For us, Stinlo is still a mystery. The young, jazzy vocalist who occasionally posted singing videos on her Instagram is slowly performing in shows around Buffalo. With a look and sound that feels timeless, her brief performances show implements of soul and jazz integrating hip-hop, pop elements, and everything in between. Featured on two 2018 singles by out-of-city talent, (one by Portland-based band Seafox and another by Queens producer Gran Finale) it’s apparent the rising crooner has all eyes on her. We can’t wait to see what she does with it.

We asked Stinlo a few questions in honor of #WomensHistoryMonth.

Sneakvibing: Who is your biggest inspiration?

Stinlo“My biggest inspiration is Nai Palm from Hiatus Kaiyote. If I had one word to describe her it would be WARRIOR. A few years back, Nai Palm was battling breast cancer. On her hospital bed, she shared a cover of “The Makings of You” by Curtis Mayfield. She held her light in the midst of a dark time. I felt her love and gratitude for life. Nai Palm had lost a breast in battle and to me, her scar is beautiful. Her scar signifies her strength! Nai Palm’s music inspires me the most. Her vocal expression is playful and her poetry is sensational. Hiatus Kaiyote has rhythms that will keep you on your toes. I love the challenge to keep up with her and learn! Nai Palm sparks a light within me and inspires me to be my own warrior.

SV: How would you describe your music?

S“My voice is soulful and my roots are embedded in jazz. You’ll hear some scatting, and harmonies, as I melodically express my poetry. I like to call my current sound beats and blues. The beats are produced by @empty_estate and I bring the hue of blue. The vibe is smooth and I invite my listeners to spark a J and groove with me.”

SV: What is your favorite song on your most recent project?

S“My favorite song is “Spiritual” on my album coming in the summer of 2022. It contains my love for Kintsugi – to fix what is broken and enhance the fractures with gold. Imperfections are beautiful, it gives me permission to make mistakes and embrace the journey. My gold is my spirituality, my music, and my art. They are what piece me together.”

Stinlo performing I.G.T.F. by Gran Finale


Instagram: https://instagram.com/stinlo?utm_medium=copy_link

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0TQ68YDz5bHqXF-B-4lXPA/videos

Check out STINLO on the #BUFFACOLD2019 Playlist!

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