In this week’s episode of You Should Know, Billboard sits down with Yola to find out which artists most inspired her musically, how it felt to find out that Elton John is a fan of her music, why people should listen to her music, and much more.
Asked to name her biggest musical inspirations, Yola tells Billboard that she has a very wide range of influences, including Elton John, the Bee Gees, Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, The Kinks, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, The Everly Brothers, KRS-One, Blur, and Björk.
The singer, who covered Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” last year and received high praise from him, is also asked how she first found out that he is a fan of her music. “When I heard Elton John was a fan, I almost swallowed my own tongue,” she says with a laugh. “I think I was eating and…I almost choked. It was nice.”