So, Chelsea, before we jump into specific questions about your new single, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started singing basically when I started talking! My dad was always singing to us and playing the guitar or piano for us, so I’ve just always been surrounded by music. My parents realized my dad’s musical gift had been passed down to my brother & I when they heard us singing in the car to the radio or our CD players when we were young children.
I didn’t really think about pursuing my own career in music until I was in college, though. My dad had me appear on some of his previous albums doing background vocals and things like that, but one day he asked me to record a solo song on the album he had been working on. So I recorded “Si Quieres Verme Llorar” and when he released his album my song was well-received… So he entered my song in the 2015 NMHMA Awards Show and I ended up winning Female Vocalist of the Year and Rising Star of the Year that year. It was so surprising & exciting, and that’s what really sparked my interest in making my own music in this industry.
Obviously I’m inspired by Selena. I think every girl in this industry is inspired by her, how can we NOT be?? She’s legendary, she was the pioneer for all of us women in the Latin music industry. I’m also inspired by my dad Steve Chavez of course, since he was the one who got me started in all this! I grew up watching him in his career and being influenced & inspired by him since I was a little girl. There are other Latina artists that inspire me as well, from celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Becky G to artists I know personally like Jenna Martinez, Sorela, the Sparx and the Late Great Ernestine Romero, just to name a few! I fully recognize that all of these powerful, charismatic women who came before me paved the way for me to do what I love and have my own music career here.
Tell us about your new single, Abrazame.
My latest single is called “Abrazame”. It’s a song by Patsy Torres and it literally just means “Hug me” 🙂 When translated, the song is actually an apology for hurting the person who loves you, and the lyrics talk about asking for a second chance.
Tell us why you chose this song, where you recorded it and the response you are receiving with your release.
My dad chose this song. He chooses most of the songs I record, because he knows this music industry very well and knows what kind of songs the people like to hear, so I trust him to make the song choices for me. He’ll find songs he thinks would fit me well musically or lyrically and send them to me for final approval. I really liked the feel of this song, it sounded catchy and pretty so that’s why I agreed to record this one. I recorded it at Chavez Recording Studio in Española, an award-winning studio which my dad has owned & operated for 20 years now. The song is actually being received pretty well so far, I feel very blessed. I’ve heard it on multiple radio stations and the video for it appears to be circulating well online, too. It makes me happy that people enjoy listening to my music, because I always enjoy making it!
What are your future goals in your music career?
My short term goal in my music career is to finish recording and hopefully release my 2nd album before the end of this year, or at least by next year. The COVID-19 pandemic has been an added challenge for me in that aspect; it’s hard to schedule studio time when we’re not supposed to leave our homes. But I’m about 4 songs into it now and excitedly moving forward as fast as I can! My long term goals for my music career include making more albums, maybe even writing my own original songs, and hopefully being able to spread my music to a wider audience. The more people I can make smile with my music the better! 🙂