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Yola Announces New Album ‘Stand For Myself’



Yola has revealed that her new album Stand For Myself will be released on July 30th, produced by Dan Auerbach. Her latest single “Diamond Studded Shoes” debuted today with a new video, directed by Kwaku Otchere.

Yola stated, “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. This song calls on us to unite and turn our focus to those with a stranglehold on humanity.”

Yola added, “The video is in part inspired by the Truman show and is about being trapped in a false construct. It is supposedly perfect, but you’re trapped in a life that wasn’t meant for you. I wanted to convey the feeling that everything you know to be true is not quite working the way it’s supposed to. The island at the end is a paradigm of mental conditioning, we are all trapped on an island of our own thinking, until we change it.”

Stand For Myself finds Yola at her most melodically and lyrically free. It is an album which will connect personally with anyone who has experienced being made to feel “other,” and urges us to challenge the biases that fuel bigotry, inequality and tokenism, which have deeply impacted her personal life and professional career.

“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 said, adding, “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.”


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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