Hello fans and friends, I'm starting up this Reverb nation thing to tackle the big bad internet. I generally hate using new-fangled internet technology (I have nothing against it, it just frustrates the hell out of me), but this is the way of the world now, so I'm jumping in. I don't know how many people are interested in reading yet another blog, but I figure some of you want to keep up with my life and career outside of the 140 character box. For instance- the stories behind my songs, other musicians who inspire me, where and when I'm moving and traveling, and why the heck I'm moving around so much. In the past I've tried to keep up this veil between my singer-songwriting career and my personal life, but for better or worse, that's just not how this game works. I've always believed that songs should speak for themselves, and that great works of art need no introduction. I think that tenet still holds true; but I've learned that the stories behind the music can make a song come alive in new ways. So I want to tell you a little bit about how I chose this path, why I decided to pursue music as a career. I started writing music I was truly proud of about 5 years ago, and I started performing around Tulsa (my hometown). I was getting great feedback, but I was in a relationship that was stifling to say the least. There were so many opportunities I didn't take, songs I didn't write, feelings I didn't express. So I took a break from music and tried to be happy doing other things. I helped manage a coffee roastery, started a vegetable farm, and studied midwifery. I enjoyed all these things, but without music in my life I wasn't thriving. I left the marriage I was in about a year and a half ago, and boy have things changed fast! I started writing song after song, and I liked each one better than the next. I was taking the time to practice, collaborate, and perform. I gained many fans and supporters in Tulsa, OK over the next few months, and enough momentum to record and release my debut EP: Lullabies and Leavin' Songs. I collaborated with some of the best musicians in Tulsa to make it shine, and I had a lot of success selling and promoting in Oklahoma. I was enjoying music, but I still hadn't decided if it was what I wanted to pursue as a career. Everyone else seemed to think I should go for it, but I still wasn't sure. When I moved to the Seattle area almost a year ago, I had to decide for myself if it was worth pursuing. My loving partner and now husband, Michael, supported me while I navigated the pros and cons of a career in music, and dipped my feet into the Seattle music scene. Without my Tulsa friends and fans around me, I had to face the realities of the music industry. I was hesitant, to say the least, but I got myself out there. I went to open mics, grew my network, started playing gigs, and went on tour. I'm happy to say now, after a lot of doubt, frustration, and hard work, I've decided to commit to pursuing a career in music. I think I have what it takes, and I've met enough musicians who actually make a living, to give me some hope! My husband is ever supportive and I'm getting positive feedback from new fans all the time. I'm moving to Berkeley, CA in a couple of months and will plugging into the great music scene there!
Thank you all for reading. I'll be posting again very soon! Check out my page, download my songs, and ringtones (!!), and share my site on your facebook, twitter, myspace, etc!
Sincerely, Chelsea Coleman