Not yet 20, singer-songwriter Lennon Stella already has an impressive list of accomplishments, including this month’s release of ”Bitch (It Takes One to Know One),” the seductive single from her forthcoming debut album. She started in her pre-teens, when a duet with her kid sister Maisy (on Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend”) went viral, eventually landing the girls the plum roles of singing siblings Maddie and Daphne Conrad on ABC’s hit series “Nashville” for six seasons — “with Connie Britton playing our mom — she was such a badass,” she says. Then came a Top 40 hit from the program (The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey”); a children’s book (“In the Waves”); a hit duet with Barns Courtney (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”); and even a furniture line the ladies created for Pottery Barn. “I created this intricate full-length mirror that’s my favorite,” she says with authority.
Have you ever seen a therapist to find out why you’re so driven?
I have not sat down with a therapist, ever in my life, to be honest. But it’s always been a weird pace for me, that’s for sure. But that’s all Maisy and I have ever known. So when I wasn’t doing that, it always felt like I was supposed to be, and that something had gone really wrong. It was uncomfortable. I’m way more comfortable when I’m doing something creative or just moving around rapidly.
What happens when you wake up with absolutely nothing on the agenda that day? Do you freak out?
I don’t think that’s ever actually been the case. There’s just always something. But if there is a day like that, it’s something I seriously have to plan for — just to have time to myself and sit in silence. That’s super important to me, to have that recharging time, and that’s my way of doing it — just being completely alone. I live alone in Nashville, and I love just sitting on my roof, spending my day with no talking.
Your own compositions are growing decidedly adult, different from the pretty country that the Conrads used to sing. And Maisy isn’t accompanying you on his journey?
Maisy just turned 15. We grew up always wanting the same things and doing them together, and it just fell into place that we ended up making music on a TV show for six years. But because we were so young, that music wasn’t authentic to who we were. We might end up back together, but we’re at different stages of life now, and I wanted to put all my energy into writing my own album. I have serious tunnel vision about it.
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