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Lennon Stella: Fancy

Glossy production pop of the highest order.

Lennon Stella: Fancy

By Kerry Doole

Lennon Stella - Fancy (Columbia): Yesterday (Oct. 13), this platinum-selling singer, songwriter, actress, and multi-instrumentalist released a new single, and chances are good that it'll take your fancy.


Fancy was co-written with Grammy Award-winner Malay (Lorde, Frank Ocean, Zayn) – who also produced the track – and longtime collaborator, Canadian songwriter Simon Wilcox. In a label press release, Stella says “I’m so amped to have Fancy out and floating around, both the video and the song. I wrote it earlier this year with Malay and Simon Wilcox, two of my very favourite people. I was smiling ear to ear singing ‘I’m feeling that high vibration’ in the vocal booth, so I hope everyone feels the high vibrations and loves the song like we do.”

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The track is glossy high-production pop of stellar class. Stella doesn't show off her formidable vocal chops here, but serves the purpose of a well-crafted and gently catchy tune.

The eye-catching accompanying video, directed by Amber Park (Camila Cabello, Katy Perry), helps add drama and atmosphere. Of the clip, Stella notes, "It gave the song a whole other level of life, and it was such a sick experience getting to make with the loveliest Amber Park.”

Fancy marks Stella’s first new music following her critically acclaimed 2020 debut album, Three. Two. One., released in April 2020.

Lennon Stella first rose to popularity when she was just 12 years old as part of the sister duo Lennon & Maisy, stars of the hit ABC/CMT TV series Nashville for six years.

Her solo recording career was launched with her 2018 Love, me EP,  one that included the Canadian double-platinum single La Di Da.

Following multiple nominations and her win for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2020 Juno Awards, Stella was recently nominated for three 2021 Juno Awards. Clearly one of our brightest stars.

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Publicity: Julia Pittman, Julia, Sony Music

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