Singer-Songwriter ISABELLA Discusses Her Newest Single, “Ole”, Being Influenced By Her Puerto Rican and French Backgrounds and More!
Posted On 26 Jan 2017
Puerto Rican/French singer and songwriter Isabella recently released “Olé”, her debut single and music video from her upcoming untitled EP.
The song tells the story of a king who is willing to sacrifice everything for the love of the world. It is influenced by gypsy culture and flamenco in southern Spain. The percussion reflects the sounds of Puerto Rico, the diversity of the culture and Isabella’s other musical influences that have surrounded her since her youth. Check out the video for “Olé” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCAU3Rszf9k
Isabella’s upcoming untitled EP features songs written from a place of passion, and is introspective of what it means to love. The central theme of the EP is everlasting love, with all the songs featuring reoccurring characters and anecdotes from Isabella’s personal life.
As an artist, Isabella has created an international sound, combining pop music and Caribbean Latin rhythms, with passionate lyrics in English, Spanish and French. Her artistic influences range from the classical genre to rock-n-roll.
In 2016, Isabella collaborated with Capitol Records artist BJ The Chicago Kid on the single “Love Inside” from his debut album “In My Mind”, which is nominated for “Best R&B Album” at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Born as Kelly Isabelle Chiappini, Isabella grew up listening to artists such as La Lupe, Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin and Juan Luis Guerra. These artists made her realize that music was her passion. Isabella is a graduate of the Lycée International and has also attended the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Colburn School of Performing Arts. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, making jewelry, ballet and painting. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
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Here is the link to the song on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ole-single/id1183447210
Here is the link to the Olé video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCAU3Rszf9k
Learn more about Isabella in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! Now that 2016 is over, what are some words you would use to describe the year? What have been some of the highlights for you and your music? What are you most excited about for 2017? Did you make any resolutions for the new year?
2016 was definitely rewarding, dramatic and intense. I had a lot of fun songwriting and extending my musical repertoire. In 2017, I’m really excited to release the material I have recorded, along with an acoustic EP. As for resolutions, I really want to work out a lot more!
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
Yes! I was either three or four. I spent a lot of time singing. It was definitely my thing. I was then interested in playing either the guitar or piano.
How do you think you try to incorporate your Puerto Rican and French background into your music? Do you find that it’s easy or difficult to do that? What do you find easiest to sing in – English, Spanish or French?
My culture is a part of me. When I write, my culture reflects itself in the music. Creating a unique sound can be a challenge; I have to be diligent, have patience and stay passionate. My native language is Spanish, but I enjoy singing in all three!
Congrats on recently releasing your debut single, “Ole”! What did that feel like? Where did the inspiration for this song come from?
Thank you! I’ve been very excited and so grateful. I’m positive great things are to come and it’s a blessing to keep doing what I love. The inspiration came firstly from hearing “Olé” and the chorus melody repeating in my head. I then established what the verses were going to be from experience and Andalusian gypsy flamenco.
When do you hope to release your upcoming untitled EP? How will the music on it be different or similar to “Ole”?
I’m hoping to release my EP in early 2017. I aimed to center the entire EP on the theme of Olé, specifically in the recording process. The writing, however, is a bit different because of all the other songs I wrote before Olé. We united tropical, latin and pop genres to create an international sound.
What was it like working with Capitol Records artist BJ The Chicago Kid on the single “Love Inside” from his debut album? How did that all come together?
I liked working with BJ. His dedication and commitment to his craft is inspiring. His manager got in touch with a mutual friend because they wanted a verse in French for his single. We met the same day we recorded.
What, if anything, has surprised you about the music industry? What do you think has been your biggest challenge? And what do you think has come really naturally to you?
The music industry is multi-faceted. I prefer to focus on creating music but I have to be present for other aspects of the career. Although it is only the beginning, I’m getting an idea of what touring could potentially entail and I wish traveling could happen faster. I need a jet! I think staying creative and learning from other artists has come the most naturally to me.
Who are some of your favorite artists and what bands continue to inspire you and your music? Who would you still love to work with in the future?
There are so many! Luis Miguel, No Doubt, Draco Rosa, Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey, Cesaria Evora and Bruno Mars. I would like to work with Draco Rosa and Ricky Martin. I’m inspired by a lot of indie artists and bands like Flyleaf.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope everyone takes away from your music?
We are all born with a special purpose. I hope to inspire love. My songs speak of a deep longing that can only be fulfilled by love and truth. I hope anyone who listens takes away inspiration for their lives and circumstances.
When you aren’t performing or working in the studio, what do you like to do for fun? How do you all unwind from it all?
I love to dance. I also enjoy the classical arts so I absorb as much as I can from ballet, for example. Hiking has become a habit. It’s a fun way to work out and spend time in nature.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or the music you make?
One reason that I create music is because it’s a beautiful way to tell a story. In the drama that we call “life” there are many different stories. Yet what we have in common is that we are all living in this world. I would like for the projects I’m a part of to have relevance with the stories and the many lives being lived in this world.