New Zealand’s Accidental Dream Pop Hero” – Noisey
“Chelsea Jade’s presence is ethereal” – DAZED
“Chelsea Jade is a master of awkward, weirdo intelligence” – i-D
Captivating performance artist and singer songwriter, Chelsea Jade, returns to New Zealand this November for three shows to celebrate the release of her debut project, Personal Best.
Off the heels of her latest single “Laugh It Off”, a sold-out performance at New York City’s Mercury Lounge, and her second APRA Silver Scroll Nomination in as many years, Personal Best was released on July 20th.
“Personal Best represents the ability to measure yourself only against yourself,” says Chelsea of the 11 track project. “It’s becoming an athlete in accepting, for better or worse, all of the parts of yourself.”
Continuing to raise the bar visually, Personal Best includes Chelsea’s previous releases of “Low Brow”,”Life of the Party”, “Ride or Cry”, “High Beam” and “Laugh it Off” – as well as producer credits from Pilbrow, Big Taste (Justin Bieber), Sam McCarthy (BOYBOY) and Brad Hale (Now Now). To date, Chelsea has garnered the attention of i-D, Noisey, Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon, DAZED, The FADER and more.
With a focus on literate lyricism, Chelsea Jade harnesses an art school approach through her low impact, high drama vocal performance and lateral visual sensibilities. In short, Chelsea immediately captivates. Born in Cape Town, South Africa and raised in New Zealand, she began as a dancer and gravitated towards music early on, falling in love with the conversation between the ballet pianist and her own movement. Eventually being caught between the high concept world of art school and a romance with the immediacy of pop music, Chelsea abandoned her studies in the middle of exams and fled to New York for a series of writing sessions with Justyn Pilbrow (The Neighbourhood). A fan-girl encounter with producer Dre Skull in a Tokyo elevator lead Chelsea to realize that the US was the pop mecca she had been dreaming of and in late 2015, she relocated to the east-side of Los Angeles. A two year writing intensive followed, working with producers like Pilbrow, Big Taste [Justin Bieber], Sam McCarthy [BOYBOY], and Brad Hale [Now Now]. From these sessions, Chelsea executive produced the full-length debut, Personal Best.