Tuesday May 31, 2016
Scotland is famed the world over for its exports and one of its finest has to be singer-songwriter, Carol Laula. With a style which bobs around somewhere between the sweet, clear delicacy of Joni Mitchell and the tougher edges of Joan Armatrading, it's hardly surprising that she's risen from a young unknown to become a household name. She first captivated the media and her audience in 1990, when her independent single, 'Standing Proud', was chosen to represent Glasgow in its year of culture.
The same decade saw Carol team up with Stuart Adamson to produce a series of songs that will no doubt be seen as a legacy to the talent of the late Big Country singer / songwriter. Carol has also collaborated with Jane Weidlin of the Go-Go’s, Ryan Hedgecock of Lone Justice and Australia's Cheryl Beattie.
The noughties shaped up to be another busy decade her. As well as touring new areas such as Iceland, she has performed across the UK and Ireland with Eliza Gilkyson and appeared at Glastonbury - something of a highlight, where she shared the bill with Billy Bragg.
With seven albums under her belt and another eagerly anticipated album due in 2016, she still stirs critics to describe her as "One of Scotland's leading singer-songwriters" and "an undeniably passionate and whole-hearted singer".
Carol is a great live performer where she truly feels at home; chatting between songs and even encouraging the audience to make requests. It would strike fear into the heart of most seasoned performers, but Carol has good reason for the structure of her shows;
"It can be quite disappointing when you see someone perform live and then they act all precious on stage, taking themselves terribly seriously.
"No, I really want to make the live side of my work that little bit special and accessible to those who take the time to come along to the shows - that way, I get to enjoy it too!" (Carol Laula)