Chelsea Shag
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Chelsea Shag

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
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"NPR's Mara Davis Talks Up Chelsea Shag"

Upcoming Atlanta Concerts: Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban, Chelsea Shag And More

In this week's look ahead at some upcoming concerts around the city, we have a pop diva from across the pond, a pair of big-voiced superstars, a genuine psychobilly freakout and much more.

WABE contributor Mara Davis sits down with Steve Goss for the weekly Mara's Music Mix.

Salute to America and the Arts at Callanwolde Featuring Chelsea Shag; Friday, Sept. 11 - 90.1 WABE Atlanta's NPR Station


""What Do You Call these Colours? An Interview with Chelsea Shag.""

The debut album from Chelsea Shag is as vibrant as its name, filled with swirling horn lines and hip-hop beats that will make your hips weep for joy. Lead single “Us Kids” opens Colours and everything that unfolds after is a heartfelt collection of distinctive works that lock hands with each other despite their many brightly inflected differences. It’s a welcoming, groovy, and loving collection of tunes that you can pick up with the purchase of a ticket to the release show taking place this Friday at Paris on Ponce’s La Maison De Rouge. And if that weren’t cause enough for celebration, the event also doubles as a birthday party for this young songbird of soul. Local heiress of finger-style Brazilian jazz lullabies-to-live-by, Adron, will will be there to help set the mood and Dappr (Sean Delaine) will be DJing some jams to get phunked up to after Ms. Shag breaks it down.

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Chelsea Shag about the process of creating her excellent new album. Like any good conversation, we wandered through various topics, touching on life, music, fashion, and the particulars of American spelling.

Chelsea, this first album is wonderfully produced and well-written. The music itself seems to inhabit a ballroom wallpapered in the crimson leaves of autumn and it drives like a Cadillac with the classic flair of the Great Gatsby. When did you start working on this album and what was your writing process like?

Well, first of all, thank you so much. What a way to put it! When I met my producer, Tanner Hendon, we decided that we should try working on one song and see how we work together and if it feels right. We started with “Us Kids” and from there we knew it was right. I could say I’ve been working on this album since I was 17 — that’s when I wrote the hook to “Us Kids.”

The writing process is never predictable for me. All these songs came from different times in my young adult life, and each verse, each chorus, each bridge came in pieces to eventually come together as a song. It also depended what I was listening to at the time. During the making of this album, I had no idea “New Perfume” would be a song. One day I was driving down into Atlanta and I had been listening to a lot of Lana Del Rey. This little song came to me, “New Perfume for my new baby.” It was like a mix of listening to her and a lot of disco music. I brought it to the studio the next day and wrote the rest of it with my band and producers. With “A is for Alpha,” I had written that verse and chorus years before ever meeting my producer and happened to bring it back up out of nowhere and we rode the thing out. It was a magical experience. “Stardust” was written purely out of the moment and out of deep longing. I wrote that one in hours. So, the writing process is always different, which I love. Once we had the songs aligned, we got my players and recorded it live in the studio, then adding on horns, synths, and other sounds on top of it.



Who played on the album with you and who produced it? Was there a great deal of management involved and how did these factors affect the final product?

I brought in mostly people I knew and trusted to rock their instrument on these tracks. That being George Price. He played the guitar, adding such wonderful elements that I would’ve ever thought of. He made that hooky riff in “New Perfume.” He’s a wizard and he’s also a professional Santa Claus during the holidays. Bobby McGranahan was my bass player and I had gone to the Atlanta Institute of Music with him. He’s brilliant and so passionate about music. All music.

There’s this man I met in Atlanta out of the blue at a Georgia Music Partners meeting by the name of Jake Goldwasser. I told him to come to one of my gigs and he showed up with his saxophone. This man was a kid I come to find out. 16-years-old and he knew what the hell he was doing. I was blown away by his talent and stature. We became friends instantly. He played the horns on my record as well as Rhodes keys. My producer, Tanner, was also my drummer and he really had a hold on his groove and tempo. He’s like a human metronome. The thing about working with Tanner Hendon and engineer Wyatt Oates is that they’ll make sure you’re as comfortable as you can be. They always made me feel like I could be me and I didn’t have to change a thing.

I had management before this record, but in the midst of making [it], I had to make the decision to terminate [them] for many reasons. I felt so free making this record; I wasn’t told to be anybody else. Tanner and Wyatt brought out the best in me and I believe we brought out the best in each other.

The name for this album is very fitting as you display many shades of your musicality. What was the thought behind the title and why did you choose to spell it “Colours” as opposed to the more typical, American “Colors”?

When you hear the line in the song — “What do you call these colours?” — it makes me think of when you’re so high on life and love in a moment it’s like everything is brighter and each color stands out differently. I’m literally asking, “What do I call this feeling? It’s so wonderful.” I like the relation, too, that it’s 7 songs, and there are 7 primary colors. I also think each song is so different from each other; it’s quite a variety. The reason behind the spelling: I remember taking a spelling quiz in 5th grade, back when I lived in Quebec, and they made you spell the word “colour.” I had grown up mostly in the United States before that, so I spelled it without the ‘u.’ Well, I spelled it incorrectly on my quiz. Ever since then, I’ve spelled it with a ‘u.’ It makes more sense to me, though, because the rest of the world spells it that way.

Who did the artwork for the album and what drove you to take on the retro feel presented here?

A team of artists in Athens called ColorTest created the artwork and I’m so happy with it. I had been going back and forth for a long time deciding what to do and just couldn’t figure it out by myself and was just wasting time. I really loved the idea of my album cover looking like an old Columbia jazz record. They just give me this warm feeling. I invited my best friend and my darling to help take pictures of me in our house. We had a big, beautiful blue wall to take pictures in front of. I put on my favorite fur coat and colorful glasses I had been rocking, and we took hundreds of pictures. For some reason, that picture that is now the cover really spoke to me.

The album feels as if it were taken from a club in the late ’70s and dressed in modern production. Can you tell us some about your influences and how they have inspired you to create these current concepts?

I love that you feel that way about it. It’s funny because it wasn’t really thought up like that. It’s just the style I adore and love to rock. It’s just me. I’ve loved rock and roll – music from the late ’60s and early ’70s ever since I was 11-years-old and picked up a guitar for the first time. Jimi Hendrix was and is a huge inspiration for me. He’s so groovy. He makes me want to feel groovy, too. Therefore, I want to make you feel groovy with me.

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You have a particular fashion and vibe that emanates from your work. Have you established your sense of fashion over time or has it always come naturally to you?

I would say it’s a little bit of both. When you’re a teenager, it’s sometimes hard to be yourself. When you’re growing up in suburban land, there’s these hidden rules and expectations. I finally broke the rules once I realized there were rules. I met the friends who brought out the weirdness and funk out of me along with the music I listened to. I will say, though, I’ve always had a sense of independence and felt the urge to be wild and free. Once I told fear to F off, I developed my sense of fashion deeper to fit me.

There are so many bands across the nation, let alone Atlanta, that are vying for solid footing in the music industry. What are your thoughts on how you can break through the noise and make your statement?

I’ve never really thought of it that way to be quite honest. I think just being me is going to break through; I’m not going to be your typical female pop star. I’m not gonna be dressed up like the men in the industry want me to look. You’re not gonna see me begging to “make it.” You’re gonna see me wail on my guitar like I don’t care who’s watching and you’re gonna see me, feel me, and hear me grow as an artist. You’re not going to see me fade out like a trend.

What would you like your fans to know and to be on the lookout for in the future?

Just be on the lookout for more of me. I’ve got more funky music coming your way soon. Thank you, Ben, for these deep and wonderful questions!

Chelsea Shag will celebrate the release of Colours tomorrow night, April 29, at Paris on Ponce’s La Maison De Rouge. Adron opens the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $20.

More Info
Web: chelseashag.com
Facebook: @chelseasound
Instagram: @chelseashag
SoundCloud: @chelseashag
Twitter: @ChelseaShag
YouTube: @ChelseaShag - Immersive Atlanta


"All That Jazz"

"Dolled up with a penchant for pop music, Chelsea Shag is all jazzed up as she pours out her soul into her debut record and reveals her truest colors to the world." - Status Magazine


""Canadian born songstress Chelsea Shag is currently burning up the Atlanta music scene with her vivacious musicality. Blending elements of rock, jazz, soul, and pop, the rising act has developed a sound that is entirely her own. Coupled with a fearless an"

"Canadian born songstress Chelsea Shag is currently burning up the Atlanta music scene with her vivacious musicality. Blending elements of rock, jazz, soul, and pop, the rising act has developed a sound that is entirely her own. Coupled with a fearless and bold image, the songstress made her debut earlier this year with her album Colours and current single “New Perfume.” The single confirms that Shag is a force to be reckoned with on the musical sphere. Now Chelsea Shag is gearing up to breathe new life into the single with a colorful new music video, and things just got even better…" -Mike Nied, PopWrapped - PopWrapped


"Sorry, Mom! Productions"

"There is a good chance you've seen Chelsea performing the Atlanta circuit over the last few years. Her blend of soul, R&B, pop, and jazz is rarely executed so flawlessly and is not easily forgotten. An exceptional songwriter and performer, Chelsea is capable of captivating a room with just a guitar and her voice; having a slew of dynamic musicians on stage with her is bound to be a night to remember and an indication of what is yet to come for this young musician." - Ari Fouriezos


"College Battle of the Bands"

"I was absolutely floored the first time I saw Chelsea Shag live. She's a fierce, soulful, electrifying presence on stage that you literally can't take your eyes off of. This woman has CHOPS and is a force to be reckoned with! She crafted a 3 song set that was one of the most memorable performances of the year on our tour, literally had jaws dropping on the production team and connected with every person in a very diverse crowd. We expect great things from Chelsea Shag and are excited to be a part of her journey!" - Julia Henry, EVP


"Immersive Atlanta"

"Chelsea Shag began the night with a show that included many of songs off her newly released Coloursdebut. She may have been the opening act, but it was definitely not a set to miss. The Atlanta artist is bringing something unique that we don’t typically see and hear on the scene. Her free-spirited stage presence and stellar guitar work is accompanied by a backing band that consists of a keyboardist and small horn section that help fill out her intoxicating grooves."
-Bryceson Center, Immersive Atlanta - Immersive Atlanta


"Chelsea Shag “New Perfume”"

Born and raised in Canada, Chelsea Shag nonetheless found her voice in Atlanta, Georgia, where she has recently debuted her album, ‘Colours’, on Madison Records.

‘New Perfume’, her latest release from the album, showcases both her considerable vocal, guitar playing, and songwriting talents. It exhibits her vibrant unique personality, that is in direct contrast to a music industry which is notoriously formulaic.
Chelsea’s smooth jazz-infused vocals and her Fender Stratocaster make this brightly coloured video both fun and funky, as she stands atop a Volkswagen bus, which at first glance looks like the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine. ‘New Perfume’ ends on a high note with Chelsea and the band and a cast of thousands (give or take) cheering. It’s got complex yet catchy guitar vibes, while at the same time taking inspiration from many different genres, not just sticking to rock or pop, or even country – but blending them all to make her very own sound.
‘New Perfume’ and Chelsea’s album, ‘Colours’, is available to download on iTunes and Amazon, to stream on Spotify, and on CD and Vinyl from Chelsea’s website. You can find Chelsea Shag online on her official website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Also check out her Bandsintown page to see when Chelsea will be playing near you! - Essentially Pop


"Chelsea Shag - Interview"

Hi Chelsea please tell us a little about you?

Hello! My name is Chelsea Szegidewicz and I was born in Nova Scotia on April 30th, which would make me Canadian and a Taurus. I’m a bull that’s for sure – driven and stubborn. Atlanta is my home. Music is my everything.

How did you get started in the business?

Well, I started playing music at a very young age and started performing out when I was 18 at restaurants and bars to pay my bills. I started recording my first record in 2013. It’s been quite the journey so far.

Did you go to music school?

I did! I decided at age 12 I was going to go to the Atlanta Institute of Music and so after high school that’s where I went to study guitar.

Describe your sound in 3 words?

Funky Soul Power

Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?

My love for pop music is fierce. Justin Timberlake, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson are just a few Influences… I love jazz and blues as well. I feel like music chose to make me. It was a lonely time for me as a teenager, so I would be with my guitar for hours on end plucking away. It was my getaway in a sense.

Do you ever get nervous?

I really only get nervous if something is dangerous or threatening to my well being or with people around me.

What is your next goal as a musician?

Just to be a better musician really – to hone my craft and speak the language as fluently as I can. I want to get out there and be heard by many. I want to make music forever.

Do you have a Tour coming up or where we can see you performing?

I’m actually sitting in a van right now with my band mates as I answer these questions. I’m on an 8 day east coast tour. We’re on day 3 now. We just played in Richmond, VA and we’re currently on our way to Philly, then to NYC, DC, and our last stop is Nashville. I’m stoked.

Now tell us about your latest album “Colours”?

It’s my first album, and it’s my relief – to finally have legitimate recordings that I feel are me feels amazing. It was made just outside of Atlanta at Madison Records with Tanner Hendon and Wyatt Oates of Madrex Productions. It’s got a lot of my soul in it. It’s a very diverse album, go take a listen!

And now about single “New Perfume”?

I would say New Perfume is the love child of Lana Del Rey and The Bee Gees – I was listening to them a lot during the time that the melody and lyrics popped into my head. I had a new love, so I was feeling very bright and loose and happy. That’s how the song should make you feel.

What are the five things you can’t live without?

Water, food, air, music and my people.

What music we can find in your iPod?

Everything and anything. Except for metal.. Not really into dark sounds like that.

Any loves other then music?

Yes. I love nature, I love hot bikram yoga, I love cooking, I love going to shows and gettin’ down on occasion, I love swimming, I love reading, I love organizing stuff haha I love a good time.

Any exiting news you want to share with us?

Yes! Got some remixes coming out soon and working on my new album that will be out some time next year! Music videos in the making. Great stuff to come.

Best advice ever given?

The best advice given to me was from my mother. When I was 12-years-old, I told her that I can’t sing, I can’t write songs, I can’t play guitar and she said, “Do it anyways.” Do the things you think you can’t do or that you’re afraid to do, because you may surprise yourself. I know I did.

How’s a typical day in your life?

At home, I love to cook. You’ll find me playing music all day, hanging with my bae and my pup Walter, and usually having jam sessions and dinner parties.

Name one your strengths?

My persistence.

Idea of a perfect Sunday?

Just straight up chillin, playing guitar, a great dinner, good company, yoga.

What are guilty pleasures food wise?

Carbs and cheese, baby… Carbs and cheese. Dark chocolate gelato, too. Lord help me.

How do you see yourself in 5 years?

Private jets, baby… Private jets. Hahaha just kidding (but for real). I want to be playing in front of huge audiences, touring the world. Basically, what I’m doing now times millions.

Who is your role model?

I have many. Right now, my focus has been on Nai Palm from Hiatus Kaiyote – she’s such a beautiful spirit on this Earth and a wonderful singer/songwriter. Her feminine energy feeds me and the way she talks about nature healing the wounds in her heart is wonderful to me.

How would you describe your fashion style?

Funky fresh, chic, hippy.

What do you think of Social Media?

It’s a great tool for artists! I just don’t want to spend too much time on it because you can get lost in ego.

Where we can follow you?

Like me on Facebook – Chelsea Shag! I’m on Instagram, Twitter and all that good stuff as @chelseashag

Quote: “We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

Song: Baby Be Mine by Michael Jackson

Movie: Moonrise Kingdom

Travel Destination: I love my homeland, Canada…. But one of my favorite places is Yellowstone National Park.

Food: Caesar salad!!!!!! (I make the best)

Sports Team: I only watch the Super Bowl for the half time show. I enjoy the sports themselves but I dislike the politics behind professional sports.
- See more at: http://naluda.com/interviews/chelsea-shag/#sthash.soQjLd84.dpuf - Naluda Magazine


Discography

New Single: 'One Kiss'

'Colours':
1. Us Kids
2. A is for Alpha
3. Colours
4. Opposite of Two
5. N Hollywood Way
6. Stardust
7. New Perfume

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Bio

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, Chelsea moved to Atlanta in 1996 where she developed the soul of the Southeast that can be heard in her music. After studying jazz guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music, Chelsea began winning hearts performing throughout Atlanta and breaking through the feminine clichés. At only 24 years old, Chelsea is reinventing the image of females in music through her display of strong songwriting and a complex but catchy guitar style that she has been developing since the age of 11. With her unique style and intricate look, she creates her music to inspire and build a world where all people can feel safe to create and love just as she does so fiercely. 

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