Have you heard of the singer Yola? If not, you’re missing out, and you should make up for lost time as soon as possible. In all seriousness, she really is fantastic. I first met Yola a few months back, when I was invited to our mutual friend’s (Brandi Carlile) listening party, for her new album, at mine and Brandi’s mutual friend’s (Courtney Cox) house. Yes, that sentence is as ridiculous as it seems, and I still can’t quite believe that’s the world I live in.
Anyway, so Brandi introduced me and Rob to Yola and we instantly fell in love with her. We had heard her song Diamond Studded Shoes before, and loved her voice, but hadn’t delved much deeper, to see what she really does. However, after the party, a few of us stuck around at Courtney’s, and I asked Yola if she’d sing something for me. So, her and Brandi sang a song from Yola’s album. The song is called Be My Friend. Rob and I were BLOWN AWAY. Her voice was so powerful, and the song is so beautiful. She gained a fan in us, for life, in that very moment.
We continued to hang all evening/night and had such a great time. What’s interesting is that she doesn’t describe herself as a country singer. She sings roots music. She’s black and British, and lives in Nashville, performing what I would say is Americana music, around the U.S. She’s fascinating.
We kept in touch and when she arrived in Salt Lake, a couple of nights ago, on one of her National Tour stops, she came over for an Indian feast that I’d cooked. Like a true Brit, she loves Indian food and struggles to find the good stuff here, in the U.S. We had such a laugh that evening at my dinner table. We set the world to rights, and shared our mutual love of sci-fi and the U.S. We talked about how we liked to visit the UK, but that it was unlikely ever going to be home for us, ever again.
Then, we went to see her perform her concert. I can’t even articulate how fantastic it was. She was so powerful, and sang so beautifully. I kept catching myself smiling so big. I can’t believe that I got to experience something so magical. If you don’t know her music, start with Be My Friend, and I'm positive you’ll understand my love for her. Then move on to the rest of her Stand For Myself Album.
Now, I'm heading to LA. I'm speaking at USC, which I'm really looking forward to. I honestly don’t love having to travel, as I miss Rob and Ismail so much, but this is a quick overnight trip, back tomorrow morning, so I won’t miss too much. Plus, I get a real rush when I do speaking engagements. It’s the time when I get to see how my work on TV has affected people, and that’s such a great feeling. The audience is engaged and happy, and it brings me so much joy.
There’s usually a moderator who asks me questions about my life, and then my showbiz work, before leading in to audience questions. It usually lasts around an hour and a half and it’s just so much fun. If you’ve ever been to one of my events, I hope you enjoyed it. I try really hard to make sure it's fun and uplifting.
Now, if I want it to be fun, I’d better get some sleep beforehand, as I got next to none last night, with my naughty son who thought it was play time. So, I’ll say bye for now, and see you next week.