Now, do you know the name Lennon Stella? Or, should I say, do you know the name Lennon Stella ‘yet’? Perhaps not, but I do assume you know Maddie Conrad, as she is more commonly known on the hit TV show ‘Nashville’. Well, as we all know, ‘Nashville’ has just finished and the actors are going their separate ways (boohoo), and Lennon Stella has just released this deeply despondent yet truly striking song, ‘Like Everybody Else’. She has willingly allowed us in to the tiny little cracks of her heart, that in a shallow manner we assumed wouldn’t exist, and wow… it really is stunningly beautiful.
‘Like Everybody Else’ centres around the insecurities that all women and humans in general feel, that even if you do have access to the so called ‘stardom’ and ‘spotlight’, you still feel and are utterly entitled to feel deeper, darker emotions. The insanely personal voice of the lyrics ‘don’t even go near a mirror, it’ll kill ya, trust me you don’t want to see yourself,’ gives off the sense that these words have been stolen from the most intimate pages of Lennon’s diary. I can hear her talking me through the song rather than singing, which I think increases the feeling that you’re not alone amongst these thoughts. The fact that Stella co-wrote this deeply secluded song, along with Erin McCarley and Francis ‘Eg’ White, at the tender age of 18, highlights the fact she was obviously thrust into a more mature world than her age suggests.
Released acoustically, with minimal production of just a piano-vocal and the introduction of some mellow yet poignant strings during the chorus, this is a stunning debut from Lennon Stella and she is successfully portraying the strong, independent woman she clearly wants us to envision her to be, at the same time expressing the fact that even living the abnormal life she lives, she still has to fight what her mind can challenge her with. As well as the mature writing of her lyrics, the haggered, worn tone of her vocal sounds like she has tens of years of life behind her – it’s actually quite unbelievable and obviously impressive. It’s been a while in my opinion, since we have seen an 18 year old debut music as painfully honest as Lennon has. I’m on the edge of my seat to hear what she will release next, even if it is a full production of ‘Like Everybody Else.’