Chelsea Warner on stage in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Contemporary singer Chelsea Warner captivated audiences with her performance of Eva Cassidy's 'Cheek to Cheek' in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Singer of the Year. Chelsea spoke to Sydney Eisteddfod about how she first began singing and which performers she likes to listen to most.
What inspired your passion for singing?
The desire to express the feelings in the back of my mind and the craving to be heard.
What inspired you to start singing?
From an extremely young age I have always been performing - I can't pinpoint when or why it started (although I did write my first song at age 2), I just have always grown up knowing where my passions lie.
You chose to perform 'Cheek To Cheek' in the Sydney Eisteddfod Singer of the Year Final, tell us a little bit about this piece.
The song Cheek To Cheek (the Eva Cassidy arrangement) is one of my choices for the Singer Of The Year Final. It made it into my set because I have a tendency to overthink a lot of aspects of life, singing being one of them. This track is about losing yourself in love, which allows me to be playful and just sing my heart out, not stress over the performance.
Which other performers do you most like to listen, and why?
As a jazz fan, Amy Winehouse is super inspirational to me, because her modern twist not only on jazz standards, but also on the genre as a whole with her originals gives me a path to follow in when it comes to making a whole genre and style your own. Alternative music is what I love the most, so artists like Mac Demarco and Matt Corby are also inspiring to me.
What is the best piece of performance advice you've ever heard?
Just sing. As simplistic as it sounds, I'm up on the stage because I love to be there and I love sharing an art form, so that advice and mantra is important in terms of me getting out of my head, which I'm sure so many performers can relate to.
What have you learnt from your Sydney Eisteddfod experience?
To have faith in myself and nothing else. Getting up there with no focus other than to do the best I can is what I believe helped me the most.
What would you say to a young singer that was thinking about entering Sydney Eisteddfod?
Do it, and do it wholeheartedly as you, as your own artist. Be carefree while performing, and most of all, be passionate.
What do you hope to achieve next?
In order to actualise my dreams of being my own recording artist, I hope to achieve recording my own EP full of original songs soon, which has been in the works for years now.