It was Annie Lennox's "Conversations with" series that first alerted me to the extraordinary singer-songwriter Yola. It was a great chat in which she explained that although she could have chosen any musical path, this "genre-fluid" female Bristolian decided to go to Nashville to shake up the world of country music. I was in.
Of course I immediately jumped into a YouTube rabbit hole, and was blown away by her voice.
So imagine my excitement when I found out she's playing Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming Elvis biopic. (Sister Rosetta is one of my heroes – here's why she inspired my Feminist Jukebox).
I cannot think of anyone else better to play her, and I cannot wait to see the film!
So on this International Women's Day, I've drawn those two amazing women performing together. What a mind blowing duet would be. I think they'd get on, don't you?
Be sure to check out Yola's album, Walk Through Fire, it's a great listen.
Here is Yola playing her song "Hold On" with The Highwomen & Sheryl Crow – "This is my call to the next generation of Black Women. Take up space. Be visible. Show what it looks like to be Young, Gifted & Black."