With guidance from famed producer and drummer Narada Michael Walden , the newcomer crafts five powerful songs that not only speak to her own challenging journey but call for righteousness in a world torn by divisive political climates.
As a child, Estelle’s life was darkened by oppression, and violence; her voice was silenced, but she learned early on that she could find refuge in music.
As soon as she arrived in California’s Bay Area in 2013, Estelle knew she belonged there. Oakland’s energy, its diverse population and the absence of prejudice and judgment among people of so many background and cultures invigorated her, inspiring the name by which she is known today: Estelle California.
Inspired by the musicianship of Nina Simone, the dream of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the invigoration of her new Oakland community, Estelle’s songs attack the widespread oppression, racism and sexism that still boil not only in the U.S. but also throughout the world.
“Just as music empowered me, I hope my songs will inspire those who feel oppressed to realize their true strengths, to find their voices and assure them that I’ll join them in their journeys to a better tomorrow.” - Estelle California