THIS CD WAS RECORDED IN 2004 WHEN CHELSEE WAS 17 YEARS OLD.
Chelsee Oaks started singing at the age of eleven, winning 1st prize in her school talent show, in her 1st public performance.
The following year she was given the lead roll of “Annie” in the musical of the same name at the local theater. The show sold out all 13 performances.
At thirteen Chelsee formed a band and won a competition sponsored by a local country station. The prize was opening for Tracy Byrd, Chalee Tennison and South 65.
The following summer she expanded her performance area to all of Northwest Michigan. She and the band opened for Trick Pony, at Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival in front of a crowd of 5-6 thousand.
At fifteen Chelsee recorded her first CD, a compilation of 8 covers by various artists. She again expanded her performance venues, this time statewide, performing at numerous festivals, fairs and special events.
During the following year Chelsee and the band performed nineteen shows throughout the state including opening for Blake Shelton at the National Cherry Festival and Emerson Drive at the Soo Locks Festival.
At seventeen Chelsee spent her spring break in Nashville, TN. recording a new CD. “A Life Less Ordinary” contains 9 original songs from some of the top publishing companies in Nashville, and 1 remake of a Melissa Etheridge song. It was recorded at Curb Music Studios in Nashville with a great musical team including “A List” studio musicians.
In 2005 after finishing high school and performing throughout the summer, including openings for Dierks Bentley and Bobby Pinson, Chelsee moved to Nashville. In the five years that she has been in Nashville she has been songwriting, singing “demos”, performing in writer’s rounds, including the world famous Bluebird Café, and an occasional acoustic or full band show.
Things move slowly at times in Nashville but things are starting to pick up speed the last two years as Chelsee and her exboyfriend, Rob Bolin were contestants on the 2009 season of CMT’s “Can You Duet” and now in 2011 as contestants on American Idol.
Chelsee, now twentyfour, was in the studio recently recording another CD, this time, of songs that she has written. She hopes to have it available for your purchase here at CD Baby and throughout the web very soon.
To see where Chelsee is performing and to hear her new music visit her at www.facebook.com/chelseeoaks