Single Of The Week: Chelsea Wilson – Real Love (House Of Valerie Joan)
OMG!Feels like 2018 has not yet said its last word… We’re getting your attention here on Chelsea Wilson‘s ‘Real Love’. And that’s pretty much what we’re getting as a matter of fact. From the very first note, you just can tell. This ‘Real Love’ is most definitely what it says. In other words, that subjective feeling that gets you on someone rather than anyone else.
OMG, I’ve been getting music from all over the word for almost five decades. And I’m glad I still can feel some goosebumps comin’ at times. Meanwhile, that’s pretty much how I feel about this ‘Real Love’. The way I did for instance when I discovered Jamiroquai. Then got into his early gems such as ‘When You Gonna Learn’ and ‘Too Young Too Die’ in the early 90’s. Although we’re kinda closer here to ‘The Return Of The Space Cowboy’ in terms of flow. I just could feel there was something in there. The exact way I do today along with this masterpiece by the likes of Australian singer Chelsea Wilson. Itself comin’ up as an appetizer to her second album – ‘Chasing Gold’ – due for release some time in 2019.
From its very beginning, we’re taken into like a cinematic whirlwind whereas the intimacy predominates. And that’s pretty much what contributes to the specific if not unique atmosphere of this gem.
OMG! Hard to resist to the beauty and the vibrance of the arrangements of this ‘Real Love’ like no other. With big ups to composer/ bassist Ross McHenry (The Shaolin Afronauts) for his production work. As to Ross Irwin and Andy Boyle responsible for the string arrangements. This in addition to Mrs Wilson who brilliantly does her part of the job over this smooth jazzy funk driven cut.
Hard not to think neither of Teena Marie or the transient Misty Oldland (cf. ‘Got Me A Feeling’) when speakin’ of the promising Chelea Wilson. With a little something of Bill Withers as well. And of Marshall Jefferson‘s production work on Soul Family Sensation‘s ‘I Don’t Even Know If I Should Call You Baby’.
“I can’t wait to love you”, the lady convincingly sings. “I can’t wait to show you, I can’t wait. It’s gonna be real love. I can’t wait to hold you. I can’t wait to know you, I can’t wait. It’s gonna to be real love…” What an outstanding proof she gives. Meanwhile, I already can’t wait to listen to her new album.
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Chelsea Wilson is a Melbourne based vocalist, songwriter, broadcaster and DJ. She grew up listening to Rhythm and Blues courtesy of her Dad’s record collection. But it was falling in love with Jazz at age fifteen and in particular with the great voices of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn that inspired her to become a vocalist and led her to studying at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
After completing her music degree, Chelsea earned her performance stripes overseas, completing seven 6-month international residency contracts across Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, The UAE, The USA and The Caribbean performing over 280 shows per year.
After relocating to Melbourne Chelsea collated her experiences into her debut EP – ‘Bitterness’ – and took up the post as Music and Interviews Manager at iconic Melbourne station PBS FM. Her weekly radio show, ‘Jazz Got Soul’, airing every Thursday 11:00am local time.
Her debut album – ‘I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me’ – was lauded #2 Album of the Year on ABC Radio National and nominated for Best Soul album at The Age Music Victoria Awards. She made her UK debut at Glastonbury Festival 2015, performed sell out club shows at London’s Jazz Cafe and Bizz ‘Art Club Paris and. Then she eventually supported Macy Gray on her Australasian tour. She also curates the ‘Women Of Soul’ series featuring artists such as Kylie Auldist, Michelle Martinez and Clairy Browne. And she produced and released the Women Of Soul album on her House of Valerie Joan imprint. In addition to this, Chelsea Wilson is also Artistic Director of the Stonnington Jazz Festival.
Last but not least, she writes the odd music review on her blog, although feels like she has remained silent for quite some time. In her free time (if any) you might find her in a boxing, dancing or pilates with her gal pals…
The end of 2018 saw her returning to the forefront. Thus putting an end to a four year hiatus with a new single – ‘Real Love’ – itself serving as an appetizer to her second album – ‘Chasing Gold’ – awaited in 2019.