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Storytelling Aspiring Musician Eager to Win Big

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Nov 14, 2019
From left, Chelsea Elder, winner of the Artist in Play competition with LightFM presenter Leroy Brown

From left, Chelsea Elder, winner of the Artist in Play competition with LightFM presenter Leroy Brown

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Chelsea Elder is the latest winner of the Forest Hill Chase Artist in Play Competition.

Chelsea is an 18 years old student at Our Lady of Sion College. However, despite the pressure from taking her year 12 exams, her passion for music motivated her to enter the Forest Hill Chase Artist in Play competition for her chance to win a professional recording studio session.

Chelsea has been singing since the young age of four, she is a songwriter and a guitar player and loves to play folk, jazz and acoustic music.

Chelsea is most comfortable performing in large crowds and has experience playing at local venues such as Mitcham Social, Red Cup Cafe and festivals.

LightFM presenter, Leroy Brown, spoke to this ambitious young woman about her writing, the importance of storytelling in music and life in the next five years.

“I love music; I can express myself, I can go to another place and escape”.

When writing her songs, Chelsea gets an idea and will start with a chord progression adding a nice tune to the piece but did admit finding songwriting a little more challenging.

“Writing the lyrics for a song can be challenging, but when I have an intense emotion, the lyrics flow.”

Chelse loves a variation of folk, country and Jazz and loves storytelling in songs.

“Storytelling is so important. It is great to hear stories that get emotions out. Music can be healing and inspiring.”

Looking into the future, Chelsea is hopeful.

“I hope to be singing and teaching, but I am also interested in speech pathology so that I can also help people.”

We wish Chelse all the best winning the second round of the Artist in Play competition and for the final concert that will determine the winner of the much-coveted professional studio recording prize.

All the best Chelsea and we wish you great results in your year 12 exams.

To vote for your favourite Artist in Play, jump on the Forest Hill Chase Facebook Page or visit The Loft and hear these fantastic local artist perform live.