Chelsea Basham’s brilliant debut album ‘I Make My Own Sunshine’, released in August 2012, had critics raving and country fans adopting this WA native. It spawned three hit singles and two #1 videos on Country Music Channel (CMC).
Music critic Bernard Zuel described the album as “genuinely soulful country” in Sydney’s Sun Herald. Brisbane’s Courier Mail proclaimed “Basham has talent and a mellow soulful voice somewhere between Trisha Yearwood and The Dixie Chick’s Natalie Maines”.
In January 2013 Chelsea was awarded the Golden Guitar for ‘Best New Talent of the Year’ at the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia and in 2014 was a finalist in the prestigious APRA Awards for her self penned #1 single ‘I Learned The Hard Way’.
Basham melds country traditions with broader influences. She’s bright and upbeat, a songwriter of merit, an artist of substance and an engaging live performer.
Chelsea spent much of her childhood larking around with her two older brothers and working in her parent’s Retravision store in Wongan Hills, 182 kilometres north east of Perth, population about 1,400 and shrinking. The radio was never far away.
She toured Western Australia with Lee Kernaghan at the tender age of sixteen before her first pilgrimage to the Tamworth Country Music Festival the following January.
From there, she fell in love, moved to Sydney, made an independent single, toured as much as she could, broke up with her boyfriend and went back to Wongan Hills to lick her wounds. And all before she was 20!