FEB 5TH, 2017
We’re calling it now – 2017 is the year for boss babes. So with that in mind, it’s only fitting we kick it off with a chat with a woman who’s carving her own path in the music industry: stella.
...with one of the most empowering releases of the year
AUG 5TH, 2016
Last Friday, Stella, daughter of rock legend Carlos Santana, self-released her album Selfish, a project with a dreamy sound and an overall message to love and care for yourself before anyone else. On it, Stella takes a wise look at the detrimental effects destructive relationships have on us, as well as the driving desire to see them through.
READ THE STORIES BEHIND THE SPECTRAL R&B OF CARLOS SANTANA’S DAUGHTER STELLA
AUG 1ST, 2016
“I take being called selfish as a compliment,” Stella Santana says with a smile. Known simply as STELLA in music circles, the spectral R&B singer is about as far removed from her guitar-toting father as one could possibly be. As heard on last week’s Selfish LP, her DIY-or-die debut features traces of trip-hop, soul, and poison-tipped pop music, even a slick girl group sample (on “Burn”).
It Runs In The Family: Stella Santana Releases Debut Album
JUL 31ST, 2016
Stella Santana, the daughter of Carlos Santana, has played music for years but is only now coming out with her own debut album. NPR's Elise Hu speaks with her about the album, "Selfish."
GLIDE MAGAZINE DEBUT LP INTERVIEW: "SELFISH"
JUL 11TH, 2016
She is the new voice of Beat Soul. Marinating silky vocals over a beat-dominating rhythm, Stella brings a higher pitch to the soothing tranquility than more traditional R&B-based singers. But her swing comes naturally, as the daughter of Carlos Santana, whose Latin-hued guitar playing has been the admiration of many a music lover.
the creators project video PREMIERE: "burn"
JUN 29TH, 2016
Ever get the feeling that someone’s not listening, no matter how loud the sirens and alarms are screeching? Such is the fate of the protagonist of “Burn,” the new graphic novel-styled music video for NY-based musician Stella. Stella Santana, daughter of Carlos Santana, whips up dreamy, swishing soul and R&B that feels thoroughly modern, even as her voice harks back to smoke-filled lounges of the 1940s and 1950s.
NEW NOISE: STELLA
FEB 6TH, 2016
Daughter of Latin legend Carlos Santana, STELLA grew up surrounded by music. As a child, she would write down the lyrics of her favourite songs, playing them over and over again, studying them and letting herself be influenced by the world around her. After overcoming her shyness and letting her voice be heard, she went from being a admirer of music to following her passion and creating her own sound. We caught up with STELLA following the release of her latest single New Toy, produced by Jared Evan, to find out more about her journey.
WONDERLAND AUDIO PREMIERE: "NEW TOY"
FEB 1ST, 2016
We’re proud to premiere a soulful new number from rising talent STELLA.
Despite being another artist with an all-caps name, STELLA is a unique new musician from San Francisco shaking up the whole RnB singer-songwriter thing. Having already caught attention for her excellent debut, ‘Friends’, STELLA, who happens to be the daughter of Carlos Santana (which explains her musical talent), has been forging an enigmatic sound that swims against the Pop tide by being just that little more inscrutable, that little more textured than what most other artists are doing.
NOV 18TH, 2015
AFROPUNK PREMIERE: "FUMES"
Today we're premiering the new single from NY singer songwriter Stella, entitled 'Fumes' - a musician who cites two of her biggest influences as Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill: “That whole era of music really shaped me [...] There was a strong sense of melody, a soulful quality that I am just drawn to, so when I started making music that’s just what started coming out of me.”
VIBE PREMIERE: “HOTLINE BLING”
SEPT 21ST, 2015
Last month, VIBE Viva gave a proper introduction to Stella Santana via an in-depth interview that detailed her growing up in the household of a legendary guitarist. After releasing her very first pair of singles, “Friends” and “Switch,” and making her way around radio stations in New York City, Stella took to the booth to remix one of today’s most popular Drake songs.
BILLBOARD PREMIERE: "SWITCH"
JUN 16TH, 2015
PIGEONS AND PLANES PREMIERE: "FRIENDS"
JAN 20TH, 2015
First off, let’s get it out of the way: STELLA is the daughter of Carlos Santana. But don’t expect any wild guitar solos or vintage rock vibes. “Friends” is her first music video, and it’s an entrancing introduction to her dreamy, soulful sound.