Stella! and The Lesser Halves
February 25, 2022 @ 7:30 pm-
February 25, 2022 @ 10:00 pm
Stella! was founded by Jo Serrapere to showcase country-roots songwriting and three-part harmonies. The album Sorry, Stella was recorded in 2011 with Jo, Jen Sygit and two other former band mates in NYC. Since then the band has performed for numerous folk festivals and concert series in the Great Lakes region. In March 2017, Stella! was invited to record a LIVE performance for Backstage Pass on WKAR/PBS. Julianna Wilson joined the band soon after.
Now the Stella! girls are back in the studio recording a series of intimate living-room sessions, armed only with their voices and instruments, capturing the raw energy of the current trio. Their upcoming record, Stella Tells the Truth, is expected to be released in early 2022.
Jo Serrapere plays acoustic guitar and provides percussion in Stella!, singing with a voice that is a curious combination of sweet innocence and wry humor. Her lesser half, John Devine, singing with a raspy voice and finger style guitar, invokes the country blues of the 1930s.
Jen Sygit plays banjo, acoustic & electric guitar, and provides the deep bluesy low end to Stella!’s three-part harmonies. Her lesser half, Geoff Lewis, is a New Orleans’ inspired percussionist and vocalist.
Julianna Wilson plays the upright bass and contributes the high end in many of the three part harmonies in Stella!, with a voice that is smooth and timeless. Her lesser half, Andy Wilson, plays harmonica & trumpet in the blues and jazz tradition.