The Blacklist Sessions #15 - Chelsea Berman
Mar 25 2020
Chelsea Berman started performing at the tender age of 8, getting her start on the stage in musical theatre. From these humble beginnings on the Central Coast of New South Wales, her determination to become a professional recording artist, touring consistently throughout Australia, has seen her grow into an accomplished young performer. In early 2018, Berman’s debut release ‘Better Than Ever’ hit the airwaves. Released independently, the 5-track EP exceeded expectations, achieving the Apple iTunes Country Album #4 Chart Position. Demonstrating the strength of the release, Berman was both the highest placed Australian artist, and highest placed female artist on the iTunes chart. After this hot start, Chelsea went on to perform tour dates with ARIA chart-topping talent including Travis Collins, Kirsty Lee Akers, The Viper Creek Band and Kristy James. Before the conclusion of 2018, she was also added to her first major festival spots at the Gympie Music Muster, Country At The Camp, the Central Coast Country Music Festival, Country Live on the Lake and the Great Northern Country Festival. Already a polished songwriter, Berman has created many exciting opportunities on this front, having already co-written with top talent including Troy Kemp, Matt Scullion Chelsea Basham, Rachael Fahim, Dean Ray and Melanie Dyer. With firm plans to grow her skillset as a singer-songwriter, expect to see many more exciting writing collaborations before the next album release. The year 2019 has seen her soar to a new level. She brought in the new year by securing a finalist spot in the Toyota Star Maker competition at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Hot on the heels of this achievement she released a brand new single ‘Kiss Me Like You Miss Me’ that positioned her music up against the best in the business. That track has now seen over 70,000 streams on Spotify and it was added to the ‘New Nashville Music’ playlist. It has also crashed the charts into the top 10 on the KIX Country Hottest 20 and the Country Music Channel chart where it has reached the #22 position. The industry has also taken notice of Berman’s growth with her winning the 2019 Market the Music ‘Emerging Artist Scholarship’ and attracting an illusive endorsement from Australian fashion label Racy & Lucky (Lady Gaga, Emily Wurramara, Kirsty Lee Akers & Doolie). When it comes to emerging talent on the Australian music scene, Chelsea Berman is certainly turning heads. Given her personal drive, age and will to succeed, there is little doubt that we will all be hearing a lot about this unique talent in future!