As an artist, Isabella has created an international sound, combining pop music and Caribbean Latin rhythms, with passionate lyrics in English, Spanish and French. Her artistic influences range from the classical genre to rock-n-roll.
In 2016, Isabella collaborated with Capitol Records artist BJ The Chicago Kid on the single “Love Inside” from his debut album “In My Mind”, which was nominated for “Best R&B Album” at the 2017 Grammy Awards. BJ The Chicago Kid has previously worked with well-known musicians such as Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper.
Born as Kelly Isabelle Chiappini, Isabella grew up listening to artists such as La Lupe, Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin and Juan Luis Guerra. These artists made her realize that music was her passion.
Isabella is a graduate of the Lycée International and has also attended the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Colburn School of Performing Arts.
In her spare time she enjoys hiking, making jewelry, ballet and painting. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
1. You grew up with music but what made it the right career for you?
Singing came naturally to me. I love everything about music, especially how it brings people together. When I started playing the piano, I later discovered I could write. It became evident that my passion could be a great part of my life, and from an early age I knew this would be my career.
2. Could you please tell us a little about your recent single "Dream About Us"?
‘Dream About Us' is about a relationship I long to have. It relates to a series of dreams. The dreams about the significant other provoke a greater desire to establish this relationship, and that it will last. It's also about dreams longing to be fulfilled. It's meant to be a catchy pop tune that delivers a sweet message. The producer, Huly On The Beat (who is currently a member of La Fame), gave it a tropical vibe while keeping the pop and melodic groove.
3. What are you hoping the audience to take away from your upcoming EP?
I tend to focus on love. I believe truth and love are our main desires, and I’m inclined to performing and writing love songs. I want the audience to believe in love in the midst of this crazy world. I question why I do what I do, and it comes down to love. We are all born with a purpose and nothing is a coincidence. Through this EP, we brought to life everyday dreams and hopes for our present and future. The goal is to keep hope, love and joy alive as a great part of our reality.
4. As a music fan, who are your biggest influences?
Growing up in Puerto Rico my biggest influences are the greats of salsa such as Fania All Stars and our typical music bomba and plena. I grew up listening to Luis Miguel, Juan Luis Guerra, Jerry Rivera (my childhood crush), and bolero singers like Tito Rodriguez. Marc Anthony, Olga Tañón, Alejandro Sanz and La Lupe are other influences. Reggaeton has been another powerful influence. Artists like Yandel, Tego Calderon, Wisin, Daddy Yankee, Zion y Lennox and the list goes on. As a nineties kid I loved Shakira, Mariah Carey, No Doubt, Destiny's Child, TLC and Aaliyah. Then I started listening to Sade, Sting, Pink Floyd, and a lot of rock and indie artists. It's my dream to collaborate with Ricky Martin!
5. What do you feel is your biggest achievement?
Believing! It might sound simple yet it is an everyday endurance necessary for any true accomplishment.
6. What do you feel is your biggest challenge in your career?
Believing in realistic and unrealistic expectations. Perhaps we often want this because we desire harmony. Although, ironically, in order to have perfect harmony as a result, in some points there will be tension. We need to trust that our purpose for our lives and the lives of others will manifest at the right time.
7. If you had the chance to travel the world with anyone in the world, who would you take?
My significant other, a best friend, or Ricky Martin! I want to be involved in philanthropy and humanitarian work, especially with kids. If I travel the world, I have to give something in return. This is another one of my dreams. All that is happening around the world is a reason to pray and take action when it is at our reach.
8. What is a normal day for you like?
I thank God for life. I have a tea and breakfast. If I can, I work out in the morning as early as possible. I work on music. Whether it is songwriting or more recently recording videos of myself to upload on my Youtube channel. During the week I focus as much as possible on productivity/creating. I’m also auditioning so this has gotten me back into an actor's rhythm. I prefer to go out on the weekends and of course go to church on Sunday!
9. So many teen celebrities are committed to public service, setting a great example for their peers in terms of being involved with charities and the community. What causes are important to you, and what do you do to support them?
I don't like to see a child in need. I have to be a part of making a difference through music and by being hands on. Whether it is volunteering or supporting any children's charity, it is important to me. The refugee crisis breaks my heart. My soul cries out for kids as a whole, especially in poverty. So it is my dream to first continually affect those in my reach and sometime soon travel to Latin America. I would also like to continue by attending to the kids in my hometown San Juan, Puerto Rico and partner with, or start, my own charity.
10. How can your fans interact with you online?
My Instagram and Twitter handles are @isabellamusique. You can find me on Facebook too: https://www.facebook.com/isabellamuzic.
11. Now for my last question: what do you want to say to those who wish to pursue their music careers?
When you build on the right foundation, your God given dreams always come true. So believe, persevere and endure. There will be challenges yet with God all things are possible.
Listen to her latest song, Olé: