OUT MARCH 5TH
North London based singer songwriter Stella Angelika delivers another alternative Pop/R&B track with a mental health focus. As someone who has lived with depression for years, Stella is no stranger to negative self talk and in ‘This Devil’ she personifies this destructive voice, describing it’s frightening presence with her trademark honesty and vulnerability.
“The song starts with me comforting a friend who is in the grip of her own destructive voice. Having lived with this dark force or voice in me for years now, I’ve slowly got better at dealing with it and one of the most helpful things for me has been simply acknowledging its presence - which seems simple but is not. But as soon as we’re able to distance ourselves from these thoughts they are immediately undermined. And so I really believe that simply letting someone know that you understand how they feel, where they are and what they’re going through can be incredibly helpful in disempowering that negative voice. That voice feels like a truth but in acknowledging it we can expose it for what it really is, merely a thought, a symptom of depression.”
An artist coming into her own with her recent releases, Stella Angelika is an interesting new prospect for UK Pop & R&B - combining emotive vocals, Classical references, confessional lyrical content and a much needed openness about her mental health struggles, it’s clear to see why she has been praised by the likes of EARMILK, The Line of Best Fit and more.
LISTEN TO THE TRACK HERE:
Stella Angelika is a North London based singer and songwriter. Her original music draws upon her Operatic training, the Greek music of her childhood, the 90’s RnB, Soul and Hip-Hop of her teenage years and the London Jazz scene she has spent the last few years immersing herself in. This unusual musical make-up combined with the confessional honesty of her lyrics and her emotive vocals make Stella an exciting new prospect for UK RnB.
Stella was introduced to music at a young age, listening to and learning to sing Greek Folk songs with her musical father. As she grew up and began to explore music for herself she became inspired by the melodic language and feel of great vocalists like Beyonce and Whitney Houston and artists such as Lauryn Hill and Tupac whose delivery, social commentary and blend of RnB with Hip Hop beats had a profound effect on her. As a young teenager she was part of a local Gospel choir and also began writing her own songs. At 16 Stella was introduced to Classical music by her singing teacher, immediately falling in love with the pure expressiveness and passion of it, and by age 19 she was awarded a scholarship position to train as an Opera singer at the Royal Northern College of Music, showing great promise. However, not long into her first year of training Stella began her battle with anorexia and depression and was forced to give up her studies to recover. She refers to Classical music as the ‘love of her life’.
The next few years were the worst of Stella’s life, but driven by a purpose to talk about her experiences she began making music again in her own way. Pouring herself into her writing, she began working with different writers and producers, experimenting with her sound and most importantly figuring out her artistic identity and what she wanted to say.
Fast forward to now, Stella is releasing the product of these years, a body of work that combines Classical music with modern RnB and Soul. Stella pays homage to the likes of Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Satie and more, while always keeping the focus on authentically telling her story and speaking intimately to her listeners.
Stella Angelika is a North London based singer and songwriter. Her music draws upon her Operatic training, the Greek music of her childhood, the 90’s RnB, Soul and Hip-Hop of her teenage years and the London Jazz scene she has spent the last few years immersing herself in. This unusual musical make-up combined with the confessional honesty of her lyrics and her emotive vocals make Stella an exciting new prospect for UK RnB.