‘No one can make me happy but me’ | An Interview with Chelsea Thompson

It’s wonderful when women use their voices to make unapologetic statements such as “Let yourself be what you are in the moment!”. Chelsea Thompson’s lyrics and vocals tickle our senses. Read our interview with the American artist below!

Describe your sound in three words!

Soulful, Sexy and vulnerable

How did you become engaged with music in the first place?

When I was 8 years old I remember my Dad playing “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones and it was my first memory of music truly causing me to have an intense emotional experience. In that moment I knew that music could change my life and I had to be a part of it. Around age 10 I was singing “At Last” by Etta James in the shower and my Mom ran in the bathroom and said, “Do that again!” After that we knew that I had a voice and I began entering talent shows around my small town. I have always loved writing poetry and that just naturally turned into song writing when I picked up the guitar in high school.

Your song ” Boyfriend Don’t Mind” is part of your debut EP “Good Mourning”. What is the central message you want to communicate to your audience with your forthcoming EP?

The upcoming EP “Good Mourning” was written while grieving the loss of both my parents and the suicide of a fiancé all within 3 years. Topics like sex, drugs, alcohol and self exploration are all experiences that were used to help shape the records. This album might be perceived as just a woman who isn’t scared to talk about her sexuality and pain, which is all true, but really my message is: allow yourself to go through it all and don’t beat yourself up over it when it’s all done. We are taught to live in shame and we spend our lives wishing we had done this or been that, when we really should just be LIVING!! Do you feel like being sexual? Then have sex because there will come a season when you don’t feel sexual and that will also pass too. Let yourself be what you are in the moment!”

What is your favourite lyric from your own songs and why?

“No one can make me happy but me” I know its extremely simple, but it’s a concept that seems so hard to truly feel and follow through with. I always wanted to help and fix other people because I wasn’t ready to look inside myself, but if you don’t love yourself first you can’t love other people. I’m trying to wake up everyday and dig deeper into my relationship with myself and remember that no one can make me happy but me. 🙂

What are your daily habits and practices of emotional and physical self-care?

I’ve started journaling and doing a daily devotional every morning. The last five years I have created a distance between me and God and I’m trying to bring back my spiritual side because I know that’s when the magic happens. I also got a peloton bike and have been loving that! Eating organic and cooking for myself has been very helpful for my mental and physical health. Also, filtering through my relationships and only giving my energy to others that will give me the same.
If you were not a musician, what would you be? I have been a hair and makeup artist for ten years and the past two years I’ve really gotten into photography. My company, Dire Image, has had great success and works with many Nashville artists like country singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton.

What is your favourite album of the past year?

My favorite album of the past year has to be a tie between Dua Lipa, ‘Future Nostalgia’ and Taylor Swift, ‘Folklore’

Tell us a fellow artist whose job you admire and we should know about (if they are not known already)?

Everyone needs to check out Jessie Bearden’s work. She creates art out of food and unusual objects and I just think she’s amazing. I saw her on the show, “Making It” and was instantly a fan!

Thanks Chelsea!

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