A May-riffic Conversation with Chelsea Lyn Meyer

Chelsea Lyn Meyer has established herself as one of our region’s most prominent singer-songwriters and music volunteers. Chelsea has topped independent music charts with her original tunes, and was nominated for 13 Lehigh Valley Music Awards this past year alone.

This Saturday at 4:30 p.m., we are honored to have Chelsea join us as one of 15 acts at our May-riffic Music Festival at American Spirits Roadhouse. Before the big weekend, we took a few minutes to chat with Chelsea about her music and overall body of work.

It’s safe to say that most people around the Lehigh Valley music scene know your name, because it seems like you’re everywhere. What drives you to be so involved?
I just have a blast playing music and being involved with such an amazing community of musicians and fans. I also want to be a role model for young girls who want to get out there with a guitar and play rock music, and show them you truly can do anything you set your mind to.

Let’s start with the music, which features big pop rock hooks to support your powerful vocals. Who influences your sound?
I have always taken a lot of influence from bands like Green Day, Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At the Disco, Fall Out Boy, and Paramore, but then there’s those more pop musicians like P!nk, Katy Perry, or Lady Gaga, who have some incredibly strong vocals I love to listen to.

18624703_10158783367310441_27128378_nAs a solo artist, you’ve released a trio of singles – “Between the Lies,” “Remember,” and “This One’s on You” – all of which have performed well via outlets like Gashouse Radio and VRadio Nashville. What do you attribute to the success of these tunes?
I had an opportunity to work with songwriter Jeff Gueritey and producer Andrew Chervak of Midnight Studios on some of these songs. I think we had a lot of fun writing and recording these songs, and that comes out in the final product. Plus, they are mostly about break ups and overcoming heartache. Who can’t relate to that? *laughs*

Are there any plans to expand upon your knack for songwriting with an EP or album in the near future?
I do have a few things in the works right now, which do include new singles and an EP, so I’ll be posting updates on all of those things soon on my social media pages

In addition to playing out and writing songs, you are also the founder of Power Chords, a non-profit which uses the arts as a vehicle to make a difference. Tell us more about its mission.
Power Chords’ mission is to give middle school and high school bands/musicians a fun and safe venue to play and invite their friends to see them in a concert setting, while raising money for a good cause, whether it be another non-profit or someone in the community who is in need. We use more established bands to headline, and help draw a crowd and “mentor” the younger bands.

You’re also well-known as the driving force behind the weekly open mic series at the Leather Corner Post in Orefield. Why is it important to you to give musicians – both new and established – this opportunity to showcase their talents every week?
I love that I was given the opportunity to run this open mic because, as musicians, we rarely get a chance to really get out and see other musicians. I’ve met some incredible people through this Open Mic, and have watched people grow into such amazing musicians on their own. I’ve gotten to witness the coolest impromptu jams between established musicians and new musicians. It’s this really cool community of people that come to play and listen, and I feel really blessed to be able to be a part of it.

You’ll have a chance to showcase your talents as part of our May-riffic Music Festival at American Spirits Roadhouse this Saturday, May 27 at 4:30 p.m. What can people expect from your set?
A few acoustic versions of my originals to put a different spin on them, a couple upbeat covers, and whole lot of fun!

That about does it! Tell us where we can learn more about you online!
You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Just search Chelsea Lyn Meyer.

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