My Story

  Chelsey Danielle is an award winning musician that performs as a one woman band, keyboardist in Pearl Earl, drummer/vocalist in Helium Queens, and drummer in The Poppy Xander Chamber Orchestra. She has toured nationally and internationally as a soloist and with different bands. She has performed at multiple music festivals such as SXSW, Fortress Festival, Levitation, and Deep Ellum Arts Festival. In 2019, her EP "All of Me" and marimba arrangement of "My Heart Will Go On" gained publicity from The Dallas Observer and Central Track. 

   Since middle school, she has won multiple awards for being an outstanding percussionist. In high school, she was a percussionist in the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and The Texas All State Bands. After graduation, she continued her percussion studies at Texas Christian University, Richland College, and the University of North Texas. She was a member of the award winning UNT and TCU Drumlines, Percussion Ensembles, Wind Symphony, Steel Bands, and Gamelan. In 2013, she graduated from the University of North Texas with her degree in Music. 

    Since 2013 Chelsey has performed, recorded, and toured with artist such as Charley Crockett, Dezi 5, Nigel River (Erykah Badu), Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy), Big Bad Gina, Summer Osbourne, Ginger Doss, and SJ Tucker.  In 2014, she released her debut album "Red Mixtape" which showcased her talents as a songwriter and musician. In 2019, she released her marimba solo "My Heart Will Go On" which was the first marimba solo to be featured in the Dallas Observer and Central Track. The same year she released her EP "All of Me" which Danielle plays on everything. Her songs "Smile" and "Be Yourself" gained a lot of radio play and publicity. Currently, she plays as a one woman band, with Pearl Earl, Poppy Xander, and Helium Queens (2019 Dallas Observer "Best Live Act"). Her past projects include Vega Star (songwriter, drummer, vocals), The Velvet Army (songwriter, drummer, and vocals) and Bounce House Cathedral (drummer and vocals).

    Chelsey was the percussion instructor, assistant band director, and music arranger for Pantego Christian Academy and Western Hills High School from 2008-2018. The Pantego Drumline won second place at the State Marching Contest in 2013 and 2014, and her percussion students were members of The Texas All State Bands and Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2016 and 2017 the Western Hills High School marching band and wind symphony received 1's at the UIL contest and almost qualified for the State contest. In 2018 she left Western Hills High School to open her own private lesson studio. Today, she continues teaching privately, recording, writing, and performing.