Lennon Stella is best known for playing Maddie Conrad on Nashville. This young artist comes from a musical family. Her parents are Brad and MaryLynne Stella who are known as the duo, The Stellas.
With the ending of Nashville, Lennon Stella signed a recording contract and released her EP Love, me. The EP includes songs “La Di Da”, “Breakaway” “Bad” and more. Her latest song is “Bitch”
Stella is on her headlining tour now and will be touring with The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds to Summer this Fall. Stella is a new voice to a younger generation of country fans. For info visit https://www.lennonstella.com/
FEMMUSIC: What was the biggest challenge making Love, me EP?
LS: I’m such a perfectionist, and I put a bunch of pressure on myself to make the perfect first impression and project.
FEMMUSIC: What did you learn while making Love, me that you would do differently the next time around?
LS: Looking back now after seeing how the world reacted to Love, me, I would have a little more trust in myself and my instincts.
FEMMUSIC: What made you sign with Records LLC/Columbia Records? What benefits has it brought? How are they to work with?
LS: To me, equally as important if not more important than the business side of things, is that I surround myself with a solid group of humans. I instantly felt like that was the case with RECORDS/Columbia Records. Signing with them has allowed me to share my music with more people than I would have had the ability to reach on my own.
FEMMUSIC: What advice have your parents given you about being a solo artist and touring?
LS: To always stay true to myself and trust in my instincts.
FEMMUSIC: Can you describe your songwriting technique? Can you tell me about your song writing retreat in Nicaragua? What did it bring out that might not have happened elsewhere?
LS: My songwriting technique depends on how I’m feeling that day, typically I write with one producer and one co-writer. The writing retreat in Nicaragua were some of my favorite days of my life, it was the most inspiring trip. Being surrounded by the most talented and amazing people was so special. That writing trip felt like there was less pressure than other writing sessions. It was more like friends hanging out and creating music for the fun of it, which led to me writing two of the five songs on my EP (“La Di Da” and “Breakaway”).
FEMMUSIC: What song (not your own) has had the biggest influence on you and why?
LS: “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac. This song, no matter how many times I listen to it, re-inspires me every time.
FEMMUSIC: What challenges, if any, have you faced as a woman in the music industry? And how did you overcome them?
LS: I personally haven’t struggled, but I know a lot of people who have and I think it’s important we support one another.
FEMMUSIC: Whom would you most like to collaborate with, or tour with? Why?
LS: Stevie Nicks, because she’s always been a massive inspiration to me as a strong woman and as an artist.
FEMMUSIC: What one thing would you like to change about the music industry?
LS: If I could change anything about the music industry right now, it would be to have more trust in artists and their vision. And no more liners. : )