Dubliner Stella Bass studied music from a young age, starting piano accordion lessons at the tender age of five, followed later by singing and piano, both through the Royal Irish Academy of Music. After school, she received a degree in Computer Science from University College Dublin, and in 2017 completed a Master’s Degree in Music in Dublin’s Conservatory of Music. With music performances halted during the pandemic, Stella used this unexpected downtime to further her education, studying Music Production with Logic Pro in Berklee College Boston, Music Composition and Arranging with Studio Orchestrations in Belfast, and she also undertook an intensive 4-month Singing Masterclass with acclaimed German vocal coach Freya Casey.
In tandem with her musical studies, many years of singing in musical theatre, bands and cabarets helped Stella finely-tune her craft, and her versatile repertoire crosses over jazz, classical and musical theatre, though she is still most at home singing her beloved jazz standards, inspired by her big influences, Ella Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand. Spring 2023 will see the release of Stella’s second studio album, a collaboration with the acclaimed Johnny Taylor Trio, featuring a mix of jazz standards and new compositions.
It was back in 2014 that she released her first album “Too Darn Hot” to critical acclaim; it featured standards from Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, as well as newly-arranged songs by Amy Winehouse and Robert Palmer. Upon hearing Stella’s album cover of her daughter’s song Back to Black, Amy Winehouse’s mother got in touch with Stella directly to say how much she loved it, and indeed that Stella’s album was being played non-stop in her house! The album gets regular radio airplay – it was Album of the Week on Ireland’s national RTE Lyric FM, and has since made waves on jazz stations in the UK, the USA, Germany and Switzerland. Indeed, the album has been running on Aer Lingus’ (Ireland’s national airline) longhaul in-flight entertainment schedule since 2016.
No stranger to the art of the Big Band, Stella sings with the Hot House Big Band, has recorded with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, and has her own quartet with whom she tours.
She has also branched out into radio broadcasting, presenting and producing the long-standing “Nostalgia” show on Dublin City FM for over 3 years, was a presenter on Christmas FM for 3 years, and has also become an accomplished voiceover artist, recording radio and TV voiceovers for private and corporate clients.
As well as theatre concerts and shows, Stella regularly performs at private and corporate events and weddings in Ireland and overseas, including for the Ireland Funds in Hong Kong, St Patrick’s Day Ball in Oman, The RBS Six Nations, The Ryder Cup @ the K Club and the Heineken Cup. She is the preferred supplier of jazz music for two of Ireland’s top luxury 5* venues; The Merrion Hotel and No 25 Fitzwilliam Place.