Yola Announces New Album ‘Stand For Myself’ & Shares Single

By Scott Bernstein Apr 22, 2021 7:03 am PDT

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Yola will release a new album entitled Stand For Myself via Easy Eye Sound on July 30. Yola previewed her sophomore full-length LP by sharing its lead single, “Diamond Studded Shoes,” along with a video for the track.

The 12-track album was produced by Dan Auerbach who also helmed 2019’s Walk Through Fire. Yola recorded Stand For Myself, described as “a sonic shift from her debut album,” last fall with a rhythm section featuring bassist Nick Movshon and drummer Aaron Frazer. Co-writers on songs crafted while Yola was self-quarantining during the pandemic include Ruby Amanfu, John Bettis, Pat McLaughlin, Natalie Hemby, Joy Oladokun, Paul Overstreet, Liz Rose, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Hannah Vasanth and Bobby Wood.

“It’s a collection of stories of allyship, black feminine strength through vulnerability, and loving connection from the sexual to the social. All celebrating a change in thinking and paradigm shift at their core,” Yola stated regarding Stand For Myself. “It is an album not blindly positive and it does not simply plead for everyone to come together. It instead explores ways that we need to stand for ourselves throughout our lives, what limits our connection as humans and declares that real change will come when we challenge our thinking and acknowledge our true complexity.”

Yola tapped Kwaku Otchere to direct the “Diamond Studded Shoes” video. “This song explores the false divides created to distract us from those few who are in charge of the majority of the world’s wealth and use the ‘divide and conquer’ tactic to keep it,” Yola added. “This song calls on us to unite and turn our focus to those with a stranglehold on humanity.”

Watch Yola’s “Diamond Studded Shoes” video below:

Stand For Myself Tracklist

  1. Barely Alive
  2. Dancing Away In Tears
  3. Diamond Studded Shoes
  4. Be My Friend
  5. Great Divide
  6. Starlight
  7. If I Had To Do It All Again
  8. Now You’re Here
  9. Whatever You Want
  10. Break The Bough
  11. Like A Photograph
  12. Stand For Myself
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