Chelsea Carlson, awarded Top New Female Act at the 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Awards, was destined to be a musician from the moment she was born. She picked up her first instrument – the alto saxophone – at age nine and was immediately bitten by the music bug. She first began dabbling in the idea of writing her own music the following year when she received her first guitar. At eleven, she began singing lessons. Soon after, she began taking piano lessons through the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and received a steady 97% on her annual piano juries. In 2007, Chelsea joined the Long Valley School of Rock where she learned the ropes of rock music, performance, and cooperating within a band setting. Through School of Rock, Chelsea performed at venues such as the Highline Ballroom and Gramercy Theater in NYC, and as a member of their auditioned band performed for a VH1 documentary shooting of "Woodstock: Then and Now" with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. In high school, Chelsea was a member of the marching band and women's choir, principle chair for alto saxophone in symphonic band, and also performed the leading role of Linda in the drama club's 2010 production of "The Wedding Singer."
In 2010, Chelsea was accepted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, the country's only school for contemporary genres. She began her first semester there the following September as an electric bass principle and Professional Music/Music Business major. Over her time at Berklee, Chelsea took courses in songwriting, lyric writing, history of rock, music business, and music technology, as well as many classes in music theory and performance.
In 2015, Chelsea attended the Vocal Pedagogy professional development workshop at Boston Conservatory, with a focus on musical theater vocals. The program aimed to inspire and connect voice teachers and provide them with new teaching methods. It included lectures in anatomy and physiology of singing, belting, vocal health, Alexander technique, breathing, and an opportunity to observe Boston Conservatory professionals teach voice lessons.
Chelsea now splits her time between Mount Olive and Brick NJ, focusing on building her music and lessons careers. Over the past few years, Chelsea has taken the local music scene by storm. She has performed at renowned venues such as the Hard Rock Cafe (Niagara Falls NY), Stanhope House (Stanhope NJ), Bitter End (NYC), Stone Pony and Wonder Bar (Asbury Park), and Sherman Theater (Stroudsburg PA), and shared the stage with many noteworthy local and national acts. In April 2013, Chelsea was awarded Top New Female Act at the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards, and was also nominated for Top Female Performer and Top Indie EP/Single. Her original music has been played on numerous radio stations across the country, and her songs have been featured on various compilation albums including WNTI's 55th Anniversary Album in 2013 and the Singer-Songwriter of Cape May album in 2016. In early 2016, Chelsea's debut album, "The Broken Road," premiered in Songwriting Magazine. The album and its subsequent singles have been featured in publications including the Aquarian Weekly, Elmore Magazine, and Vents Magazine. For more info on Chelsea's musician career, click here.
Chelsea began teaching private music lessons in 2010, and immediately felt compelled to open up the world of music to the next generation. Since officially launching Chelsea Carlson Music Lessons in 2012, Chelsea has taught over 80 students ages five to adult voice, guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass lessons with a focus on cultivating creativity, musicianship, and performance. Her unique approach to teaching offers students a well-rounded curriculum, which will help them explore music through classical exercises in technique and music theory, while providing them with a creative outlet through learning songwriting and performance skills. It is Chelsea's hope not only to teach students how to be great musicians, but also to provide them with the tools necessary to have a future career in the music industry. Chelsea's students have gone on to attend the Berklee College of Music 5-Week Summer Performance Program on scholarship, be selected for and attend the Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Conservatory, receive music scholarships to their colleges, be nominated for the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, receive recognition through the Mayo PAC, and have successful careers on the local music scene themselves.
In addition to private lessons, Chelsea has taught preschool music at Long Valley Christian Nursery School since 2014, and also taught Vocal Lab at Hunterdon Preparatory School during the 2017-18 school year.