Why book StellaRising?

StellaRising is a five piece female fronted band out of Charlotte, NC. We play covers/originals in a wide variety of genres, ranging from classic and modern rock to pop, alternative, and funk. We bring alot of energy and our aim is to have the crowd dancing.





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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 30 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: $500 and up
  • Languages: English

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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, and funk. Formed in 2009, the acoustic duo quickly made its mark on audiences and musicians alike in Charlotte and surrounding areas. By the fall of 2010, the duo formed the remaining band line up.

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. The pair recorded two new compositions, “Hard to Breathe” and “This Is Who I Want To Be”, at the Knothole Recording Studio in Waxhaw, NC with help from Chris Revels on bass and Mike Graci on drums. In 2011, Kristi was also a Charlotte Music Awards Women in Rock and Singer/Songwriter nominee. StellaRising's original song "This Is Who I Want To Be" is also a 2011 finalist for Charlotte Music Awards song of the year.

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 currently teaches guitar, and performs with other acoustic duos such as The Escape Artists and Reckless. He occasionally fills in for The Stranger, a Billy Joel Tribute Band. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in music at Winthrop.

Marty Connell was classically trained on piano at early age. But it wasn't until after college, when he bought his first electronic keyboard, that a whole new world of music and composition was opened up to him via synthesis and MIDI. He used these tools to write and record arrangements that were used in bands and church settings. He began playing contemporary music live in local churches that started with 100 people and moved into settings playing at conferences and conventions with thousands in attendance. In order to expand his music experience, he joined some secular bands and played everything from rock and country, to blues and jazz. His early influences were keyboard legends like Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson and currently views Jordan Rudess as the standard as to which every other keyboardist is measured.

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. Stella’s contagious sound will have you grooving and coming back for more. This group is making their mark, so you don’t want to miss out on Stella as they rise to the top. StellaRising's EP titled 'Motion was released in the fall of 2011, and 'Karma' will be released in 2013.

The team providing the talent:

Kristi Ormand

Lead Vocals

Tony Oliver-Paull

Lead Guitarist/Vocals

Marty Connell


Victor Hahn


Set List

Song Title Artist
1.Rolling in the Deep Adele
2. No Matter What Bad Finger
3.Come Together Beatles
4.Norwegian Wood Beatles
5. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away Beatles
6. I Saw Her Standing There Beatles
7.Use Me Bill Withers
8.Ain’t No Sunshine Bill Withers
9. I've Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas
10.Call Me Blondie
11. Double Vision Foreigner
12.Crazy Gnarls Barkley/Pink Version
13.Paris Grace Potter
14.Break Up Song Greg Kihn Band
15.I Hate Myself for Love You Joan Jett
16.Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey
17.Black Horse N Cherry Tree KT Tunstall
18.Poker Face Lady Gaga
19. Just Dance Lady Gaga
20. Paparazzi Lady Gaga
21.Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay Otis Redding
22.Just A Girl No Doubt
23. Spiderwebs No Doubt
24.Your Love Outfield
25.Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar
26.Please Don’t Leave Me Pink
27.Brass In Pocket Pretenders
28.Favorite Mistake Sheryl Crow
29.I Don’t Care About You StellaRising
30.Let Me Be Me StellaRising
31.Hard to Breathe StellaRising
32.This Is Who I Want to Be StellaRising
33.Karma StellaRising
34.Procrastination StellaRising
35.Motion StellaRising
36.1,000 Excuses StellaRising
37. Situations Goin' Nowhere StellaRising
38. Someone Else StellaRising
39.Superstition Stevie Wonder
40.Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots
41. Baba O'Riley The Who
42. Give Me One Reason Tracy Chapman/Joe Bonamassa version
43. Seven Nation Army White Stripes
44.Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
45. Cheap Sunglasses ZZ Top

Setup Requirements

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