A few of the best with Stella Angelico

A Few Of The Best With Stella Angelico

Now and then, we get artists that we really like to come in and tell us about songs that they really like. This week, soul rocker and all round glamour Stella Angelico popped in to give us a list of her favourite soul tunes ahead of her gig at Ding Dong this Friday 17th of October.

"I listen to, love and draw musical influence from all kinds of sounds; country, mainstream pop, 70's rock, dance music, hip hop - everything! There is something about soul music though that just hits my heart and will always speak to me like no other music can. Below are some soul songs that are extra special to me”- Stella Angelico

Ruler of My Heart by Irma Thomas
I adore this song. When I first began singing as an adult, I started out doing covers at a restaurant on Smith St. I always looked forward to singing this one the most.

Deep Shadows by Little Ann
My sister bought me the incredible record (by the same name) featuring “Deep Shadows” for my birthday a couple of years ago. Little Ann, the singer only found fame in the 90's when the reels with the original recordings were discovered 40 years after they were made.
GET THIS ALBUM AND LISTEN TO THIS SONG! So simple yet so powerful.

Mr Pitiful by Otis Redding
When I was a teenager I travelled in a van from Melbourne to Brisbane for a Christian Anarchists conference (I was a teenager). The Californian preacher-slash-cage fighter who was driving us bought an Otis Redding CD at a petrol station and we listened to it all the way to Queensland. This song was my introduction to Otis Redding and I fell in love with him instantly.

Wake Up Alone by Amy Winehouse
My mum raised me and my sisters on her own. I loved her to pieces and she died young. In the months leading up to her death I did nothing but sit in my hot back yard drinking (a lot of) gin and listening to Amy Winehouse's Back to Black album. It wrapped me up and got right into my heart. “Wake Up Alone” is my favourite song from the album.

Shake Your Tail Feather by Ray Charles
I get asked a lot where I learned to dance. I think the scene in the Blues Brothers where Ray Charles sings this has a lot to answer for. My sisters and I watched the film obsessively as little girls. We knew every word. For this article I just re-watched “Shake Your Tail Feather” scene on You Tube and it still made my heart feel like bursting. It is impossible to watch it without smiling.

Champagne by Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes
Melbourne girls (and boys)! I love the way Clairy wraps her voice around the word "hurts" in this song - listen and you'll hear what I mean. I also love the lyrics "If you want my champagne, you gotta have my real pain" and the line, "champagne needs a glass". "

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