Introducing: Stella Prince

Name: Stella Prince
Birthplace: New York
Current Residence: New York and Nashville
Music Style: Folk
Website/Social Media Links: stellaprincemusic.cominstagram.com/stellaprincemusic


Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence?
 I’ve always known my entire life that this was what I was meant to do. I asked my parents for voice lessons at four years old. And also at age 4 I would put on a cd and play it repeatedly until I’d memorized the songs and then perform it for my family. So in a way I’m just doing the grown up version of that and sharing it with the world.

Tell us about your newest project. What was the inspiration behind it?
I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be releasing the acoustic version of my third single to all streaming platforms on September 10th! This is my first time releasing one of my single’s as an acoustic version, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it! “The Rain Might Fall” paints the picture of what it’s like to wait for change. It can almost feel like a dream that time can suddenly move so quickly and everything can be changed forever. The thunder is the energy that knows what’s going to happen next, and you have to trust that it’s all knowing. The thunder is the intuition that something’s about to happen before the storm.

What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
My whole goal is to touch people with my music. What keeps me going is the idea of me writing a song and then having it change someone’s life. Music is just so powerful.

Who are your biggest influences outside of music (teacher/family/etc.)?
I love tons of different entertainers and legends, that aren’t necessarily musicians only but actors and comedians. I’ve gotten very inspired by reading memoirs of famous women like Lucille Ball and Betty White.

Describe your creative process.
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t’s honestly different every time. For some of my songs I’ll know exactly what I want to say days before I sit down to write it and I’ll have the exact melody in my head and it will come so quickly and easily. Other times I have absolutely no idea what I want to say and I’ll play around with a melody and have to see what thoughts come up. Either way it always feels like a gift.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
That emotional music like folk, which really paints a story and shares so much pain, could be considered mainstream again like how it once was. Music that is emotional can really be so powerful because everyone can relate to it.

What strengths do you have that make you a great musician/any weakness that you are working on to get there?
My weakness is not being patient enough for sure. I’d say a strength would be not giving up. There have been times where I’ve been very frustrated, but after a few hours I always return to my music.

When was that first moment when you realized that music was going to pay off for you?
My first time getting up on stage and singing at my school’s talent show was when I was five, and I got a standing ovation. It was pretty much at that moment I knew that performing would be very rewarding for me.

How do you feel that the pandemic has changed your career for the good and bad?
It’s been good for me because I’ve really been able to develop and take the time I need to hone my craft and I’ve been able to have opportunities virtually, but it’s also been so hard to not have an in-person audience for a year and a half.

Apart from the essentials, name five things you can’t leave home without.
My cell phone, a hairband, sunglasses, a pen, and a water bottle.