Fabulous Arizona had the opportunity to interview Arizona born and raised country music star Chelsea Bain. The 23-year-old up-and-coming country singer shared with us her idol growing up, her favorite local restaurant and more! Check out the Q&A below:
Q: When did your love for singing and country music begin?
A: I have loved music in general since before I can remember. I started out thinking country music was the only genre that existed, so when I discovered rock, pop etc, I was like a sponge and took to it all!
Q: Which music star did you idolize growing up?
A: Definitely Shania Twain, I would sing her songs over and over until my family had to finally tell me to find some other artists I liked. I am definitely guilty of the repeat button.
Q: What is your all-time favorite country music song?
A: Oh wow, that’s hard to choose! I don’t think I could pick just one, especially seeing that country music has changed so much! Looking back I would say Johnny Cash’s duet with June Carter Cash- “If I were a carpenter”. A more recent (or not so much) would of course be Shania Twain- “Forever and Always”.
Q: When did you know you wanted to sing country music for a living?
A: I think as soon as I found out that it was something you can do! I never wanted to do anything else, my whole life I always told people that I was going to perform country music.
Q: What do you love most about performing?
A: The way the music feels on stage, the way the band and the audience react differently to it every time. Every show is different and that’s what is so great about performing. You’re doing the same set, but something new always happens and sometimes there are surprises, but I like that, it’s a challenge!
Q: What is one thing you think your fans should know about you?
A: That I’m not always wearing glittery outfits and makeup. I insist on Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the bus, and I prefer a T-shirt and jeans.
Q: What can fans expect next from you?
A: My first album is coming out at the beginning of the year! It’s been a long time coming so I’m excited to get it out there. I will also be performing at the NASCAR races again with Coca-Cola as our sponsor. More things are on the way, we are working hard to be as many places as we can!
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in Arizona?
A: Mostly When I’m home it’s all about spending time with family and friends. I do love to visit Sedona, it’s so beautiful there and there are so many things to do outside, and being outside is my favorite. Growing up my aunt and uncle had a ranch (and still do) close to Show Low, Az. My family and I love to take trips up there, we ride horses in the summer and snow board in the winter.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in the Phoenix area?
A: I love True Food, I have to go there every time I’m home. I try to be super healthy and as far as restaurants go True Food is the healthy, yet yummy place. The restaurant I really love when my friends and I go out is Four Peaks, there is one in Scottsdale and one in Tempe. Four Peaks never fails, everything is delicious!
For more information about Chelsea Bain, visit chelseabainmusic.com.