We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsee Foster and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelsee, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I have a karaoke business that brings music communities together. I love seeing how different crowds flock to different locations to enjoy music with their friends. Pre-Covid, I had 3-4 accounts per week at different venues around Los Angeles. I relish bringing the joy of singing to private parties and special celebrations as well. Over the last couple years, I’ve developed loyal followers who show up at each place I host, and residency regulars who would come to their local bar to sing with us. My customers would come early to help carry my equipment, and stay late to help me break down. I’m blessed to say that I hardly consider it work. They took care of me with tips and drinks in return for a guaranteed good time. Marketing tactics and word of mouth brought more and more people, so the venues loved my service and the singing circle grew larger. I’m looking forward to contributing to the karaoke community again soon.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have a Bachelor’s in Music Business, and have consistently worked in the licensing industry since graduation. This sets me apart because as an artist, I have a much better understanding of the music business landscape. This has given me confidence and essential knowledge that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. It was not easy… I worked 4 jobs while going to college full time until I secured a position at Music Reports Inc. However, I’m very glad I stuck with it and overcame multiple obstacles along the way. I learned that hard work can get you just about anything, and passion is a good fuel to that fire. I’m excited to see where my music career takes me, as an artist and a business professional.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Hike through Griffith Park to the Hollywood sign
Show at El Capitan, Walk of Fame and Ripply’s Believe it or Not
Beach! Venice of course, then bike ride (or roller blades for me) to Santa Monica Pier
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am grateful for so many people who have supported my dreams along the way. I owe most of my success to my Mom, who somehow kept me in the limelight as a single mother after I had to quit skating. I would also like to give a shoutout to Kevin Patterson, my high school choir teacher who has inspired me for years to keep things fun and chase my dreams. To those who have made a recent impact in my life: I would like to thank Christopher Levya and Dave Pierce for their continued assistance with my music career, as well as Dave Gibbs, Syd Norman’s Pourhouse, and Norwegian Cruise Lines for the epic Caribbean tour.
Other: Bio: Hollywood True-Blue Rocker Chelsee Foster ( CH3LS ) has earned her place in L.A. selling out legendary venues such as The Whiskey and the Troubadour. As bright and fiery as her red hair, her music and career burns brighter and louder like an unstoppable wildfire. Currently, Chelsee is touring internationally with world renowned Norwegian Cruise Line’s best rock show: Syd Norman’s Pourhouse. Her extensive experience as a national figure skater gave Chelsee the strength and endurance to put out a powerhouse performance every night, and to remember: always get back up if you fall.
Chelsea Maker, Philip Rushmore