Yola – Yola | She released her debut LP “Through the Fire” in February 2019. Nominated for four Grammy Awards, including best new artist.

On 23 March 2019 Yola made her American television debut on CBS This Morning‘s Saturday Sessions segment, where she played selections from Walk Through Fire.

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The 35-year-old artist, born Yolanda Quartey, has spent the past decade or so shifting between various behind-the-scenes roles as a singer in Bristol and London. By the time she turned 30, she says, her central musical outlet, the Bristol-based band Phantom Limb, had become a toxic environment, a white boys’ club (“like True Blood, except guitars”) in which her own work and art was devalued and trivialized.

 

 

Walk Through Fire is the debut album by Yola. It was released on February 22, 2019 on Dan Auerbach‘s Easy Eye Sound label, to much acclaim. The album title references both a fire which damaged Yola’s home and an abusive relationship from which she escaped. AllMusic called the album “an extraordinary record, one designed to be part of a grand musical tradition, and it contains enough emotion and imagination to earn its place within that lineage.

 

 

Walk Through Fire’s overriding mood is glorious, sun-soaked southern contentment, from the resplendent expanse of Yola’s strong, versatile voice to the liquid steel, fiddle and Wurlitzer on the likes of It Ain’t Easier and Faraway Look.
the Guardian | Emily Mackay | Feb 24, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Yola – Yola | “Through the Fire”

[Verse 1]
Standing on the side of the river
Staring across the great divide
I’d give all my gold and silver
Just to get to the other side
Your love is like a rescue vessel
Carries me through the night
Through these flames of destruction
I know you’re gonna make it right
I know you’re gonna save my life

[Chorus]
But I gotta walk through the fire
I gotta deal with desire
The situation is dire
I gotta walk through the fire of love
Walk through the fire of love

[Verse 2]
Sitting alone in my bedroom
Thinking about the trip to come
My bags are packed and I’m ready
I think I’m gonna make a run, oh lord
Oh lord, I’m gonna make a run
The red hot coals are calling
And I know it’s the only way
There ain’t no use in prolonging
The fact that I just can’t stay
I know that I cannot stay

[Chorus]
But I gotta walk through the fire
I gotta deal with desire
The situation is dire
I gotta walk through the fire of love
Walk through the fire of love

[Bridge]
Want you to save me
Cover me when I go
I need you to take me
Take me across the red hot coals

[Chorus]
But I gotta walk through the fire
I gotta deal with desire
The situation is dire
I gotta walk through the fire of love
Walk through the fire of love