Chelsea Bain: A lot of people don't seem to think of Arizona as "country," but I do! From the grit of the Southwest to all my times riding rodeos across the state, I couldn't have asked for a better place to grow up. I try to bring those roots into all my music but ultimately, I let the words come out however they choose.
CB: I compare the two all the time. The horse industry and its fierce competition have prepared me for the wild nature of the music world, and I really believe my experiences in that arena have helped me remain true to who I am throughout this journey.
CB: I feel like everything I'm doing is different. It's a good thing and a difficult thing. I'm a combination of country, pop and Southern rock and I definitely try to put as much fun, feeling and heart into my work as I can. I just want my music to have the strength to motivate for years to come, and inspire confidence and a willingness in others to enjoy their lives.
CB: I've always wanted to share the stage with Pink or Shania Twain. They are two women I've looked up to since I was a little girl and as I've grown older I think I've realized why. They're both extremely strong, influential women who know how to be a little crazy and have some fun. They're exactly what I strive to be. Bob Dylan has also influenced me in a great way — not that I try to emulate him through my sound, he just intrigues me. If I listen to some Dylan, I instantly want to play my guitar, get to writing, or jump back on stage. I also get my guilty pleasure fix with Def Leppard. My band and I have been known to really get into them before shows. There's nothing like a little '80s rock to get pumped up.
CB: Boots, hats and horses. Country won't ever give those up and neither will I!
CB: Well I'm certainly not shy. I'm not a fan of flying but I suck it up and deal with it. I'm not really a cat person — my family and I have eight dogs: Louie, Archie, Bernie, Darbie, Austin, Harley, Jenni and Hootie. I wouldn't consider myself a mean person and I'm not always the most healthy eater. I could live on Barro's pizza — or pizza in general — especially if you tossed in a brownie for dessert.
CB: It's exciting. I know that there's a lot of work to be done and I have a lot to prove, but I'm well on my way.
CB: I feel that music tends to the heart and the soul. It's one thing that can pull you through the happy and the rough times. This industry is difficult — heartbreaking at times — but the beauty is that music means something unique to each individual. There's a connection, you know. And that's why music is so amazing. It takes shape in so many ways.
CB: We're still touring with NASCAR and the fans have made for an incredible experience for a newcomer like me. We've got a bunch of new shows booked across a ton of exciting venues, and I'm just happy to be blessed with an opportunity to get my music out there.
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