British roots musician Yola on standing for herself
When pandemic lockdowns hit in 2020, Yola had a choice to make: stay in her hometown of Bristol, England, or move full time to Nashville and finish her new album, “Stand For Myself.”
“If it wasn’t for the pandemic, I wouldn’t have been able to make this record in the way that I did because it would have been so much more rushed,” Yola said. “The paradigm of working until you’re almost dead can sap you of your ability, your self-respect and your self-love.”
Yola chose Nashville, and now that album is nominated for best Americana album at this year’s Grammy awards.
We ask her about writing in a pandemic, leaving home, and what her future holds.
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