Humming barbershop harmonies over rap beats and flaunting high-fashion streetwear style topped off by a fifties ‘do, Stela Cole finds the sweet spot between doo wop, pop, and hip-hop. [Now setting roots in Los Angeles] The Atlanta-born and Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist stirs up a sound akin to Yeezus producing The Chordettes—all hard-hitting maximalism, unpredictable rhyme schemes, and sugary melodies. Most importantly, the music reflects her personal spirit with crystal clarity, charisma, and confidence.
Influenced by everything from The Andrews Sisters and The Mamas & the Papas to OutKast, 2 Chainz, D.R.A.M., and Tyler, The Creator, she tirelessly developed her vocal chops and settled in Nashville. Immersed in “Music City,” she devoted countless hours to writing and recording. -- “I was practicing every day until I got the perfect combination of genres. Lyrically, the songs are super colorful. When you smash hip-hop and doo wop influences together, it creates this ridiculous, but really whacked and cool world. Each song needs all of those aspects to work. I finally found the perfect balance just by sitting in a room with a piece of paper, my guitar, and my piano right next to me for as long as I could.”
Signing to RCA Records, she dove headfirst into making her 2018 major label debut EP, Throwing Up Butterflies. The first single “You F O” illuminates her singular spark, style, and sound.
“The main purpose of my music is to show the truest form of who I am as a person,” she leaves off. “The main thing I want listeners to take away is they should feel empowered in who they are and what makes them unique. I’m doing my thing by being confident and weird; I hope you can do the same.”
By simply being herself, Stela will undoubtedly inspire.