“Stand for Myself” is the anthemic new album from Yola. Set to be released July 30th, produced by Dan Auerbach, it is a sonic mix of symphonic soul and classic pop tracing a musical thread to Yola’s most eclectic musical inspirations. It declares that it is only when we stand for ourselves, and acknowledge our complexity, that we can be truly alive and reflects on Yola’s hopes for paradigm shift beyond the mental programming that creates tokenism and bigotry, which have deeply impacted her personal life and professional career.
“Stand For Myself” is the next chapter in Yola’s remarkable story… which has seen her go from living on London’s streets to 4 x GRAMMY nominations (including best new artist) on her debut record. She has become a breakout star in the US, landing widespread support and critical acclaim and fans from Elton John to Mavis Staples and a role as Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Baz Luhrmann’s musical drama “Elvis,” played by Austin Butler, alongside Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker and Kelvin Harrison Jr (B.B. King) and Alton Mason (Little Richard.)
Yola will now become one of few artists to have performed at both Newport Folk and Newport Jazz in the same year, when she joins the lineup of both events this summer. She will also be performing dates with Chris Stapleton on his rescheduled tour in 2021 and will headline The Ryman Auditorium in 2022.