Jan Howard, James Brown, Elizabeth Cooke and the legendary Stax Band.
Yola wrote, recorded and produced her debut solo EP ‘Orphan Offering’, which was released in November 2016. A set of songs that is both intensely personal while speaking to wider socio-political issues, the EP is a living example of an artist building something from nothing. She is now working on a full-length debut and will be performing at a number of festival throughout the summer, including an appearance at Dart Music Festival.