Out of a dark and dingy bedroom in the depths of the Black Country emerged a dreadlocked creature whose ears pricked up at the sound of twanging guitars and cracking drum beats. Galloping around, she made friends wherever she went and caused mischief along the way. She was a rebel; no care for the rules or the way things should be done. This was the beginnings of Stella.
Something of an alter ego, the name has adopted many connotations over the years, with much of her fan base unaware that it’s not actually her name... Stella is more than a name now, more than a brand. It’s a way of life.
Stella represents freedom and
empowerment - the freedom to express yourself and stand up for what you believe in. Stella is finding your own way. Stella is a middle finger to the man. Stella is caring for your neighbour. Stella is joy. Stella is a party. Stella is love.
Her relationship with life has been an integral component in the sculpting of Stella’s sound. Passionate, sensitive yet dynamic, evocative and lyrically provoking, it embodies her struggles growing up in what, at times, was a cruel world. Her insecurities and vulnerabilities, her endeavours for a healthier mind and her battles with adversity are all laid bare in her songs. Alongside these qualities she has a natural gift for writing alluring melodies and the caressing vocals to deliver them in symbiotic harmony. If you’re a lover of honest, raw, emotive music, then Stella is for you. To complement her natural talent, her drive, desire to progress and outgoing personality are opening new doors for her all the time, a testament to her hard work and passion. So what can you expect from a Stella show? Well that’s not something that can be captured in a few words. What can be promised however is that you’ll leave with a smile on your face.
Her inspirations span far and wide and reach beyond music and her immediate experiences. As a devoted feminist and environmentalist, she endeavours every day to make the world a better place and much of her creative expression originates from this. She is also a romantic and is able effortlessly to conjure up heartfelt songs to eternalise a moment.
Some of her main musical influences include Lily Allen, Mac Miller, Bob Marley, Jorja Smith and Tom Misch. Outside of music her most significant role model is her mom, who has been there with her every step of the way, attending every gig without fail and guaranteed to be found dancing wildly at the front.
In the last few years she has established herself as a household name on the Birmingham scene, winning best pop act at the Birmingham Music Awards in 2018, where she caught the attention of John Taylor of Duran Duran, who commended her for her performance and wrote about it on his social media pages. She has played many of the city’s most iconic venues such as The Sunflower Lounge, The O2 Institute, and The Rotunda. She has also featured as the guest artist at the highly acclaimed jam session, Neighbourhood. She has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the likes of Kioko, Lady Sanity and Husky Loops, and was due to headline her first show for Birmingham Promoters in December. Sadly due to the Covid pandemic this had to be postponed until further notice, but as soon as the restrictions are lifted, rest assured it’s gonna go off!
Currently Stella is in the final stages of studying for a songwriting degree at BIMM, which again has been rather disrupted by the virus and is now all online lectures. This did, however, allow her the opportunity to focus on her EP, with her first single, Warm and High, released last summer, making it on to a reputable playlist on Spotify. More releases to follow very soon so watch this space! Stella does not meet societal standards, and she doesn’t want to.
Her intention is to bring people together, to share laughs, spread good vibes, provoke thought, encourage the individual to challenge themselves, to question their beliefs and values, inspire them, and ultimately to create a better world for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Join the Stella movement today!