Stella is Stella Santana, a vocalist and songwriter whose R&B style is informed by hip-hop and house.
The daughter of guitarist Carlos Santana
and author Deborah King, she grew up in Marin County, California with her sister Angelica and brother Salvador
, who's also a musician. After graduating from Pepperdine University and going through a breakup, Santana
relocated to Manhattan for a fresh start and started posting covers of some favorite songs to a music sharing site. She began to get attention for her voice, and, working with songwriter/producer Jose Santiago, she self-released the EP Thank You, More Please as Stella Santana in 2012. The singer committed to writing her own material for her first full-length album, which was mostly self-recorded in apartments with help from producers Caswell, Jared Evans, and Frankie P. Titled Selfish, it was mixed by Daniel Lynas (A$AP Rocky
, Das Racist
) and released under the handle Stella in 2016. ~ Marcy Donelson, Rovi