Yola is all about taking a stand — hence the title of her second album, Stand for Myself — but she also delivers quite a wallop even from a seated position. The formidable singer-songwriter is joined by her band for a slightly stripped-back, sit-down performance of four songs from the new Dan Auerbach-produced release. Lounging in Easy Eye Studios, Yola also discusses the many influences that inform her vocals, collaborating with the Highwomen, and what it means to stand for herself as a solo artist.
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The formidable singer-songwriter is joined by her band for a slightly stripped-back, sit-down performance of four songs from her Dan Auerbach-produced release.
Grammy-nominated songwriter and vocalist Yola released her first record, Walk Through Fire in 2019 after working for a decade as a studio vocalist and songwriter. The album, co-produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, was immediately met with critical acclaim and earned Yola four Grammy nominations. 2021’s Stand For Myself continues the retro-soul direction of her debut while discussing issues of self-acceptance, individuality and Yola’s experiences with inequality. The album was similarly received with rave reviews and became Yola’s first Billboard-charting album as a solo artist.