Following a year that saw the release of her debut solo EP ‘Orphan Offering’; acclaimed live performances in London, Nashville and in between; and worldwide coverage in publications like The Guardian, NPR, The Times and No Depression, British country-soul singer and songwriter Yola Carter has added an acoustic trio tour of Scotland to her forthcoming live dates. A firm favourite at Southern Fried Festival following several performances in recent years, as well as a standout performance as part of the Roaming Roots Revue at Celtic Connections in January, the country has become a key part of her touring, and these shows are set to be no exception. In her own words: "Scotland is one of my favourite places to play. It's a place where the folk tradition is alive and kicking and open to so much music." Yola Carter is a rising country-soul singer/songwriter from Bristol, whose 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 her first headline UK tour, described by The Times as “spectacular”. Towards the end of 2016 Carter was noted as an ‘artist to watch’ by publications ranging from The Guardian and NPR to Stereogum and No Depression.
Heavily influenced from an early age by Sixties country, Stax-era soul and gospel ranging from The Staple Singers to Otis Redding, Yola was raised in a small seaside town in the south west of the England and “always wanted to be a country music artist”. Unafraid to address difficult issues in her lyrics, Yola’s real-life story - both heartbreaking and inspirational - naturally finds its way into her songs. Coming from a poor, broken home and a parent suffering from mental illness who ‘banned’ her from making any music, Yola’s experience of growing up was one of truly living below the breadline. In a working class community in denial of its status where discrimination and even violence fuelled by racism were not unusual, writing music quickly became an outlet and a means of expression, and touring a means of escape.
From her late teens, Yola (born Yolanda Quartey) worked hard to earn credibility and respect throughout the industry as one of the UK's top singers and a uniquely gifted songwriter. Realising that her soul voice was soon getting attention, Yola 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 notably headlining Glastonbury Festival's Other Stage to 60,000 people and broadcasting live on the BBC.
Following a year sharing stages with artists like St Paul and The Broken Bones, Sam Outlaw and Imelda Mae, and extensive media coverage around her debut release, Yola Carter is now working on her full-length debut and will be performing at a number of festivals and tour dates throughout the summer.