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cisco Bay Area T eatre Critics Circle nomination for Best Principal Actress. Heath says of acting, “It

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SONOMA COUNTY, CA. ~ Stella means “Star” in Latin. Stella Heath embodies her fi rst name. Lead singer and founder of French Oak Gypsy Band, she is a consummate profes- sional, classically trained in acting; which refl ects in her stellar stage performances. Just shy of 30-years-old, this home- town hero has a brilliant career ahead of her as a giſt ed versatile artist. In other words, she is a rising star! Heath was born in Novato,

CA and grew up in Petaluma before spending the fi nal two years of high school at Interlo- chen Arts Academy in Michi- gan and continuing to study

acting at Syracuse University in New York. She fully immersed herself in her craſt , fi nding she had, in her words, “a deep love of Shakespeare.” She headed to T e Big Apple, New York City to experience the fast-pace challenging world of auditions, rehearsals

and per-

formances working professionally both in plays and with bands. Shortly aſt er moving back to the West Coast, Heath landed the role of Imogen in Marin Shakespeare’s 2015 production of Cymbeline for which she received a San Fran-

added a diff erent dimen- sion to my singing that I might not have gotten necessarily.” She teaches voice, piano and acting in addition to developing her own career as an art- ist. She started singing at 8-years-old and now her extensive repertoire in- cludes singing in French and Spanish. Performing regularly at Petaluma’s T e Big Easy, Michael

Price’s band, American Alley Cats features Stella Heath on vocals.

French Oak Gypsy

Band has just re- leased their 2016 debut album en- titled, “Sunnyside” a compilation of vin- tage with a modern twist. T e cover art is by renowned lo- cal visual artist Ka- tie Kincade, who is

sought out by musicians and venues for her one-of-a-kind concert posters. Kincade is des- tined to be as famous as Stanley

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“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the

true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can

accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”

Vincent Van Gogh “People are complicated’ve to be straight forward with your words.” ~ Nikhil Karke

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