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New for 2020: Lennon Stella

Singer, songwriter, actress, and multi-instrumentalist, Lennon Stella catalogues her life in real-time with a pen, piano, and guitar transposing momentary feelings of longing, loss, love, nostalgia, and bliss into delicate, dynamic, and diaristic pop music.

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Lennon Stella transposes momentary feelings of longing, loss, love, nostalgia, and bliss into delicate, dynamic, and diaristic pop music. The Ontario-born and Nashville-based singer, songwriter, actress, and multi-instrumentalist catalogues her life in real-time with a pen, piano, and guitar. Lennon identified this aspect of songwriting as a child. Hailing from rural Ontario an hour east of Toronto, she came from a musical family. As Lennon recalls, “We grew up on a bunch of land with no television or internet—just music.” At five-years-old, she picked up the guitar before eventually discovering piano.

In 2018, Lennon lent her voice to Jonas Blue’s “Polaroid” with Liam Payne, which clocked 200 million total streams and counting. Kickstarting her solo career, the songstress introduced a singular style on the 2018 Love, me EP. It bowed in the Top 5 of the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart as the single “La Di Da” amassed more than 70 million Spotify streams and counting. After selling out dates on her first North American headline tour, she shared the stage with Anne-Marie and is currently out with The Chainsmokers and 5SOS. She also lent her voice to “Takeaway” by The Chainsmokers and Illenium, which exploded as a phenomenon with 100 million Spotify streams and 37 million views in under eight weeks.

Nodding to musical influences as diverse as Beach House, The 1975, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, and Andy Shauf and fashion inspirations from the sixties, seventies, and nineties, Lennon presents a new perspective on pop music reverent of yesterday, yet forward-thinking. “I’m always writing how I feel in the moment,” she affirms. “Songs can be about anything from missing somebody to feeling nostalgic about my family. Either way, they’re all human emotions. I tend to write in-the-moment. As soon as something happens, I’ll start a song. The emotions are real when there’s no filter and I’m chronicling my life as it happens.” Lennon is currently supporting The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds of Summer on the “World War Joy” tour.

This perspective fuels her forthcoming debut album due out in 2020 via RECORDS LLC. / Columbia Records. Lennon hints at what fans can expect from her debut LP with the lead- single “Kissing Other People.” “When people listen to me, I hope they ultimately feel understood,” she leaves off. “That’s my favourite feeling when I listen to a song, I hope to create some sense of unity.”

Of the new single “Kissing Other People”, Lennon Stella says: “This song came to life last summer in Cabo at a writing camp with all of my favourite writers and producers. Caroline Ailin and I were in an Uber driving home from a club and she asked me about boys. I said to her something about finally feeling like I was at a place where I could kiss someone else and not feel sorry about it or feel like I was doing something wrong. The next day in her session she started ‘Kissing Other People’ and then it turned into what it is.”


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