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Conversations with Stella Nicole

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stella Nicole.

Hi Stella, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started singing when I was very young, in the crib my grandma used to say I was always singing. Then grew up singing in school and community choirs. Eventually, I wanted to do more with music and learn to accompany myself on piano and guitar. I was always independent and felt shy when asking for people to play with me. After I started learning piano, I really wanted to start writing. I always loved lyrics and beautifully crafted songs. It took a while before I started understanding “the formula” of what makes a commercially viable song. After I got my music degree, I felt comfortable with my songwriting and was showing people my songs. Everyone I showed my songs to help motivate me to finally start releasing music. Somebody New helped me find the confidence I needed and started this fire in me to start sharing my art with the world.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
We all have struggles, internal and external. I’m sure it also won’t be a smooth road from here on out as well. My confidence in myself was hard to get over but I’m getting to a comfortable place for me. It’s always hard to hear critic on your art but as artists, we must realize that our art is not for everyone, nor should it be. Art is a weird thing that we have to care but to the point that it doesn’t affect why we do what we do.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a singer-songwriter, I also produce all of my music. I’m very proud of where I have come from to where the music I’m creating now is. I focus in a country-pop genre. I add a lot of pop elements to my music but have instruments that lean more country-sounding, like banjo mandolin, etc.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Focus on what’s important to you. Weather that’s art, music, your family, your work. I think the time we got during the pandemic really helped us focus on what is important in life. If there’s a dream you want to go for, do it. There are always excuses and I think this crisis taught us that the excuses don’t matter anymore.

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