Though originally hailing from France, singer, songwriter, pianist and saxophonist, Estelle California was so smitten with her current home that she changed her name to reflect it. Her current life is a far cry from her childhood growing up in France, suffering physical and mental abuse and living in a neighbourhood which had an inherently racist mentality. Her remarkable triumph against adversity has led to her writing songs which transcend culture and background, bringing a message of positivity and hope. A trained opera singer, her latest single is Star, which looks back, in the intro, to the times when slaves had no name but that of their master and declares Estelle’s identity and life commitment.
“This song is the biggest love song I could have ever dreamed to have,” Estelle says. “It is my love, purpose and my duty to shine the black glory and the light of resilience that comes out of the darkness”.
A fierce humanitarian, Estelle California has found music to be the perfect vehicle to express herself, looking to build bridges and promote positivity ahead of fuelling hate. By telling her story and standing up for the ones who have suffered throughout history, she hopes valuable lessons can be learned. Estelle feels a close kinship with Nina Simone, though her inspirations come from black musicians around the world, as well as Classical and Argentinian music. Combining elements of pop, soul and jazz to imbue a truly international feel to her tracks, Estelle’s sings with real soul and heart, her life experience coming through to express her passion.
Estelle’s forthcoming EP, My Name is Freedom, sees her backed by legendary producer and drummer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston; Mariah Carey; Lionel Richie); ace guitarist Vernon “Ice” Black (Diana Ross, Anastacia; Babyface); James Henry and veteran vocalists Larry Batiste, Cornell Carter and Tony Lindsay.