Rolling Stone Country / One To Watch

Chelsea Williams

Sounds Like: K.T. Tunstall, Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild on a confessional girls’ night out

For Fans of: Dreamy, glinting tunes anchored by introspective, heart-worn lyrics

Why You Should Pay Attention: In 2013, Williams was spotlighted in the “Playing for Change” version of Maroon 5’s “Daylight” video, but her greatest showcase was Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, where she has performed acoustically for the last several years, selling a staggering 100,000 copies of her three indie albums. Among her customers: Oscar-winning director Ron Howard and singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, whom she counts as a major influence. Boomerang, her debut LP for Blue Élan Records, offers an impressive array of soundscapes but still manages to keep things refreshingly simple and honest. Highlights include the swirling big-top-inspired instrumentation on “Anything Worth Saving” and “Lonely Girl,” in which Williams recounts a 26-year run of lonely tears “for my string of darling dears.” Resolute loneliness has rarely sounded this desirable.


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