Chelsea Williams: The Busking Boomerang

A handful of great talent comes from the streets of LA, especially at the Third Street Promenade. Walking from the side that houses my beloved frozen yogurt to the end with Barnes & Noble, you’d hear and see random acts of talent lining the path. One of them being Chelsea Williams.

With a sound that captures the brisk feeling of a Southern California day, but also a night out in a country bar Chelsea Williams was able to make passersby fall in love with her skills time and time again. So much so that she sold over 100,000 albums to tourists and locals alike.

Chelsea notes of her second home at the Promenade, “I have met SO many friends (and several boyfriends) over the years on that little three-block stretch. I have met and played for doctors, physicists, celebrities, and veterans. I have received tips from the homeless and the wealthy alike,” adding, “It has been such a huge part of my life the last decade that I can’t even imagine not playing there for an extended period of time.”

After several years there, a record deal made it’s way to her and that’s one of the many things we chatted about. That, busking advice, her multi-genre style and much more.

Kendra: You’re probably one of the most successful to ever come out of the Third Street Promenade. Did you make a plaque for yourself after selling 100,000 copies of your album yourself out there? I would have!

Chelsea Williams: Haha! I didn’t make a plaque. But I did get to make my dream album this year. My copy of the vinyl pressing feels kind of like a plaque.

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