Like a phoenix rising from the ashes , Estelle has taken the perilous ascent from rock bottom, and used the story of her life to create an empowering experience with her music. Estelle’s vision has now burst into life with My Name Is Freedom, her debut EP, the fruit of a challenging journey to the land of dreams, California.
Estelle learned early on that music provided refuge from a life harrowed by oppression and violence, where her voice was silenced and her speech stolen. She was first rescued by the piano, which she learned to play at age 5. Music continued to provide escape as she studied the saxophone and became an avid dancer, before she truly found her voice at 26 when she began formal opera training.
Her passion for music, the inspiration she found from frequent visits to South Africa and her eventual move to the U.S. set the stage for the songs she writes today.
As soon as she moved to California’s Bay Area in 2013, she knew she belonged. Oakland’s energy, its diverse population and the absence of prejudice and judgment among people of so many backgrounds and cultures energized her, suggesting the name by which she is known today: Estelle California. “California is the home the family the love I could have ever dream of having. I will be forever grateful I met you, California.”
Estelle is a passionate artist, musician, writer and activist dedicated to shining the Light of resilience and bringing forth social healing throughout the world.
Inspired by the musicianship of Nina Simone and invigorated by her new home, Estelle’s new songs affirm an unfettered spirit against all forms of abuse and oppression led by a spiritual calling . With one hand, Estelle reaches downwards and back to her own beginning, to the soil of France, to the bruised and branded past; with her other hand, she reaches up to grab the moon, the stars, and all the promises of California.
Estelle speaks out for those who have lost their voice to their oppressors. Through her music, she is becoming a shining light that inspires others to quit the darkness and find the courage to rise up in the face of adversity, overcome their fears and achieve their dreams. In fact, Estelle has a strong feeling about Injustice and Equality, you can find more about her feelings an philosophy on her web site here.
“ As my songs empowered me, I hope they will inspire those who feel oppressed to realize their true strengths, to find their voices and have faith in a better tomorrow.”
website is http://www.estellecalifornia.com
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