Soul­ful women at the Fringe

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education - Sara Fitz­patrick

IN­SPI­RA­TION of­ten strikes in the most un­likely places – some­thing Chelsea Wilson knows well.

The Mel­bourne singer-song­writer was in the women’s cloth­ing depart­ment of David Jones when mu­sic be­gan to play in her mind.

“There was a lit­tle cof­fee stand there, which is so smart of DJS as you don’t need to leave the store to have your cof­fee, and I was wait­ing for my or­der when boom, I got this idea for a song,” she said.

“I had to get my phone out and start singing into it as I walked around the clothes.”

Wilson has de­voted the past six months to com­pos­ing tracks for up­com­ing al­bum Chas­ing Gold – ti­tled af­ter a man ac­cused her of be­ing a gold dig­ger – fol­low­ing on from her 2014 de­but record, I Hope You’ll Be Very Un­happy With­out Me.

“Most of my lyrics are very per­sonal – about things that are hap­pen­ing to me,” she said.

“My first al­bum is largely about failed re­la­tion­ships, but not all mine. Some songs are in­spired by my par­ents’ di­vorce or friends’ re­la­tion­ship break­downs.

“With girl­friends, we kind of share those ex­pe­ri­ences col­lec­tively: with my ‘bestie’, it feels like ev­ery break-up she has had, I’ve had with her.”

Wilson, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Ston­ning­ton Jazz Fes­ti­val and pro­ducer of PBS ra­dio’s Jazz Got Soul, de­vel­oped a fond­ness for soul as a young­ster by rum­mag­ing through her fa­ther’s records.

“There was no in­ter­net then. I’d come home from school and go through Dad’s record col­lec­tion and that was the first time I heard Etta James,” she said.

“I re­ally got into jazz when I stud­ied it at the Cen­tral Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic and was into the jazz scene for a long time, but once I moved back to Mel­bourne and saw such an amaz­ing soul scene hap­pen­ing across Aus­tralia, my pas­sion for soul was reignited.”

The sul­try song­bird, to­gether with Perth’s Randa Khamis and Mel­bourne’s Stella An­gelico, brings Women of Soul to Perth for the first time at Fringe World Fes­ti­val 2017.

Cel­e­brat­ing the soul divas, the show fea­tures orig­i­nal songs, clas­sics from the Mo­town and Chess record la­bels, and plenty of se­quins and heels.

Sul­try song­bird Chelsea Wilson and other jazz divas wil be per­form­ing at the Fringe World Fes­ti­val 2017.

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