With her new single “Rhapsody In Pink,” pop singer-songwriter Stela Cole has delivered a glammed-up and gritty message on self-worth. The song is an innovative pop-hip-hop interpolation of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” with breathtaking and confident vocals over magnificent bursts of trumpets, steady claps, and bass-heavy rhythms, highlighting her originality and range.
“I have been scheming the song for over five years now. I grew up loving George Gershwin, and his piece ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ is one of my favorite compositions of all time. One night back in 2016, I was watching Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and it was playing at the party scene where they first introduced Jay Gatsby,” the singer shares. “I had just gotten into writing music, and it sparked this insane epiphany. I thought to myself, ‘how has nobody flipped ‘Rhapsody in Blue?!’’
In her music, Stela displays the type of unfettered confidence that creates a lasting impression: explosive, graceful, and irresistibly larger-than-life. As a result, she has spent years battling for her vision and refusing to compromise the complexity of her talent, which has resulted in the bold intensity of her perfectly constructed pop. The Los Angeles-based singer, who just signed with Ultra Records, is now poised to release her most lavishly realized work yet, showcasing her deep voice and fearless sincerity to their fullest extent yet.
“I stored the idea and kept it in my notes for years until 2020 when it went into public domain, but I still wanted to wait for the right energy, and I needed to be the most confident version of myself to pull off the lyrical concept I was envisioning,” she shares regarding the song.
Stela Cole adds, “Flash forward to November 2021, I met producer Alex Veronneau and knew he was my guy. I had gone through a breakup and was feeling like the most empowered, independent version of myself. It was the perfect combination. Alex and I stayed up till 4AM one night writing ‘Rhapsody In Pink’ and it came together effortlessly. I left the studio feeling so complete. I’d finally written my dream song.
“Rhapsody In Pink” is Stela’s newest single, after her performance on American Song Contest earlier this year and breaking the show’s season record for week 1 streaming with “DIY,” a breakup song co-written by Tele, which was streamed more than a million times in its first week. Watch the video below.
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