Michele Della Bella (a.k.a. Mike Della Bella), approached music in 1977 when he was given a guitar at the age of 12; by then he formed his first band with some teen friends discovering himself as a talented songwriter.

In 1986, after writing many good songs and performing some brilliant shows in Rome, he decided it was time to rise to the next level, founding his first quasi-pro band, the Joint Stock Company, challenged and supported by Faber Farina whom he had met 7 years before and is his biggest fan and main biographer since then.

Faber introduced Mike to the world of music recording so the new band released an album in 1987 titled ‘Something New’.

Jazzed by the result, Mike left playing guitar and learned to play keyboards, then renewed the band releasing a new album in 1989 titled ‘Challenge the Sky’.

The album confirmed Mike’s talent in songwriting thus in early ’90 he decided to quit working with bandmates by starting a new life as songwriter.

After having set up his private recording studio he started writing songs over songs, many of these remained unperformed, due to the lack of a band; many others found their place in a new project called Stamina which released an album in 1994 titled “Affinity of Tribal Love and Perpetual Hate”.

That CD had a very good impact and reviews in the States and the single “Gifts Of Life” obtained an Honorable Mention in a Songwriters’ competition held by the acclaimed magazine “Billboard”.


After that Mike stopped writing music due to his professional career which was always more demanding in working time.

But in 2015 Faber secretly went over the tape cassettes he and Mike recorded in the early 90’s and collected all the songs which still were unreleased, thus compiling a brand new album titled “Unreleased Gems” and gave it to Mike.

Listening again to all his old songs that he kept buried somewhere in his mind, challenged Mike to release a real record not only for his personal satisfaction but for the world-wide audience.

The Mike Della Bella Project began …”


By Published On: februar 14, 2020Categories: In Focus, New Releases

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