Lola Gulley aka
"Lola" (just Lola) is a blues and R&B singer/keyboard player out of
Lola grew up as a "military brat" in Oceanside, CA before her
parents moved to Mobile, AL. It was there that she began sitting in
with her father's funk band, playing trumpet and drums before
switching to keyboards. Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Jimmy Smith
and Joe Sample were her key piano influences, along with her
father's favorite, bluesman Amos Milburn. She worked her way through
college playing in three different Mobile churches, absorbing a huge
dose of gospel influence that you can hear every time she sings. Her
other vocal inspirations include Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, B.B.
King and Stevie Wonder.
Finishing college, Lola won a berth as a keyboard player with the
late soul great Johnnie Taylor, touring across the country and
learning first hand how to work a crowd into a frenzy.
In 1996, after winning a nationwide talent contest on a BET
television contest, she was signed by Andre Harrell to a Motown
recording contract, but the album remains unreleased since Harrell's
departure from the company.
Since striking out on her own as a band leader, Lola has shared the
stage with The Pointer Sisters, Bobby Womack, Bobby "Blue" Bland,
Betty Wright and Chubby Checker. She was signed by William Bell's
Wilbe imprint, which issued :Give Her What She Wants" to much
acclaim. She was voted "Best New Artist" in the 2007 Blues Critic
Awards for Southern Soul.
Lola is also a proud winner of a 2011 Jus Blues Music Award -
Contemporary/Traditional Blues Artist Female Her sophomore CD
with Wilbe Records "Cleanin' House" was released by Wilbe
"Give Her What She Wants" (Wilbe
1. Back Door
2. I Can't See Myself
3. The Blues Chose Me
4. I've Got Feet
5. Look My Way
6. The Sweetest Thing
7. Don't Go Away
8. Wash Your Hands
9. Let's Call It A Night
10. Ties That Bind
11. Shake Hands
12. Two Fools In One House