British musician Yola has collaborated with a number of incredible musicians on her new single “Hold On.”
As beautiful as it is moving, “Hold On” features Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and The Highwomen bandmates Brandi Carlile and Natalie Hemby. The track was recorded at RCA’s illustrious Studio A while Carlile and Hemby’s country supergroup were mid-session—presumably also when Yola was in the studio to sing on their track “Highwomen.”
“‘Hold On’ is a conversation between me and the next generation of young Black girls,” Yola said in a statement. “My mother’s advice would always stress caution, that all that glitters isn’t gold, and that my Black female role models on TV are probably having a hard time. She warned me that I should rethink my calling to be a writer and a singer… but to me that was all the more reason I should take up this space.
“‘Hold On’ is asking the next gen to take up space, to be visible and to show what it looks to be young, gifted and Black.”
Yola has committed a portion of the proceeds from “Hold On” to MusiCares and the National Bailout Collective. MusiCares is a charity that provides support to musicians in times of need while the National Bailout Collective is a Black-led collective working to abolish pretrial detention and mass incarceration.
“Hold On” is the first standalone single to arrive from Yola since the release of her debut solo album Walk Through Fire last year. Listen to it below: