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A personal sound, where soothing acoustic guitars perfectly blend with gritty electric riffs, Nicole Stella's music draws inspiration from classic songwriters and legendary rock bands alike, sounding like an imaginary encounter between the delicate Joni Mitchell and the energetic Thin Lizzy. 
Far from the conformity of mainstream music, her songs range from folk to rock, through a wide compass of nuances, styles, and instruments, where Nicole's voice, trained by Opera and Jazz studies, but still warm and spontaneous, is the real protagonist.

Lazy

Nicole Stella

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Italian songwriter Fabrizio De Andrè once explained how he wanted to portray Fiddler Jones, one of the characters in his concept album "Non al denaro, non all'amore né al cielo", inspired by Edgar Lee Masters' "Spoon River Anthology". For Fiddler Jones, he said, the choice to make music was all about his freedom. To him, music was not a job, nor a constriction. It was just a way to live his life freely. Of course, this view is pretty romantic and, unfortunately, this choice is not always doable. As artists, however, I think it would be great to aspire to that vision. I was lucky enough to experience it, as I sometimes managed to grasp it, feeling that way while being on the road, writing songs, or even working in the solitude of my home studio. This is what this song is all about. This song is also a tribute to all the "struggling artists" out there, so often unheard. Just keep up the good work & be yourself, folks. And allow yourself to be lazy, sometimes!

"Lazy" was recorded during the lockdown with the help of three incredible musicians and friends: Claudio Benvenuto (lead acoustic guitar), Jacob Levesque (lap steel guitar & bass), and Emanuele Romano (drums). We all worked from our home studios between Italy and the United States, "meeting" virtually to arrange the creation of this simple, but strongly heartfelt blues.

Whether you're an artist or not, I hope you find it inspiring and (why not?!) fun!

CREDITS: 🎙️ Nicole Stella - vocals, rhythm guitar 🎸Claudio Benvenuto - lead acoustic guitar 🎸Jacob Levesque - lap steel guitar, bass 🥁 Emanuele Romano - drums, mix, and master

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Moon

Nicole Stella

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What would the Moon say to the Earth? I guess it would be a bit worried about the Earth's health. This song was inspired by the Fridays for Future movement. It is about our environment and our beautiful planet. Photo by Ian Parker on Unsplash

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Canzoni Per Vivienne

Nicole Stella

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What can heal the soul of a woman consumed by the label “hysterical”, by half of her life spent in an asylum, and by the massive use of psychiatric drugs? The search for beauty and the hope of being able to portray it with words may not be enough, but it could surely help. Encouraged by fellow musician, translator, and literature expert Massimo Ceravolo, Nicole Stella investigates the healing power of art, the condition of women and the mental health stigma in a seven-track, acoustic concept album inspired by the story of Vivienne Haigh-Wood. For the first time in Italian.

"Nicole Stella [...] delivers seven intense tracks, filled with acoustic sounds, a product of her multi-instrumentalist skills. Raw arrangements support the dramatic flair in each song. A beautiful, authentic, moving album: a slap and a caress at once." (Michele Neri, Vinile n.13 - May/June 2018 - English translation)

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    Le Scale

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    La Bugia

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Something To Say

Nicole Stella

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Something To Say

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Independently produced and released, "Something To Say" crosses the border of folk and acoustic music, to offer a variegate tracklist, where pop-rock tunes, intimate ballads, folksongs, blues, and electro-rock experiments all sit together. With this album, you can dive into reflective atmospheres or dance to the grit of rock'n'roll. You can find the escapologist "Houdini" as a symbol of freedom, or the story of Salinger's Glass Family in the dark mood of "A Letter". You can find a little rest from the need of always having "Something To Say", or a soothing melody for hard times in "Dead End". And way more...

"It was nice to hear the way the classic rock feel combined with the folk stylings. No matter the style, the artist's voice was always the start of the show." (April H., Divide And Conquer music blog)

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    A Letter

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New Day

Nicole Stella

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New Day

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Enjoy the simplicity of a folk perspective, à la Joni Mitchell, and the complexity of Tori Amos' classical and jazz echoes. In the same album. Independently produced, released, and distributed, "New Day" features Nicole Stella's voice, classically trained but entirely distinctive, and minimalist arrangements of acoustic guitars, keyboards, and bass lines. The raw sound of the album with interesting, often unusual harmonies, is a manifesto against conformity. Its calming atmospheres are an invitation to listen with closer attention, leaving all the noisy background behind.

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