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
Ms. Lola Gulley is the newest find/signee by Stax Records legend
William Bell's Wilbe Records. Truth is that Lola was already
discovered when she won BET's talent contest back in 1996. She was
then signed to Motown Records and recorded an album that has yet to
be released due to staff changes at the company.
She has a
potent voice reminiscent of Mavis Staples and Bell gives her a
sturdy set of Rhythm & Blues and Southern Soul.
The first track ("Back Door") is a hoot. Lola
warns a gossiping woman talking trash about her that "If
you're woman enough to ask me I'm just gonna tell you the truth 'cuz
if you come snoopin' around my back door you're gonna find me and
yours doin' the do!". So "If you come snoopin' around my back door
you're gonna find what you're looking for!". Next is a midtempo
headroller called "I Can't See Myself". This disc has a lot of
variety that shows her influences from Mavis ("I've Got Feet"),
Denise LaSalle ("The Blues Chose Me"), Anita Baker ("Wash You
Hands"). Aretha Franklin ("The Sweetest Thing") and so on. The
Bell duets with
Lola on the slow jam "Shake Hands". Mention must be given to
co-writer, co-producer' Reginald "Wizard" Jones. He and Bell
continue to "Give Her What She Wants".