Lennon Stella’s career started early, as she achieved viral success with her younger sister in 2012, forming the duo Lennon and Maisy and gathering attention with their cup-percussion acapella cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend.” Shortly after and until 2018, the Canadian talent gained more fame on the big screen, playing Maddie Conrad on the ABC/CMT drama “Nashville.” Finishing the show at the young age of 18 however, her talents had impressed numerous industry professionals and she jumped straight into a bright pop career, signing a deal with Columbia Records and starting to gather multiple songwriting credits.
Managing to quickly outgrow labels such as YouTube sensation and child star, Lennon Stella dove straight into her pop-star career with A-list collaborations, including the likes of The Chainsmokers and ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue and Liam Payne, as well as superstar Meghan Trainor. In the meantime, she released original singles such as “La Di Da” and “Bad”, that amassed millions of streams on digital platforms, and were characterised by her smooth vocals and fresh, trap-inspired instrumentation.
Now, the singer and songwriter has truly realized her artistic potential with her long-awaited, debut album Three. Two. One. Singles “Kissing Other People”, “Gold on TV” with JP Saxe, “Jealous” and “Fear Of Being Alone” gave fans a taste of what they were about to experience, and really showcased a new, mature side in Lennon Stella’s songwriting, as well as unique production aesthetics. “Kissing Other People” is a smooth ballad that combines epic drum work with an explosive chorus, while “Fear Of Being Alone” showcases a darker atmosphere and dance-floor ready rhythms. Both releases however are characterised by a very intentional, minimal production style.
“I think there’s a thing now in a lot of pop music where every second has to be filled with something,” Lennon Stella told Teen Vogue. “But space is good. Space lets you digest what you just heard.”
This idea of minimalism is what separates the 13-track album from Lennon Stella’s peers, and truly allows her to breathe fresh air into the world of pop music. Having enlisted massive producers and songwriters such as Malay, who has worked with the likes of Frank Ocean, Zayn and Lorde, as well as Joel Little, whose credits include songs with Taylor Swift, Khalid, Shawn Mendes and more, Lennon Stella didn’t hold anything back when making this record. The smooth instrumentals give her voice the perfect space to breathe and shine, while her songwriting is as mature and relatable as ever, largely focusing on breakup-inspired themes.
Listen to Lennon Stella’s Three. Two. One. below: