StellaRising, a female fronted band formed in Charlotte, NC brings captivating sounds and authentic mixture of radio-friendly original rock/pop songs and energetic covers fused with rock, pop, funk, blues, reggae, and ska. Formed in 2009, the acoustic duo quickly made its mark on audiences and musicians alike in Charlotte and surrounding areas. With decades of experience combined, Stella’s live performance showcases each member’s talents, whether it’s catchy hooks or outstanding musicianship.  This five-piece can customize a versatile songlist to fit any event ranging from full electric to acoustic shows.  This group is making their mark, so you don’t want to miss out on Stella as they rise to the top. Their debut EP titled ‘Motion’ recorded at Knothole Recording Studios in Waxhaw, NC was released in August 2011. They followed up with a sophomore EP recorded at GAT 3 Studios in Charlotte, NC titled 'Karma' in the late fall of 2013. A third EP recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN is planned to be released in the fall of 2016.

Kristi Ormand, Lead Vocals

Kristi Ormand is the lead singer whose musical background can be traced to an early age.  While working full time she decided it was professional training that gave her the confidence and opportunity to finally pursue her lifelong passion of creating music. While playing in several venues as well as private parties around Charlotte, Kristi began honing her craft by further developing her songwriting. She drew upon her personal experiences and surroundings for inspiration along this creative journey.  An introduction to her lead guitarist, Tony Oliver-Paull (by Mike Graci) helped Kristi record some of her newly written material. Kristi and Tony formed an instant bond which led them to begin writing as a team a few short months after their fateful meeting. Kristi was a 2011 and 2012 Women of Rock and Singer/Songwriter Nominee for Charlotte Music Awards and was invited to perform at the Chick Singer Night showcase in June 2013. She has co-written a couple of songs with a hit songwriter out of Nashville.

Tony Oliver-Paull, Lead Guitar/Vocals

Tony Oliver-Paull’s passion for music led him to earn a degree in Music Performance at Winthrop University with a focus on jazz and classical guitar. With over a decade of experience, his influences include such bands as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Coltrane, his musical style is continuously evolving. Tony is the driving force for creating the sound for StellaRising. He has returned to Winthrop University and will complete his master's degree in music performance the spring of 2014.  Tony has performed with other local groups such as Reckless Duo, Pluto 4 Planet, The Elton John and Billy Joel Tribute Bands.

Chad Boyles, Drums/Percussion