Chelsea Wilson is a Melbourne based vocalist, songwriter, broadcaster and DJ. Her debut album I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me was lauded #2 Album of the Year on ABC Radio National and nominated for Best Soul album at The Age Music Victoria Awards. She recently made her UK debut at Glastonbury Festival 2015, performed sell out club shows at London’s Jazz Cafe and Bizz ‘Art Club Paris and supported Macy Gray on her Australasian tour. Her weekly radio show Jazz Got Soul airs every Thursday 11am on Melbourne’s PBS 106.7 FM. She also curates the Women of Soul series featuring artists such as Kylie Auldist and Stella Angelico and is on Music Victoria’s ‘Women in Music’ advisory panel. Currently Chelsea is Artistic Director of Stonnington Jazz Festival.
About her album “I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me”
Over two years in the making, I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me contains ten new tracks inspired by seventies afrobeat, blacksploitation soundtracks, sixties Motown and soul jazz. The album features eight of Chelsea’s original compositions, plus her unique funk arrangement of Neyo’s pop hit Closer and an Esther Phillips tribute, the title track of the album. The single ‘Through With Lovin’ You” was released digitally and on limited edition 45rpm vinyl with launch shows in Brisbane and Melbourne and an accompanying film clip premiered on themusic.com.au.
Produced by Chelsea Wilson and Jake Mason (Cookin’ on 3 Burners) the album features an incredible list of musicians including Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos) and Mitch Power (Deep Street Soul) on guitars, Lucas Taranto on bass (Gotye), Ivan ‘Choi’ Khatchoyan on drums (True Live), Michelle Martinez (The Voice) and Candice Monique on backing vocals (Metals).
Her debut LP is released via Chelsea’s independent label House of Valerie Joan, named after her paternal and maternal grandmothers (respectively). The artwork concept was directed by Chelsea, containing a series of images channeling the looks of three iconic rock star divorcees; Cher, Priscilla and Bianca Jagger, beautifully photographed by Helen Melville.
In Chelsea’s words…
“..the album is a homage to strong women everywhere… finding your inner strength through surviving bad relationships. The themes are largely personal, inspired by my mum, my girlfriends and my own life experiences. The artwork depicts seventies it-girls who married rock stars, had their hearts broken publicly and moved forward with style and elegance. The album title track sums up the bitterness of break ups in the sweetest possible way whilst paying homage to the late great Esther Phillips – I absolutely adore Esther – she sang it all; disco, jazz, funk with class, wit and attitude. She was a queen and I am thrilled to name the album as a tribute to her.”
Media for “I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me”
2# Album of The Year – ABC Radio National
Album of the Week – PBS 106.7 FM Melbourne
Album of the Week – Eastside FM 89.7FM Sydney
Album of the Week – ABC Newcastle
Album of the Week – ABC Radio National
2# Soundscape Chart August 2014 – RRR 102.7 FM Melbourne
Artist of the Week – December 2014 2MCR 1003.FM Sydney
Album Title of the Year – 97.9FM Melbourne
Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B and Gospel Album – The Age Music Victoria Genre Award Nominee
“Chelsea Wilson has hit the ground running with her self-penned debut album. Equally at home with a hip shaking dancer as she is with a face melting ballad this LP has it all. Miss Wilson is destined for big things so don’t sleep, she’s the new soul sister on the block. Check it” – Miss Goldie PBS 106.7FM
“An impressive debut album “ Amy Chapman PBS 106.7FM
“..classic soul jams, full of sassy hooks, funky-as-hell lines, and dynamite jazz and motown influences, not to mention a cheeky hint of disco.. the songwriting and compositions really cement Chelsea as a force to be reckoned with in contemporary soul.” Semplesize
“Absolutely love it! Exciting new talent” – Soul Stacks UK
“Energy, Feeling – and it doesn’t stop! Like a good book you can’t put this album down!” David Moyle – JOY 94.9
“Chelsea Wilson’s debut ‘I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me’ will come in useful for those scorned by past loves. Chelsea’s delivery is subtle and sweet even though the topics are something to scream about. References to Ali always get extra points from me!” Mz Rizk KISS FM
“Its great to finally hear a full length LP from Chelsea Wilson. Once again her superb songwriting skills have been matched by some of the finest players on the Australian soul scene, which has made for a really exciting debut album. Great stuff!” Mike Gurrieri Equinox Records/Kiss FM
“The debut LP from Chelsea Wilson, one of the hardest working artists in Melbourne’s soul scene, is both brilliant and alluring. Strong vocals, great songwriting and a cast of musicians that hold their own as the tracks shift effortlessly from blues to 60s soul to 70s funk. Buy two copies. You’ll wear the first one out quickly.” Adam Fox Soulsides, RTR-FM 92.1
Media for the single ‘Through With Lovin’ You’
“seriously, why wouldn’t any broadcasting outlet in this city, not just public radio, commercial radio be playing that? they should be playing the sh*t out of this. New single from Chelsea Wilson – its just f**cking excellent‘ Tony Biggs RRRFM
“From the opening drum break, this track from Melbourne Soul Sister Chelsea Wilson delivers baked goods, backed by the Cookin On Three Burners engine, girl has got the funk.” ’45’ of the month Northside Records
“Soulful, jazzy, bluesy. Soft and slinky, but ready to fire up when she needs to, Chelsea Wilson wears the style like a comfortable glove. With the likes of The Bamboos, Saskwatch or Clairy Brown (just to name a few), Australia has quite the pedigree in soul, these days, and I see no reason Chelsea Wilson couldn’t easily start getting mentioned in the same breath as the rest”. Chris Cobcroft 4ZZZFM
No 5# Song of the Year 97.9FM Melbourne
“..she glowed exuberance and fun on stage.. it was really a pleasure to see Chelsea give her all on stage and I can’t understand why we don’t have more local talent like Chelsea signed to an Australian variant of Daptone records – or even Daptone Records themselves” The AU Review
“Chelsea Wilson is an accomplished singer who knows her groove. Really knows it. Her album launch at The Toff was like a tour of the best of the 60s and 70s. She’s written faultless songs, chosen impeccable band members and even had energy to spare for more than a few extra surprises. But first, her voice. And what a voice. Wilson’s vocals are practiced and deliberate, delivering just the right amount of heartfelt lament and bitter vengeance. And appropriately so – many of her songs explore themes of betrayal, jealousy, heartbreak and complications of love. Wilson also managed to assemble a cracking band behind her. A sharp horn section and colourful keyboards lent their colours to the usual drums, bass and guitar. And just like Wilson, they were all exceptionally well-rehearsed and on point. Special mention should go to guitarist Neil Boland, who showed us some exceptionally well-judged blues solos and later funked up the set with some wah, phaser and other effects. Not satisfied with merely sharing here excellent vocals and top band, Wilson also brought in backing dancer/singers – complete with impressive choreographed dance moves (and also both excellent singers too!). And there were guest singers. And costume changes. And a killer encore. This is a woman who has thought it all through. And she understands the importance of going beyond a musical performance. She understands what it takes to put on a show. We’d be very unhappy without her.” – Kim Lajoie Skylashes
Chelsea Wilson is a Melbourne based vocalist, songwriter, broadcaster and DJ.
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 Music and Interviews Manager at iconic Melbourne station PBS FM.
Recently Chelsea supported Macy Gray on her 2015 Australian tour, made her UK debut at Glastonbury Festival 2015, headlined the Arts Centre Stage at the Australasian World Music Expo, performed at the sell out Women of Soul show at SummerSalt Festival and debuted her solo show I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me – The Cabaret at the opening night of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. She also performed in Indonesia for Bali Pink Ribbon’s Gala Fundraiser raising money for Breast Cancer programs in Bali. She also curates the sell out Women of Soul performance series featuring artists such as Kylie Auldist, Michelle Martinez and Clairy Browne and recently produced and released the Women of Soul album on her House of Valerie Joan imprint. She was guest programmer for the 10 year anniversary Stonnington Jazz Festival and produced a special tribute concert to Kerrie Biddell ‘Australia’s First Lady of Jazz’ featuring Kristin Berardi and Fem Belling at Malvern Town Hall. A budding vinyl collector and dance floor connoisseur she has DJ’d at events such as PBS FM’s Soul A Go Go, The National Gallery of Victoria’s Friday night Masterpiece series and the Melbourne Recital Centre Garden Party. She also appears as an MC at events such as the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Globe to Globe Festival and Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues. She has spoken on music industry panels at conferences including Face the Music, I Manage My Music, Bigsound, APRA|AMCOS member events and at the Multicultural Arts Victoria Emerge Festival. Chelsea also produces and presents weekly jazz radio program Jazz Got Soul on PBS 106.7FM, writes the odd music review on her blog and drinks copious amounts of Twinnings English Breakfast Tea. In her free time (if any) you might find her in a boxing, dancing or pilates with her gal pals.