|Saturday 02 July 2016 @ 09:00pm : -
Yola Carter Band
From her late teens, Yola Carter (born Yolanda Quartey) earned credibility and respect throughout the industry as one of the U.K's top Singers and a uniquely gifted Songwriter. As a lover of Soul and Country music her influences include The Staple Singers, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Band and Otis Redding. Carter found that her soul voice was the first to get attention and graduated quickly to touring internationally straight out of school with critically acclaimed acts such as Bugz in the Attic and later Massive Attack most notably headlining The Glastonbury Festival's Other Stage Live on the BBC to 60,000 people. Other notable supports and live collaborations include The McCrary Sisters, The Fairfield Four, Willie Watson, Jan Howard, James Brown and The legendary Staxx Band with whom she duetted "Knock on Wood" live with Eddie Floyd.
As a songwriter able to apply her soul sound across genres, she soon found herself being asked to write for people as well as record. She moved to London for short stint as her career as a writer began, and she was being asked to write, sing or sit in and be a fixer in the production on numerous projects and as her career developed she was working with acts like Chase and Status, DJ Fresh, Katy Perry, Duke Dumont and wrote the lead single "Hopes and Fears" for Will Young's Album The Hits as a Pop writer, and collaborated with Nitin Sawhney on his concept masterpiece "Last Days of Meaning" that previewed at the Royal Hall and centered on a stunning performance from the legendary John Hurt following the epic metaphorical Dickensian journey of a lonely intransigent man.
Almost simultaneously she was asked to join Country-Rock band called Phantom Limb based in her hometown of Bristol UK. Originally intended as a side project for the players who were working in other projects, Yola took to playing her soul voice and writing to the project, only to realize she had an opportunity to find an outlet for her Alt-Country and Old Time Country tastes. As the front woman and top line writer Yola Carter co-wrote two albums with the band the eponymous debut album "Phantom Limb" and the later more countrified effort of "The Pines" produced my Marc Ford of The Black Crowes and supported acts such as Dr John, Solomon Burke and Candy Staton.
Yola Carter has since combined her two skill sets of singer-writer and writer producer to produce her debut solo EP "Orphan Offering" out this Spring, and is already working on her debut album "Orphan Country", alongside recording with the award winning folk singer-songwriter and frontman of Lau, Kris Drever on his new album. 2016 will see a return to the touring with dates throughout the Summer for Yola Carter, and a focus on this much anticipated debut album.