When Chelsea was a young, Catholic girl growing up in the Philippines, she never dreamed that one day she’d be a pop artist performing on the national stage.
Raised in a reserved family of modest means, young Chelsea began belting out Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli songs at age 4, and at 5, was performing for crowds of over 5,000 people. A year later, when her parents fled the oppressive rule of Ferdinand Marcos for a better life in the states, Chelsea already had her heart set on her dream of pop stardom and buckled down to learn everything there was to know about American pop music.
As a teenager at L.A. County High School for Arts, she auditioned for a producer who was putting together an all-Asian, girl group. Chelsea was one of four that landed the gig, beating out hundreds of other girls, and from that point on, she was on the fast track. Her group SX4 landed a record deal with major label BMG under the management of George Brown, a founding member of Kool and the Gang. After touring and recording an album, the group split up…but Chelsea bounced back, scoring major air time on an MTV show called Top Pop Group.
From there she racked up regular gigs singing the national anthem for top-ranked boxing matches featuring the likes of Manny Pacquiao. Then, after releasing two back-to-back solo albums on her own label and getting airplay on multiple platforms like iTunes, Amazon, MTV and internet radio, she was cast on the Fox reality show “Paradise Hotel 2.”
Chelsea was ready to take her career to the next level, but felt conflicted. The pressure to conform to the blonde, bikini-clad image of so many American female pop acts was ever present; yet her conservative, Eastern upbringing made her resistant to revealing her sexy side. With so few Asian faces in the music industry, and her own modesty to contend with, Chelsea harbored doubts about her ability fit into the mainstream music world.
Then, out of the blue, George Brown was back. The legendary producer who had given Chelsea a shot a few years earlier, was looking to develop top talent for his brand-new Astana Music Productions / Label. He offered Chelsea a record deal in the spring of 2017 and the two got busy charting new territory in the studio.
The result is Chelsea’s new single “King Size” – a shout out to her newfound freedom of expression – both musically and sexually. Chelsea credits George with “coaxing her out of the closet” and giving her the freedom and confidence to let go and be her authentic self.
Having bridged the gap between the culture that shaped her and the sexy, self-expression she always longed to release, this knock-down-gorgeous girl with the traffic-stopping voice is ready to set the music world on fire. No holds barred.