Yola served as musical guest on Tuesday’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where she performed “Dancing Away in Tears”. The song comes off the English singer-songwriter’s Grammy-nominated 2021 album, Stand For Myself. She also sat for an interview on CBS Mornings for the shows ongoing “Road To The Grammys” segment.
From the song’s sleek opening, it presents an emerging artistic side of the singer born Yolanda Quartey. The backroom decadence that envelopes the track is a far cry from some of the more traditional modern country found on her 2019 debut, Walk Through Fire. Just as the title indicates, Yola firmly stands for herself on her new album, vocalizing her unwillingness to be an industry token the best way she knows how—and judging by the new album’s Grammy nomination for Best American Album and her recent tour opening for Chris Stapleton, the Americana industry is possibly even more receptive to this artistic honesty than the original Yola image they fell in love with in 2019.
“I’m a massive softie. I’m sentimental as heck,” she told the Recording Academy upon the album’s release. “I want to be treated with a sense of nuance and tenderness. I don’t have to be tough because I’m a Black woman. I don’t have to be servile because I’m from some other community. I don’t have to be ‘Put up or shut up’ because I’m seen as a moral authority.”
Watch Yola perform “Dancing Away in Tears” from her new album Stand For Myself on Fallon below and her interview with CBS‘s Anthony Mason for CBS Mornings. Yola is set to appear at Brandi Carlile’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend destination event at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico February 1st–5th before heading out on a nationwide headlining tour. For tickets and more information visit her website.
Yola – “Dancing Away in Tears”
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