Yola appeared as the musical guest on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where the singer-songwriter performed the title track to her new album, Stand For Myself. Yola’s sophomore LP is out on July 30th via Dan Auerbach‘s Easy Eye Sound.
For this live, in-studio performance at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, Yola donned an acoustic guitar and was joined on piano by Oscar-winning Late Show musical director Jon Batiste. Yola also had a backing band in tow that featured Andy Stack on guitar, Ray Jacildo on keys, Mike Montgomery (Durand Jones & The Indications) on bass, and rising singer-songwriter and drummer Aaron Fraser.
Yola has built an already-sterling career on her versatility and fluidity as an artist. Recently, she performed a pair of Stand For Myself singles acoustically with minimalist piano accompaniment for WFUV. For The Late Show, however, she takes the songs in the opposite direction by delivering a full-bodied performance. The evocative rendition is also fueled by the personally autobiographical nature of “Stand For Myself”‘s lyrics.
Stand For Myself confronts what Yola has already experienced in the way of tokenism and bigotry in her still-blossoming career. Ever since her 2019 breakthrough Walk Through The Fire, she has been adopted by the rising Americana scene, as she currently prepares to tour in support of Chris Stapleton. While the abundant acceptance by this particular niche has been an overwhelmingly positive force in Yola’s professional life, the implications of her newfound fame have given rise to her own private contemplations. On Stand For Myself, Yola does just that as she reflects on her own trajectory.
Watch Yola perform “Stand For Myself” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Stand For Myself is available on July 30th, click here to pre-order.
Yola – “Stand For Myself”
[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]