Chelsea Kisil – Musician in Support of a Cause

Chelsea Kisil 

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Chelsea Kisil – Musician in Support of a Cause

Chelsea Kisil is a teenage singer and composer from Ottawa, Ontario. Read about how she is raising funds for Do It For Daron, an initiative that raises awareness and inspires conversations about youth mental health.

Hello Chelsea. Congratulations on the recording of your song, Honey Doll. What inspired you to write the song and why did you decide to dedicate its proceeds to the Do It For Daron fund?

I wrote Honey Doll for a good friend when she was going through a difficult time at home. I got some great feedback on the song. So I decided to record it and put it on iTunes with all the proceeds going to Do It For Daron. I am trying to raise $100,000 dollars by July 2013. I have been getting tons of support for this initiative. To raise awareness for my cause, I did a performance in Smith Falls and I'm also heading up to Perth to open for another singer.

Do you enjoy performing?

I love performing. It is always so much fun!

Are your sales going well?

Honey Doll has been sold on three continents - North America, Europe and Australia. So it’s going pretty awesome. But I’m still trying to get the word out there, to keeping the sales going. And I've received tons of support from school. My initiative appeared on the school board website and friends are still coming up to me and telling me that they’d just bought my song. I’ve also had great press coverage. I’ve done an interview with the Manotick EMC newspaper and with CBC radio. I also performed Honey Doll at the Canal Railway and Music Festival in Smith Falls and at a suicide prevention night event. And I’m opening for Lynn Miles in October. 

That’s great! What is Honey Doll’s message?

Honey Doll's message is no matter how difficult anything gets, be yourself, believe in yourself and shine like you do. The song can be purchased anywhere on the internet - on iTunes, Amazon and cdbaby.

How did you start singing, writing and recording songs?

My family has always listened to music. When I was little, about 6 years old, I started singing along with Shania Twain. Then I started taking vocal lessons, on and off, from about the age of nine. I started my guitar lessons when I was 7 years old. I had really wanted a guitar and so my parents and I split the cost of my first guitar. I became serious about singing when I was twelve.

So music is a really important part of your life?

I absolutely love music. I find it’s a great escape for many people and for me. The reason I wrote Honey Doll for my good friend is because music is an escape for me and so I thought that it might possibly be an escape for her. And it turned out to work.

Do you plan to pursue a career in music? What are your dreams?

I would absolutely love to pursue a career with music. My biggest dream is to be able to perform in Madison Square Garden, for it to be a sold out performance. I would absolutely love to get to Nashville and do all the stuff that I've been dreaming about doing since I was very young.

What else to you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I don't really have a lot of spare time, actually. I've got school, music, my vocal lessons and my guitar lessons. I play soccer and football. I spend time doing homework and I hang out with my friends too. And of course, I read and write music as much as I can. Music is a really big part of my life.

Which singers inspire you?

I absolutely look up to Taylor Swift 100 percent. She’s so amazing, so talented. I admire her vocal abilities, her song writing abilities and her guitar playing abilities. Also, I look up to Hedley and Reba McEntire. And Carrie Underwood’s voice is absolutely phenomenal!

Thank you Chelsea Kisil. All the best to you in your musical career and in your initiative to raise money for Do It for Daron.

To learn more about Do It For Darin, visit: http://www.difd.com/about/.

This transcript has been abridged and edited slightly to improve readability.