Kella Stephenson Farris
Growing up in Eufaula, AL, Kella Stephenson Farris acquired a passion for country music at an early age. Her fondest memories are listening to 8 track tapes of Alabama, Barbara Mandrell and The Judds in her daddy’s truck. Graduating magna cum laude from Auburn University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and major in Finance, she worked with Regions Financial Corporation in Birmingham, AL, until she re-entered Auburn to obtain her Masters in Business Administration. She then interned and after graduation worked with Country Music Hall of Fame group Alabama from 2003-2005 in Ft. Payne, AL, managing Jeff Cook’s personal and business finances. However, Nashville continued to call and Farris found employment in 2005 with the full service business management firm Flood, Bumstead, McCready, and McCarthy.
Recognizing an underserved niche market of successful songwriters, Farris formed, The Kella Stephenson Company, her own boutique business management and financial planning company in 2006. She began the process of obtaining Certified Financial Planning credentials, receiving the CFP® designation in January, 2008. Collectively, her clients have cuts on more than 200 million albums sold and 75 #1 songs. Clients include Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby, Rodney Clawson and Nicolle Galyon. Farris says, “I wake up every day feeling so blessed to serve and help guide the careers and financial decisions of these amazing writers that in turn impact our culture by their creativity and talent.”
In January 2015, The Kella Stephenson Company folded into Farris, Self & Moore, LLC and Farris will continue to serve her current clients under the company’s expansion.
Farris is a member of Leadership Music (Class of 2014), The Recording Academy, CMA, ACM, Financial Planning Association, and a SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development) alumni. She has served on Auburn University’s College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and Barefoot Republic Camp Board of Directors. She currently enjoys spending time with husband DJ Farris and son Everett, Auburn Football, Hot Yoga and being on the family farm in Eufaula, AL.