Today's Featured Bestie is Chelsey Coy. While we've never met in person, Chelsey hosted the first New York Besties Meetup in March, and I'm so excited to let you all in on all that she does. Make sure to read to the end because her response "teach us something" is my favorite and SO true!
Tell us about yourself! What do you do and what has your journey been like getting to this point?
Hello! My name is Chelsey and I am a singer/songwriter and the front-woman for the band Single Girl, Married Girl - which was started circa 2008 in Los Angeles. I studied voice and music business at the University of Southern California and have been singing and performing my whole life. I was born in SoCal and lived there until my husband and I moved about 4 years ago to New York City to pursue music and have an adventure! We love NYC and met our guitarist almost right after moving here. Since then we've put a band together and are about to release an album with them! Every year it seems like we are getting closer to our goals and writing better and better songs. I even started playing banjo when we moved here - which has made song writing easier and more joyous for me.
What’s a usual day-in-the-life look like for you?
I have a day job at a non-profit in the city, but after work I am usually seeing a friend's show or practicing/writing music. Since we are putting out our album, there has been a lot of work put into that. On a weekend day, I will get up on the later side (I love sleeping!) and head to the gym. Then eat lunch or breakfast and do chores. Usually in the afternoon I will try to get some music writing or work for the album done. Then it's off to see a show (or play one!).
Does community play a role in your career? How so?
I live in Astoria and I am so grateful for that. NYC can seem too big at times, but Astoria is a little haven in Queens that has a burgeoning music scene. We are lucky enough to be in that scene and to have met such wonderful artists and friends. I don't know if I would have stayed here if we didn't find this community of people. They are incredible and so supportive. I am also a member of Women in Music and of course, Music Biz Besties and having both of those to help me through this crazy music making process - and navigating the world, has been so helpful and invaluable.
What’s your favorite part about the music industry?
That you can do everything yourself and still reach people around the world. It's incredible our distribution on even Spotify can put your music in the homes of those thousands of miles away.
Knowing what you know now, if you could go back 5 years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would that be?
Play an instrument and write AS MUCH AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!
Teach us something! (Related to your expertise or something random just for fun)
This is random, but I've learned that the music business is small...don't burn bridges or be an asshole. Just be nice to everyone because you never know where you'll find yourself in a year from now.
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