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Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Solo Pop Acoustic




"Exclusive! "The Broken Road" by Chelsea Carlson"

"This week’s Monday exclusive is another whole album, as Songwriting premieres The Broken Road. It’s the debut full-length from Chelsea Carlson, a New Jersey-based artist whose particular brand of folk- and country-tinged rock has already seen her win a Jersey Acoustic Music (JAM) award for Top New Female Act." - Songwriting Magazine

"Chelsea Carlson streams new single, "Belong""

"As a vulnerable, raw, stripped-down approach to her regular sound, “Belong” is a powerful release, showcasing Carlson’s impressive vocals." - Planet Stereo

"Artist Profile - Chelsea Carlson"

"Chelsea! Chelsea! The crowd at Hat City Kitchen could not get enough of her at her mega CD release party last month." - Patricia Rogers, Jersey Indie

"Weekend Roundup: Chelsea Carlson CD Release Party + Special Guests"

"Friday night at Hat City Kitchen, it was a packed house with 3 bands performing as special guests for Chelsea Carlson‘s debut CD Release Party, The Broken Road. Chelsea Carlson took the stage and that is when you felt the overall energy of the room go up. You look at her expecting one thing, and than she surprises you. Her set ended with the crowd cheering, 'Chelsea! Chelsea!' The feeling of love and mutual support was evident in the room and even more so between the bands." - Patricia Rogers, Masconsumption

"New Jersey folk- rock songstress Chelsea Carlson premieres “Lost In Love”"

"Featured on the project and premiering exclusively on GroundSounds is the fresh new track “Lost In Love,” it’s a powerful song, full of emotion and pure sonic goodness." - Jon Berrien, GroundSounds

"Flanders singer/songwriter offers first full CD"

"Chelsea Carlson...the 23-year-old Flanders singer/songwriter is a rocker in the vein of Grace Potter or, reaching back, Led Zepplin." - Phil Garber, Mount Olive Chronicle

"Listen To Folk Singer-Songwriter Chelsea Carlson’s Track “Cherry Blossom”"

"'Cherry Blossom', a track off the upcoming record, is the perfect introduction to Chelsea’s style, encouraging listeners from the get-go to relax with its soft, lullaby-like guitar opening...forming a cohesively classic folk-rock track from a young and ambitious singer-songwriter." - Elmore Magazine

"INTERVIEW: Chelsea Carlson"

An interview with Chelsea Carlson about the release of "The Broken Road." - RJ Frometa, Vents Magazine

"New Genius On The Block: Chelsea Carlson – “Cherry Blossom”"

"Carlson has taken singer/songwriter to a new level. Her songs have that innocence of early Mitchell with that blueish sound of Plant and Waters. Carlson can easily lay her hat with greatest. Impressive sound all around." - Phil King, AudioFuzz

"Jersey Girl Chelsea Carlson is Ready to Rock Bradenton, Florida"

Yes, the young woman with the dark, blond locks has heard she looks like Taylor Swift. The 21-year-old Chelsea Carlson has even been mistaken for the slightly older superstar. But when Carlson makes her Florida debut Sunday at Soma Creek Side in Bradenton don’t expect to hear any of Taylor’s country-pop tunes; or anything that falls neatly into the “modern country” or “pop” categories. Carlson is a rocker. She loves Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin and has a rich, sultry voice that blows away Swift’s puny singing.
- Wade Tatangelo - Ticket Sarasota Magazine

"Local Noise - Chelsea Carlson"

"Chelsea Carlson is a young woman on the rise...with a popular song, a JAM Award, and an eye toward expanding her reach beyond her Morris County environs." - Aquarian Weekly - Hal B. Selzer

"Juniors Cave Music Now Spotlight - Chelsea Carlson"

"Chelsea Carlson...blew us away with her powerful voice. She is certainly someone to watch out for in the Indie and Mainstream Music Industry." - Isaac Davis Junior

"Chelsea Carlson Follows Up JAM Award Win With Soulful "Ain't Done Yet" Single"

It's been a pretty exciting week for roots-rock inspired Chelsea Carlson...the on the rise singer-songwriter shares one of her best and most personal tracks to date, 'Ain't Done Yet.' - Mike Mehalick, Speak Into My Good Eye

"People to Watch in 2013"

The new year brings new challenges. For some Morris County residents, those challenges will be particularly big and interesting...In 2013 the up-and-coming musician is scheduled to perform with Half Moon Revival, a Janis Joplin tribute band; cut her first album of original tunes; and study in New Orleans. - Lorraine Ash, Daily Record

"WDHA's Homegrown Spotlight"

Inspired by the greats...Chelsea uses their classic musical success and combines it with her own modern rock edge. She is a breath of fresh air and very unique in her style both in her music and in person. - Lindsay Klein, WDHA's Homegrown Spotlight

"Some Fresh Blood Comes to Life at the Fair"

"But every so often, a newcomer hits the scene. Someone like Chelsea Carlson...a student at Berklee College of Music, the largest and one of the most respected independent college of contemporary music in the world, she’s also just finished recording her first original single...Fans may expect Carlson to list a slew of current artists among her influences, given her young age. They’d be surprised." - John Dowgin, East Brunswick Patch

"Local Musician Hopes to Go Big, Mix Old and New"

"...the next big thing might be from your own backyard... Wherever she goes, people are starting to take notice of Carlson's talents." - Gerard Longo, Long Valley Patch

"Road to Rock: Hometown Rockstar Releases Single"

"A rocking break up song, 'Used to Be' evokes some of the soulful vocal styles, attitue, and musicality of female rockers such as Grace Potter and Heart's Anne Wilson... The end result came with lush harmonies and gritty guitar solos accompany Carlson's cutting lyrics." - Brian Falzarano, West Orange Patch

"Flanders Teen Hopes For Future Rock Stardom"

"Of course Chelsea Carlson's goal is to be a rockstar... Audiences are surprised... when they hear she's not like [Taylor] Swift but has her own style." - Phil Garber, Mt. Olive Chronicle

"New Genius On The Block: Chelsea Carlson - "Cherry Blossom""

From the very first, crystal-clear, sound of the guitar, to the absolute beauty of Chelsea Carlson’s voice, you know you’re listening to something different, very different indeed. The young singer-songwriter, with a “wise energy to her soul” (WDHA 105.5 FM), cites a variety of rock influences, ranging from classic greats, Robert Plant, Janis Joplin and Roger Waters, to modern-day rockers, Foo Fighters and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. After returning to New Jersey from Berklee College of Music in 2011, Carlson quickly began playing various festivals and local venues. Is there something at Berklee College of Music that brings out the best in artists? Of well, I just know Carlson has taken singer/songwriter to a new level. Her songs have that innocence of early Mitchell with that blueish sound of Plant and Waters. Carlson can easily lay her hat with greatest. Impressive sound all around. - Phil King, AudioFuzz


"Belong" (Original Single")
Released February 2016
Recorded by Dave Pirrocco
JackedCat Productions

"Lost in Love" (Original Single)
Released January 2016
Recorded by Dave Pirrocco
JackedCat Productions

"Cherry Blossom" (Original Single)
Released December 2015
Recorded by Dave Pirrocco
JackedCat Productions

"Like Sheep" (Sneak Preview Single - Original)
Released April 2015
Recorded by Dave Pirrocco
JackedCat Productions

"Great Gig in the Sky" (Pink Floyd Cover)

Released October 2013
Recorded by Dave Tsien
Featuring The Wall - Pink Floyd Tribute Band

"Ain't Done Yet" (Original Single)
Released April 2013
Recorded at Green Chapel Studios
Featuring the Gypsy Mimes

"By the Sea" (Original Single)
Released November 2012
Recorded by Chelsea Carlson

"Cherry Blossom" and "Like Sheep" (Original EP)
Released May 2012
Recorded by Manny Kallins

"Lost in Love" (Original Single)
Released November 2011
Recorded at Rockslide Studios

"Used to Be" (Original Single)
Released July 2011
Recorded at Rockslide Studios



Chelsea Carlson is a roots-rock singer/songwriter from Morris County NJ.  Described as a “young and ambitious” artist on the rise by Elmore Magazine, Chelsea has been taking the local music scene by storm since 2011.  With influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Adele, Chelsea is not your typical “singer/songwriter.”  Her original music has been described as soulful, powerful, and full of emotion.  Her vocal style has been compared to that of Grace Potter and Anne Wilson, and her songwriting is reminiscent of Carole King.  It is Chelsea’s goal to take the heart of classic rock and blend it with the intensity of the blues, energy of modern rock and pop, and raw emotion of alternative music, into something new and exciting.


What started as appearances at local open mics and a dream has led Chelsea down an incredible path over the past few years.  Chelsea’s dream of being becoming a professional musician (well, she probably called it “rock star” back then) began when she discovered the magic of the karaoke machine in the fourth grade and began writing her own songs at nine-years-old.  That dream actually started to become a reality a few years ago when Chelsea left Berklee College of Music in 2011 to pursue her music career at home in New Jersey.  She has performed at many noteworthy venues including the Bitter End in NYC, Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, and the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg.  Her music has been played on numerous radio stations across the country, and her songs have been featured on multiple compilation albums including WNTI’s 55th Anniversary album and the 2016 Singer-Songwriter of Cape May album.  In 2013, Chelsea was awarded Top New Female Act at the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards, which marked a turning point in Chelsea’s career and prompted her to head to the recording studio and begin work on her first album.


Chelsea’s debut album, “The Broken Road,” premiered in Songwriting Magazine and was officially released in February 2016.  Following years of performing primarily as an acoustic soloist, Chelsea goes back to her rock band roots on “The Broken Road,” which features a full band.  Recorded at JackedCat Productions in Hamilton NJ and produced by Dave Pirrocco (Led Zeppelin, Keith Richards), “The Broken Road” captures Chelsea’s unique musical style, combining modern singer/songwriter with roots rock.  The title pays homage to Chelsea’s amazing musical journey so far, which she feels has shaped her both as a musician and a person and provided her with so many amazing, unforgettable experiences.


Music is Chelsea’s first love, but performance is a close second!  Chelsea regularly performs throughout the tri-state area.  Her shows are energetic and captivating.  Whether she performs as a soloist, in a duo, or in a full band, Chelsea’s shows always leave the audience wanting more.  No matter the setting, Chelsea’s true home is onstage!


In addition to her own music career, Chelsea teaches music lessons and hopes to share her knowledge of and passion for music and the music industry with young, aspiring musicians and songwriters.  Through her music and performances she has organized, she has also set up fundraisers for breast cancer research, Hurricane Sandy Relief, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and regularly volunteers and performs at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.  Chelsea believes that music is a universal language and something that is better when shared.


In the rare moments when Chelsea is not playing music, you could find her playing with her five crazy dachshunds, decorating cakes, going to Renaissance faires, trying (and failing) to learn German, or binge-watching “Gilmore Girls” on Netflix for the four-hundredth time.


In an ever-changing music industry, Chelsea is someone you definitely want to keep your eye on!


Noteworthy Venues:
- Hard Rock Cafe (Niagara Falls NY)
- The Bitter End (NYC)
- The Wonder Bar (Asbury Park)
- The Stanhope House (Stanhope NJ)
- Black Potatoe Music Festival (Clinton NJ)

Select Radio Appearances & Airplay:
- WDHA Homegrown Spotlight with Lindsay Klein
- WNTI; multiple appearances and original single "Ain't Done Yet" featured on their 55th anniversary compilation CD

- HomeGrownRadioNJ
- Danny Coleman's Rock On Radio
- CJ's Live and Local
- 40footholestudio

Band Members