Story by Stephanie Foden
Oshawa-born Lennon and Maisy Stella’s musical talents have brought them virtual stardom. The preteen sister duo have shot to viral fame after they recently posted a video covering “Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn using empty margarine containers as instruments on their YouTube channel. The impressive video has reached nearly four million views in just two weeks.
“It happened so fast,” said Lennon on the overnight success of the video. “So it was kind overwhelming, but a good kind of overwhelming.”
The response to the video has been extremely positive and landed the girls on the Today Show, Good Morning America and Global News over the past two weeks. At just 12 and eight-years-old, Lennon and Maisy have become a hot topic online with stories written about them in CBC, The Huffington Post, Buzz Feed, The Daily Beast and other international media.
“It’s kind of crazy, it’s amazing and so fun,” said the youngest Maisy. “It’s just unbelievable.”
The twitterverse is buzzing about Lennon and Maisy. There are hundreds of tweets about the girl’s matured vocal ability, harmonies and just overall awesomeness.
“Every five minutes there is a message from someone requesting something from the girls,” said their mother, Marylynne. “Were doing things as they come. We don’t want to overload them.”
The sisters beamed with smiles and gratitude when they thanked their viewers with this video:
Lennon and Maisy are the daughters of Marylynne and Brad Stella, also known as the country musicians The Stellas. The girls were born in Oshawa, but moved to Tennessee after their parents signed a recording and songwriting deal in Nashville, but the family is still very well connected to the Oshawa community.
“Brad and I used to play at the Thirsty Monk, we played all around Oshawa,” said Marylynne.
Lennon and Maisy both attend school in Tennessee and have been actively performing together since 2009.
“They are amazing people,” said Marylynne.
The Stellas wrote their single “Riding in the Back Seat” about their daughters. In the music video Brand and Marylynne sing about their family: