Fast-rising country/Americana singer songwriter Stella Prince has released a poignant new single “Dear Future Me” ahead of her UK tour dates which begin later this month and run into early November. Full listings below.
Stella says her latest single “Dear Future Me” is, “written from a place of sadness, wondering if there is any possible chance that in the future I will lose the insecurities I grew up with. I wonder if I’ll ever be confident, and not filled with doubt, and worry. Who knows what my future self will do, and what I’ll think of her.”
“‘Dear Future Me’ [is] a song that immediately brings to mind the softer ballads of Dolly Parton. Through her poignant lyrics and truly standout vocals, Prince gives an old soul sound that feels wise beyond her years,” writes Glide Magazine in their exclusive premiere of the song. “What sets this apart is… going for something that feels simultaneously classic and fresh. The lovely touch of piano and twangy pedal steel give the song a sense of timelessness, and there is an excitement to the song as a whole that makes you eager to hear how Prince will progress as she continues to find her footing.”
Self-produced, Stella recorded a handful of songs “live” at the legendary Sound Stage Studios with sound engineer Kameron Luchterhand. She had the honour of working with Nashville-based pedal steel guitarist, Grammy-winning record producer, and educator Steve Fishell [Dolly Parton, John Prine, Mavis Staples]. “No one sings like Stella Prince,” says Fishell. “I was transported the first time I heard her and I bet you will be too.”
This experience was Stella’s first time recording with a full band which, along with Prince and Fishell, includes some talented Nashville players: Ben Garrett (keys, guitar), PJ Schreiner (drums), Mike Dunton (electric guitar), and Father Phillip (bass). “Dear Future Me” is one of the results of that session. There are still a few unreleased songs which will be out in 2024.
Born and raised in Woodstock, NY and now based in Nashville, Stella Prince is a singular new talent on the country/Americana/roots music scene. Authentic and from-the-heart, her evocative and relatable self-penned songs delve deep into the listener’s spirit and appeal to a diverse, multi-generational audience.
Stella will tour the UK in October and November, with dates as follows:
At home in Nashville, Stella is currently hosting a monthly all-female Americana/Folk showcase at The Underdog; the only showcase of its kind in Nashville. Founded in May 2023, Stella wanted to create a space for women in music to perform and meet other performers, specifically in Folk and Americana. During these showcases, 4-5 artists (Stella included) are on the bill singing 2-3 songs each and introducing themselves. The events are sponsored by the legendary organisation https://changetheconvo.net
Although still in her late teens, Stella Prince’s musical influences span decades—from country and folk music’s renowned voices of Judy Garland, Karen Carpenter, Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton; to the pop icon Taylor Swift.
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Born and raised in Woodstock, NY, Stella is the only child of creative parents (a painter/photographer and a writer). She was immersed in music from an early age thanks to her parents’ extensive all-genre CD collection and her frequent attendance at concerts where she first encountered artists like Levon Helm, Amy Helm, Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), Tracy Bonham, and Natalie Merchant.
Growing up, Stella was also heavily influenced by pop and oldies music. She began taking voice lessons at the age of four, piano lessons at the age of six, guitar lessons at the age of nine, and she wrote her first song at the age of ten. From the age of 12 to 14, she hosted her own 1930s–1940s oldies radio show.
Stella graduated highschool at age 15 (during the beginning of the pandemic in 2020) and earned her two-year associates degree—with a focus on music—at age 16. She says in an interview with Stereotype Co, “I think the pandemic actually pushed me positively to focus entirely on my career, and nothing else but my career.”
In 2021, she began to release music and play live, travel to Nashville and Los Angeles, and she released four singles that year: “The Rain Might Fall,” “Scared,” “Before You Leave,” and “Alone for the Holidays.”
2022 was groundbreaking with her first international run in the UK and an 18-city tour of the Southwest. Her first single that went to radio, “Crying on a Saturday Night,” charted on the Americana Singles Chart. The follow up single “Eighteen” was released that July—debuting on the Folk Alliance International Charts and on the Alternative Country Charts.
Stella’s song “Closing Doors,” produced by famed Professor Louie [The Band] was released November 2022 and debuted at #15 on NACC. Her music video for the song was released May 2023 and has received over 118,000 views on YouTube alone, and gained support from well-known outlets including CMT, Ditty TV, Heartland, The Country Network, and Discover Music Videos. Professor Louie wrote in Mix Magazine,“Stella has a voice and sensibility well beyond her years, and can draw listeners in with her vulnerable lyrics and captivating vocals.”
In February 2023, Stella was awarded a First Timers Scholarship at Folk Alliance and performed in six different private showcases between Feb 1-3. She has been performing around Nashville since her move there and has late summer and autumn tours booked.