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Stella Soleil

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Stella Katsoudas; better known as Stella Soleil, (born November 3, 1971) is an American pop and rock singer best known for her work with 'Sister Soleil' and her 2001 hit 'Kiss Kiss'. She has been working in the music industry for over 10 years. She is currently the vocalist for Dirty Little Rabbits.

Stella grew up in Chicago and as a child was a classically trained ballet dancer. She discovered her passion for singing when her brother needed a replacement singer for his band on short notice. Soon a local recording studio offered her free time in return for working for their studio. Soon she began doing back up vocals for a number of local bands.

In 1997 after the success of her indie label and EP Universal Records signed Stella under the name "Sister Soleil". The music was a mix of rock and techno with an indie twist; a lot of comparisons were drawn between Sister Soleil and The Cranberries. A full length CD (Stella's first full length) was released in 1998 under the title "Soularium". Though the project was mildly successful on the indie and techno scenes it wasn't Stella's big break.

In 2001, Stella was transformed into "Stella Soleil" (Soleil is French for Sun) a Pop princess ready to compete with Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpson, and Christina Aguilera who were all very popular at the time.

The first single released was Kiss Kiss the English version of "Şımarık" originally sung by Turkish star Tarkan. "Kiss Kiss" was one of Stella's biggest hits reaching #27 on the Billboard Top 40 charts in the US..

On May 1, 2001 Stella released her 2nd album "Dirty Little Secret". Despite the success of 'Kiss Kiss' the album barely charted at #106 on Billboard though it did reach #2 on the Heatseekers chart.

A poll was held on her official website asking what the next single should be. "Pretty young thing" was chosen and released to the radio though it never charted. After the low chart positions and failed follow up single Stella and Universal parted ways the following year.

Many fans criticized Stella's sound during this time. They considered it 'selling out' and too poppy. Unlike her fellow (and younger) Pop princesses Stella was able to write her own music and had years of experience under her belt. Stella herself has expressed dissatisfaction with this era due to her lack of creative control. On her myspace biography she worded it as "Dirty Little Secret was a hit. However, Stella decided to drop the pop act in search of something she could relate to easier."

After parting ways with Universal Stella took some time off including taking up dog grooming classes. She eventully relocated to Los Angeles, CA, shaved her head, and created her own rock band named 'Whorse'. 'Whorse' consisted of Benjamin Rowley on bass guitar, Jeff Hanes on drums and Stella on vocals. The band recorded 3 demos but never officially released anything and broke up after a year.

Stella decided to return to recording her own music in 2005. She recorded an EP "To Swell so high" and started work on a full length CD "Tatu's and Tattoos". In 2006, she began performing around the LA area with her new show "Stella Soleil and the Cosmic Ballet".


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