October Artist Spotlight – Chelsea Williams

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Chelsea Williams gives us a sweet but soulful sound in her vocals. She a true talent who contributes to REAL artistry in the music industry.

– E. Alexcina Brown, Blogger/Editor BRASH! – A Music Marketing Blog

Chelsea Williams made a name for herself as a musician in Los Angeles in a less than traditional way. Without the support of a record label or radio play, Chelsea managed to sell nearly 100,000 copies of her independently released EPs the old fashioned way, by playing on the street. “I do like the fact that I actually have met every single person that bought my album,” she says. “It makes it more personal for me, and hopefully for them too. And sometimes I get tips.”

Chelsea became the darling of Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. She gained an impressive following by capturing the hearts of locals, tourists and fans from around the world.  Among those who have noted her talents and frequent her sets: Adam Sandler, Sheryl Crow, LeAnn Rimes, and Ron Howard (to name a few). Crosby, Stills, and Nash sent Chelsea flowers in appreciation of the quality of her “Helplessly, Hoping” cover found on YouTube.

After six years on the Promenade, she received a life-changing tip. One of the passers-by was Grammy nominated producer Toby Gad (Beyonce, Fergie, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks). Gad, moved by the singer’s natural talent and undeniable charm, invited her to collaborate on a song, and another, and another.

Before they knew it, they had recorded an entire album. The album quickly found its way into the hands of A&R Executive Larry Jackson, who offered her the chance to perform for Jimmy Iovine, head of Interscope Records and America Idol mentor. Iovine, having worked with U2, Dr. Dre, and John Lennon stopped Williams after just one song: “That’s as good as it gets.”

He offered her a record deal on the spot.

“I feel like an overnight success,” Chelsea says, laughing in a way both that makes directors stop filming and people on the street stop and pay attention. “A seven-year-overnight-success. I suppose it could all end tomorrow, but I’d still be singing and making music.”

Check out her vocals for yourself!!!

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