Five Questions With Stella Soul

Vancouver, BC-based trio, Stella Soul is all about serving up classic jazzy, soulful sounds with a contemporary pop twist. The three-piece band is made up of Kentya Kurban on vocals, James Red on vocals and keys, and Cam Lawrence on drums and production. They draw inspiration from musical influences such as Pink Floyd, Masego, Anderson .Paak, and Louis the Child.

Check out their newest single, “Bold On” below, and find out more about Stella Soul via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Stella Soul – Vancouver BC. We are a duo-soul and we go by Kentya and James. Kentya is lead vocals and James is lead vocals/keys. Uplifting fusion of soul-jazz-rnb instrumentals, layered with alt-pop vocals.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style

James will come up with chords and will send them off to Kentya to come up with melody for the verses or hooks or he will come up with melody and Kentya fills in the hooks and bridges.

How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?

Before the pandemic we would meet weekly and create music, but since the pandemic we would meet over zoom and make sure we stay creating. After we created 9 new songs we decided we would just send each other voice notes once we came up with a song idea. We have been releasing a single every month this year!

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Dance! It’s a good example of who we are. It’s upbeat, it’s filled with lots of instruments (bass, guitar, drums, saxophone, keys) and tones of harmonies! We love a good horn section in hooks, especially one that can have people dancing!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Canadian artists we look up to: Burton Cummings, Jessie Reyez, The Weeknd, Missy D, Dakota Bear

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