Introducing… Chelsea Williams

Chelsea Williams
Chelsea Williams

Chelsea Williams: “I hae met so many characters while busking.”

This singer-songwriter cut her teeth as a busker and is using that experience to write evocative and character-fuelled pop folk

Name: Chelsea Williams

Age: 31

Location: Los Angeles, USA

Style: Folk/Americana with a focus on characters

Look out for: Her debut album Boomerang

Chelsea William’s musical career began to take shape while busking on the streets of Los Angeles. A hugely successful street performer, she wasn’t just earning the occasional nickel but was able to sell over 100,000 copies of her recordings whilst playing on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade.

Such experience must seep into her songwriting? “I have met so many characters while busking,” says Williams. “It is inevitable that some of them end up in my lyrics. Whether it’s a lady that reads tea leaves on the corner, or an old man with a cane and sailors cap that sings Frank Sinatra to me as he passes by, there are an endless amount of stories to be told there.”


It’s these pure and character-driven songs which make her debut album Boomerang such a riveting listen. The record combines elements of pop, folk and Americana and each song highlights Williams’ ability to paint a picture with her lyrics. “One of the songs on Boomerang was written by a fellow busker called Eric Kufs that I met in Santa Monica,” she says. “It’s called Don’t Want To Die Alone and it’s an ode to a lonesome misfit.”

Her ambitions don’t end with her own albums. “Over the years, I’ve done a couple of projects where I’ve written for someone else,” says Williams. “I quite enjoy that process. It’s freeing not to be limited by my own character traits. I would like to do that more and maybe even write music for films.”

Whether with her own music or her writing for other artists, we’re confident that Williams is someone we’re going to be hearing a lot more from. Those Santa Monica streets have certainly served her well.

Subscribe to Songwriting Magazine

Interview: Duncan Haskell

To find out more, head to

There are no comments

Add yours

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Songwriting Magazine