Chelsey Danielle is a versatile musician that performs as a one woman band, drummer/Keyboardist/percussionist/vocalist in different music projects, and music educator to all ages. She has been featured with many musicians as well as a solo artist at multiple music festivals such as fortress festival, National Women's Music Festival, Oaktopia, levitation, Denton 35, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, arts goggle, Amazon Music Festival, sirus rising, and heartland to name a few. her debut album "Red Mixtape" in 2014 displays her unique style and versatility as a instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter. In January of 2019, she will release her anticipated EP "All of me".
Chelsey found her passion for percussion in the middle school band at age 11. In middle school, she won multiple awards for being an outstanding percussionist as well as making honor bands and orchestras. By the time she was in high school she was in an award winning drumline, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Texas All State Band. When she graduated high school, she continued her percussion studies at texas christian university. she was a member of the TCU Drumline, Steel Band, Wind Symphony, and Percussion Ensemble. After a year at TCU, she transferred to Richland College to continue her studies in percussion. Chelsey was featured as a percussion soloist in multiple contests and fund raising benefits for the school. After two years of Richland College, she finished her studies at the University of North Texas. During her time at UNT she was involved with the UNT Drumline, 2 o'clock Steel Band, Percussion Players, Symphonic Band, and Gamelan Ensemble. In December of 2013, she graduated UNT with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. in 2014, she returned to unt as a guest musician to conduct her percussion arrangement of Frank Zappa's "Peaches En Regalia" with the UNT Percussion Players.
While studying at UNT, Danielle experimented with a loop pedal, percussion instruments, and her vocals. Soon she wrote enough material to play small shows around the DFW metroplex. Her solo act got a lot of attention especially from bassist and songwriter Luis Munoz. In 2013 they formed the band "Vega Star." Vega Star featured Chelsey on drumset/ lead vocals, Luis on bass/guitar/vocals, and Brian King on keyboard/vocals. After a year, Vega Star disbanded. Chelsey soon joined singer songwriter Lydia Low. At first, Chelsey played hand percussion or drumset on Lydia's song, but later both songwriters collaborated with two more female songwriter, Sunny marcell and ellie meyer, to create "The Velvet Army." The Velvet Army released a self titled ep in 2015 that featured each member's song and style. during the velvet army's 2 year run, the band was featured at many local and national festivals. they disbanded in 2016. currently, Chelsey is the keyboard/percussionist for super group pearl earl, drummer for dallas pianist poppy xander, space queen drummer/vocalist for helium queens, and continues to perform as a one woman band. she has also played drums/percussion with successful artists such as charley crockett, dezi 5, mark lettieri (snarly puppy), and nigel rivers (Erykah badu).
When Chelsey is not performing music, she is teaching it. In 2008, she started teaching classical and marching percussion at Pantego Christian Academy. In 2012, her responsibilities grew at Pantego as the arranger for the marching percussion music and assistant director of the marching band. The Pantego Drumline won second place at the State Marching Contest in 2013 and 2014, the marching band won third place at the State Marching Contest in 2013 and 2014, and her percussion students were members in the honor and state bands as well as receiving multiple college music scholarships. in 2016, she was the percussion director at western hills high school in fort worth. the marching band and wind symphony received 1's at the uil contest and qualified for area, almost making it to the state contest, in 2017. in 2018, chelsey left the middle and high school percussion world to open her own private lesson music company. she continues to teach students of all ages and interest in music.
Chelsey Danielle lives a musically enriched life. she continues to perform, record, wirte, and educate. in 2019, she will release her solo ep "all of me". danielle recorded everything on the album at reeltime audio in denton, tx. the ep will showcase her musicianship as well as share her intimate thoughts, experiences, and memories with her listeners.