Yola Carter, dubbed as the Queen of Country Soul, earns four Grammy nominations for the next year’s event. This was the breakout year for the singer with the release of her critically-acclaimed debut album, Walk Through Fire.

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Yola Carter Earns Four Grammy Nominations

Yola is up for Americana Album of the Year, as well as Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance for “Faraway Look.” The song was the album’s opening track. It marks the first time an emerging Americana format artist born and raised overseas has seen such dramatic and rapid success.

While on tour, Yola Carter shared her thoughts about her nomination:

“To be nominated for four awards in the 10th month of my debut year is beyond a dream come true. Thank you to my incredible team and everyone who has supported and believed in me along the way.”

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Yola was categorized under the Americana genre but we all know that it has its strong ties with country music. She would also have to beat other veteran artists such as Sara Bareilles for the Best American Roots Performance and even Vince Gill for the Best American Roots Song. The biggest nomination for the young country-soul singer is for the best new artist, wherein she would clash with some of the biggest names in pop music today.

Yola Carter considers the Grammy nominations as “more than a validation” for a career that includes singing backup for Massive Attack, the Chemical Brothers. The Grammy-nominated singer explained:

“I think at this point in my life it’s more meaningful than getting it straight out of the gate,” she said. “You’re able to just feel it more. It feels like a personal achievement to me, definitely, but it also feels like we’re part of a wave. There are more women being nominated and more people of color, it seems, certainly in (best new artist) category and just across the board.”

Listen to her Grammy-nominated song here: