When your Mom says “Babydoll, I am so proud of you …
you are so talented” and your Dad is convinced you’re going
to be a star, it’s the kind of positive reinforcement that you
need as a kid growing in a small town with visions of stardom
in your eyes. However, when a superstar singer, with a wall
full of platinum records and string of awards says “Has anyone
ever told you that you have perfect pitch?” it hits home with
a high C note. Sure, Mom and Dad’s support is important and
even expected but when it comes from the legendary Naomi
Judd on a National TV show in Nashville, it carries enormous
influence and inspiration for a young singer, especially at a
time when she begins to doubt her own future in the music
world. Chelsee was eagerly awaiting the judge’s criticisms on
the second season of CMT's Can You Duet when Naomi made
her auspicious observation. Yet, no one back home Traverse City
was surprised at Mama Judd’s judgment. It was merely
reinforcement for the opinion they already held for their
Like many country stars, Chelsee began impressing audiences …
make those congregations, singing in church and then to a wider
audience who awarded her standing ovations as the little redhead
"Annie" at age 11. Chelsee captivated the ears of not only local
festival goers in her hometown but also for The Governor of Michigan
and President George W. Bush. Still as a young teen, she opened for
acts including Blake Shelton, Trick Pony, Tracy Byrd, and Dierks
Bentley and to a much wider audience, she sang the National Anthem
at a Red Wings game at the Joe Louis Arena and in the massive
Comerica Park for a Detroit Tigers game.
In 2005 Chelsee left her close-knit family and friends behind in
Traverse City and made the big move to Nashville, Tennessee.
History is filled with stories of would-be stars who take the big
leap to Music City. To visitors, Nashville has the outward appearance
of being the friendly city with a small-town attitude. In reality,
Nashville music industry people have a unique knack of slamming
the door with smile and a “now you y’all take care”. Chelsee has
wisely been sneaking up on the Nashville music industry. She has
collaborated with hit song writers co-writing some impressive songs
included in a recently released EP entitled “Ragdoll”. She impressed
the judges on CMT’s “Can You Duet?” including Naomi Judd.
Her regular appearances at the famous “Blue Bird Café” where so
many singer-songwriters have been discovered.
In the autumn of 2010, at the insistence of friends, she tried out
for American Idol. Judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy
Jackson were extraordinarily impressed by her vocalizing and without
hesitation sent Chelsee on to the Hollywood auditions. In actual fact,
the Idol auditions are 80% talent and 20% drama. Chelsee is one of the
most unassuming artists you will encounter. Drama, games and crises
don’t fit well in her plans. As of this writing, we hope that she succeeds
on her remarkable talent.
For now Chelsee says,
“I’m so excited for the things that are happening in my career.
In my mind I've already "made it". I get to wake up every
morning and do what I love, which is to write great songs,
if that isn’t "making it" I don’t know what is".