Chelsey Williams plays in Bakersfield


Karla Gutierrez

Chelsea Williams performing her new song ‘Don’t Want To Die Alone’ from her new album Boomerang.

Karla Gutierrez, Reporter

Chelsea Williams, who’s a singer songwriter, had a concert on Oct. 20 at the Temblor Brewing Company in Bakersfield where she performed songs from her newest album “Boomerang.”

“I have this new record that just came out that is called ‘Boomerang.’ On this record, it was a lot of personal experiences. It was written in the period of seven years. It’s a lot of different things that happened to me over the seven years. Like getting signed by a major label and then I left the major label and quit music for a couple of years and wrote songs about quitting music and wrote songs about me discovering music,” said Williams.

Williams always loved music from a very young age. Her mother used to remind her of when they would be at the fair and she would run to the stage at the age of three. She started playing music around the age of 10 when she took piano lessons. She’s acquired those skills for the past 20 years.

Williams has been playing music at the mall on 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica for more than a decade.

“I have been playing music for a couple of years and working odd jobs like being a math tutor or working for a telemarketing job, and I was fed up to working odd jobs. I was determined to find a way to make some money as a musician. Especially in Los Angeles, it’s hard to find gigs that actually pay because a lot of times you have to pay the venue to play. So I just decided to try my hand on playing on the street and it ended up working out,” said Williams.

Williams mentions that she’s always been influenced by a singer songwriter type of music. For example, she grew up listening to Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, etc. They have always been an influence on her.

“When I’m writing I don’t try to write a certain style. I just write whatever comes out. I guess that’s dictated by my influences,” said Williams.

This is the biggest tour that Williams has done. She’s done small tours, but this one is very nationwide. One of her favorite parts about touring is meeting people from all over the country that she believes she never would have met before. She loves that she gets to meet the people that have been loving her music for the past years.

“Being part of the Maroon 5 music video, ‘Daylight’, was a cool experience. It was a project put together by a group called ‘Playing for Change’ and they do a lot of music videos like that where they get street performers from all over the world. Like they would go to Africa and India and they record them playing one song and then they put it all together into one recording. So that’s what they did with the ‘Daylight’ video. They came to 3rd Street Promenade and recorded me there, but they did not tell me that Adam Levine would be singing on it,” said Williams.

When asked about some of her future aspirations, Williams said, “I would love to see where music takes me. I’d love to travel nationally. I’d love to do music for film. I actually, at some point in my life, I would like to start a foundation for kids to teach music in school or teach music to kids that wouldn’t normally get to experience that. Because they’re cutting music programs in public schools, and I would love to at some point get involved in that.”

Some of the artists that she would love to play with are Fiona Apple and Sheryl Crow. One of her first concerts happened in a coffee shop in North Hollywood. She mentions that she hardly remembers it because she was very nervous and blacked it out.

“I still get nervous to this day depending on the gig. I think the best things in life are on the other side of your greatest fear. I’m a huge believer in confronting your fears and I had a lot of stage fright as a kid, but I loved music and wanted to do it so I just did anyway. I think persistence is important. If you are afraid of it, but you want to do it. Just do it anyway and you will maybe always be afraid, but you will learn how to deal with it. Some of the best advice that I ever got was if you have a dream, don’t give it up and persist. Just keep going and be yourself. Find something that’s unique about yourself and enhance that part of yourself and focus on that. Just do what you love to do as much as you can because that’s how you get good at anything is just by doing it,” said Williams.