Estella Dawn

FRESH: ‘Dear Mr. Producer’ – Estella Dawn

Estella Dawn writes “Dear Mr. Producer”…

With her new release, “Dear Mr. Producer”, Estella Dawn is quickly moving towards creating a definitive body of work, culminating with her first full length album (due out at the end of this year). “Dear Mr. Producer” encapsulates the strength and diversity that Estella brings to her musical creations.

The arrangement moves effortlessly from a toy piano intro to a full band verse and slips back to a simple piano driven chorus, propelling the song forward to a full on immersive ending. Throughout dynamic changes Estella’s vocals are never lost and become intimate and present when the arrangement is stripped back then commanding and powerful as the intensity builds.

Estella is a songwriter, singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist who relocated from New Zealand 4 years ago to fully focus on her career. In her first year she delivered a self produced EP, “Dancing Girls”, and followed that with another EIGHT singles by the end of 2019. Having decided to focus on a 14+ song album that has a common narrative, she has been releasing singles from the album as they have been completed since the beginning of 2020.

The hard work is paying off and Estella’s global audience is growing solidly. Her single “I Dare You” is working its way up the US radio top 100 charts, currently at No.56 in its fourth week. Her Spotify monthly audience is 21.6k and growing. So far so good. From the Neo-Soul vibes of “Cadmium Yellow” (released in January), the “burn the town down” dynamics of “Hallow” to the attitude heavy anthemic rock of “I Dare You”, Estella has been flat out. Not that the last two plus years weren’t productive.

Estella has been constantly working. These are well crafted songs with multiple layers, both vocally and musically. The story starts with Estella singing original songs from the booster seat in the back of her parents car growing up in New Zealand (true, ask her mother). From a young age she glides into songwriting, piano, guitar, music production and recording (piano under the watchful eye of a fierce octogenarian!).

So, really Estella has been a musician all her life, whether it has been for personal entertainment or crisis management she has music in her; her head, her hands, her heart. Now there is a richness and depth in her voice that has comes from years of hard work and constant singing. Estella fuses her powerhouse vocals, story like arrangements and diversity of style into music that is unique, honest and intimate.

For more about Estellam check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!