17 May

Lennon Stella Gives Us Details About Her Upcoming Debut Album

Lennon Stella has been gracing our screens for over six years as one of the lead actors in the American hit serie ‘Nashville’. But the nineteen-year-old actress knew she wanted to impress the world even more with her music. After performing with her sister Maisy for a while, she’s now trying to gain worldwide fame by starting a solo career.

With over 150 million streams on Spotify and loads of young fans, her climb to the top is speeding up. We met the singer in Antwerp before she performed in a sold out arena as support of the British pop sensation Anne-Marie and yes, we got some details about her debut album.

Hi Lennon, you’re currently very busy as you’re opening for Anne-Marie on her European tour. Not too tired?

I am tired, but it’s been so good and fun until now. I love the second you get out on stage and feel the adrenaline. It’s so fun!

Have you already made some memories on this tour that you’re going to cherish forever?

Yeah, absolutely. Especially travelling to all these places I haven’t been to yet is very cool. Since I am the support act on this tour, I have a lot of time to discover the cities because my soundcheck is later and shorter than it usually is.

You’ve started your career with a cover of Robyn’s song “Call Your Girlfriend”, which became a viral sensation on YouTube. Weren’t you overwhelmed by the response?

It was overwhelming, but I think I didn’t really realized what was happening in that moment. I was just very excited and happy with all the response, but it wasn’t overwhelming because we were so unaware of everything that was happening around us.

Apart from singing, you’re well-known for acting in the hit series Nashville. In what way did the series change your life?

Oh my gosh, Nashville changed my life in every single way! It completely flipped my world upside down, but in the best way. It was so crazy, because my sister auditioned and they ended up calling me too to audition. Before the show, I didn’t think about acting at all and I kind of randomly ended up on the show. These six years were wild and it definitely changed everything in my life.

You’ve been doing almost everything with your sister for a long time. How is it to start all over again, but this time solo?

It’s been good. I thought it would be a giant transition, but it was actually very smooth and she’s still very involved in everything I do. Because of that, I don’t feel like both projects are extremely separate.

You’ve evolved from a cute country star to a promising pop star with a fresh, modern and sexy attitude. Was that always in you?

I think, yeah. I was given a lot of time to figure out what kind of music I wanted to make and they gave me space to grow as a human. That time really gave me the chance to lock in and make sure the music I’m making, is the music I wanted to make.

What’s your newest single “BITCH” about?

The song is based on a true story. I dated a guy for a couple of months and then I heard he had a girlfriend for six years. So he was dating that girl for six years and in the last six months he dated me. It was a very crazy situation and we finally got a song out of it. I was in a session and was so upset that the song really poured out of myself…

You have a good sense for fashion. Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my influences from all over. My mom has the coolest style and always had stuff no one had. She’s always been my inspiration. Furthermore, I am really into the late sixties, early seventies style, but I wear many nineties inspired clothes as well.

You’ve recently moved. How was that experience?

It was great, because I’m glad I did it when I did. I wouldn’t have the time right now to move into a house and decorate it how I did. I took my time for it, explored which vibe I wanted in my house and now have my little sanctuary.

Last year, you released your debut EP, where you showcased your massive talent. What do you want to show on your next project?

I think that, just like on my EP, I want to be as honest as I can be. My heart is almost always into the sad songs, which are a little bit slower. I think I will mess around with that and see if I can build an album around that. I want to stay true to myself and make the album something I love so much.

Can you reveal some more details on the album?

As of now, we’re writing a bunch of songs. There are two more writing trips I’m going to do, because I feel like I have to get more out. But the album should be there in January. The album will be very similar to what I’ve been up to until now. I’ve had enough time to sit down and reflect what I’ve liked and disliked on my EP. So, I’m currently looking at what I want to do differently, change and keep. I’ve found producers I really work well with and I feel they really understand me, so I feel even more creative now. Overall, it’s gonna be similar but there will be more depth to it.

Thank you so much for the interview and have fun on tour!

Photos by Jonathan Zegbe for Enfnts Terribles

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