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AJF 2024 - Chelsea Wilson

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Don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch Chelsea Wilson, Naarm/Melbourne based vocalist, DJ and producer with a deep love of jazz, soul and disco. Her debut album I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me was lauded #2 Album of the Year on ABC Radio National and nominated for Best Soul Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards. 

An internationally acclaimed live performer, she has performed in Japan, the United States, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Thailand, France and the United Kingdom. She headlined the Arts Centre Melbourne stage at the Australasian World Music Expo and made her UK debut at Glastonbury Festival 2015, subsequently selling out the famous London Jazz Café. Her second album Chasing Gold, released in 2019, garnered a nomination for the prestigious Australian Music Prize.

After performing at this year’s Byron Bay Bluesfest leading Women of Soul, Chelsea appears exclusively for the Adelaide Jazz Festival with a South Australian trio featuring Ciara Ferguson on piano, performing soulful originals and deep cuts from the vanguard and prestige era of jazz. 

More about Chelsea:

A Graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Chelsea is the former Artistic Director of the Stonnington Jazz and Brunswick Music Festivals. In 2021 she was the Artistic Associate of Melbourne International Jazz Festival Congress and for five years was a Board Director of Music Victoria. Currently she is the Senior Producer of Contemporary Music at the Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts Monash University. In 2023 she was nominated for the Creative Leadership Award at the Australian Women in Music Awards.

For over seven years she held the position of Music Director of iconic Melbourne station PBS 106.7FM and produced/presented the popular "Jazz Got Soul" radio program. She has interviewed artists including Gregory Porter, Diana Krall, Stacey Kent, Chick Corea and more. As a DJ she has supported artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Neneh Cherry, Booker T, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Bamboos and Craig Charles. In 2021 she premiered her independent podcast "Control", highlighting stories of women working in the creative industries. A champion for diversity in the music sector, she has produced the ‘Women of Soul’ series featuring artists such as Kylie Auldist, Mo' Ju and Thando alongside emerging artists since 2010, with performance highlights including Melbourne Recital Centre, Byron Bluesfest, Federation Square and Melbourne Music Week. In 2023 she produced the WOS album “Feel Good” which was nominated for the Australian Music Prize. 

Chelsea has appeared as a speaker at conferences such as Bigsound, Indie Con, Face the Music and NYC Jazz Congress and is a regular guest lecturer at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University and Monash University.  She is also a grants assessor for Creative Australia, The Australian Music Centre, APRA AMCOS and Creative Victoria. Chelsea has a Masters Degree of Arts and Entertainment Management, a Bachelor of Popular Music, A Diploma in Entertainment Business Management and a Diploma of Leadership.  


Instagram @chelseawilsonmusic 

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