From ‘Nashville’ To Pop Starlet: Lennon Stella Makes Her Debut
Written by Huffingtonpost on May 8, 2020
Lennon Stella first made a reputation for herself on YouTube, then as an actor on the hit present “Nashville.” Now, she’s making a foray into the music scene as a solo artist.
Stella and her youthful sister, Maisy, spent six years starring as sisters on the Connie Britton-led ABC/CMT sequence about fictional nation music singers in Tennessee. Quickly after the sequence wrapped in 2018, Stella signed a cope with Columbia Data and began writing music.
Stella, in fact, had already been musical ― displaying off her chops as a part of the sister duo Lennon & Maisy and showcasing her singing abilities on “Nashville.” Though she had lengthy yearned to pursue a music profession (very similar to her “Nashville” character Maddie), Stella stated she’s glad she waited till now to leap in full time.
“Trying again, I believed I used to be prepared at 14 years outdated to go in and do my profession in music. It simply wouldn’t have been good,” Stella informed HuffPost on Construct Collection final month. “I really feel like it might have accomplished harm so far as actually going for it at that age and being taken significantly. It held me down, and I actually couldn’t put out my very own music till I used to be 18. So it made me cease and decelerate and dwell in that second.”
After releasing her first EP, “Love,” in 2018, Stella’s recognition grew. Refinery29 highlighted Stella as one of many high rising younger celebrities to look at final 12 months, and Teen Vogue put the Canadian native on an inventory referred to as “16 Musicians You Must Be Listening to In 2019.” And the accolades proceed. Amazon named her an up-and-coming artist to look at for in 2020.
Does all the eye add some further strain?
“A hundred percent,” Stella stated, although she admitted greater than half of that strain is self-imposed.
“I type of prefer to hold that strain there. … I believe it’s vital to maintain that to maintain me shifting and eager to be higher on a regular basis,” she stated. “And in addition, there’s positively a strain I really feel from exterior and I don’t ever need it to have an effect on my music.”
Now 20 years outdated, Stella is prepared. On April 24, she launched “Three. Two. One.,” her debut solo album that includes pop and experimental sensibility with relatable songs about love, relationships and breakups. A few of the songs are extra severe, whereas others — like “Kissing Different Folks” — are merely lighthearted and enjoyable.
So as to give attention to her songwriting, Stella attended a 10-day writing camp in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which offered protected area for her to be artistic and compose music.
“I acquired inspiration from dwelling life and issues that encourage me, and even writing about how uninspired I’m,” she stated. “I simply attempt to get as in tune with myself as I probably can.”
The singer-songwriter created the album alongside a few of her favourite writers and producers, together with Malay (Frank Ocean), Joel Little (Lorde, Taylor Swift), Eg White (Sam Smith, Dua Lipa) and Tyler Johnson (Harry Types).
Her sister, Maisy, is even featured on the track “Weak point.” And for curious followers, sure, they’re nonetheless very shut.
“We couldn’t be tighter,” Stella stated. “She’s actually my greatest good friend. She’s probably the most supportive. She’s the primary individual I ship each track to, and actually her response to the track determines how I really feel about it.”
Her sister, who resides in Nashville, simply turned 16 and acquired her license, Stella added. She famous the significance of sustaining some normalcy throughout these seminal years, having grown up as a teen on “Nashville.”
“It positively was a unique technique to develop up,” she stated. “And searching again now, it was positively extra distinctive than I noticed it was on the time, as a result of it was all I knew and I didn’t actually assume a lot of it.”
“I used to be in public faculty till center of 10th grade,” she added. “It was very normalized on the time. … I see quite a lot of my tendencies for positive got here from being on that present and full-on working from the time you’re 12.”
Now armed with a brand new album, Stella is raring to see the place her musical profession takes her. Though she want to return to performing sooner or later (probably in films or brief sequence), she doesn’t count on to do one other long-running present anytime quickly.
“I can positively see myself tapping again into it, no query,” she stated about performing. “I wish to see what occurs after I put full power and full coronary heart into music and provides that an opportunity that it deserves.”
Take a look at the total Construct Collection interview under.
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