What they say…
“Wilson’s a goddamn soul/jazz powerhouse! Scorching songstress!”
Chelsea Wilson is a Melbourne based singer, songwriter, broadcaster and DJ with a penchant for funk, soul & jazz. Her versatile voice is both powerful and seductive, lending itself with ease to a variety of styes from soul-jazz virtuosity to catchy disco-funk ditties.
Chelsea grew up listening to rhythm and blues courtesy of her dad’s record collection. But it was falling in love with jazz at age fifteen and in particular with the great voices of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn that inspired Chelsea to become a vocalist and led her to studying at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. After completing her music degree, Chelsea earned her performance stripes overseas, completing seven 6-month international residency contracts across Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, The UAE, The USA and The Caribbean performing over 280 shows per year. After relocating to Melbourne Chelsea collated her experiences into her debut EP “Bitterness” and took up the post as at Melbourne station PBS FM, where she currently hosts her weekly radio show Jazz Got Soul at 11am on Thursdays.
Her debut full-length “I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me” was released in 2014 and was lauded #2 Album of the Year on ABC Radio National as well as being nominated for Best Soul album at The Age Music Victoria Awards. Produced by Chelsea Wilson and Jake Mason (of Cookin’ on 3 Burners and The Jake Mason Trio) the album features an incredible list of musicians including Lance Ferguson (of The Bamboos) and Mitch Power (from Deep Street Soul) on guitars, Lucas Taranto on bass (from Gotye), Ivan ‘Choi’ Khatchoyan on drums (The Traffic), Michelle Martinez (of The Voice) and Candice Monique (Metals) on backing vocals.
Chelsea made her UK debut at Glastonbury Festival in 2015, performed sell out club shows at London’s Jazz Cafe and Bizz ‘Art Club in Paris and supported Macy Gray on her Australasian tour. As if that weren’t enough, Chelsea also curates the Women of Soul series featuring artists such as Kylie Auldist and Stella Angelico, is on Music Victoria’s ‘Women in Music’ advisory panel and is Artistic Director of Stonnington Jazz Festival.
This one-woman army now prepares to launch her second full-length “Chasing Gold” in March 2019, cementing her position at the forefront of Australia’s ever-growing funk scene.