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    Yola's Debut Album, "Walk Through Fire," Produced by Dan Auerbach, Out Now on Easy Eye Sound

    British rising star Yola's debut solo album, Walk Through Fire, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach is out now on Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label, distributed by Nonesuch Records. To pick up a copy of the album, head to your local record store, iTunes, Amazon, the Easy Eye Sound Store, or the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. You can also hear the album now on Spotify and Apple Music.

    Yola and Auerbach celebrate the album's relese with a performance at his studio in Nashville, streamed live on the Easy Eye Sound Facebook today at noon ET. She also gives an in-store performance at Grimey's in Nashville later today and at Rough Trade shops in Bristol and London next week. For all her tour details, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    The album "showcases Yola's otherworldly vocals and compelling songwriting," said NPR Music's Brittney McKenna in naming Walk Through Fire an NPR First Listen. "It's the work of an artist sure to stun audiences for years to come." At the start of the year, NPR had named Yola one of its Slingshot: 20 Artists To Watch In 2019. "With a voice that can belt, swoon and sing the blues," wrote WFUV's Rita Houston for the feature, "she quickly makes clear that you’re in rare company."

    Yola is a Breaking Artist in the latest Sunday Times. "[S]he arrives an instant, incandescent vocal star," exclaims the Sunday Times's David Cairns. The album "glories in the chord progressions, dynamics and textures of classic country-soul, over which Yola’s keening, caressing voice sighs and soars. Rich with vibrato and echoing Dusty in Memphis, her singing elevates a sequence of immaculately upholstered songs to greatness ... Walk Through Fire introduces an artist who is unmistakably the real deal."

    "There is an irresistible magnetism to Yola's vintage soul and gospel tinged Americana," says the Guardian, "and songs that feel as if they have been around forever." You can read her feature interview in today's paper here.

    "A commanding solo debut which turns Yola's stories of heartbreak and defiance into widescreen, Dusty-styled ballads," says Mojo in its four-star review.

    "Debut solo album from Bristol country-soul miracle," reads the headline of the Q magazine four-star review. "A slice of West Country meets Southern soul glory to rival anything Auerbach’s ever been associated with."

    In the Sunday Telegraph's Stella supplement, Walk Through Fire is the "Stella Loves…" music tip. "Can't. Stop. Listening," says the feature. "Her debut album is a retro-sounding joy, all slide-guitars, lush country/R&B arrangements and glorious, rich, belting vocals. A star in the making, for sure."

    Yola has blazed her own trail with a passion for the soul and country music she loves. Walk Through Fire is a contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel, and shimmering tremolo guitars, it provides the perfect soundtrack to Yola's arresting vocals, which first came to the attention of Auerbach after a friend sent him a video of Yola performing in Nashville.

    "The moment I met Yola I was impressed," says Auerbach. "Her spirit fills the room, just like her voice … she has the ability to sing in a full roar or barely a whisper and that is a true gift. She made everyone in the studio an instant believer."

    Hailing from a small town outside Bristol in the UK, Yola grew up in poverty with an unsupportive parent who "banned" her from making any music. She later became homeless, living on the streets of London and also experienced stress-induced voice loss.

    Yola overcame these challenges to launch a successful sideline in writing, performing on pop hits and briefly joined British band Massive Attack. She was also the main writer and front woman in Phantom Limb, opening for artists including James Brown and Dr. John before pursuing her solo career in 2016. She quickly made her mark in the US with her vocal powers and innovative songwriting winning early supporters, including Rolling Stone Country, Wall Street Journal, Paste, Stereogum, NPR and The Current's Bill DeVille, who stated, "She's a powerhouse of a singer: she's part Southern soul, she's part gospel and she's completely amazing. You'll want to remember her name: Yola."

    Written and recorded at Auerbach's Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, Walk Through Fire is a truly collaborative record. It was written in the studio by Yola and Auerbach with contributions from songwriting legends who between them have written songs for artists from Glen Campbell to Aretha Franklin. Auerbach also assembled his Easy Eye Sound all-star house band composed of legendary session players. Musicians who performed on the record include bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash) as well as drummer Gene Chrisman and pianist Bobby Wood who played on hits by Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley. Guest performers include up-and-comer Molly Tuttle and country music icon Vince Gill.

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Yola's debut solo album, Walk Through Fire, produced by Dan Auerbach, is out now on Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label. The album "showcases Yola's otherworldly vocals and compelling songwriting," says NPR. "It's the work of an artist sure to stun audiences for years to come." "[S]he arrives an instant, incandescent vocal star," exclaims the Sunday Times. "Rich with vibrato and echoing Dusty in Memphis, her singing elevates a sequence of immaculately upholstered songs to greatness ... Walk Through Fire introduces an artist who is unmistakably the real deal." "Can't. Stop. Listening," says the Sunday Telegraph. "A star in the making, for sure."

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British rising star Yola's debut solo album, Walk Through Fire, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach is out now on Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label, distributed by Nonesuch Records. To pick up a copy of the album, head to your local record store, iTunes, Amazon, the Easy Eye Sound Store, or the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. You can also hear the album now on Spotify and Apple Music.

Yola and Auerbach celebrate the album's relese with a performance at his studio in Nashville, streamed live on the Easy Eye Sound Facebook today at noon ET. She also gives an in-store performance at Grimey's in Nashville later today and at Rough Trade shops in Bristol and London next week. For all her tour details, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

The album "showcases Yola's otherworldly vocals and compelling songwriting," said NPR Music's Brittney McKenna in naming Walk Through Fire an NPR First Listen. "It's the work of an artist sure to stun audiences for years to come." At the start of the year, NPR had named Yola one of its Slingshot: 20 Artists To Watch In 2019. "With a voice that can belt, swoon and sing the blues," wrote WFUV's Rita Houston for the feature, "she quickly makes clear that you’re in rare company."

Yola is a Breaking Artist in the latest Sunday Times. "[S]he arrives an instant, incandescent vocal star," exclaims the Sunday Times's David Cairns. The album "glories in the chord progressions, dynamics and textures of classic country-soul, over which Yola’s keening, caressing voice sighs and soars. Rich with vibrato and echoing Dusty in Memphis, her singing elevates a sequence of immaculately upholstered songs to greatness ... Walk Through Fire introduces an artist who is unmistakably the real deal."

"There is an irresistible magnetism to Yola's vintage soul and gospel tinged Americana," says the Guardian, "and songs that feel as if they have been around forever." You can read her feature interview in today's paper here.

"A commanding solo debut which turns Yola's stories of heartbreak and defiance into widescreen, Dusty-styled ballads," says Mojo in its four-star review.

"Debut solo album from Bristol country-soul miracle," reads the headline of the Q magazine four-star review. "A slice of West Country meets Southern soul glory to rival anything Auerbach’s ever been associated with."

In the Sunday Telegraph's Stella supplement, Walk Through Fire is the "Stella Loves…" music tip. "Can't. Stop. Listening," says the feature. "Her debut album is a retro-sounding joy, all slide-guitars, lush country/R&B arrangements and glorious, rich, belting vocals. A star in the making, for sure."

Yola has blazed her own trail with a passion for the soul and country music she loves. Walk Through Fire is a contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel, and shimmering tremolo guitars, it provides the perfect soundtrack to Yola's arresting vocals, which first came to the attention of Auerbach after a friend sent him a video of Yola performing in Nashville.

"The moment I met Yola I was impressed," says Auerbach. "Her spirit fills the room, just like her voice … she has the ability to sing in a full roar or barely a whisper and that is a true gift. She made everyone in the studio an instant believer."

Hailing from a small town outside Bristol in the UK, Yola grew up in poverty with an unsupportive parent who "banned" her from making any music. She later became homeless, living on the streets of London and also experienced stress-induced voice loss.

Yola overcame these challenges to launch a successful sideline in writing, performing on pop hits and briefly joined British band Massive Attack. She was also the main writer and front woman in Phantom Limb, opening for artists including James Brown and Dr. John before pursuing her solo career in 2016. She quickly made her mark in the US with her vocal powers and innovative songwriting winning early supporters, including Rolling Stone Country, Wall Street Journal, Paste, Stereogum, NPR and The Current's Bill DeVille, who stated, "She's a powerhouse of a singer: she's part Southern soul, she's part gospel and she's completely amazing. You'll want to remember her name: Yola."

Written and recorded at Auerbach's Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, Walk Through Fire is a truly collaborative record. It was written in the studio by Yola and Auerbach with contributions from songwriting legends who between them have written songs for artists from Glen Campbell to Aretha Franklin. Auerbach also assembled his Easy Eye Sound all-star house band composed of legendary session players. Musicians who performed on the record include bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash) as well as drummer Gene Chrisman and pianist Bobby Wood who played on hits by Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley. Guest performers include up-and-comer Molly Tuttle and country music icon Vince Gill.

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